September 27, 2023

Pastor Dillon Awes of Stedfast Baptist Church in Watauga said gay people “are dangerous to society” and “all homosexuals are pedophiles.”

Pastor Dillon Awes of Stedfast Baptist Church in Watauga, a suburb of Fort Worth, made these remarks during a Sunday morning sermon titled “Why We Won’t Shut Up.”

“I’m angry this morning because our entire country is celebrating the worse sin in the Bible,” Awes said during the sermon referring to Pride Month, which commemorates the LGBTQ+ community every June.

“You know a lot of pastors have this stupid idea where it’s just like, ‘oh you know God loves everyone. And God hates the sin but loves the sinner.’ But people have taken this to such an extreme where they’re saying celebrate the sin, not just tolerate it, celebrate it.” “Let me show what the Bible says about these people.”, He added.

Awes read several passages from the Bible and condemned homosexuality as a sin. At one point, he told the congregation that gay people “are dangerous to society” and said that “all homosexuals are pedophiles.”

“I’m not saying that every single homosexual that’s alive right now has committed that act with a child already because it could be they haven’t had the opportunity yet and they will at some point later in their life,” he said. “This is why we need to put these people to death through the proper channels of the government. … These people are not normal. They’re not your average everyday sinners. … They have no hope of salvation.”

People from the crowd cheered in agreement with him at certain times during the sermon. Awes said that he believes the “solution for the homosexual in 2022” is the death penalty.

“These people should be put to death. Every single homosexual in our country should be charged with a crime. The abomination of homosexuality that they have, they should be convicted in a lawful trial. They should be sentenced with death. They should be lined up against the wall and shot in the back of the head,” he said.

The church’s main pastor, Jonathan Shelley, defended Awes saying in a lengthy statement that America has weakened “punishments for homosexuality.”

“The Bible teaches that God’s laws have not changed on this issue,” Shelley said. “We will not let the Devil’s influence in our culture stop us from believing the Bible. Our main purpose is to get people saved. We will preach everything the Bible says.”

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