Pat Robertson: It’s OK for Christians to Be Friends With Artsy Gays
According to televangelist Pat Robertson, gays are bound to end up spending an eternity in hell, but if you’re a faithful Christian who happens to be friends with one, you won’t incur the wrath of the almighty.
During a recent broadcast of "700 Club," Robertson answered the following question from a viewer:
Recently, a couple of my friends revealed to me that they are gay, I consider homosexual activity a sin. I do not agree with their lifestyle. However, aside from them being homosexuals, they are upstanding men. Will God punish me for associating with them? Should I continue being friends with them, even though they are gay?"
Robertson’s response to the viewer was a much softer approach than anti-gay rights advocates have taken in the past.
"Of course you should be friends," he said, adding, "You don’t turn the light out just because you disagree with somebody. The Lord’s not going to punish you for having homosexuals as your friends. But I do think that when you read the Bible very carefully, homosexuality is condemned."
Robertson even went on in his answer to pay a left-handed compliment by reiterating a well-earned stereotype of many in the LGBT community.