A conservative pastor suggests the "mindset of God" includes the stoning of gay people.
To one Tennessee preacher, apparently, the good old days included the ability to stone gays to death.Â
Pastor Ben Bailey of the Central Church of Christ recorded a video in which he says the "mindset of God" is unchanging. God has "a definite standard and it is not the liberal mindset that we see today,"Â Bailey says during his weekly "The Gospel of Christ"Â evangelistic effort.Â
"The Gospel Of Christ program seeks to teach and preachÂ THEÂ WHOLEÂ COUNSEL OF GOD, regardless of the consequence or reaction," its website states.
Bailey tells viewers of a recent article which examined four couples and the reasons they chose their particular church. Some couples opted for a church that advanced "relaxed and liberal views," which are not in keeping with God's views, Bailey insisted. They wanted "things like women preaching, women leading in service, where homosexuals and gay marriage were accepted openly," which God, he says, opposes.
"They were just looking for something liberal," Bailey claimed. "Something that didnâ€™t criticize or condemn or didnâ€™t have any hardcore standards on anything â€” 'anything goes' type of mentality."
Bailey said that "if that's what you're looking for, you can surely find a multiplicityÂ of that today. But is that what God's looking for?" he posited.
God "has a definite standard and it is not the liberal mindset that we see today," Bailey continued.
"God does not approve of homosexuality or gay marriage," Bailey promised. "The scripture saysâ€¦ that is vile, unnatural and deserving of a penaltyâ€¦ Itâ€™s an abomination that under the Old Testament deserved stoning."
"And so, is our God, the God of Bible, wanting us to go somewhere where it's liberal, relaxed views and anything goes? No, thatâ€™s the effect of a very liberal society. And we need to make sure that such is not the idea or the mindset of God."
This video is the only place Pastor Bailey has suggested stoning gays is God's will.
On his The Gospel of Christ website, one sermon delves deeply into the issue:
In the days in which we live, how people need to hear that marriage is for a man and a woman! You will never find in the Bible Godâ€™s authorization for men-to-men or women- to-women marriages. Marriage is for one man and one woman. In fact, Scripture clearly condemns the homosexuality and lesbian acts that are so frequent in our world today. Regardless of what a court system or state decides that homosexuals can marry, God never intended for that to take place. And, He actually condemns it. Leviticus 18:22 and Leviticus 20:12-13 state that such acts were â€œabominationsâ€ in the sight of God, and were punishable by stoning.
Someone might say, â€œWell, that was under the Old Law.â€ Did you know that the New Testament says that homosexuality is a sin against God and nature? In Romans 1:26-29 we are told that homosexuality is immoral and ungodly, and that people who engage in such will receive the eternal punishment that is due to them if they do not change their ways.
Someone might ask, â€œAre you telling me, then, that if two men get married, they will be lost in Hell?â€ Listen to the words of 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.
â€œDo you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be de- ceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.â€
People who remain in sins such as fornication, idolatry, and homosexuality will not go to Heaven. Yes, the Bible clearly teaches that homosexuals will not go to Heaven. That is what God has said on this subject. How does that relate to marriage? We need to honor the holy state of marriage. It is intended to last for life, and is intended to be between one man and one woman. That is Godâ€™s original decree, and is what Paul is referencing in verse 2.Â