Roger Jimenez Praises Orlando Nightclub Shooting as “Great”

Ezekiel 33:11  Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

After the June 2016 Orlando Nightclub shooting, in which 49 people were killed, Roger Jimenez preached in a few sermons about how he was not upset and nobody else should be that these people were killed. In contrast – because they were in a nightclub known to cater to homosexuals, Jimenez concluded that all the people killed were unsaveable. He also said they all were pedophiles. Here’s some of the statements he made:

“Hey, are you sad that fifty pedophiles were killed today? Um, no, I think that’s great. I think that helps society. You know, I think Orland Florida is a little safer tonight, now that fifty – You know, the tragedy is that more of them didn’t die. I mean the tragedy is I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m kind of upset that he didn’t finish the job! Because these people are predators, they are abusers!”

“I wish the Government would round them all up, put them up against a firing wall, put a firing squad in front of them and blow all their brains out!”

He preached an entire message called “The Christian Response to the Orlando Murders”, where he teaches the same theology:

“I want to just give you several points tonight in regards to that, number one, if you’d like to write these down, I’d appreciate it, as a Christian, we shouldn’t be mourning the death of fifty sodomites, Let me just go ahead and start right there. As a Christian, we shouldn’t be sad, or upset…”

Understandably, there was a large media coverage and outrage about his statements. Jimenez, Anderson, and others in the New IFB have framed all of this as persecution for following the word of God, but in reality, much of it is rightful criticism for Jimenez preaching things that the Bible does not say, and instead preaching that he wishes eternal hell on people that God wants to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. Not only do true Baptist churches call out Jimenez for being wrong here, but even the world can see that he’s wrong.

Steven Anderson came to Jimenez’s side on the issue, saying essentially the same thing:

Post Author: Joshua Lindsey

My name is Joshua Lindsey. I live in Minnesota, and with my wife and children am a faithful member of my local independent Baptist Church. I have taught Sunday School classes and children’s classes, and also had the opportunity to preach at several churches. I teach Bible college classes on the Pentateuch, Atheism and Faith, Chrsitian Denominations, Bible Preservation (A defense of the underlying texts of the KJV), Bible Geography and Customs, Church Graphic Design, and some others. My father is an Independent Baptist Pastor in Wisconsin, and I grew up in a home full of love for the Lord. My parents raised me in the Bible, and are faithful to this day in witnessing and discipling. Although I was constantly immersed in biblical teaching and preaching, I did not personally believe in Jesus as described in John 3:16 until my freshman year in Bible college. In the many years since then, I have grown in grace and the Lord has given me opportunity to serve him in ministry. Among other ministries, I run my church’s print shop and participate in door-to-door evangelism. In doctrine, I affirm the truth that has been passed down from church to church since the time of Christ. I affirm the deity of Christ, his death, burial, and bodily resurrection, the personhood of the Holy Spirit, the Trinity, the virgin birth, the inerrancy and infallibility of the scriptures, the inspiration and preservation of the scriptures, the imminent return of Christ and his future literal millennial reign. I accept the canonicity of the 66 books of scripture, I believe that God commands all men to repent, that Christ draws all men to himself, that any person can believe and be saved. I believe salvation cannot be forfeited or taken away. I believe Christ’s command to go to all the world and preach the Gospel is still applicable to us today. I believe in a future literal judgment seat of Christ and a Great white throne judgment. I believe that no person will enter heaven except through Jesus Christ. I reject all false religions: Islam, Judaism, new Age, etc. I reject the teaching that God elects some men to damnation, giving them no chance to be saved. I reject the idea that God did not preserve his words and that recent manuscript discoveries provide us with a more accurate Bible that was not available to past generations of Christians. I reject the concept of a universal church. I reject the idea that Baptism plays a part in salvation. I believe many things additionally not listed here. My views align with the scripture and with the beliefs that faithful churches have held since the time of Christ, and have held under the title of “Baptist” for many centuries now.

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