"The Bible says you're to love your enemy, you're to pray for those who persecute you. The church is required by our final authority that we are to love the unlovable, to love everybody," Parker said. "The danger to the church in America today is that it's so defined by what it's against that it loses the very quality that makes people find it attractive."
"The people who put their names on those cards and their Sunday school teachers' names knew, at some point, that they would be discovered. They didn't put them in there to be hidden forever. They had to have known, at some point, they knew the church would move onward and upward and here we are today celebrating 125 years," Parker said during the celebration service.