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Bible Trivia Game Leads To Fatal Stabbing

| by Michael Allen

An inmate, Timothy Parsons, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on July 13 for killing another inmate, Eugene Anderson, after they played a Bible trivia game in January at the Mount Olive Correctional Facility in Fayette County, West Virginia.

Parsons, who was doing time for killing his wife and mother-in-law in 2012, defeated Anderson in the Bible knowledge game, so Anderson tried to set up a prison hit on Parsons, according to the prosecutor, noted WCHS.

However, Parsons took out Anderson by stabbing him 20 times with a manufactured knife, reported WSAZ. Parsons, who already has two life sentences, will be sentenced for killing Anderson in September.

In addition to his current life sentences, Parsons could get 10 to 40 years for killing Anderson.

Anderson was locked up for child sex and pornography crimes.

Parsons admitted to killing his wife, Leigh Ann Parsons, and her mother, Gloria Kinder, in 2012. According to deputies, Parsons showed their bodies to a 15-year-old girl, and then tied up the teen and raped her, reported WSAZ.

After Parsons was sentenced on two counts of first-degree murder in 2013, the courtroom applauded.

Parsons said at the time: "I don't know what to say. I'm sorry."

Jacob Thomas, a family member of the victims, told Parsons in court: "You failed as a man, you failed as a husband, you failed as a father, you failed as a human being."

"Timothy Parsons, I don't know what got into you that day, but it was Satan," Kay Linville, Parsons' next-door neighbor, stated.

"When I go to bed at night, I see those murders in my mind and I think of what he did," Linville added.

Tommy Parsons, Timothy's uncle, told the judge: "I'd like to see the court show him mercy, the same mercy he showed his wife and his mother-in-law."

In more religious news, evangelist Franklin Graham announced on Facebook on July 15 that God does not create transgender people.

Graham was responding to a recent vote by the Church of England's governing body to consider special church services for transgender people:

As Christians we have to stand firm on the Word of God. Of course our churches should be welcoming of transgender people, in the same way we should be welcoming of anyone, because everyone needs the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ. But God’s Word is unchanging, unwavering, and true. Yes, we have compassion for all, but compassion must be based on truth.

God did not make people transgender–He made them male or female. And a service acknowledging someone’s gender change is a service celebrating a departing from God’s will. The Bible tells us, "For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions" (2 Timothy 4:3).

Sources: WCHS, WSAZ (2), Franklin Graham/Facebook / Photo Credit: JohnPaulRichards/Flickr, LegacyBibleGame/Wikimedia Commons, Robert/Flickr

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