Matt Barber doesn’t seem to think that any extreme is too extreme for his site BarbWire. They already run columns by Christian Reconstructionist Lee Duigon, now they’ve added Phillip Stallings to their roster. Stallings is described as a “Former Seminary Student, Reformed Christian Apologist and Political Theonomist.” What does that mean? It means he’s a Christian Reconstructionist, as Right Wing Watch points out:
Stallings is identified on BarbWire as a “Political Theonomist.” That’s a term used by Christian Reconstructionists who believe government should be enforcing their interpretation of Old Testament law, like Gary North and Michelle Bachman mentor John Eidsmoe.
Turns out that’s exactly what Stallings believes. His Twitter feed links to a Christian radio show on which he spent nearly half an hour on August 25 arguing that the government should execute homosexuals – or “sodomites.”
It’s my position that the role of the state is morally obligated to obey God’s law…I am for lawful execution of the homosexual.
When the show’s surprised hosts pushed back and asked whether he would support other things called for in the Old Testament, like the stoning of rebellious children, Stallings said God commanded whole nations to be destroyed “all the way down to their children” and that the rebellious son in the Bible was “refusing their parents’ commandments and was openly rebellious in the community.”And, yeah, I’m for what the Bible teaches in that regard, along with the murderer, and the rapist, and the kidnapper, and in this case the sodomite.
Does Barber agree with this? I don’t know. But he clearly thinks promoting people who hold such a barbaric view is okay.
Update: Barber removed the post from his website and tweeted at Right Wing Watch thanking him for pointing out that Stallings wants gay people put to death. But his site routinely publishes columns from Lee Duigon, who is also a Reconstructionist, and recently published one by Steven Anderson, who has also called for the execution of gays.