Update. 06.17.20 @ 6:30am. Rod Parsely released a 2-minute video on his Youtube channel directed to the black community, speaking out against the sin of slavery in stronger terms, describing it as an “egregious, heinous, despicable sin that grieves my heart and the heart of God.” and saying that he would “never attempt to defend the indefensible atrocities inflicted upon people of color by our founders and generations after them.” He did not, however, walk back the erroneous statements in the video
(Christian Post) Televangelist Rod Parsley, who leads the Columbus, Ohio-based World Harvest Church, has come under fire for a recent message he shared on social media in which he urged people not to hate America’s slaveholding founding fathers as a national conversation rages around the removal of confederate monuments.
The message appeared to have been shared by Parsley on Facebook last week but the content is now restricted according to Facebook. Gospel recording artist and songwriter Ted Winn ll reposted the message on his Facebook page and it has since been making the rounds on social media.
In the message, titled “We have a responsibility to be silent no more, a time to speak race in America,” Parsley, who leads a multi-racial congregation, addresses his black, Asian, Arab, Hispanic and “even my white brothers and sisters” to “hear the heart of God” and to be done with bitterness and hate.
“We live in a great land. Let me shout it before you respond to me. It was founded by people just like you. Flawed people. But those framers framed the liberties that every one of us enjoy today. If you hate America, please give me your alternative. Don’t hate our founders, that’s a lie. Don’t discard their legacy,” Parsley said.
“Well, they had slaves,” he continued, highlighting running criticism of some of the founding fathers to which he responded.
“Every one one of them freed their slaves either during their life or upon their death. And we fought a Civil War. Our nation has been washed in the blood of the bloodiest war ever fought … We could stand here today and speak out against a curse. Maybe I could call it the birth defect of America,” he said.
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Editors Note. This article was written by Leonardo Blair and published at The Christian Post. Title changed by PNP News
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