Flip Benham, a Christian activist and pastor, blamed the recent Charlotte protests (over the police killing of Keith Lamont Scott) on an LGBT ordinance that guaranteed transgender people equal rights regarding public facilities, which the city council passed earlier this year (video below).
Benham shouted at the city council, and quoted the Bible at them during a citizen forum time on Sept. 26, notes Right Wing Watch.
"Here's a word, a good word, the best word you're gonna hear because it comes right from the word of God, Benham told the council before quoting Isaiah 1:21-23:
See how the faithful city has become a harlot, she was once full of justice, and righteousness used to dwell in her. But now murderers, your silver has become dross, your choice wine diluted with water. Your rulers are rebels, companions of thieves. They all love bribes. They chase after gifts. They do not defend the cause of the fatherless. The widow's case does not come before them.
The book of Isaiah was written some two thousand years ago and was addressed mostly to the southern kingdom of Judah (not the U.S.), notes theologian John MacArthur's website, GTY.org.
Benham then launched into a rage about transgender rights, which are not mentioned in the book of Isaiah:
Therefore the Lord Almighty has spoken to you on July 25th these very words, that if you continue this rebellion against Almighty God, blood is going to course down the corridors of our schools, our workplaces and our streets!
You need to turn back to Him. It is you that unleashed hell in our city when you tried to say that boys and girls are not the different. You did it! Now repent [Charlotte mayor] Jennifer Roberts, in the name of Jesus Christ! Because if he doesn't fix us there's no National Guard, no Department of Justice that can fix us because there is not an army big enough to make a man do what is right.
But there is a king named Jesus that if he gets in the heart of that young man, he will set him free! Instead of laying everybody else's life down, he will lay his life down for others. That is the truth!
Some in the audience applauded Benham's angry speech.
On Sept. 9, Benham's sons, David and Jason, told hundreds of evangelical Christians at the Family Research Council's Values Voters Summit in Washington D.C. how Christians are being persecuted for their beliefs, noted The Christian Post.
David recited Isaiah 59:14-15, which was addressed to Judah, and, like his father, applied it to the U.S.: "We are watching the prophetic implications of that verse. That was spoken to the nation of Israel. They had turned their backs on God and we are watching the exact same spirit rise up in this country. He who turns himself from evil, makes himself a prey."