It’s a cult.
A cult bordering on the order of Jim Jones or David Koresh.
The fact that you dress it up in Jesus and scripture doesn’t make it any less of a cult.
In case you’ve missed it, recently there has been a plethora of
pastors preaching a gospel of death aimed at the GLBTQ community. The hate and ignorance being preached from the pulpit has been saturating the news cycle. Here are just a few examples: Pastor Curtis Knapp of New Hope Baptist Church in Seneca, Kansas called for the government to kill homosexuals. (audio is at the link)
church applauds a 4 year old singing “Ain’t no homos going to make it to Heaven”. Pastor Charles Worsley preaches that “lesbians and queers” should be “fenced in so they can die off”.
These aren’t churches. You can’t even pretend they’re churches.
Every single member who cheered these fatwas of hate preached from the pulpit, and those who preached them need to repent.
Speaking of Worsley, Eugene Cho said it best:
Wow, this takes the prize for the most idiotic, insane, stupid, asinine, cruel, ungodly, foul, inexcusable, heinous, and disgusting comments by any person – let alone someone that calls himself a pastor and shepherd. – link
If hate is your motivation, you are far from God and you need to repent.
To the rest of the world, especially those holding these up as examples of what Christianity is, I am sorry.
So damn sorry (as Eugene Cho said) for all the pain and anguish these words cause you.
These folks aren’t of Jesus, and they aren’t of the Gospel.
They’ve forsaken the example of the Rabbi from Nazareth who stood with the marginalized, the dehumanized, the ‘undesirables’, and extended a grace and love to them that was without measure.
A man that stood in front of the stone wielding mob in defense of a woman who, as the Law said, was to be executed for adultery, and simply asked that a sinless member of the mob throw the first stone.
Their tongues speak death, and not life.
They’ve forgotten that God does not delight in death.
They’ve become so wrapped up in their own hate and prejudice, they’ve poisoned themselves, their congregants, and their children.
Quite honestly, it makes me sad.
- Kansas Pastor Wants Goverment To Kill Gays (alan.com)
- Another Baptist pastor calls for gay genocide (freethinker.co.uk)
- Stop Preaching the False Gospel of Death (randythomas.co)
- Members of Pastor Worley’s Church Back His Call to Kill Gays: VIDEO (towleroad.com)