The Southern Baptist Convention — the nation’s second-largest religious group — this week officially adopted resolutions declaring their opposition to same-sex marriage, and proclaiming same-sex marriage is not a civil right. The pastor who authored those statements that are now official policy of the church’s more than 16 million members, Rev. Dwight McKissic of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas, says President Obama‘s decision to support same-sex marriage will have consequences worse than Hurricane Katrina and is equal to the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers. McKissic also has said the anti-Christ is gay. Rev. McKissic is a top operative within the SBC.
At least 1836 people died in Hurricane Katrina, and cost more than $81 billion in physical property damage. 2606 people died at the Twin Towers alone. The financial cost is immeasurable. And there is, of course, zero proof — biblical or otherwise — the anti-Christ is gay.
“McKissic, who is black, said it was ‘an unfair comparison’ for gays to equate same-sex marriage with civil rights because there is not incontrovertible scientific evidence that homosexuality is an innate characteristic, like skin color,” the Mercury News reported, adding:
“They’re equating their sin with my skin,” he said.
John Wright, at the Dallas Voice, notes:
But if the SBC is truly trying to temper its anti-gay teachings, it has chosen the wrong spokesperson in McKissic. That’s because McKissic statement rhyming “sin” and “skin” — which is not new but will undoubtedly be repeated by anti-gay SBC pastors all over the country — pales in comparison to some of his other recent anti-gay rhetoric.
For example, in May, McKissic compared President Barack Obama’s decision to come out in support marriage equality to 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. From McKissic’s blog:
President Obama has betrayed the Bible and the Black Church with his endorsement of same-sex marriage. The Bible is crystal clear on this subject, and the Black Church strongly opposes same-sex marriage. His endorsement is an inadvertent attack on the Christian Faith. America is now a candidate for the same judgment received by Sodom and Gomorrah. This was a sad, sad day and a very bad decision, by our beloved President. The moral impact of this day and decision is equal to the military impact of AL-Queda when they attacked the Twin Towers on 911. Today’s announcement is a moral earthquake equivalent to a tsunami or hurricane that will have far more devastating results than Katrina.
And in 2006, McKissic called homosexuality satanic and suggested that the anti-Christ is gay. From Right Wing Watch:
It wasn’t easy at this conference to distinguish yourself by the ugliness of your anti-gay remarks, but Rev. Dwight McKissic of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Texas rose to the occasion in a Saturday workshop on “Impacting the Culture Through the Church.” His remarks were one part bragging about “Not on My Watch,” his road show of opposition to marriage equality for gays, and four parts attacking the gay rights movement. McKissick denounced as “insulting, offensive, demeaning, and racist” the gay right’s movement trying to “hitch itself” to civil rights. Gays, he said, can’t “compare their sin to my skin.” He repeated the classic charge that gays “can’t reproduce so they have to recruit.” But he was just warming up. The civil rights movement, he said, was grounded in moral authority, truth and righteousness, the impetus to freedom, constitutional authority, and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. In contrast, he said, the gay rights movement was inspired “from the pit of hell itself,” and has a “satanic anointment.” The gay rights movement was birthed and inspired by the anti-Christ. He suggested that the anti-Christ is himself gay, citing a verse from the book of Daniel saying the anti-Christ will have no desire for a woman. “I don’t think there is any issue more important than how we are going to define the family,” said McKissic. Television shows portraying homosexuality in a positive light have put us “on the road to Sodom and Gomorrah,” and “God’s got another match…He didn’t run out of matches.”
McKissic has written several books, including, Beyond Roots: In Search of Blacks in the Bible and Developing Oneness in Marriage: A “How-to” for Husbands.
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