Pastor Sean Harris 'Retracts' Advice to Parents to Beat Kids Who Seem Gay But Says It's Still an Abomination

Pastor Sean Harris posted an official "statement of retraction" on his blog this morning following statements of "apology" to the press.

Seean_harrisIt reads, in part:

The purpose of this document is to issue an official statement of retraction of any and all words that suggest that child abuse is appropriate for any and all types of behaviors including (but not limited to) effeminacy and sexual immorality of all types. I should not have said what I said about “cracking,” “punching,” and particular bias toward outward attraction of girls. Nor should I have used the words “special dispensation.” I did not say that children should be squashed. I have never suggested children or those in the LGBT lifestyle should be beaten, punched, abused (physically or psychologically) in any form or fashion. The gospel is the only source of power sufficient to deliver anyone from the power, penalty, and presence of all forms of sin including, but not limited to, all forms of sexual immorality including homosexuality...

...However, I do not apologize for the manner in which the Word of God articulates sexual immorality, including homosexuality and effeminacy, as a behavior that is an abomination to God. Nothing in this official statement of retraction should be perceived as an apology for the overarching intent and message of the sermon and the need to define marriage as one man and one woman and to maintain the gender distinctions that God created from the beginning when He made them male and female (Genesis 1). I recognize that there are those in the LGBT community who believe that their sexual behavior is not sin. I do not agree with them and this official retraction should not be misunderstood as an apology for the gospel of Jesus Christ or the Word of God.

Read the full statement and "apology", AFTER THE JUMP...

Mike Signorile tells me that Harris is going to be on his show at 2:30 pm ET today.

Official Statement of Retraction

The purpose of this document is to issue an official statement of retraction of any and all words that suggest that child abuse is appropriate for any and all types of behaviors including (but not limited to) effeminacy and sexual immorality of all types. I should not have said what I said about “cracking,” “punching,” and particular bias toward outward attraction of girls. Nor should I have used the words “special dispensation.” I did not say that children should be squashed. I have never suggested children or those in the LGBT lifestyle should be beaten, punched, abused (physically or psychologically) in any form or fashion. The gospel is the only source of power sufficient to deliver anyone from the power, penalty, and presence of all forms of sin including, but not limited to, all forms of sexual immorality including homosexuality.

I apologize to anyone I have unintentionally offended. I did not say anything to intentionally offend anyone in the LGBT community. My intent was to communicate the truth of the Word of God concerning marriage. My words were not scripted. It is unfortunate I was not more careful and deliberate. I can understand how these words could be misunderstood without the context of years of ministering to the people of God at Berean Baptist Church. I have received nothing but notes of appreciation and support from the people within the church. To those in the greater body of Christ in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and the world--I seek your forgiveness if I have offended or hurt the cause of Christ. I have learned from this and will seek to be more articulate and deliberate with my words in the future.

However, I do not apologize for the manner in which the Word of God articulates sexual immorality, including homosexuality and effeminacy, as a behavior that is an abomination to God. Nothing in this official statement of retraction should be perceived as an apology for the overarching intent and message of the sermon and the need to define marriage as one man and one woman and to maintain the gender distinctions that God created from the beginning when He made them male and female (Genesis 1). I recognize that there are those in the LGBT community who believe that their sexual behavior is not sin. I do not agree with them and this official retraction should not be misunderstood as an apology for the gospel of Jesus Christ or the Word of God.

I do not apologize for the manner in which I emphasized the importance of one man and one woman getting married and staying married for the benefit of their children and society.

I am confident that if the state of North Carolina was not in a state constitutional battle to define marriage as one man and one woman, this sermon would not have received the media attention it has through the intentional framing of my words without the context of the entire sermon on various blogs.

I have already sought to clarify my words in a previous statement that can be found at http://pastorseansblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/important-clarification-to-sundays.html. The church has an official statement on discipline of child that can be found at http://www.bereanbaptistchurch.org/contemporary-issues.php under the heading “Discipline of Children.”

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  1. @ Michael. Yes, there is debate about the word. However, none of them including Leviticus are inferences to homosexuality or their acts.

    Posted by: Snoopy | May 2, 2012 11:39:28 PM


  2. Sean Harris: Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire.

    And some day it will be your whole being and soul when you burn in the hell you so desperately believe in. And when you're down there burning, I hope they're cracking your wrists and punching the Pastor out of you.

    Posted by: johnny | May 3, 2012 7:48:57 AM


  3. ....This little "incident" goes to prove without a shadow of doubt that the pulpit is the beginning of the the behaviors of gay-bashers, bullies and murderers. This troll is giving them the "right" to to commit these actions. He isn't a follower of Christ. He is a filthy pot-stirrer who keeps his "flock" rapt with his dangerous talk and lies. They pay his salary, after all and because they are terrified of anyone or anything they can't understand, he's just ticket for their kind... And their kind ?Scared and violent.He advocates physical harm to an innocent child. None of his talk or behavior is what Jesus would do.
    Be gone! Now! You are a traitor to all who believe that peace and understanding are the real virtues. Go to Hell.

    Posted by: thom | May 3, 2012 7:50:13 AM


  4. check his hard-drive.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | May 3, 2012 8:14:54 AM


  5. This clown and his ilk are the abomination! Christ-like, my ass! What ever happened to love everyone (thy neighbor) as thyself?

    Posted by: billmiller | May 3, 2012 8:41:49 AM


  6. Harris' non-apology is very bit as disgusting as his advice to his congregation.

    Posted by: nothierthanthou | May 7, 2012 3:01:02 AM


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