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Church job fair didn't violate members' beliefs [Letter]

Regarding your article about our church working with a casino to promote jobs for city residents, the story may have conveyed the wrong impression about our view of the Sabbath ("Casino, church team up to promote jobs to city residents," Feb. 23).

Our church's basic spiritual belief is that "the first day of the week is [in fact] the Lord's Day, and Christian Sabbath, and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes, by abstaining from all secular labor and sinful recreations, by the devout observation of all the means of grace, both private, and public, and by preparation for that rest that remaineth for people of God."

Indeed, all Christians and even non-Christians are familiar with this fundamental bedrock Baptist spiritual belief.

For those who are already members of our historic church and also for those who may be moved to visit and declare their intention to join our church, I want to send an absolute and unmistakable message confirming our church's long-standing belief in keeping the Sabbath.

The Baltimore Horseshoe Casino's Jobs and Recruiting Fair held at our church on Feb. 23, a Sunday, does not in any way signal nor suggest that we have strayed from or otherwise abandoned our core and fundamental Baptist beliefs and values.

Arnold Merion Jolivet, Baltimore

The writer is chair of the board of deacons at Union Baptist Church in Baltimore's Upton community.

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