A group of about 100 protesters gathered outside a California church Wednesday evening to protest the pastor’s anti-gay comments.
According to ChristianToday.com, Roger Jimenez, the pastor of Verity Baptist Church in Sacramento, made controversial remarks from the pulpit on Sunday morning after a shooting in a gay nightclub in Orlando killed 49 people.
"People say, like: 'Well, aren't you sad that 50 sodomites died?... Here's the problem with that. It's like the equivalent of asking me — what if you asked me: 'Hey, are you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today?'"
"I wish the government would round them all up," Jimenez continued, "put them up against a firing wall, put a firing squad in front of them, and blow their brains out."
Jimenez’ comments have been widely criticized and the YouTube video of his sermon has been taken down.
A statement released by Sacramento City Pastors Fellowship said: "These comments, applauding the death of innocent people, are completely contrary to the Bible's teaching and God's heart. His [Jimenez’] statements do not represent Jesus nor hundreds of Sacramento pastors whose hearts have been broken and are praying for the loved ones so tragically affected by this cowardly act."
Publication date: June 16, 2016
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.