A California pastor has said on his show that the answer to gay children is to ostracize them and “hand them over to Satan.” Here’s the video:
Pastor John MacArthur, host of the Grace to You show, has a solution for the whole gay…thing. Parents struggling to reconcile their faith-based bigotry with the news that a family member is gay simply shouldn’t worry about it — they should just “alienate” their gay kids and “turn them over to Satan.”
“If that adult child professes Christ, claims to be a Christian, then that becomes an issue for confrontation of the sternest and strongest kind because that falls under Matthew 18. If they profess to be a Christian, you have to alienate them, you have to separate them. You can’t condone that; it’s inconsistent with the profession of Christ. So, you isolate them; you don’t have a meal with them; you separate yourself from them. You turn them over to Satan, as it were as scripture says.”
This advice is only for parents of gay Christians. Non-believers, MacArthur says, should be repeatedly hammered with admonishments and Bible verses to “expose that sin and all other sins, and call that person to salvation and repentance.”
Being gay? That’s inconsistent with the profession of Christ. Alienating your child and handing them over to an eternity of suffering? That’s mandatory if you have Christ’s love flowing through your brain.
The phrase “love the sinner” means nothing because it’s almost always uttered by people who are so twisted by their faith that their love is indistinguishable from cruelty. You can harp on how atheists are immoral all you like, but we’re not running around encouraging people to alienate their own children while calling it love. In fact, there will be crickets from the multitudes who quietly agree with this man, meanwhile we evil, immoral atheists will be the ones declaring in one voice that this man and his advice are the enemies of decency.
But yeah, we’re the evil ones. Gag me. In place of all those begats, instead of the prohibition against graven images, or as a substitute for any of the numerous commands to kill your neighbors for non-crimes, I wish the bible could’ve squeezed in a single sentence commanding people to mind their own fucking business. Of course, that one would probably get ignored as frequently as scriptural calls to murder people and to love your neighbor as yourself.