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  • Baptist Pastor Says God Wants Syrian Refugees Destroyed, 'Even Their Women, Children And Animals'

    When "leaders" at all levels of government make it acceptable for one group to discriminate against another, this is what inevitably happens. 

    Alabama has no Syrian refugees, so it's hard to know what they are so afraid of, but afraid they are.

    Alabama's governor, Robert Bentley, has declared his intentions to reject any refugees the federal government might try to locate in his state, saying:

    “I will oppose any attempt to relocate Syrian refugees to Alabama through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way.”

    ted_sessoms.jpgAlabama Senators Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions both voted for ending visas for people from countries “at a high risk for exporting terrorists.”

    Senator Shelby even co-sponsored legislation to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to give governors the power to reject the resettlement of refugees in their state.

    And then there's Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, stoking the fear of middle eastern refugees within the torch and pitchfork crowd as a campaign strategy. Put all that negativity in and over time, something dark and fetid is bound to crawl out. 

    The Alabama Baptist printed this letter from a pastor who is angry at Christian clergy who advocate welcoming Syrian refugees. Pastor Ted Sessoms (photo below) of Arbor Springs Baptist Church in Samantha, Alabama, (Photo above left) argues that the Muslims looking to us for safety are the very people God ordered Christians to destroy: 

    "At the risk of being an outcast or considered a narrow-minded bigot, I must express my disagreement and disappointment with out Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) leaders in regards to the Syrian refugee crisis. I am against allowing the refugees the rights to America’s soil and my neighborhood. These are the same people that hate America, hate Christians and have vowed to take over the world by destroying our way of life. Perhaps our leaders should study the Old Testament when God gave specific instructions to destroy these people (even their women, children and animals). Why would He give such instructions? Because He knew the impact these idol worshippers of false gods would have on His people. It is not a matter of loving your neighbor. My neighbors are the people that value the same standards of life and way of life that I value.

    ted_sessoms2.jpg"We owe it to our children and grandchildren to make good decisions for their future in America. And opening up our country to ten of thousands of refugees with their unknown background but known hatred for Christianity and America will destroy any future our children may have.

    "These are the same people that are willing to give their lives to carry out their commitment to Allah. They don’t have to be considered terrorists to hate Christians. Their religious conviction cause them that hatred.

    "What we will see is not more SBC churches being established but more mosques. What we will see is their way and their customs being forced on us to either observe or make way for us to give up our rights to observe their rights. They are victims of a more powerful force of Muslims within their own country but they are not victims when it comes to their lifelong hatred of us and our belief in Christ. It makes no sense to say to them, “I know you hate us and I know you want to destroy our country and way of life, and I know you will eventually find a way to kill us, but come on it anyways and live among us until you gain the strength and power to overcome us.” Has the SBC been turned over to a reprobate mind?"

    Ted Sessoms, Pastor
    Arbor Springs Baptist Church
    Northport, Ala.

    It should be noted that many mainstream Baptists denounced Pastor Sessoms, including Dean Inserra, lead pastor of City Church in Tallahassee, Florida, who called the letter "garbage." 

     

    Dr. Daniel Akin, president of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, called it an “embarrassment to the gospel.”

     

    But no matter how many people reject or renounce Pastor Sessoms, his evil has already escaped into the world, infecting other people. And it isn't hard to trace that license to hate back to "leaders" like Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Richard Shelby and Robert Bentley.

    They made Pastor Sessoms possible. 

     

     

    Refugee Photo from Genocide In Syria Facebook page

    Photos of Pastor Sessoms and his church are from his Facebook album 

     

     

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    • commented 2016-02-03 08:53:50 -0500
      It’s just amazing how christians can become jewish and back to christian again at the drop of a hat and then pretend it’s all the same.

    • commented 2016-02-01 13:01:23 -0500
      Please edit your headline to not tar all Baptists with this letter to the editors of a state site of a particular denomination. Your presentation is as inflammatory as the original.

    • commented 2016-01-29 22:40:25 -0500
      The message of loving one’s enemies is a good thing to.practice, yet today’s fundamentalist hates and fears “the other.”
      Yet the one they cozy up to is none other Vladimir Putin, an avowed authoritarian who acts as if the world, the whole world has to bow down to him because some invisible deity placed him in that position.
      All authoritarians stick together, they act as if the world belongs to them. They’re acting as if they already are the rulers of the world.

    • commented 2016-01-29 15:48:51 -0500
      Ted Sessoms, you may think that America is a “Christian” nation, but it is not. Our founding fathers came to America to escape persecution by the Church of England,, who expected all of Great Britain to follow its teachings. Do not think for one second that our government will ever ban people of another religion from coming to America. You are a silly and arrogant man if you think otherwise.. A great number of Americans are disgusted with evangelicals trying to force their bizarre brand of “Christianity” down their throats. What they know about the actual words of Jesus can be engraved on the head of a pin, but they certainly have no problem quoting Leviticus and all those absurd laws that are no longer relevant, because that’s what people like you drill into them.
      If you were directing your words at the Southern Baptists, then you should have written directly to them, rather than publish them in an editorial for all to see. You think that God only protects Christians??? You are a sad excuse for a human being. Shame on you!! Shame!!

    • commented 2016-01-29 09:56:24 -0500
      Curious.
      God wants the Syrians are killed.
      And do not want the killers to be killed.
      Yet the killers will die one day.
      So God wants everyone to die.
      Why God would anticipate the death of a few people?
      If God is evil, he not a God.
      If God is illogical can either be a God.
      If God do not follow its rules and is creating exceptions he’s a bumbling God and therefore is not a God.
      What fuck God the killers are talking about?

    • commented 2016-01-29 09:52:45 -0500
      Please allow me to clarify a statement that has been totally misconstrued. I nor the church I pastor advocate killing anyone especially taking an innocent life. My editorial was directed to the Southern Baptist leadership and I used that particular Old Testament story to demonstrate how God protected the Israelites from constant attack from the Amalekites. I felt the Southern Baptist should be working to protect our denomination and Christianity in particular from the Muslim faith. I hate no one and if a Syrian family moves in our community, we will minister to them as best we can. I apologize if there was any hint that I endorsed killing anyone. That was not my intent. I am still against Syrian Refugees coming into our country because of terrorism and the Muslim beliefs.

    • commented 2016-01-28 18:21:30 -0500
      I’m pretty sure that the America that he wants to save for his children and his grand children, he has already let slip through his his fingers. Not that I believe god will judge him. I’m an atheist. Still I believe in altruism.

    • commented 2016-01-28 17:15:01 -0500
      Prior to the American Revolution, Baptist preachers were imprisoned. I see why.

    • commented 2016-01-28 09:18:29 -0500
      Ted Sessoms, any serious Biblical scholar can explain to you Jesus’ thoughts on the God of the Old Testament. You said what you said, and you can’t take your ignorant and hateful words back. Don’t even try!

    • commented 2016-01-28 09:12:33 -0500
      RMTHUNTER, I have used this argument many times, but the evangelicals only put their fingers in their ears and sing, “Lalalalalala.” They only read the verses that their “pastor” tells them to read. They are incapable of thinking for themselves.

    • commented 2016-01-28 08:18:19 -0500
      Ted Sessoms: Why don’t you just admit that you’re using the Bible as a mask for your own bigotry?

      Maybe you should pull your head out of the Old Testament and pay more attention to the words of Jesus:

      Matthew 25:

      41 Then he will say also to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry, and you didn’t give me food to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink; 43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t take me in; naked, and you didn’t clothe me; sick, and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’ 44 “Then they will also answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and didn’t help you?’ 45 “Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Most certainly I tell you, because you didn’t do it to one of the least of these, you didn’t do it to me.’ 46 These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

      Your sentiments are not un-American — they’re anti-American. Although they’re certainly un-Christian.

    • commented 2016-01-27 23:08:29 -0500
      Ted, depending on what source you get your news from these people are running from the terrorists- that is why they seek refuge from their own country. I’d alsso point out that Steve Jobs parents were Syrian as well. It is unworthy of a Christian to generalize an entire group of people based upon the actions of a few, especially for a Christiaan leader. Have you forgotten the words of Jesus to his disciples? Where in the Bible does it justify your position?

    • commented 2016-01-27 22:49:29 -0500
      That was a pretty poor excuse for a walkback, Ted. But to address your, uh, ‘concern’ directly, check this—considering the number of attacks made by Christians in this nation and around the world on homosexuals, on non-Christians, on Planned Parenthood clinics, on and on and on…turns out, people like me don’t have any way of knowing who among your ilk is a terrorist and who isn’t, either.

    • commented 2016-01-27 22:25:20 -0500
      Jesus would certainly be welcomed in our church. We do not advocate killing anyone. My reference to the Old Testament was simply to show that even God was in opposition to any false gods or idols infiltrating the nation of Israel. My one and only concern is the fact that we do not have any way of knowing who is a terrorist and who isn’t. i care about their souls but I also care about the safety of my children and grandchildren.

    • commented 2016-01-27 21:08:25 -0500
      Pastor Ted Sessoms is definitely a Southern Baptist cultist. He never knew Jesus of the Gospels, but entones the mythology of Paulinity contrived by the war council of Nicaea in 325 CE. Pastor Ted Sessoms would definitely be the first and loudest to call for the execution of the Jesus of the Gospels. He claimed no nationality, gave authority to the state over people, was an iterant who had no home, a drunkard and a glutton who like women and did not shun them. Pastor Ted Sessoms would feel at home in the encampment of Daesh (ISIS).

    • commented 2016-01-27 20:05:20 -0500
      At the risk of proselytizing or sounding “preachy”- that’s not what Jesus said for them to do, the Good Samaritan.

    • commented 2016-01-27 18:17:07 -0500
      If Jesus of old, dressed in a robe and sandals, entered that pastor’s church on a Sunday morning, He would likely be attacked and killed as a Muslim. What these “Christians” know about the TRUE teachings of the Christ they claim to serve can be engraved on the head of a pin. These “Christian” pastors are getting sicker by the day!

    • commented 2016-01-27 17:36:47 -0500
      As an EX Southern Baptist I am appalled at this man claiming to speak for God! The FIRST verses any So. Baptist is taught is John 3:16-17…

      16 For God so loved the world (this includes Syrians or Muslims of all nations), that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

      17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

    • commented 2016-01-27 17:09:44 -0500
      Matthew 7:15-20King James Version (KJV)

      15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

      16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

      17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

      18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

      19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

      20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

    • commented 2016-01-27 16:32:04 -0500
      Welcome to today’s version of a “christian”. Ignorant, violent, child raping, hating with no knowledge whatsoever of their Jesus. I prefer the old style love filled Christian.

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