Pastor Donnie Romero of the Stedfast Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, recently prayed that the survivors of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, would die (video below).
Romero was lending his support to Pastor Roger Jimenez of the Verity Baptist Church in Sacramento, California, who expressed his disappointment that more gay people were not killed at the Pulse nightclub, notes KDFW.
In a video that the Stedfast Baptist Church posted on June 16, Romero says:
I agree 100 percent with Pastor Roger Jimenez. These 50 Sodomites are all perverts and pedophiles and they are the scum of the earth and the earth is a little bit better place now, and I’ll even take it a little further because I heard on the news today that there are still several dozen of these q----- in ICU and intensive care.
And I will pray to God -- like I did this morning, I will do it tonight -- I will pray that God will finish the job that that man started, and He will end their life, and by tomorrow morning they will all be burning in hell, just like the rest of them, so that they don’t get any more opportunity to go out and hurt little children.
Romero was recently asked by KDFW if he stood behind his death wish-prayer, and replied:
Absolutely I do. The Bible teaches that they are predators, and I believe that every Sodomite is a pedophile and is a predator...
Just like if there was a building that had a bunch of rapists or a bunch of evil murderous people, and the building collapsed on them, or something happened where they were all killed, I don't think that's something we should mourn over, because they're evil people.
Theologian Steve Kellmeyer countered: "No Christian who has any formal understanding of the interaction between the Old and the New Testament would say such a thing. He's just one more in a long list of people who don't get what it means to be Christian."
The Stedfast Baptist Church states on its website:
This church is old-fashioned, has traditional music, and is King James Bible only! The new evangelical movement in America has been a complete disaster. The worldly, rock and roll, contemporary-style churches are not getting the job done when it comes to preaching the Gospel to every creature, teaching Bible doctrine, and preaching hard against sin. We do not pattern our church after these trendy social clubs. Stedfast Baptist Church stands for the old paths and zero compromise preaching.
The King James Bible (English language) is not the original language of either the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) or New Testament (Aramaic and Greek). The King James Bible was published in 1611 by King James VI, who disliked Puritans, but wanted to quell their potential agitation. He ordered a popular translation of the Bible that included familiar English terms and names, notes Christianity.com.
Full Sermon by Pastor Romero, Death Wish Is At 1:30 Mark