A Tennessee Baptist preacher says that homosexuality is the “most lethal attack we have today against the family,” and a “capital offense to God.”
Claiming he wants to treat gay people as “people,” PastorÂ Robby Gallaty of Chattanooga’sÂ Brainerd Baptist Church warned in a 50-minute sermon on SundayÂ that “homosexual acts” are “contrary to God’s design” andÂ a “capital offense to God.”
He also, at the end of his lengthy sermon, said he welcomed gay people into his church.
Taking his congregation on his historical view of homosexuality throughout time, Pastor Gallaty claimed that the Greeks “promoted homosexuality,” and that athletes in the Olympic Games were naked for sexual reasons, not for speed. “Let’s be honest, how much does a shirt weigh?”
Gallaty also quoted from the infamous Book of Leviticus, and delivered what many would describe as a false interpretation of the story ofÂ Sodom and Gomorrah.
“Friends, it doesn’t take a seminary degree in English to realize what God is saying as the reason he deviates and levels the city. The fact of the matter is the men and boys came to the house, they wanted to have sex with attractive men inside,” Gallaty said. He labeled homosexual sex “the chief sin in Sodom,” claiming “that God leveled the city,” because of it.
“Leviticus 18 is the list of unacceptable sins,” the Tennessee pastorÂ continued. “Before you say, ‘This is Old Testament law, this doesn’t apply to me,’ friends,” he said, “this is as applicable to you today as it was back then.”Â
â€œGod said that the sins of the people had infected the very land in which they live,â€ Gallaty said. â€œSo what happens to people who engage in this activity, this sexual immoral activity? Go to Leviticus 20, God gives us the punishment for engaging in these sins. â€˜If a man sleeps with a man as with a woman, they have both committed a detestable thing. They must be put to death. And their blood is on their own hands.â€™â€
He calls the passage “sobering” and says “this is a capital offense to God.” He called it a “life or death matter,” not to be “trivialized.”
Gallaty makes up a claim that Jesus “didn’t have to talk about” homosexuality because the Jews already condemned it. There are many subjects that Jesus purportedly discussed that had been discussed previously.
David Edwards at The Raw Story, who first reported on the video, adds that Pastor Gallaty continues on to promote ex-gay therapy.
But the pastor noted that there was some good news in the New Testament of the Bible: God could turn gay people into heterosexuals.
â€œ[The Bible says] some of you used to act like this, but now youâ€™ve changed by the grace of God. You were washed! You have been sanctified! You have been justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and by the Spirit of God.â€
Gallaty went on to opine that â€œhomosexuality is an attack on the family and the marriage.â€
â€œItâ€™s the most lethal attack we have today against the family,â€ he insisted. â€œAnd if the enemy can ruin the family, he wins.â€
According to Gallaty, LGBT people â€œwear that homosexual badge as a badge of honor, itâ€™s an identifiable marker.â€
â€œHereâ€™s the problem with the argument that you closed-minded Christians, one day youâ€™re going to come full circle, and youâ€™re going to realize that youâ€™re being judgemental just like racism was 50 years ago,â€ he remarked. â€œAnd we finally realized that racism was an issue for Christians.â€
â€œAnd now you guys have repented and come full circle, and youâ€™re going to realize that youâ€™re as foolish as we were with the movement of racism,â€ Gallaty added. â€œItâ€™s not the sameâ€¦ A black man canâ€™t change his race, a white man canâ€™t change his race, a homosexual can stop engaging in homosexual acts. See, sexuality is a choice. Gender and race are not.â€
Calling the Pastor’s actions of sending a “repent or die” message to young LGBT people in Tennessee “a true social blight,” Jeremy Hooper at Good As You notes that Pastor Gallaty is “unapologetic about making local gay teens hate themselves.”
Gallaty is the author of three books, including Unashamed: Taking a Radical Stand for Christ, and his latest, Growing UP: How to Be a Disciple Who Makes Disciples.
About to preach on “God’s Standard for Sexuality.” What does Gods word say about Homosexuality? Prayers appreciated.
â€” Robby Gallaty (@Rgallaty) August 30, 2014
At the very end, after spending 48 minutes telling his congregation that gay people are a threat to mankind, and God thinks they are guilty of “capital offenses,” Gallaty implores Christians to “stop bashing gays” and to “stop telling jokes about gay people.”
“The sin of homosexuality may be wrong, but your sin,” Gallaty tells his members, “is just as bad.”
Here’s Gallaty’s sermon:
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Comer Announces Public Hearing After Hunter Biden Closed Door Testimony
House Oversight Committee Chairman Jim Comer announced he will hold a public hearing with Hunter Biden after the president’s son testified behind closed doors for most of Wednesday.
“I think this was a great deposition for us, it proved several bits of our evidence, that we’ve been conducting throughout this investigation, but there are also some contradictory statements that I think need further review,” Comer told reporters Wednesday afternoon.
“So this impeachment inquiry will now go to the next phase, which will be a public hearing. And that’s something that I think everyone in the media has been asking a lot of questions about. Something that I know that Mr. Biden and his attorney both demanded, just as I said, when we said we were going to do the deposition first, we will have a public hearing next.”
It’s unclear what other witnesses Chairman Comer and Chairman Jordan will present.
Comer claimed that parts of Hunter Biden’s testimony contradicted some of their previous witness’ testimony, although he refused to elaborate.
Hunter Biden stated in the opening remarks he released publicly Wednesday morning that Chairman Comer and Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan had built their “entire partisan house of cards on lies told by the likes of Gal Luft, Tony Bobulinski, Alexander Smirnov, and Jason Galanis.”
“Luft, who is a fugitive, has been indicted for his lies and other crimes; Smirnov, who has made you dupes in carrying out a Russian disinformation campaign waged against my father, has been indicted for his lies; Bobulinski, who has been exposed for the many false statements he has made, and Galanis, who is serving 14 years in prison for fraud.”
Politico described Hunter Biden’s opening statement as “blistering.”
“I am here today,” the President’s son began, “to provide the Committees with the one uncontestable fact that should end the false premise of this inquiry: I did not involve my father in my business. Not while I was a practicing lawyer, not in my investments or transactions domestic or international, not as a board member, and not as an artist. Never.”
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Comer announces another impeachment public hearing pic.twitter.com/UjlWAs8zbb
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 28, 2024
Court Denies Trump Request to Pause $454M Bond Requirement Amid His Cash Liquidity Claim
A New York appeals court has denied Donald Trump’s request to issue a stay on the state Supreme Court’s ruling ordering the ex-president to pay $454 million in the civil business fraud case brought by Attorney General Letitia James. Trump had offered to post a bond of $100 million as he appeals the ruling, as he suggested he did not have sufficient liquid assets – namely, cash – to post the full amount required.
The judge did, however, pause a portion of the ruling barring Trump from operating a business in New York, and also paused the portion of the ruling barring him from obtaining a loan from a bank registered in the State of New York.
“It’s a mixed bag for Trump, and the former president GAINS some ability, in an interim ruling, to continue his business activities and loan-seeking. But the most crucial request, a stay of enforcement of the $450M+ judgment, has been rejected,” reports Just Security’s Adam Klasfeld.
Unless he can obtain a loan or other financing, Trump, as he admitted in his legal filing, may have to sell some of his assets, likely real estate, to come up with enough cash to satisfy the judgment.
The court “also denied Trump’s request to delay his obligation to post $454 million until his appeal of the civil fraud verdict is over,” CNN adds.
Trump Swore Under Oath He Had $400 Million in Cash – Now He’s Telling a Court a Different Story
Attorneys for Donald Trump are arguing the ex-president and self-professed billionaire should not have to post a bond of $454 million as he appeals the New York State Supreme Court’s ruling holding him liable for civil business fraud. Instead, Trump is offering a bond of $100 million.
But as legal experts are pointing out, under oath, Trump stated he had $400 million in liquid assets. And his attorney, Alina Habba, when asked last week if he could come up with $350 million, said on-camera, “Yes, I mean, he does, of course he has money, you know, he’s a billionaire. We know that.”
Question: Judge Engoron says that he wants this $350 million within 30 days. Does Donald Trump have that kind of money sitting around?
Habba: I mean, he does. Of course he has money. You know, he’s a billionaire. Um, we know that pic.twitter.com/O6HRd4lBXi
— Acyn (@Acyn) February 20, 2024
“Trump says he doesn’t have the cash that both he and Habba told everyone he had, and that ‘properties would have to be sold’ to come up with the money,” Filipkowski adds.
He sums up the situation: “Trump under oath in his deposition: I’m worth at least $10 billion, I have over $3 billion in tangible assets, I have $400 million in cash. Trump to appellate court: I can come up with $100 million and I need more time to sell stuff to come up with the rest.”
Indeed, The New York Times reported earlier this month, “Mr. Trump claimed under oath last year that he was sitting on more than $400 million in cash.”
New York Attorney General Letitia James was quick to urge the court to deny Trump’s offer of $100 million, or, as Just Security’s Adam Klasfeld reports, “to deny Trump’s application to pause enforcement of the judgment pending appeal, including the disgorgement, monitoring, and loan prohibition.”
“Defendants all but concede that Mr. Trump has insufficient liquid assets to satisfy the judgment amount; defendants would need ‘to raise capital’ to do so,” James writes, as Klasfeld notes.
Klasfeld points to this section of Trump’s motion that reads: “In the absence of a stay on the terms herein outlined, properties would likely need to be sold to raise capital under exigent circumstances, and there would be no way to recover any property sold following a successful appeal and no means to recover the resulting financial losses from the Attorney General.”
In other words, Trump’s attorneys are saying he would have to sell assets, or properties, at less than market value, and should he win his appeal, he would have no means to be compensated for the difference in value.
“Trump has less than 30 days to post the money to prevent the New York attorney general’s office from taking steps to execute the judgment, including potentially move to seize properties,” CNN adds. “It is not yet clear how he plans to cover the payment.”
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