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WATCH: Biblical Basis for Stoning of Gays, Says Tennessee Minister

WATCH: Biblical Basis for Stoning of Gays, Says Tennessee Minister

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Homosexuality 'is an abomination that under the Old Testament deserved stoning,' says Pastor Ben Bailey.

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Add Pastor Ben Bailey of the Central Church of Christ in McMinnville, Tenn., to the list of those endorsing stoning for gay people, or at least seeing a biblical basis for it.

In his sermon last Sunday, video of which was shared by Raw Story, Bailey denounced people who seek churches that have "relaxed and liberal views." They want "things like women preaching, women leading in service, where homosexuals and gay marriage were accepted openly," he said. But that's not God's way, he added.

"He has a definite standard and it is not the liberal mindset that we see today," Bailey said. "This book [the Bible] does not condone things like women preaching. ... God does not approve of homosexuality or gay marriage." The Bible considers homosexuality "vile, unnatural, and deserving of a penalty," he said, and "an abomination that under the Old Testament deserved stoning."

The Churches of Christ are autonomous congregations united by common beliefs, chief of which is a literal view of the Bible. As for similarly named denominations, the United Church of Christ has long been LGBT-affirming, and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has taken LGBT-friendly stances in recent years.

Watch the clip below, from Central Church's TV program The Gospel of Christ, courtesy of Raw Story.

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.