Major League Baseball pitcher Matt Dermody recently addressed his release from the Boston Red Sox last month over a 2021 tweet about homosexuality.
On Friday, Dermody, 33, appeared as a guest on Tomi Lahren's Tomi Lahren is Fearless podcast to talk about how a tweet resulted in him being dropped from the Boston Red Sox in June.
His now-deleted tweet stated that "homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God" and "will go to hell," referring to 1 Corinthians 6:9.
"May we all examine our hearts, ask Jesus to forgive us and repent of all our sins. I love you all in Christ Jesus!" Dermody added.
As reported by The Christian Post, Lahren claimed that the "tweet got pulled out by the woke mob" last month when Dermody was released from his contract after he was initially placed on waivers.
Dermody noted that he and the Red Sox general manager spoke about the tweet during spring training before the regular season officially kicked off. The pitcher recalled telling him, "I don't want anybody to go to Hell."
"I saw the list of all the things ... that lead people to Hell, and I was on that list," he continued. "That instilled the fear of the Lord in me. And so now, it's not really about me anymore, but it's about helping others and preaching the Gospel and the Good News of Jesus Christ, that He saves us from ... the fires of Hell."
Dermody contended that the 2021 tweet was "far from homophobic" and asserted, "I don't hate anybody in this world."
He also shared that the tweet came shortly after he converted to Christianity.
"The whole pandemic kind of shook my whole world up because … I lost my job in baseball, I … was kind of searching for the meaning of life after that," Dermody explained.
At the time, he had bought a Bible to please his then-girlfriend, now his wife, and ended up being "super convicted with the life that I was living."
"I knew at that moment ... if I died that night, I was not going to be in Heaven with God," the athlete said.
When asked if he would apologize for the tweet in exchange for a contract from another team, Dermody said he would apologize but would also remain steadfast in his beliefs.
"I'm sorry for hurting people's feelings … but I believe in God; I believe in the word of God ... and I want people to get to Heaven," he told Lahren.
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer and content creator. He is a contributing writer for Christian Headlines and the host of the For Your Soul Podcast, a podcast devoted to sound doctrine and biblical truth. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary.