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Missouri pastor’s ‘anti-gay testimony’ is not what it seems (Video)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

This recently released video of the Rev. Dr. Phil Snyder, pastor at the Brentwood Christian Church, in Springfield, Mo., is, at first glance, not much different from the recent anti-gay rants of pastors Sean Harris, Charles L. Worley, Curtis Knapp or Dennis Leatherman, who have each called for violence or death to gays.

“Any accurate reading of the Bible should make it clear that gay rights goes against the plain truth of the word of God,” begins Snyder, as he testified in August at a Springfield City Council hearing on the city’s proposed non-discrimination ordinance.

“This step of gay rights is but another stepping stone toward the immorality and lawlessness that will be characteristic of the last days,” he said.

But, Pastor Snyder’s speech is not necessarily what it appears — watch, the last seconds will take you by surprise:

After video of Snyder’s testimony went viral, he took to his blog on Saturday to add some context to his speech:

Pastor Phil Snyder


The last few hours have been a bit of a whirlwind for me, to say the least. I’m really heartened by all of the emails, Facebook messages, and kind words that I’ve received over the last 24 hours.

As I read each one, I don’t see them simply as messages that seek to affirm a particular talk I gave on a particular night in Springfield, MO (as grateful as I am for such affirmations), but rather, I view them as a reflection of the thousands — indeed, the millions — of people who, on a daily basis, are journeying together because we believe that our world can be a better place, a fairer place, a more beautiful place — for all people and not just for some — and we won’t stop calling for a more beautiful world to be born.

I’m also grateful for all of the people who have come before us — many whose names history won’t recall — who have allowed us to be where we are now, on whose shoulders we stand. These folks may not be famous — more times than not they are friends or family members who have bravely told their story, often in the face of major consequences. They are the ones who have brought us to this place, and we carry their stories with us as we try to build a a more just world.

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A lot of people ask, “How can a pastor who values the Bible take this kind of stance?” Truth be told, there are a bunch of pastors and people of faith across the country who are open and affirming — not in spite of their faith, but precisely because of it. And the number of open and affirming people of faith is rapidly increasing.

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Secondly, to the many of you who said, “I wish I lived in Springfield, because yours is a church I could actually attend!” Well, this kind of statement makes my day. We have tried to build a community of faith based on the intentional welcome of all people, especially those who have felt hurt and/or alienated by the church and/or Christianity.

The proposed measure would have added sexual orientation and gender identity protections in the areas of employment, public housing and accommodations — it has since been “tabled.”

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19 more reader comments:

  1. Yeah scripture also says people can have slaves.

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 3:44pm
  2. Jed, you totally missed the point of the verse you quoted. That’s funny.

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 3:45pm
  3. IF you tried to live 100% by the old testament, you would be arrested as a criminal / murderer… If you tried to live wholey by the new testament, you would be put away in an asylum – for the protection of society.

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 3:46pm
  4. I liked this video very much. I hope he got his message across to someone.

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 3:46pm
  5. Great vid! You really have to watch the ENTIRE video to get the real message he’s delivering. (Watch first, comment second.)

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 3:47pm
  6. Ahh, so the end is near? All the more reason to ‘come out’.

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 3:48pm
  7. Super!!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 3:48pm
  8. ahh! haha yea…

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 3:51pm
  9. Be sure to watch till the last second ;)

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 3:52pm
  10. Its funny because as I was watching it, I was thinking, blah blah blah pastor we’ve heard those tired statements from christians before..so the end was a surprise for me.

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 3:52pm
  11. oh lord… I hate false pastors!

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 3:52pm
  12. people are commenting without even listening to what is actually being said. other comments are just plain moronic.

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 3:57pm
  13. Jed hit and ran here too huh? Lol

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 4:01pm
  14. sadly, Springfield MO did NOT pass this ordinance. we are still asking them to pass the ordinance to protect LGBTQ rights. great video from Springfield MO! Thanks for sharing.

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 4:02pm
  15. you have to watch to the end of it. Totally changes what you think is going on.

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 4:02pm
  16. It amazes me how many people are so quick to comment on a story they haven’t read, or a video they haven’t watched.

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 4:09pm
  17. He’s so right, they’re trading one group to hate for another

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 4:45pm
  18. interesting

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 5:42pm
  19. STRIP SEATTLE MARRIAGE EQUALITY – Watch this clip until the last second you will not regret it!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQVhmBA0E8I

    Posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 at 2:04am