Local church leaders weigh in on pastor's anti-gay sermon

A local pastor and Christian author do not agree on a Maiden pastor's recent anti-gay sermon.
A local pastor and Christian author do not agree on a Maiden pastor's recent anti-gay sermon.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT/WBTV) - A pastor's sermon is going viral after he explained his controversial plan to "get rid of" lesbians and homosexuals.

The video shows Pastor Charles Worley from Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, North Carolina.

A lot of his comments are fueled by the recent marriage amendment.

In the video, Pastor Worley says things like he wants to puts gays and lesbians behind a fence and let them die. Worley said the fence should be electrified so that they can't get out, and suggested they would die because they can't reproduce.

"I've never been as sick in my life of our President getting' up and saying it was alright for two women to marry, or two men to marry. I can tell you right now, I was disappointed bad," Pastor Worley was recorded saying. "I'll tell you right there, it's as sorry as you can get. The Bible is against, God's against, I'm against and if you've got any sense you're against!"

WECT.com talked to one local pastor who is strongly against gay marriage and a Christian author who supports it. While the two disagree on the marriage amendment, they found some common ground on the controversial sermon.

"Well, I think this guy should be thrown in a pit and maybe we don't even feed him," said Doug Wahl, a local Christian author.

Pastor Jay Merritt described the sermon as "insensitive."

"It sounded like he was preaching to the choir," said Merritt. "I heard a lot of amens."

For two local religious men with different points of view on gay marriage, this sermon resonates the same message.

Merritt said Worley was incorrect in the approach on how to deal with gay marriage.

"We all, as pastors, have to be very careful to take God's word as a whole and not focus on one individual piece of it and run people away with those small truths," said Merritt.

He also said personal opinions do not belong at the pulpit.

Wahl said the sermon is plain hatred.

"I hope it's not a reflection of a community," he said.

Both fear the sermon will have long lasting effects on the community. Merritt said he thinks since the video went viral that thousands could be hesitant to walk into any church doors.

According to the church's website, Providence Road Baptist Church is an "old-fashioned church" and idealizes itself as a "Fundamental, Independent Missionary Baptist Church." Pastor Worley has been with the church since 1976, according to the website, and has been preaching since 1959.

"We offer NO apologies in believing the King James Version of the Bible is the inerrant Word of God," the website proclaims.

Copyright 2012 WECT. All rights reserved. WBTV contributed to this report.