The interim pastor of a Southern Baptist church in North Carolina landed in hot water after reportedly telling graduating seniors at a public high school baccalaureate service that if they were gay they would go to hell.
Students and parents at Kings Mountain High School in Cleveland County, N.C., complained to Charlotte television station WBTV that a May 31 message by Scott Carpenter, interim pastor at Temple Baptist Church in Kings Mountain, was anti-gay.
Speaking at a Sunday night worship service sponsored by the Kings Mountain Ministerial Association, Carpenter preached a message Sunday night from Ecclesiastes 12:9-14, a passage that includes the warning: “For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.”
Chuck Wilson, one of dozens of students and parents reportedly offended by the speech, accused the pastor of “bullying” and taking advantage of a “captive audience.”
Carpenter, a graduate of Gardner-Webb University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, told the CBS affiliate that he doesn’t hate anybody and wasn’t trying to hurt anyone’s feelings.
“I just love them too much not to tell them the truth,” Carpenter said. “I simply had to do what I had to do as a Christian minister.”
School district officials told WBTV they provided the venue for the service but had no part in planning it, and students were not required to attend.
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SOURCE: Baptist News Global