Apparently “keeping up with the Jonses” applies to Evangelical ministers, as well—except instead of installing hot-and-cold running baptismal fonts or adjustable leather pews, they try to outdo each other with venomous rhetoric from the pulpit.After Pastor Charles Worley announced in a recent sermon that he thought it’d be a good idea to round up homosexuals and stick them behind an electrified fence, the bar was set pretty high.
But Pastor Dennis Leatherman of Mountain Lake Independent Baptist Church in Oakland, MD has gone one better: Though he admits he feels “dirty just talking about it,” Leatherman confesses his “flesh” is attracted to the idea of committing genocide against homosexuals:
“To be… have a tendency to be effeminate or homosexual is just as wicked as to have a tendency to be a womanizer. Sinful nature does not justify sinful behavior. Now what is our take? What is our response? I appreciate your bearing with me tonight.
First of all, there is a danger of reacting in the flesh, of responding not in a scriptural, spiritual way, but in a fleshly way. Kill them all. Right? I will be very honest with you. My flesh kind of likes that idea. But it grieves the Holy Spirit. It violates Scripture. It is wrong.”
Well we appreciate that the good Pastor has reined in his murderous desires, but how exactly does killing gays violate Scripture?
Its right there in Leviticus: ““If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death.”
So he’s actually violating Scripture by not killing all the gay men he can find.
Of course Leatherman (you gotta love that name, by the way) probably assumes none of his parishioners have actually read the Bible, so he figures he’s safe going out on a limb like that.