A Tennessee pastor went on record Sunday during a television broadcast and condoned the practice of stoning gay people for their "sin," Christian Today reports.
Speaking on "The Gospel of Christ" television program, Pastor Ben Bailey of the Central Church of Christ in McMinnville, Tennessee lamented the faithful were leaving "traditional churches" such as his for liberal churches with more progressive views on gay marriage and female clergy.
Slamming progressive Christian churches where "things like women preaching, women leading in service, where homosexuals and gay marriage were accepted openly," Bailey went so far as to say that LGBT people deserved "to be stoned."
"God does not approve of homosexuality or gay marriage," Bailey said. "The scripture says... that is vile, unnatural and deserving of a penalty... It's an abomination that under the Old Testament deserved stoning."
Crooks and Liars points out Bailey didn't stop with his criticism of accepting churches over LGBT issues. He eventually turned his ire on female clergy.
"This book [the Bible] does not condone things like women preaching," Bailey said. "Paul said I do not let a woman preach of be in authority over a man, that's not according to the Bible. If I'm out to please God, we don't find things like that in the Bible."
According to "The Gospel of Christ" (TGOC) website, Ben Bailey is a native of Texas and the preacher for the Central Church of Christ in McMinnville, TN. He is a graduate of the Brown Trail School of Preaching and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Ministry from Oklahoma Christian University. Ben serves as the speaker for TGOC television, radio, and internet broadcasts, and has been with TGOC since its inception.