Pastor Steven L. Anderson, from the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Arizona, is known to be an outspoken and controversial figure.
During a recent radio interview on FM 104, an Irish station, he said that according to the Bible, homosexuals should be given the death penalty.
It all started when the radio host asked Anderson what he thought of homosexuality. Here’s how the pastor responded:
“Well, the Bible teaches that, actually, gays should be executed. Because it actually says in Leviticus 20:13 that if a man also lie with mankind as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood should be upon them.”
“But obviously, you don’t personally believe that, do you?” asked the host.
Then things got a little awkward.
“Now, obviously I believe every word of the Bible, including that. Now, I’m not saying that I would ever kill anyone, because I never would, but I believe that the government should use the death penalty on murderers, rapists, homosexuals, and…that’s what the Bible teaches, very clearly,” responded Anderson.
So, if Anderson had his way, the government would seek out and kill all homosexuals.
Further defending his bold statement, Anderson said, “I read the words of the Bible and you asked me if I believed it. Well, I wouldn’t be a Christian pastor worth my salt if I didn’t believe the Bible.”
Anderson’s portion of the interview comes at the 51:00 mark in the interview.
Anderson is not new to controversy. In 2009, he delivered a sermon where he admitted to praying for Obama’s death. “I hope that God strikes Barack Obama with brain cancer so he can die like Ted Kennedy and I hope it happens today,” he said.
Wow. Anderson sure doesn’t do a whole lot for Christianity’s image. What are your thoughts on his remarks? Let us know below.