A Baptist pastor refuses to recant his hateful comments about the Orlando tragedy, despite several prominent Christian leaders publicly standing against him.
YouTube removed Verity Baptist Church Pastor Roger Jimenez's sermon where he claimed the Orlando massacre was "great news."
He later told the Sacramento Bee, "The point of the sermon is that the Bible teaches us that homosexuality, God put a death penalty on it. ...
"All I'm saying is that when people die who deserve to die, it's not a tragedy."
Meanwhile, prominent Christian leaders, including Dr. Michael Brown and Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, publicly condemned any comments calling the Pulse shooting anything but horrific.
We stand resolved in our condemnation of the heinous attack that occurred in Orlando. We also condemn the detestable statements made by a pastor in Sacramento.
The pastor's statements do not reflect genuine Christian faith, and as followers of Christ, we disavow his bigotry.
Also, as followers of Jesus Christ, we stand in unity with our nation in offering love, prayer and a helping hand to the gay community. Everyone in America deserves to live their lives free from fear.
It is the heart of Jesus to save, heal, and deliver. Christian leaders lead people to the love, grace, truth and healing hope of Jesus, not to insensitive judgment.
We pray for the gay community to experience the love and grace of Jesus and His people, both in Orlando and across the United States. We pray for safety for their community and for all Americans during this violent and unsettled time.
As leaders in ministry, we are united in our grief and in prayer for those who have lost loved ones and those—even now—fighting for their lives.
May God's truth, love and effective grace reach into our collective pain and suffering to bring beauty from the ashes of man's depravity, for the glory of God's name alone.
Brown says words like Jimenez's and Steven Anderson, who openly praised the killing of "pedophiles," are completely contrary to the Word of God.
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