A controversial Baptist pastor in Texas says he will continue to use homophobic slurs and insists he refuses “to deal with terrorists.”
Stedfast Baptist Church pastor Jonathan Shelley made the announcement during a sermon, which can be seen in a video posted to Twitter by blogger and activist Hemant Mehta on Wednesday. Shelley’s comments are the latest in a series of inflammatory sermons delivered by Stedfast pastors previously labeled a hate group.
The video appears to be from a sermon titled “Don’t negotiate with terrorists” delivered on Sunday.
“I mean, at what point is America going to say, ‘You know what, maybe dealing with these terrorists is stupid; maybe that makes absolutely no sense,’” Shelley says in the video. “And I’m going to start with the word f*g. And I will stick with it.”
Shelley said people “get mad at me” for using the “F-word” and ask him if he’ll stop using it.
“Oh yeah, I definitely use that,” he said, laughing. “Because I don’t negotiate with terrorists. And what man has a problem with me using the word f*g? Then you must be af*g. There are only two kinds of people, people who hate f*gs and people who hate the word f*g. I know who I am.”
During the sermon, Shelley said he would not give in to pressure “to stop preaching these hateful messages.”
Shelley tells news week that he didn’t know the clip was posted on Twitter and didn’t get any attention from him.
Dubbed an anti-LGBTQ hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the church rose to prominence in 2016 when then-Pastor Donnie Romero praised the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, calling the victims “perverts and pedophiles.” “ called .”
“You are the scum of the earth and the earth is a better place now and I’m going to take it a step further,” Romero said in remarks that drew widespread condemnation.
Romero resigned as a pastor in 2019 amid allegations of cheating on his wife with a prostitute.
After being hired as the church’s new pastor, Shelley drew a scrutiny for saying disobedient or lazy young adults could be treated with stoning to death, citing Deuteronomy 21.
The church describes itself on its website as the “independent fundamental King James Only Baptist Church”, which also has a branch in Oklahoma.
Earlier this year, the church was evicted from its Hurst, Texas building because Shelley’s sermons attacked the LGBTQ community, ChurchLeaders.com reports. Shelley has used sermons to celebrate the death of a person killed when a truck crashed into a Florida Pride march.
Shelley responded to the eviction by posting a video on YouTube saying the church’s First Amendment rights had been violated.
“Today you can’t preach what the Bible says without getting a lot of harassment, a lot of persecution,” he said in the video. He added that the church is a “Bible-believing church.”
Despite the eviction, Shelley said Stedfast was prospering and hundreds were coming to church.
news week asked Mehta for comment.
https://www.newsweek.com/preacher-jonathan-shelley-not-going-stop-using-gay-slurs-1707990 Preacher Jonathan Shelley ‘will not stop’ using gay slurs