Leaders of several U.S. churches are praising the actions of a terrorist who killed 49 people at a gay night club in Orlando.
Millions have expressed their shock and sadness since the June 12th attack, but some pastors say they wish the loss of life had been greater.
A video of Pastor Roger Jimenez, of Verity Baptist Church in Sacramento, California, has already been seen more than 60,000 times.
“You know the tragedy is that more of them didn't die. I mean the tragedy is -- I'm kind of upset he didn't finish the job,” Jimenez said in the Youtube video.
Comments condemning the pastor and his message flooded in. Dallas Cathedral of Hope Pastor Rev./Dr. Neil Cazares-Thomas also addressed the video during his Sunday sermon.
“There is no Jesus in that language, there is no God in that language,” he said.
While some are speaking out against, what they call, hate speech, Fort Worth Pastor Donnie Romero says he stands with Jimenez, posting a video of his own on Thursday.
"These 50 Sodomites were all perverts and pedophiles and they are the scum of the earth and the earth is a little bit better place now, and I’ll even take it a little further I heard on the news today that there are still several dozen of these q****s in ICU and I will pray that God will finish the job that that man started," he said in the video.
Romero did not back down from his comments when Fox 4 asked him if he really believed the world is better off without those people.
“Absolutely I do,” said Romero “The Bible teaches they are predators, and I believe that every Sodomite is a pedophile and is a predator.”
Romero went on to explain his comments, “Just like if there was a building that had a bunch of rapists or a bunch of evil murderous people, and the building collapsed on them, or something happened where they were all killed, I don't think that's something we should mourn over, because they're evil people.”
Theologian Steve Kellmeyer has studied religion for 20 years. He says Romero isn’t getting the Bible’s real message, “No Christian who has any formal understanding of the interaction between the Old and the New Testament would say such a thing,” said Kellmeyer, “He's just one more in a long list of people who don't get what it means to be Christian.”
You can watch the entirety of Pastor Romero’s message HERE. Be warned; many people will find his message offensive.