Just. No.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that a terrorist attack occurred in Orlando striking at the gay community when a madman shot up a gay club. This is a monstrous evil that we all should rightly condemn. Then I read about this – a California Pastor who praised the Orlando massacre in a sermon. Here’s a few choice quotes from the man:

“Are you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today? Um no. I think that’s great. I think that helps society. I think Orlando, Florida, is a little safer tonight. The tragedy is that more of them didn’t die. The tragedy is I’m kind of upset he didn’t finish the job — because these people are predators. They are abusers…I wish the government would round them all up, put them up against a firing wall, put the firing squad in front of them and blow their brains out.”

What? In what way is this remotely Christian. I went to Facebook after reading this and had a few choice words to say. But, after reflection – the same two points are valid. Let’s go:

First, let’s be clear about this Baptist Preacher. He is not Southern Baptist or American Baptist or National Baptist. His church, Verity Baptist Church, is a King James only Independent Fundamentalist Baptist church. Being Independent and unassociated with a denomination means you can get any manner of theology from the pulpit. It’s not that being a non-denominational church is bad, it’s just that you never know what you are going to get. This includes crazies such as this Pastor. It pains me that people like him or the Westboro cultists get lumped in with other Baptists like myself.

Now, let’s make an important thing clear: God wants no person to die apart from Him. In Ezekiel 18 (18:23, 18:32), the Lord twice calls out that He does not want the wicked to die apart from Him. Twice He says that He does not rejoice in the deaths of anyone, including the wicked. We should not rejoice in the deaths of anyone, period. If you do, you are in direct opposition to the Bible. Even if you think homosexuality is the gravest sin on Earth (it isn’t, we’re all broken sinners [Romans 3:23]), you shouldn’t wish a gay person was dead or that more were murdered. You should not lament that more were not murdered. That’s evil. That’s un-Biblical. That’s un-Christian.

I’m praying this Pastor repents and that the community around him, including the greater community of believers, rebukes him. I know I do.

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Matthew Newman
Matthew Newman is an environmental engineer (Professionally licensed in Maryland). He’s also a husband, beard aficionado, Dad of four beautiful children, blogger, and all around geeky guy from Baltimore County. When he’s not chasing his kids or working, he’s probably asleep.

1 Comment on "Just. No."

  1. The response that radical churches like Verity Baptist have had towards the Orlando Shooting disgust me. It gives Christians a bad reputation and smudge Jesus’s name as something putrid and dirty. We need to be the change and the example that the LBGT community looks to when they seek Godly people.

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