“North Carolina pastor calls for death of gays, lesbians by trapping them inside electric fence”
Immediately after posting my report on Bill Hamon’s interview with The Voice Magazine, I stumbled upon the above headlines. First off, I must agree with Charles Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, N.C. that homosexuality is a sin. The bible describes it as such, but the bible lists a number of sins, and nowhere commands us to be selective in our condemnation.
“I figured a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers,” he says.
“Build a great, big, large fence — 150- or 100-mile long — put all the lesbians in there . . . do the same thing for the queers and the homosexuals, and have that fence electrified so they can’t get out.
“Feed ’em, and you know what?” Worley continues. “In a few years they’ll die. Do you know why? They can’t reproduce.”
I don’t hear pastors talking about rounding up all thieves and locking them away. Don’t forget that if you stole a piece of candy as a child, you are a thief. How about all liars? Did you ever tell a lie? Our Churches are full of people who are divorced and remarried, adulterers, including many in the pulpit. Should we lock up all adulterers? By being so selective we are actually showing that we misunderstand the holiness of God!
35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, 36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. Matt 22:35-38
Jesus said that the greatest commandment is to love God with all you have, your entire being. It thus follows that the greatest sin is to disobey this commandment! Homosexuality is not as serious as breaking the first commandment, yet we have all broken that one numerous times. If we all got what we deserve there would not be anyone left on planet earth. Even pastor Worley would not be here!
The job of the Christian is to preach the truth. It is not to force society into our idea of morality, even if it is true! Every time Christians have tried to rule their society, they themselves have gone apostate! As soon as you begin to think that the purpose of the Church is to change society, you are off the rails! We were sent to preach salvation by grace through faith.
Sin is a tool that God uses to bring people to Himself! God allows you to sin so the Holy Spirit can do His work of convicting you.
Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: Jeremiah 2:19a
Churches who talk like pastor Worley leave the impression that one can be saved by abstaining from homosexual behavior! A great many young people in fundamentalist churches grow up thinking themselves “good” because they don’t do the things the world does. This Phariseeism is a great enemy of the souls who practice it. It is no different than the Phariseeism of Jesus’ day, except that it is practiced by Baptists, and protestants. They have backslidden to a works gospel!
When Nero married the young man Sporus, there is no evidence in Scripture that Paul, or any other Christian, stood up and publicly challenged him. There was no Christian revolt against Rome because of Nero’s depravity. The Apostles understood that God wanted to save Nero, and Sporus. You can’t do that by deliberately alienating them, although the gospel itself does indeed alienate a great many.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
The bible describes itself as a “sword” that divides. If we speak the truth, that is enough. The world will hate us anyway. There is no need to go out of our way to be hateful. This pastor won’t win any gays to his cause by speaking this way. He may provoke them to perform some hateful acts against his church, and then he can claim he is being “persecuted for his stand for the truth”. Such words are calculated to provoke an angry reaction, not to lead some to a search for truth!
You can’t lead people to Christ if you turn the mission field into enemies! That’s right pastor Worley, the gays are your mission field!
The truth is that we all deserve the Lake of Fire. Even pastor Worley. Speaking in such a harsh way does not show the love of Christ toward these other sinners. When Christians speak this way it does harm to the cause of Christ! It gives the world a reason to hate Jesus! Jesus is a just judge, and He will throw all unrepentant sinners into the Lake of Fire, including many pastors, but He has given them this lifetime to come to a place of repentance.
Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. Luke 7:47
The speech of this pastor reveals more about the state of his own heart, than it does about the Word of God, or true Christianity. It reveals that he does not think his own sin is all that serious! If he knew how close he has come to the flames of Hell, he would be a little more gentle in the way he speaks about other sinners. Pastor Worley needs to repent of his moralism!
And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? I Peter 4:18
The early Christian Church was made up of former sinners of all stripes, including former homosexuals. Had Christians championed the death penalty for such sins, there is no way they would have eventually made their way to Christ, and to the Church.
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. I Corinthians 6:9-11
The most serious error of pastor Worley is the implication that the gospel alone is not enough for some people. That there are people who are beyond hope, and the only hope for them is incarceration and death! Ultimately this is an attack on the Lord and His gospel! This kind of message is exactly what the haters of Christianity want to hear! It gives them reason to attack the Church, and reduce our freedoms!
The people of Providence Road Baptist Church, Maiden, N.C. need to remove this pastor from their pulpit! He does not meet the pastoral qualifications of 1 Timothy 3:3-7 and Titus 1:7-9. Get him out before he does any more damage!
I highly recommend a sermon by Dr. John MacArthur, called The Deadly Dangers of Moralism. If there was ever a “signature sermon” from Dr. MacArthur, it would have to be this one! If you want to know what is wrong with Christian political activism, this is the sermon for you.
As Jesus said;
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. Matthew 10:16