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
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Undercover Operatives Waged Sting Operation to Discredit ‘Deep State’ Officials on Trump’s Enemies List: NYT
Undercover operatives from right wing Project Veritas worked with a former British spy trained by Betsy DeVos’ brother Erik Prince to wage a smear and sting operation to discredit “deep state” federal government officials on President Donald Trump’s enemies list while he was in office, including the National Security Advisor and FBI agents.
The New York Times broke the bombshell story, reporting that the “campaign included a planned sting operation against Mr. Trump’s national security adviser at the time, H.R. McMaster, and secret surveillance operations against F.B.I. employees, aimed at exposing anti-Trump sentiment in the bureau’s ranks.”
“The campaign,” the Times reports, “shows the obsession that some of Mr. Trump’s allies had about a shadowy ‘deep state’ trying to blunt his agenda — and the lengths that some were willing to go to try to purge the government of those believed to be disloyal to the president.”
“Central to the effort, according to interviews, was Richard Seddon, a former undercover British spy who was recruited in 2016 by the security contractor Erik Prince to train Project Veritas operatives to infiltrate trade unions, Democratic congressional campaigns and other targets. He ran field operations for Project Veritas until mid-2018.”
Last year, The New York Times reported that Mr. Seddon ran an expansive effort to gain access to the unions and campaigns and led a hiring effort that nearly tripled the number of the group’s operatives, according to interviews and deposition testimony. He trained operatives at the Prince family ranch in Wyoming.
The Times’ extensive reporting, which runs about 2700 words, does not reveal who initiated or who bankrolled the campaign.
The Times reports the operation was run out of a house that rented for $10,000 a month, and that it is not known if President Trump or his closest advisors, including family members, were aware of the operation or had anything to do with it.
“The operation against Mr. McMaster was hatched not long after an article appeared in BuzzFeed News about a private dinner in 2017. Exactly what happened during the dinner is in dispute, but the article said that Mr. McMaster had disparaged Mr. Trump by calling him an ‘idiot’ with the intelligence of a ‘kindergartner.'”
Those allegations were never proven, although they echo what some others inside the administration, like first Trump Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, had allegedly stated.
In the end, McMaster resigned amid far right-wing attacks, but no recordings of him calling Trump an “idiot.”
Read the entire New York Times investigation here.
Newsmax Host Off Air After Online Outrage Over Antisemitic Remarks
Newsmax TV host Grant Stinchfield will be off the air for the remainder of the week after massive outrage over his antisemitic remarks Wednesday night. Stinchfield claimed that American Jews’ “home country” is actually Israel, not the U.S., in a rant attacking President Joe Biden.
“If you are Jewish and you are a Democrat and you are living in America today, how do you support an administration that turns its back on your home country?” Stinchfield had said, as Media Matters reported.
Outrage, especially from Americans who also identify as Jewish, was massive, as NCRM documented.
In March Stinchfield came under attack after claiming there was a “strong case” that President Joe Biden is “not really a Catholic.”
Active Duty US Marine Corps Officer Arrested for Alleged Role in January 6 Insurrection: DOJ
The U.S. Dept. of Justice has announced the arrest of a 40-year old active duty U.S. Marine, a commissioned officer stationed at Quantico, for his alleged role in the January 6 insurrection.
Citing court documents and security camera footage, DOJ in a statement says Major Christopher Warnagiris “violently entered the Capitol on Jan. 6, after pushing through a line of police officers guarding the East Rotunda doors. Once inside, Warnagiris positioned himself in the corner of the doorway, using his body to keep the door open and pull others inside. When a U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) officer tried to pull the doors shut, Warnagiris refused and continued pushing it open. Warnagiris can be seen pushing the officer in an effort to maintain his position in the open door in security camera footage and publicly available video footage captured shortly after 2:25 p.m.”
Warnagiris “is charged with federal offenses that include assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers; obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder; and obstruction of justice, among other charges. Warnagiris will make his initial court appearance today at 2:00 p.m. in the Eastern District of Virginia,” the DOJ said.
HuffPost senior justice reporter Ryan J. Reilly adds:
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) May 13, 2021
On Wednesday several Republican members of Congress stated: “There was no insurrection. To call it an insurrection is a bold-faced lie,” the insurrectionists were merely “peaceful protestors,” and the attack on the U.S. Capitol looked like “a normal tourist visit.”
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