Pastor Scott Carpenter (WBTV)

Pastor tells graduating LGBT students at public school: You're going to hell!

"I just love them too much not to tell them the biblical truth," he said


Scott Eric Kaufman
June 2, 2015 8:41PM (UTC)

A pastor in Kings Mountain, North Carolina is coming under fire for telling a group of graduating seniors at a public high school that, if they belong to the LGBT community, they are going to hell, WBTV's Sarah-Blake Morgan reports.

The interim pastor of Temple Baptist Church, Scott Carpenter, spoke before a group of students at King Mountain High School's annual baccalaureate service. The service was optional, but most students chose to attend.

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Carpenter told WBTV that he doesn't believe he did anything wrong. "Nobody got bashed or anything," he said, "all I did was simply speak biblical truth."

He insists that his comments were motivated by love, not homophobia. "Do I hate anybody?" he asked rhetorically. "Absolutely not. I just love them too much not to tell them the truth."

"Was I trying to be mean spirited? Absolutely not. Was I trying to hurt somebody's feelings? Absolutely not," Carpenter continued. "I was simply had to do what I had to do as a Christian minister."

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The father of one of the students, Chuck Wilson, disagreed. "This is bullying," he told WBTV. "Bullying doesn't have to happen from the back hallway of a school or a back parking lot. It can happen from the pulpit, it can happen from the stage."

Wilson noted that Carpenter was speaking before a "captive audience" at a public school. "It was just simply an inappropriate topic for a baccalaureate service," he said, adding that he hopes Carpenter's remarks won't overshadow the actual graduation ceremony set to occur later this week.

Watch the entire report below via WBTV.

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