Two videos have gone viral showing Christians directing some shockingly hateful language towards the homosexual community. The first emerged about a week ago. On May 13, 2012, Pastor Charles Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church (Maiden, NC) joked in a sermon that gays and lesbians should die in what sounds like concentration camps.
Seriously, this is his Mother’s Day message! Thank you mothers for bringing children into the world, and speaking of motherhood, it would be really funny if we put all the gays and lesbians behind an electric fence so they would die out because they can’t reproduce. Such talk is horrifyingly inappropriate anytime, but to preach such venom on Mother’s Day marks a ministry terribly imbalanced against one particular sin.
A more recent video has surfaced of a very young boy singing a shocking anti-gay rant at a Pentecostal church in Greensburg, Indiana. “I know that the Bible’s right, somebody’s wrong, Romans 1 and 27, ain’t no homo gonna make it to heaven.”
The Apostolic Truth Tabernacle later posted this statement on their homepage.
5/30/12 – The Pastor and members of Apostolic Truth Tabernacle do not condone, teach, or practice hate of any person for any reason. We believe and hope that every person can find true Bible salvation and the mercy and grace of God in their lives. We are a strong advocate of the family unit according to the teachings and precepts found in the Holy Bible. We believe the Holy Bible is the Divinely-inspired Word of God and we will continue to uphold and preach that which is found in scripture.
A public disclaimer doesn’t change the fact that the members exploded into a standing ovation when the boy finished his song. The boy was even called back up (presumably by the pastor) for an encore performance. If you watch closely, in the first clip he sang standing beside another little boy and then went down; in the second he was by himself. The church enthusiastically condoned, taught, and practiced hate by applauding the boy’s song and then having him sing it again.
I believe that the Bible condemns homosexuality as a sin. I even agree with the premise underlying the little boy’s song that homosexuality is a characteristic of some people bound for hell. However, these truths must be spoken in love if they are to be upheld. Truth is abandoned when spoken in hate because it is being exchanged for a lie.
Homosexuality is one of many sins the Bible condemns, every sin separates people from God, and sinful people will by judged by God. However, homosexuality is not the ultimate sin condemned in Scripture. Romans 1:27-28 condemns homosexuality, but we must not forget that verses 29-32 continue,
They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.
Christians must not believe the lie that God is only concerned with sins like homosexuality and abortion. God is serious about all sin. Homosexuals anger God, but God’s anger burns just as intensely against those who proudly boast, “God, I thank thee, that I am not as others are, abortionists, addicts, socialists, or even as this homosexual.”
Christians must humbly and lovingly confront all sin, including homosexuality. Specific sins are not ultimately the issue. Everyone equally needs the transforming power of the gospel.