A Missouri pastor who claimed to support a gay protections ordinance testified that the measure was “immoral” then delivered a stunning apology.

The Rev. Phil Snider of Brentwood Christian Church in August delivered his fiery speech before the Springfield City Council considering the measure which would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city's non-discrimination ordinance.

“I stand before you this evening in support of this ordinance,” he began.

“I worry about the future of our city. Any accurate reading of the Bible should make it clear that gay rights goes against the plain truth of the word of God. As one preacher warns, man in overstepping the boundary lines God has drawn by making special rights for gays and lesbians has taken another step in the direction of inviting the judgment of God upon our land.”

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

“It's not that we don't care about homosexuals but it is that our rights will be taken away and un-Christian views will be forced on us and our children for we will be forced to go against our personal morals.”

“Our city is in the greatest danger that it has ever been in in its history.”

After roughly 2 minutes of preaching, Snider apologized.

“I'm sorry, I brought the wrong notes with me,” he said. “It tuns out what I've been reading to you this whole time are direct quotes from white preachers from the 1950s and the 1960s all in support of racial segregation. All I have done is simply take out the phrase 'racial integration' and substituted it with the phrase 'gay rights.'” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

The city decided to table the measure.