A gay man who sent an email about his new book promoting gay-friendly religion was told by a church pastor to kill himself.
Jim Marjoram said he emailed 400 Auckland churches about his book, It’s Life Jim, which details his many decades of struggling with being a gay Christian.
The e-mail he got in response said:
“We are not interested in your filthy lifestyle or book,” Robertson wrote.
“Romans 1 clearly says God has rejected homos and they are worthy of death. You cannot be saved.
“I pray that you will commit suicide, you filthy child molesting fag.”
I’m not sure who has the authority to sack a Pastor at the Westcity Bible Baptist Church, but I hope they do so. Telling a person that they should commit suicide is fundamentally incompatible with Christian values.
Robertson says the Bible says gay people should be put to death. “And if we had a righteous government, that’s what we’d be doing. Instead of letting them go out and pretend to get married when they’re not. The Bible doesn’t even say anything about these fags getting married. They should just be stoned to death instead. That’s what the Bible says. And I hope they all die.”
I think Pastor Robertson should be in the Westboro Baptist Church, not the Westcity one. It seems his church is only a few months old, so maybe this is a misguided publicity stunt. I find it hard to believe any person in NZ could actually believe what he said.
It also seems that his church meets at his home. It doesn’t sound like a legitimate church. Perhaps the Baptist Churches of NZ could do a statement saying his church is not a recognised church in their faith?