In his 12/14/14 sermon , " We Interrupt This Program " , Dr. Merritt said that ; " until 1961 the only person in history that even mentioned Pontius Pilate was Luke " , referring to the Biblical author , Luke . He then mentions that in Caesarea in 1961 a dedication of the town to Pontius Pilate was found . But regarding Pontius Pilate my old 1960 Encyclopedia Britannica had these references regarding those who had recorded facts about Pontius Pilate over 1500 years ago . I have copied them as they are presented in the encyclopedia . Here they are ; Josephus : Ant. XVIII , iii , 1,2; iv , 1,2; Jewish War , II , ix, 2-4 , Philo , ad Cainum , 38 . Pilate had been canonized in the Abyssinian church ( June 25 ) and his wife , Procla , or Procula , in the Greek ( Oct . 27 ) . Bibliography - see Tacitus, Annals XV, 44 ; G.A. Miller , Pontius Pilate , etc . ( 1888 ) ; Innes , The Trial of Jesus Christ , etc . ( 1899 ) ; Regnault , Une province Procuratorienne , etc . and Le Proces du Christ ( 1909 ) ; H. Peter , Pontius Pilatus , etc . ( 1907 ) ; Husband , The prosecution of Jesus ( 1916 ) ; Schurer , The Jewsih people in the time of Jesus Christ . For the apocryphal accounts M. R. James , Apoc. Anecdota II ( Camb. Texts and Studies , vol. v ) pp. 65-81 and the Apocryphal New Text , pp. 94-165 .
I had cut Dr. Merritt a lot of slack because he seems to want to honor Christ amid his Masonic/Kabbalistic signals always given in every sermon . He said he based his doctoral thesis on his knowledge of Luke and I was impressed with his earlier sermon " Digging Deeper " , which left much truth unearthed , as does this sermon . He also said in this sermon that there were no records found prior to 1990 regarding the high priest Caiphas . But from 66 B. C. Rome appointed civil officers like Herod , as well as the Jewish office of the high priest . Caiphas' father-in-law Annas had been appointed the office of high priest by appointment of the Roman governor from 7 A.D. to 14 ( Luke 3:2 ) . There were more than likely Roman , as well as Jewish records of those appointments .
When I learn of your public exposure of the occult basis of the Masonic lodge , and your due Christian opposition to it Dr. Merritt I will post another blog lauding you for doing so .