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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

"Sinners in the hands of an angry preacher." Pastor Worley and his unChristian theology.

     It's no secret, this Baptist pastor in Maiden, N.C., hates homosexuals. And it didn't start with Obama's recent approval of same-sex marriage. As far back as 1979, Pastor Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church, was venting his hatred toward homosexuals (WBT Talk Radio, 1110 am, 5/2312, played a snippet from a '79 sermon where Wurley called for the hanging of homosexuals. And some may remember when Jerry Falwell expressed similar unbiblical ideas). But this is  probably the first time Wurley has gotten this much attention since the internet wasn't around in '79. The shame of this mindless rant is it is done under the guise of Christianity and Christ by the fact that it was committed by a so-called Christian pastor inside the building where he and his congregation gather on Sundays (I will not call their assembly a "church" since the true church is "the body of Christ" with Jesus Christ as its Head. Eph. 1:22-23; 4:15-16). This is not Christianity; it is an affront to Christianity.
     The response from some in the visible church (I say the "visible" church meaning all gatherings one can see that call themselves a church including the true church and the false church) have been in agreement, more or less, with Pastor Worley, pointing to Old Testament laws that accurately reflect God's judgment on homosexuality under the Old Covenant (Lev. 18:22-25; 20:13. Homosexuality is still an abomination. But things have changed just a little bit since the law was given. For which we should all be really, really thankful).
     God did command that all caught in the act of same-sex intercourse were to be stoned (Lev. 20:13). The same for women committing bestiality, adulterers caught in the act, incest, and several other offenses were deemed worthy of execution (read Leviticus 18 and 20 and Exodus 21:12ff).
     But a note of clarification is needed here (and desperately so lest church folk start piling up stones in the vestibule), the Law of God, aka, the Law of Moses, was given to the Jews and for the Jews only; it wasn't intended for the pagan nations that the Jews were going to find themselves living in the midst of (Rom 2:14-16; 3:1-2; Eph. 2:11-13. It was to be Jew stoning Jew for these offenses.
     And the execution of any caught in a sin worthy of the death penalty had to be carried out by the hands of two or three eyewitnesses (can you imagine how many Jews got away with murder, literally, because they weren't caught? Or they were caught by only one eye witness? Deut. 17:6)
     Now it is true that Yahweh commanded the Hebrew children (the Jews) to slaughter many of the pagans around them because these pagans were God's enemies and the enemy of all that God planned to do in redeeming and reconciling sinful, fallen, depraved man to Himself through faith in the Messiah, the Christ, Jesus. Cf. Deut. 2:26-37; 25:17-19. But that's a different matter, unrelated to the law.
     We forget that with the promises of the coming of the Christ, with His birth, sinless life, suffering, fulfilling God's will and law perfectly, dying as the Substitute for those who come to faith in Him, His resurrection and His ascension, we are no longer under the law but under grace, i.e., we no longer stone folks for their sins, even the sin of homosexuality. This is THE lesson of the apostle Paul in Romans, Galatians, and First Corinthians 6:9-11.
     Pastor Worley would be well advised to read Luke 9:51-56 and see what spirit he is of. The same goes for those who kill doctors who murder babies through abortion. We aren't sent to kill them, go figure.
     Pastor Worley and congregants, is this your method of spreading the gospel, the "good news?" The word of God calls all to repent and believe the gospel. Maybe you folks should start here, I mean, repent and call on the name of the Lord that you might be saved (Rom. 10:9-13; Acts 2:38-39).