WA's Ken Hutcherson: "Unrepentant" Homosexuality Will Kill You, Is Unnatural
February 09, 2012 2:50 pm ET by Carlos Maza
On February 8, CNN.com published an op-ed by fervently anti-gay pastor Ken Hutcherson, who opposes Washington State’s proposed marriage equality law. According to Hutcherson, legalizing same-sex marriage would bring God’s judgment on society, and gays and lesbians who choose to “stay the way they are” will suffer the consequences:
When I read about Sodom and Gomorrah, I believe God is saying that the right thing to do is for a man and a woman to be in a relationship without sexual sin and if you stray from that, it is very detrimental to society. Sodom and Gomorrah practiced the rampant sexual sin of homosexuality and because of that God brought judgment on the cities and destroyed them with fire because of the sin of homosexuality acts (Genesis 19:1-29.)
Now do I think God brings judgment on a society that encourages homosexuality? I do. And since I am a pastor and God has commanded me to love everyone, I will do what it takes to love them. That does not mean I will accept that they stay the way they are. Unrepentant sin destroys you and will kill you. So if I believe the word of God, that He will bring judgment on a people, then I would be a very bad shepherd not to warn those people.
God said in the Book of Romans that the sin of homosexuality is going against your own self. It is unnatural; nothing is natural about homosexuality. When a man desires another man more than a woman, or when a woman desires a woman more than a man, the bible says that is unnatural and God is against it (Romans 1:24-27.) Here I am as a pastor dealing with what God has said. Homosexuality should not be accepted as just another way of life. Indeed, we have gone way past that in our culture and in every aspect, God has stood against this.
Every community and country that has allowed this sin to be normalized has suffered. Going against God’s Word is not good for society. Many pastors have had to spend time and money defending themselves against religious discrimination. The normalization of sin in society results in other negative consequences such as the deterioration of the health of marriages and the increase in out-of-wedlock births. [emphasis added]
Hutcherson has a history of making extreme anti-gay comments, peddling misinformation about LGBT equality, and working with anti-gay hate groups. In January, he was named official spokesperson for the Stand for Marriage Coalition – a collection of groups fighting against marriage equality in Washington.