Grayson Fritts leads the service Wednesday night, defending a previous sermon where he preached that homosexuality should be punished by death.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) ̵
The WVLT News Reporter that Robert Grant was invited to sit in service, and listened as Grayson Fritts told his congregation that he only pursued Bible principles and called other Baptist preachers, "weak and hopeless" because of not doing so. Fritts said, "As God loves, God hates."
Fritts said he did not call on civilians to commit violence against homosexuals. He told his congregation Wednesday night that responsibility was in the government. Grant listened as Fritts concludes his commentary by saying, "Put homos into death."
Before the service began Wednesday evening, someone left a note outside the church. It was quickly taken by a congregant and taken inside the church building. It said, "Dear Pastor Fritts, I do not know what happened to you, but I'm sad. Love, Your Soul."
Knox County District General Attorney attorney Charme Allen announced that he would review all pending cases involving Fritts a witness "
" "I have noticed this speech that is personally offensive and suppressed As Attorney of District, my constitutional obligation is to protect the integrity of the justice system. When any potential witness in a criminal procedure expresses an opinion of anger and / or bias towards a class of citizens, I have nothing to do with ethics to discover the evidence of the witness. So, I examine all pending cases involving Mr Fritts to assess them for any potential bias Even my office has never received a complaint about Mr Fritts before this event, I was assigned the Assistant District Attorney to receive complaints about closed cases, and I take those complaints as dictators of justice. "
The KCSO detective went on a Wednesday night protector following the delivery of a sermon on June 2, 2019, calling the police to enforce a biblical passage that gave death as punishment for homosexuality The sermon prompted the investigation of Knox County District Attorney's Office.
"The purpose of this sermon is, our government, like the police, must enforce Leviticus 20:13, "Fritts says in a service at All Scripture Baptist Church a sermon entitled" Sodomite Reprobates. "
King James version of the Leviticus Bible says," If a man also lies with mankind, while he falls into a woman, they both commit abomination: they will surely be put to death; their blood will be with them. "
Fritts made some violent statements in his sermon, called unrighteous people" freaks, animals "and other names. He expressed the belief that the police and government's duty to enforce anti-homosexual laws outlined in the Bible.
"Here's how it should work, not to work when we go out and enforce the laws, because the Bible says that the powers in the order of God and established God has the power of the civil government to send the police in 2019 to the LGBT FREAKS and arrest them, "he said." Have a trial for them, and if they prove guilty they should be killed … do you understand that? It's a big crime to be done by our government. "
Fritts said," All the pride parades, people, hey call the riot teams, we get a bundle of 'em, get of the patty wagon here, we got a bunch of & # 39; em going to jail, we got a group of them we were gonna prove guilty because they got their pride and said what they were, they were a dirty beast. "
" After this fierce attack, where they arrested the government and executed the laws of God and they were all dead … you think. "
Fritts is a pastor in the church for two years and is expected to deliver his sermon on Wednesday as normal.
The church clearly outlines its beliefs about homosexuality on its website," We believe that homosexuality is a sin against nature One person only burns their greed towards the same sex if they have been punished or rejected. God has said that homosexuality should be punished with the death penalty, as stated at Leviticus 20:13. No homosexual will be allowed to attend or participate in All Scripture Baptist Church. "
The website also condemned Calvinism (sic), and expressed its belief in end times.
the sheriff's office said just a few days before the sermon was asked,
Knox County Sheriff told Tom Spangler that Grayson Fritts requested the request two weeks before June 12.
"The Detective Fritts has entered into his request for Kno x County Voluntary Workforce Reduction Purchase approximately two weeks ago. I accepted his request. Detective Fritts is no longer active in Knox County Sheriff's Office, he is currently on a paid sick leave until the effective date of reducing the workforce on July 19, 2019.
I want to be very clear it is my responsibility to ensure equal protection to ALL Knox County, Tennessee citizens under the law, my oath and the United States Constitution without discrimination or hesitation. Make sure I have and continue to do so, "says Spangler.
Fritts was named Detective of the Month of Knox County Sheriff's Office in 2017 after taking the suspect into a violent break-in home at caution within 24 hours.
A spokeswoman of the Knox County District Attorney said that WVLT News launched its office in the investigation on this matter.
"We look at it and respond accordingly," says DA Allen. "As a District Attorney, I have been promoting my career in the belief that justice is blind and that all people are entitled to equal protection of the law. I always have, and always persecute fairly and fairly, based on law and evidence, without any harm, bias, or discrimination of any kind. "
While on the sites of WVLT News crews in the church, an individual LGBT honor flag came down with a note saying," Dear Pastor Fritts, I do not know what happened to you, but I'm sorry. Love, Your Neighbors. "
A person from within the church quickly went out and took the note and flag and returned to the church. All rights reserved.