Matt McLean of ONE NEWS television station wanted an interview with Pastor Logan Robertson of the Westcity Bible Baptist Church near the city of Auckland, New Zealand. This happened at the end of 2014.
Matt, the reporter, was interested in the negative response of Pastor Logan in response to a gay Christian who had recently published a book about his faith.
The Gay Author and His Book
The book’s author(unnamed) wrote to over four hundred churches asking for feedback, but heard back from Robertson who wrote in an email from his Westcity Baptist Church: “We are not interested in your filthy lifestyle or book.” Continuing, the email said: “I pray that you will commit suicide, you filthy child molesting fag.”
The Reporter Gets the Same Response
After reporter McLean rang Pastor Robertson to ask for a comment on the email, he was told he would not give an interview to a “filthy faggot”, and that he also hoped McLean would commit suicide.
Speaking in a later interview, he said: “I think every single one of them should be put to death… Christians shouldn’t be doing it, I’m not going to do it, it’s the Government’s job to be doing it.”
The Baptist Union of Churches sought to distance itself from the controversy, saying the Westcity Bible Baptist Church is not part of the union.
The church yesterday posted on its Facebook page: “Truth is Hate to those who Hate the Truth.”
Some didn’t take too kindly to the sentiment, however, with one user writing: “‘And Jesus said to the sinner ‘kill yourself’ -No bible story ever”.