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Gohmert Grills Pastor’s Faith on House Floor, Demands Non-Christians are Going to Hell

On Tuesday, Republican Rep. Louis Gohmert made it clear – America is a Christian nation and non-Christians are going to Hell.

During a House Judiciary Meeting on religious freedom, Gohmert grilled Rev. Barry Lynn, the executive director for Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, about the ‘real’ meaning of being Christian in America.

He began by telling Lynn – who was awarded a prize for his work in separation of church and state by the Roosevelt Institute – that the founding fathers, including Roosevelt, regularly intertwined public policy and their faith.

The Congressman then got personal, challenging the ordained minister on the meaning of his own faith, and asking him if he understood that being a Christian meant being an evangelist and spreading the Good News.

“Do you believe in sharing the good news that will keep people from going to Hell, consistent with Christian beliefs?” the Texas Republican wondered, seemingly forgetting that the topic of the day was religious freedom not ‘Christianity as Gohmert sees it’.

When Lynn answered that he had a different view of salvation and Hell than Gohmert, the Texas House member continued to pry into Lynn’s personal faith and demanded, “So, you do not believe somebody would go to Hell if they do not believe Jesus is the way, the truth, the life?”

Lynn’s answer that he did not believe that people’s belief in a “set of ideas” would damn them for all eternity next sent Gohmert into a tirade about Christianity on the taxpayer’s time.

“No, not a set of ideas. Either you believe as a Christian that Jesus is the way, the truth, or life or you don’t,” the outraged Congressman said, turning the House floor into an inquisition on ‘right’ faith. “And there’s nothing wrong in our country with that — there’s no crime, there’s no shame.”

After Lynn tried to get the topic back to the separation of church and state, Gohmert again erupted, ignoring the policy issues and choosing to attack the pastor for his personal faith while ironically demanding he was there because, as a Congressman, freedom of religion was so important to him.

“So, the Christian belief as you see it is whatever you choose to think about Christ, whether or not you believe those words he said that nobody basically ‘goes to heaven except through me,’” Gohmert shot back at Lynn, who was present at the House meeting to testify on the separation of church and state, not his own personal Christology as compared to Gohmert’s.

 

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