Pagan and evangelical ministers agree: Orlando shootings were not ‘God’s wrath’

GROVE CITY, OH  (WCMH) — When Crosslink Church Pastor Dave Bever posted a Facebook video Sunday about the shootings in Orlando he never expected it to go viral, but it did.

In the video, the evangelical pastor shames Christian extremists who have called the shootings the wrath of God against homosexuality. Bever says the shootings were purely an act of terrorism and hate.

“Don’t say God had anything to do with it!” Bever exclaims in the video. “I’m gonna tell you right now. What happened in Orlando, Florida was an act of hate and terrorism and violence… And don’t you dare and don’t you ever allow anyone to state or believe that somehow, some sick twisted way God had anything to do with that… That was not God’s judgement for homosexuality, that was not God’s wrath, that was not God’s correction.. That is the worst theology I’ve ever heard… And if you’re a preacher or you’re a Christian and you’re going around today and quoting scripture and telling people that that’s the wrath of God then shame on you.”

By Thursday morning his post had been seen more than 10 million times and had more than 365,000 likes.

LilyBeth Carman is an ordained Pagan minister in Grove City and says she couldn’t agree w/ Pastor Bever more…

LilyBeth Carman - Blessed Be Spiritual Shop
LilyBeth Carman – Blessed Be Spiritual Shop

“I’m behind you, dude,” says Carman. “I mean, like I said, we might not agree on our spiritual path, but that’s not what this is about… This is about the sanctity of human life.”

Carman says her Blessed Be Spiritual Shop shop has been the target of Christian extremists, but she says hearing that Pastor stand up for what’s right takes some of that sting away.

That pastor’s awesome. He’s taken the religion out of it,” said Carman. “And he’s even said, I don’t care about that right now. What I care about it those are people… I love it when we can take the religion out of the equation and just talk as common sense human beings.”

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