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New Zealand pastor tells gay author to kill himself

New Zealand pastor tells gay author to kill himself

A New Zealand pastor is standing firm behind his call for a gay author to kill himself.

Jim Marjoram, a gay author and community activist, emailed Auckland churches about his new book It’s Life Jim. The memoir tells his ‘journey of battling being gay but desperately wanting to be straight and just have a happy family.’

While expecting criticism, Marjoram was not prepared for the vitriol from Logan Robertson, a pastor from Westcity Bible Baptist Church.

The church meets in Robertson’s home and calls itself ‘independent and fundamental.

‘We are not interested in your filthy lifestyle or book,’ the return email said, according to GayNZ.

‘Romans 1 clearly says God has rejected homos and they are worthy of death. You can not be saved. ‘I pray that you will commit suicide, you filthy child molesting fag,’ it continues.

The email ends by directing Marjoram to a video which argues AIDS is God’s judgment.

In response to a question from GayNZ, the pastor insists he did not tell anyone to commit suicide.

‘You’re changing what I said,’ Robertson explains. ‘I didn’t tell him to commit suicide. I said I’d pray for him that he will commit suicide … I didn’t tell him to go and do it … and I did pray that prayer when I [wrote] it.’

As for using the term ‘filthy child molesting fag,’ Robertson is unrepentant.

‘I don’t have a problem with it,’ the pastor said. ‘If people have a problem with it they can do what they like, I don’t care … I’ll call them whatever I want to call them.’

Marjoram notes that since the email has been made public, he has received a generous amount of support from Christians all over the theological spectrum.

‘Even many very conservative Christians who would normally not agree with my own beliefs have stood together in condemning these attitudes,’ the writer said to GayNZ. ‘It seems to have triggered a lot of people to take these attitudes seriously and stand together in a positive way instead of just moaning about it and slagging the guy.’

‘It’s addressed much deeper issues with religion that people seem to have had enough of, and even many conservative Christians are saying "hey, we aren’t all like this you know,"’ Marjoram continues.