James Dobson last week struggled to
answer whether he believes the Bible calls for the stoning of gay
The Focus on the Family founder was
asked the question during an appearance on televangelist Andrew
Wommack's The Gospel Truth.
“Do you believe in stoning them to
death? Do you want to kill all homosexuals?” Wommack asked.
“I don’t,” Dobson answered, “and
that’s a tough question, because that comes out of the Mosaic law
but I don’t believe... You have to take the entire Bible and as far
as I know there’s no place else in the Bible that tells us to kill
those who don’t believe what we believe.”
“You ask a tough question,” Dobson
Wommack gave his own reasons why
Christians can condemn gay people without killing them: “You know
the Old Testament did say to kill a homosexual. To kill an
adulteress. To kill a witch. You had to kill them. And if your
children were rebellious and didn’t respond the first time you
corrected them, you had to bring them to the elders and let them kill
them. And the way I respond to that is that in the Old Covenant
people couldn’t be born again. They couldn’t have their nature
changed the way that we can.”
“We don't now kill homosexuals but it
hasn't changed the fact that those are still wrong. We just now have
a cure for it through faith in Jesus,” he added.
“And the homosexual activists would
accuse you of wanting to stone them and kill them. I can see how
they use that,” Dobson said.