Audio of 1978 anti-gay sermon found after pastor goes viral
MAIDEN, NC (WBTV) - Another controversial sermon has been uncovered from a North Carolina pastor who made national headlines with his sermon that stated gays and lesbians should be held behind electric fences until they "die off."
Video of Pastor Charles Worley's sermon went viral this week after he made the controversial statements during his Mother's Day sermon at the Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, NC.
The sermon sparked outcry from members of the Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex (LGBTQI) community, while garnering support from others.
In the wake of the viral video, another sermon from Pastor Worley's past has surfaced on the internet.
A website called SermonAudio.com hosts audio clips of sermons from around the nation. The site holds at least 66 sermons labeled as sermons from Pastor Worley from as far back as 1978.
In a sermon from April 1978, Worley is heard preaching about homosexuality.
"The only way for America to stay free is for churches to stay full of God and get rid of Formalism and Modernism and Socialism and get with God," Worley is heard saying. "Say you're a Church of God preacher - you're a liar! I'm God's preacher."
The sermon, entitled Holding the Line, then continues with Worley's thoughts on the changing times.
"We're living in a day, when you know what, it saddens my heart to think homosexuals can go around - Bless God - and get the applause of a lot of people. Lesbians and all the rest of it - Bless God - 40 years ago they would have hung them - Bless God - from a white oak tree. Wouldn't they? Amen. Sure they would."
Pastor Worley then continues his sermon to say that he'd rather be a Roman Catholic than a "sophisticated First Baptist" saying that both groups were going to Hell.
The sermon was recorded two years after Worley joined Providence Road Baptist Church, which identifies itself as an "old-fashioned church" and idealizes itself as a "Fundamental, Independent Missionary Baptist Church."
Worley was not at the church on Tuesday and repeated attempts to locate him and speak with him were futile. At one point, several reporters approached Worley's home when a deputy drove up and said the family wanted everyone to leave the property.