AUDIO Pastor enourages punching children with gay tendencies, issues retraction

Pastor Sean Harris "punch" the gay out of children

On Sunday, Pastor Sean Harris of the Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, NC gave a sermon about homosexuality and made remarks that were so controversial they have spread across the internet. The backlash against his statements has been so great that he has written an official statement of retraction.

Here is a sample of what the pastor told his congregation followed by audio from Sunday:

“So your little son starts to act a little girlish when he is four years old and instead of squashing that like a cockroach and saying, ‘Man up, son, get that dress off you and get outside and dig a ditch, because that is what boys do.’ You get out the camera, and you start taking pictures of Johnny acting like a female, and then you upload it to YouTube, and everybody laughs about it, and the next thing you know, this dude, this kid, is acting out childhood fantasies that should have been squashed.”

If you’re unable to catch the audio or don’t have the time or care to listen to what was said here are further quotes:

“Can I make it any clearer? Dads, the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist. Man up. Give him a good punch. Okay? ‘You are not going to act like that. You were made by God to be a male and you are going to be a male.'”

“And when your daughter starts acting too butch you reign her in. And you say, ‘Oh, no, sweetheart. You can play sports. Play them to the glory of God. But sometimes you are going to act like a girl and walk like a girl and talk like a girl and smell like a girl and that means you are going to be beautiful. You are going to be attractive. You are going to dress yourself up.'”

During the audio members of the church can be heard laughing when Harris tells them, “Yeah, you can. You are authorized. I just gave you a special dispensation this morning to do that.”

It’s not difficult to understand why this inflammatory speech has outraged so many. In the sake of forgiveness and fairness Sean has issued a retraction via his blog and I thought I would share it and let you be the judge if you feel he is sorry for what he said:

The purpose of this document is to issue an official statement of retraction of any and all words that suggest that child abuse is appropriate for any and all types of behaviors including (but not limited to) effeminacy and sexual immorality of all types. I should not have said what I said about “cracking,” “punching,” and particular bias toward outward attraction of girls. Nor should I have used the words “special dispensation.” I did not say that children should be squashed. I have never suggested children or those in the LGBT lifestyle should be beaten, punched, abused (physically or psychologically) in any form or fashion. The gospel is the only source of power sufficient to deliver anyone from the power, penalty, and presence of all forms of sin including, but not limited to, all forms of sexual immorality including homosexuality.

I apologize to anyone I have unintentionally offended. I did not say anything to intentionally offend anyone in the LGBT community. My intent was to communicate the truth of the Word of God concerning marriage. My words were not scripted. It is unfortunate I was not more careful and deliberate. I can understand how these words could be misunderstood without the context of years of ministering to the people of God at Berean Baptist Church. I have received nothing but notes of appreciation and support from the people within the church. To those in the greater body of Christ in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and the world–I seek your forgiveness if I have offended or hurt the cause of Christ. I have learned from this and will seek to be more articulate and deliberate with my words in the future.

However, I do not apologize for the manner in which the Word of God articulates sexual immorality, including homosexuality and effeminacy, as a behavior that is an abomination to God. Nothing in this official statement of retraction should be perceived as an apology for the overarching intent and message of the sermon and the need to define marriage as one man and one woman and to maintain the gender distinctions that God created from the beginning when He made them male and female (Genesis 1). I recognize that there are those in the LGBT community who believe that their sexual behavior is not sin. I do not agree with them and this official retraction should not be misunderstood as an apology for the gospel of Jesus Christ or the Word of God.

I do not apologize for the manner in which I emphasized the importance of one man and one woman getting married and staying married for the benefit of their children and society.

I am confident that if the state of North Carolina was not in a state constitutional battle to define marriage as one man and one woman, this sermon would not have received the media attention it has through the intentional framing of my words without the context of the entire sermon on various blogs.

If you would like to share your feelings with Sean he can be reached via Twitter, his handle is @Pastor_Sean.

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  • Anna

    He is an idiot. It is also an abomination to wear wool and linen together as well as eat shrimp… or so says your little bible. Shall I punch my daughter as soon as she puts a piece of shrimp in her mouth?


    this absolutely disgusts me. I hope his kids grow up to be GAY/LESBIAN..and i hope they remember they were born this way. so rediculous that this has to even be said. This man deserves to rot in jail. God doesnt like the people who also judge. I wish bad things for him.

  • cynthia

    sound like he talking from experince. is that what his daddy did when he walked down stairs in a dress? ignorant hiding behind a bible and idiots saying amen.

  • Elle

    Gotta love those bible thumping “Christians”. Eff that guy 100%.

  • steve

    Classic repression behavior. Guy’s gay as a french horn.

  • Sarah

    That’s sick. Your son acts a little feminine so you try to beat it out of him?! And even if he is gay, what makes anyone think that hitting him is going to turn him straight?! All you’re going to have is a gay son that hates you! Why can’t people just be proud that their child is happy and healthy. Smh.

  • Dianna

    oh wow in his official “apology” i love how he says he didn’t say that you should beat your kids or abuse your kids for acting gay when he clearly says it in the video!!

    btw its not an abomination to be gay. its mistranslated in the bible (like a few other things in the bible). the word toevah which is the word used in bible when referring to being gay means: something that is permitted to one group, but forbidden to another; aka taboo.

    and in the KJV abomination is listed 150 times but only 103 translate to toevah. plus the KJV which is told to be the most accurate translation you can get since its the oldest english version was written by king james who was a pope. and if you look up the history of the Roman Catholic Church and popes their not that big on letting you know what the bible exactly says. if they did than Martin Luther wouldn’t have felt the need to let people know about it

  • Jayla

    This is everything that’s wrong with Christianity…

  • Sarah

    I’ll be the one to say it and you all bash me like I know you’re going to…. THIS IS WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS TO HEAR. THIS IS HOW PARENTS NEED TO BE. Parents need to TAKE CONTROL over their children. This man is 100% RIGHT.

  • Forrest

    I don’t agree with beating ya children or with most all of the comments but I partially agree with him. God doesn’t accept homosexuality or even worse, transsexualism. God created ‘man and woman’, not man and man and vice versa.
    All these monkeys sicken me. Most of y’all believe you come from monkeys so you can be one.

    • Sarah

      I agree. I don’t agree with beating your children but I don’t think that’s the message he was sending and people took it the wrong way. He was using those words as a metaphor. People need to calm down.

    • Dianna

      ohh i dont believe we come from any other animal. the bible is highly mistranslated. and there are so many contradictions i have found from actually taking a bible doctrines class which is a study of the bible. a class that was also taught to me by a pastor.

      i believe everyone should be accepted and loved for who they are regardless of their sexuality!! YOU DO UNDERSTAND PEOPLE COMMIT SUICIDE OVER THINGS LIKE THIS RIGHT!!!!

      • Forrest

        I don’t accept or support gay rights, they can be accepted and supported by others, but not me.
        Not to be taken as an offense.
        But wont do anything that goes against my own religion.
        And yes I do understand people commit suicide over things like this.
        I hope peeps start turning back to God.

  • helloisitme

    I don’t think he actually meant that ppl should beat their kids. I think he was kind of joking. But all of the homophobia he demonstrated is true. It doesn’t matter if he meant to beat kids or not, forcing your children to be something they are not and not loving them unless they are what you want them to be is abuse regardless of whether its done emotionally or physically.

  • Chris

    Has anyone called CPS on this guy? He belongs behind bars!