The Sacramento, California pastor of Verity Baptist Church went viral yesterday, after news of his sermon after the Orlando shooting spread.
“As a Christian, we shouldn’t be mourning the death of 50 sodomites. Let me go ahead and start right there. As a Christian, we shouldn’t be sad or upset,” Roger Jimenez said in his sermon.
YouTube has since removed the video of the sermon deeming it “hate speech,” but Pastor Jimenez is doubling down on his message, according to an interview with ABC10 News.
“The bible does teach that homosexuality deserves the death penalty," he said, admitting he has no regrets for his sermon. "Leviticus 20:13 says that if a man lie with mankind like he does with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination and will surely be put to death. Romans 1 says that they which commit such things are worthy of death,”
Jimenez attempted to explain his philosophy is "if people die who deserve to die, we don’t need to be mourning that."
He's also opposed to the gunman who did the shooting, however. "This gunman there that shot people up, the bible says he deserves to die, he died and we shouldn’t be mourning his death, either. That’s the whole point I was making, and it’s been taken out of context.”
He wants people to understand, however, that his comments are not encouraging people to kill LGBT people.
“I’m not calling people to arms. And I’m not telling people they should go do this... What I’m saying is that if the government followed the laws of God, that’s what they would be doing. And if the government did that, I’d be fine with that,” Jimenez said.
“I would be fine," he said if the government was the one who sentenced LGBT people to die. "I would be totally okay with that, if the government did that. That’s what they would do, if we lived in a righteous nation.”