RELIGION
07/26/2015 01:35 pm ET | Updated Jul 28, 2015

Georgia Pastor Has No Time For Anti-LGBT Hypocrites

“You can’t evangelize and antagonize at the same time.”

Religious people who are critical of the LGBT community and the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage are "hypocritical," Georgia pastor E. Dewey Smith said in a videotaped sermon that was posted Thursday.

Smith, who is pastor of the House of Hope Atlanta in Decatur, Georgia, and the House of Hope Macon, chastised his congregation and others who "demonize and dehumanize" artists and even members of their own choir who are gay while enjoying and benefitting from their work.

"We have done what the slave master did to us," he said. "Dehumanize us, degrade us, demonize us, but then use them for our advantage."

Vocal opponents of homosexuality will cite Leviticus, Smith went on to say, but the same book of the Bible also prohibits eating shellfish, wearing mixed fabrics and sharing a bed with a woman while she's menstruating.

"Here’s my point. We pick and choose the scriptures that we want to use to beat folk up with, rather than look at our own lives." 

"Look at your neighbor and tell your neighbor, ‘I don’t condemn you. I don’t judge you. I will preach Christ to you,'" he said. "You can’t evangelize and antagonize at the same time."

 

UPDATE: July 28 -- After video of his sermon went viral this week, Smith on Tuesday posted a lengthy blog post to clarify his position on same-sex marriage and LGBT equality, writing that "my sermon was not intended to be a condemnation of gays nor a condoning of same-gender loving relationships."
 
"Although enumerable [sic] media outlets have used my sermon clip for their own journalistic and editorial priorities, my message was not presented in an effort to 'affirm the rights' of the LGBT community," he wrote. "My sermonic [sic] intentions and ministerial assignment is not to be the 'pro gay pastor.'"
 
"My personal theology is still based on male and female relationships only," he added. "While this may disappoint many who have encouraged me over the past few days, please allow a mutuality of 'tolerance.'"
 
His response can be read in full at Joy105.com.

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