Just as soon as the world was greeted with the Islamic terroristic murder of 50 patrons of a homosexual bar, it was also greeted with the verbal terror of “Pastor” Steven Anderson casually celebrating the “good news” of their deaths because they’re “a bunch of disgusting perverts and pedophiles,” who “were all going to die early anyway.”
In a rant that is as ignorant of what the Bible actually says as it is shockingly void of compassion, Anderson states he is “just trying to look on the bright side” when he opines of the “dangerous” homosexual victims, “At least they’re off the street,” and dismisses their murder by saying, “I’m not sad about it. I’m not going to cry about it. . . . They were all going to die early anyway.”
Let’s be clear: even if Anderson’s view of the Bible were true (it’s not), it would still hardly be the time and place for publicly rejoicing in the face of grieving friends and families. The lust to jump immediately in front of a camera to share such cold indifference and vacant empathy should give us as much to think about as the presence of Islamic extremists among us.
But let’s be even clearer: Anderson’s view of the Bible is flat ignorant. Here is the view on which he bases his heartless rhetoric. He says,
“I will say this. The Bible says that homosexuals should be put to death, in Leviticus 20:13. . . . [God] put the death penalty on murder, and he also put the death penalty on homosexuality. That’s what the Bible says.”
That is absolutely not what the Bible says. Leviticus 20:13 does not criminalize homosexuality. It is a sin, to be sure, but not a crime, and was certainly not punished with the death penalty. The verse says, “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.” Read it again. Even under that old law, no one was a criminal for merely being a homosexual or having homosexual inclinations. The only thing criminalized was the act of sodomy between two males. Nothing else.
Further, this act would have had to have been proven in a court of law on the testimony of two witnesses to the act—a highly unlikely event. These witnesses, if proven false, would themselves be liable to the very death penalty they had wished to inflict.
Most importantly, this death penalty was tied to the Old Covenant seed laws. It no longer has any purpose after the coming of Christ, and is no longer in effect under the New Covenant.
Many Christians like Anderson often refer to Romans 1 as a go-to homosexual passage, and one where it is said at least that they “deserve to die” (Rom. 1:32). This passage is, in fact, often used as a focus upon the sins of homosexuality in general and their role in the degeneracy of civilization. Indeed, the verses do address these things. What is almost always left out, however, is that it says those who “deserve to die” also include the following sins:
all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.
There you have it. If we should be heartlessly dismissive of the deaths of these homosexuals, by the same standard we should equally celebrate it as “good news” and decline to be sad when anyone with envy, strife, deceit, gossip, pride, disobedience to parents, of foolishness is randomly slain. And unfortunately for our otherwise so holy and self-righteous “pastor” here, the list also includes “heartless” (without affection) and “ruthless” (without mercy).
As many people know, this man has a long track record of ridiculous teachings and positions. This heartless disdain for tragedy and mourning only cap off what by now deserves universal condemnation. Currently the video is at 79k views and growing, and the disapproval rate is about 9-to-1. The disapprobation seems to be coming as much, if not more, from unbelievers, who appear to be more compassionate in such a time than this guy’s branch of Christianity. Shockingly, there are over 400 people who give this video a thumbs up.
This is the worst possible face anyone professing Christ could put forward. Anderson says he is worried that this shooting is going to be used as propaganda against Christians who preach the Bible. He should be more worried that the video he just made will be used as propaganda against Christians, because it is not just wrong, it is stupidly wrong. It is wrong in just the perfect way liberal critics could want it to be wrong: it is psychopathic and skewed, and that in an overgeneralized way that could inspire hatefulness in a broad way. It is just the type of thing done in the name of Christ that can be used to persecute the name of Christ.
I am a strong believer in biblical law. I have written books on it, as our readers well know. Steven Anderson is not speaking in the name of biblical law. He is not even referencing the Bible accurately. His views are not Bible but bigotry. He has a long track record of such heartless expression. I think even I can speak on behalf of most of the Christians when I say, Steven Anderson, would you please shut up.
There is a time and place for condemnation of social degeneracy. If Christians are called to such a prophetic office, they should start by denouncing the sins of Christians (i.e., themselves) who demand and use socialist programs like public education, social security, medicare, and tax-funded public services, who support wars of intervention and the militarization of police, perpetuate racism, and refuse to apply biblical law to local government, law enforcement, and criminal justice.
There’s plenty to be concerned with in our own house. If we’re worried about the collapse of civilization, we can start with our own pulpits and pews.