Louis Lapides is a Jewish convert to Christianity who now serves as a pastor. His spiritual background is checkered. He grew up attending a conservative Jewish synagogue to prepare for his bar mitzvah. However, his family's faith had no place in everyday life and they never even mentioned the Messiah. Any mention of Jesus was more derogatory than anything else. He was cautioned to stay clear of the Gentiles and Christians because of anti-semitism among Gentiles. In fact, he thought of the New Testament as more of a guide book for the American Nazi Party.