Colorado State Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt, a Republican, has warned parents to remove their sons from the Boys Scouts of America (BSA) before they are sexually assaulted by gay scout leaders.

The BSA last week lifted its ban on openly gay adults, though church-sponsored chapters remain free to decide the issue for themselves.

(Related: Boy Scouts ends ban on gay adults.)

“If your boy is in one of those organizations, you need to get them out of there,” Klingenschmitt warned on his Pray in Jesus Name web program. “Because what they're going to do is promote homosexual men to mentoring and camping with your boys in the woods and it will lead to child abuse.”

“It's not about the sexual pleasure of the adults, it should be about protecting innocent children.”

“This is what Jesus said about child molesters. If you're going to cause a child to sin, it'd be better if you just had a millstone hung around your neck and you were drowned in the depths of the sea,” he added.

On Wednesday, the Colorado Republican Party distanced itself from Klingenschmitt's remarks.

“We strongly condemn Gordon Klingenschmitt's highly offensive comments. As we've said in the past, Gordon does not speak on behalf of the Party, nor do his words reflect our Party's values,” the group said in a statement.

Dave Montez, executive director of LGBT rights advocate One Colorado called the remarks “reprehensible.”

“Gay adults are involved in scouting for the same reasons everyone else is; to serve youth, and to help them grow into good, strong citizens,” Montez said.

Klingenschmitt defended his remarks, saying in a text message to The Gazette, that his critics should “take it up with Jesus.”

“Of course the gay groups want me to stop quoting the Bible in church,” he wrote. “I will not apologize for quoting Jesus' words from the pulpit. If they are easily offended, they should take it up with Jesus, not with me.”