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Gay People Should Be ‘Shot in the Back of the Head, Says Texas Preacher

Stedfast Baptist Church
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A preacher in Watauga, Texas, has drawn national attention for saying that it is God’s will for gay people to be executed by being “shot in the back of the head.” Dillon Awes of Stedfast Baptist Church made the comments June 5 in a sermon titled, “Why We Won’t Shut Up.” 

“What does God say is the answer for the sodomite?” asked Awes during his sermon. “What does God say is the answer, is the solution for the homosexual in 2022 here in the New Testament, here in the book of Romans? That they are worthy of death. These people should be put to death! Every single homosexual in our country should be charged with the crime, the abomination of homosexuality that they have. They should be convicted in a lawful trial, they should be sentenced with death, they should be lined up against the wall and shot in the back of the head! That’s what God teaches. That’s what the Bible says. You don’t like it, you don’t like God’s Word.” 

Stedfast Baptist Church relocated to Watauga after being evicted earlier this year from its location in Hurst, Texas, for hate speech after its main pastor, Jonathan Shelley, preached that those who practice homosexuality are “worthy of death.” 

Stedfast Baptist Church: ‘We Won’t Shut Up’

Dillon Awes’ sermon, titled “Why We Won’t Shut Up,” is not on YouTube, but the audio of the sermon is on the Stedfast Baptist Church’s website. The audio begins with the church singing the hymns, “The Fight Is On,” “Victory Through Grace” and “Onward, Christian Soldiers.”

Awes took Acts 4 as the main text for his sermon, saying that just as Peter and John were not afraid of the religious leaders, so Stedfast Baptist Church will not be afraid to speak out against the “sodomites.”

“Today people want to shut us up for what we preach about the sodomites,” said Awes, “but I’m telling you, we’re not going to shut up.” He said the purpose of his sermon was to explain why Stedfast will not stop speaking out on this topic.

Throughout his sermon, Awes referred to people in the LGTBQ community as “sodomites,” a term taken from God’s destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah as recounted in Genesis 19. Awes also used the term “f******” and other slurs and at one point during the sermon said that love for people is one of the the church’s reasons for continuing to speak out against the “sodomites.” “I hate every single one of them because I love God and because I love people,” he said.

Awes noted that in Acts 4, Peter and John laid the blame of Jesus’ death at the feet of the Pharisees and Sadducees and were not afraid to do so even though the religious leaders were already hostile to the disciples. “That’s hard preaching right there,” said Awes, who believes Peter and John would be labeled hate preachers today.