Two North Carolina Baptist pastors are observing President Jimmy Carter's 90th birthday by suggesting that he might go to hell for saying that Jesus wouldn't discriminate against LGBT people.
Pastor David McManus accused Carter of embracing the "hippy, Jesus-loves-everybody picture of Christ" and claimed that Jesus was "very exclusive in who he dealt with."
Worst of all, Harris warned that Carter, a lifelong Baptist and Sunday school teacher, will have difficulty when he has to "give an account of every idle word spoken [before God]."
These pastors lead a large Baptist church in North Carolina, and their online sermons reach thousands more. Their comments are already making headlines.
In response Carter agreed that Jesus was "very exclusive" in who he dealt with. He said the book of Mark shows him at the house of one Levi where there were many tax collectors, who were utterly despised at the time, and it says that sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him."
Carter when on to point out, The Bible quotes Jesus as saying to the puffed up, judgmental priests of his day, "Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you. That's in Matthew 21:31," said the former President.
"So Jesus was indeed exclusive in the company he kept. His company was almost exclusively sinners whom he said He had come to save."
Carter, who still teaches Sunday School invited Pastors McManus and Harris to "Come on over to Georgia and attend my Sunday School and "perhaps learn a few things about the Bible they may have overlooked. To induce them to do it, I'll give them a slice of my birthday cake."