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Pastor Claims Government Should Execute LGBTQ People

Just in time for ‘Pride Month,’ a Kentucky pastor has come under fire after he said the government should execute LGBTQ people.

Using names like “sodomites,” “freaks” and “animals,” a pastor called for the government, not Christians, to arrest and execute LGBTQ people.

He reportedly claimed the executions should come after a speedy trial with no more evidence necessary than a cell phone photo of their participation in a Pride event.

The pastor in question also happened to work for a local sheriff’s office as a deputy. The sheriff says he requested a retirement buyout package about two weeks before the controversial sermon.

But that hasn’t stopped a district attorney from vowing to investigate every case in which he is listed as a witness.

The pastor was preaching at a Baptist church that describes itself, the Knoxville News reports, as an “independent, fundamental, King James Bible only, soul-winning church.” Its website also warns would-be visitors not to expect “anything liberal, watered down, or contemporary here.”

Discrimination is discrimination.

This church is part of the reason the LGBTQ Pride movement exists. This type of preaching is just one of the kinds of discrimination that keeps it going.

I have my own thoughts on the Pride movement, but that’s best left for another post at another time.

But in this case, the pastor certainly handed them ammunition on a silver platter.

Sure, if you check the Scriptures — King James Bible only or not — you’ll find that Old Testament law sets multiple offenses as being worthy of the death penalty.

But this pastor, like too many others, seem obsessed with latching onto this single “offense.”

I’ve always believed one of the main reasons is that they assume that it’s a “safe” subject that won’t affect the collection plate. Since they seem to believe LGBTQ people wouldn’t attend church, they seem to feel safe in preaching to the choir.

There are LGBTQ Christians.

If you don’t understand how that’s possible, ask yourself if you’ve ever known a Christian who got drunk or had an affair. Or lied. Or was greedy. Or was just too fat.

There are plenty of offenses Christians can and do commit, no matter what penalty the Bible might call for, and are still considered “Christian.”

For Christians, I always thought that was the point: we’re all flawed, not just those among us who happen to be heterosexual. We’re all capable of and guilty of sin.

That, after all, is why we are called to accept Jesus Christ as our savior. We could never atone for our own sins, but He already did.

For some reason, though, it’s this one issue, time and time again, that those imperfect, inherently flawed Christians use as a disqualifier.

The same King James Bible (Matthew 7:1-2) instructs:

“Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.”

If that’s true, there will come a day when some Christians find that what’s being meted out to them isn’t at all what they expected.

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 28 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.