A Maiden, North Carolina “pastor” named Charles L. Worley has shot the body of Christ in the head by effectively calling for a Nazi-style internment camp for homosexuals where they would be imprisoned by electrified fencing and then eventually “die out… [because] they can’t reproduce.”
Although this type of verbal diarrhea is normal for these King James Only fundamentalist churches, “Pastor” Worley’s cruelty has caught fire on the internet. The standard liberal anti-hate groups are all lathered up with this gift of a gaffe – they need this exact type of holocaust talk in order to continue to justify painting Christianity in general as a religion of hate towards homosexuals. Meanwhile back in North Carolina I’m sure “Pastor” Worley is all too happy with himself. Having spent at least a year myself in a 1611 King James Only Bible Baptist church from which I barely escaped with my mind, I know the boasting and chuckling going on behind the scenes as they revel in the attention he has gotten. This cruelty is, to say the least, disgusting, hypocritical, and most of all – antichrist. This type of garbage is a perfect example of some of the worst of Christian hypocrisy.
Why do I say all of this, and with such indignation?
1) It is exactly the opposite of something Jesus would have said. In John 8:1-11, we see a woman caught in the very act of adultery. Icky, messy, slutty, nasty woman. She should be killed! She should be hit in the head with stones until she dies! She is perverting the nation! What do you say, Mr. Jesus? Mr… holy Rabbi man from Nazareth who nobody ever heard of until recently – Mr… no education in the schools we went to, Mr… only have 12 stinking followers must be some sort of lunatic Jesus – what do you say? (Watch him make a fool of himself here).
“He who is without sin, cast the first stone.” Whoa. They all went away one by one – silenced, guilty, revealed. What does He say to the woman? “Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.” The gospel! It is always both “not condemned” AND “sin no more” (thank you RW Glenn for that point).
Sin no more! But what comes first before the command to sin no more? The grace and mercy which empower the command to be obeyed! This type of Jesus would not be acceptable to “Pastor” Worley and his followers.
2) “Pastor” Worley speaks exactly opposite of how the Apostles charge pastors to address the lost and erring. Paul writes to Pastor Timothy:
”And a slave[sic] of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth,26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.” II Timothy 2:24-26 (NKJV)
Peter writes to Christians under persecution:
Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; 16 and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. 17 For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.” 1 Peter 3:15-17 (NASB)
3) “Pastor” Worley was trying to look cool. Of course he doesn’t really think that his idea is what should or could be done. He wasn’t giving a serious, thoughtful, pastoral solution to what is a genuine issue for society. Homosexuality and its widespread acceptance is a true scourge on a people, a direct evidence of God’s wrath on a nation (Romans 1:18-32), but it is an extremely sensitive subject requiring thoughtful, loving, gospel-saturated, biblical language. “Pastor” Worley obviously spoke only to inflame emotions, build up fascistic rage against homosexuals, and also, most angering to me, to say to the rest of us Christians who take our time and effort to carefully refute the homosexual errors, and who preach the gospel in power and love – he told us we can all basically shove off with our ministry work. There’s a new sheriff in town, “Pastor” Worley gonna lay down the laauw!! “Pastor” Worley gonna decide for everyone how this discussion gone be!! (Gag).
4) “Pastor” Worley spoke in laziness. Anyone can lob rhetorical bombs and create a needless frenzy. It takes work, care, passion for the labor of a minister of Christ to effect true gospel motivation and conviction. It’s obvious when someone is simply a lazy Bible slob who doesn’t care about the complexities and depth within Christian ministry.
So then, “Pastor” Worley – you’ve brought shame and scorn on the Name of Jesus. You’ve brought shame and misunderstanding upon the Bible and the body of Christ. You’ve perhaps set back 100,000 relationships between Christians and homosexuals. You’ve become a political football with which the liberal fascists will now run for a touchdown. You are a disgrace to the Name you claim to exalt, and in all my tiny 10-visitors-a-day-to-this-blog-power I call on you to publicly confess that this was sinful and harmful, repent, seek counseling, and step down from the pulpit – the place reserved for qualified men who are able to preach the Word of God rightly divided and show themselves approved. May you find grace and help in coming to a true understanding of the gospel of Christ.
In my next post I will attempt to deal with the broader question of Christian “hate” groups.
Thanks for reading,