Wednesday, May 23, 2012

An Open Letter to Pastor Charles Worley

May 23, 2012

Pastor Charles Worley
Providence Road Baptist Church
3283 Providence Mill Road
Maiden, NC 28650


Dear Pastor Worley:

I have followed your recent incendiary statements about your desire to incarcerate gay and lesbian people behind an electric fence until they all die off. Though I find your statements repugnant and so far removed from the love and compassion of Jesus as to be unimaginable, you are certainly within your freedom to voice those words. However, I do have one issue that simply cannot go unnoticed without confrontation.

I know that you are aware that a peaceful protest is planned for this Sunday, May 27, at or near the vicinity of your church location. The word is now out that you and your congregation will be meeting in another, secret place. In all of the bombast of your sermon, you sounded as though you were, in your mind at least, making prophetic statements. The Biblical prophets often said things that made other people very uncomfortable and caused those same folk to react against the statements. However, those blessed prophets stood their ground and faced whatever heat came their way.

If you are going to make the statements as you did, at least have the balls to publicly stand on your remarks before a peaceful protest. The counter-response toward you will not be vicious as were your remarks to our gay and lesbian friends. Yours is not the stance of a prophet. It is the stance of a coward.

In hopes of someday cooling the rhetoric,

Gary West

This letter was mailed to Pastor Worley on May 23, 2012

1 comment:

  1. Well said and good response. As we discussed today, I am amazed how some interpret the gospel as a means to incite hatred.