Pastor James David Manning of ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church in Harlem continues to make the most vile and disgusting statements, especially on the church’s marquee. The latest is to declare that Jesus would stone gay people to death as it commands in Leviticus.
An anti-gay church in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood greeted passersby with a horrifying, homophobic message: “Jesus would stone homos.”
ATLAH Worldwide Missionary, led by Pastor James David Manning, posted the message on a sign outside its 123rd Street location. “Jesus would stone homos,” the message read, along with “Stoning is still the law” and Bible verses Matthew 5:17-19, Deuteronomy 17:5-7, Leviticus 20:13 and John 8:1-11.
The Leviticus passage, which is often cited in anti-gay rhetoric, says: “If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”
Do they even read their own Bible? There’s a story about Jesus that quite obviously bears directly on this claim, the story of the woman caught in adultery. Like homosexuality, the Old Testament commands that adultery be punished by stoning. But Jesus not only did not stone her, he admonished those who wanted to with the famous statement, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” Not only is this claim not consistent with human decency, it isn’t even consistent with their own Bible.
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