Baptist Pastor on Orlando Attack: “Are you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today?”

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.  -- A few short hours after 49 people were gunned down at a gay club in Orlando, Florida, Pastor Roger Jimenez delivered his sermon from his Sacramento pulpit.

"Hey, are you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today? No ... I think that's great. I think that helps society.  I think Orlando, Florida's a little safer tonight," he said to the crowd of believers in front of him.

A link on his church's Facebook page, Verity Baptist Church,  directed viewers to the sermon on YouTube.

"It is unnatural for a man to be attracted to another man," he said as he preached for more than an hour.

"The tragedy is that more of them didn't die," he said.

For members of Sacramento's LGBTQ community, religious freedom is sacred, but leaders feel a vile line has been crossed.

"We as the gay community support you should be able to worship as you see fit, but it's when you use the pulpit to incite violence or demean or discredit another class of people, just utter disgust," said Donald Bentz, executive director of Sacramento's LGBTQ Community Center.

FOX40 reached out to Jimenez at his church, by phone and at his home Monday to no avail.

A congregant who lives just a few doors down from him said she fully supported her pastor, but wouldn't comment on camera about his message.

Throughout the sermon, Pastor Jimenez cited passages in the Bible from Judges 19:22, Genesis 4:1 and Romans 1:27 to back up his points.

Bentz countered that with a critique of the translation process.

"Most of those texts were originally written into Hebrew, translated into Greek, translated into Latin, translated into old English, new English and then back to English and every author that did the translations subjected them to the social mores of their time," he said.

And while Pastor Jimenez has told the faithful of his flock that Orlando is now safer without what he calls the 50 predators eliminated by a terrorist's gun, others believe the danger level in Sacramento has now increased.

"To know that this man's church is within driving distance of my home and where I work and where I'm walking at night, and his congregation members are out on the street, it's very scary," said Bentz.

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson took to Twitter to express his feelings:

12 comments

  • dl

    It is not a world with Christian values that needs to be condemned but one with lack of. We cannot ask God to Bless America and do all we can to take Him from every aspect of our society. The Bible never tells us to hate the person but the sin that they willing live. Lives were lost and it is a tragedy and my thoughts and prayers are with those who are now suffering pain. I have cried many tears for those I do not know. Do not take scripture out of context but don’t believe there is no judgement for our actions either.

  • Lacie

    I wish we lived in a world where there was no such thing as religion. Hate me, say ignorant things, feel as you want but this world and all its different religions and beliefs is just getting crazy. Who’s right who’s wrong? We are here on this earth together no matter how we believe we got here we are here!! Stop the hate it’s not getting anyone anywhere.

  • Rob Baker

    I think he and his parish should do humanity a favor and off themselves. They are the vial infection in society that keep this country in fear. Very UN-educated people.

  • richen

    I am straight, I am Christen, I am 70 years old. Never in all that time have I heard such words of this sort from a pulpit. We are Americans ,we have been attacked it’s time to stand together.! Hey Rev.do you often accuse folks you never met of sexual crimes ? Now I am saddened.

  • Disgusted

    He obviously believes this was God’s will and judgement on a particular group of people. If someone committed this same atrocity in a Baptist church, would he hold the same belief?

  • Susan Conrad

    Gay does not mean pedophile. How ignorant of this man of the cloth condone a mass murder of any human beings. I’m beyond livid

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