“Red Hot Preaching” and Calls for the U.S. Government to Execute LGBTQ People: Meet the New Independent Fundamental Baptist Movement

Red Hot Preaching

Pastor Roger Jiminez of the Verity Baptist Church in Sacramento

When Hailey Branson-Potts, a prize-winning reporter from the Los Angeles Times, called me to get some historical context before she attended the “Red Hot Preaching” conference in Sacramento, I told her that she was going to stick out like a sore thumb.  She politely disagreed and told me that she grew up in Oklahoma around some pretty serious evangelical and fundamentalist Christians.  She was ready.

Indeed she was ready.  Check out her story on this LGBTQ-hating fundamentalist group.

Here in the capital of the state that is the vanguard for the so-called liberal resistance, parishioners gathered last month for the Red Hot Preaching Conference, featuring some of the most virulently anti-gay pastors in the country. Jimenez started the conference in 2016 after gaining national notoriety for praising the mass shooting of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla.

The conference’s seven preachers are part of a network of about 30 churches called the New Independent Fundamental Baptist Movement, which, experts on hate and extremism say, is growing and spreading violent rhetoric over the internet in an era when hate crimes against LGBTQ people are increasing.

The conference took place in Jimenez’s storefront church six miles from the state Capitol. Several pastors, including Jimenez, had called for the U.S. government to start executing LGBTQ people.

I am glad some of our conversation proved helpful:

The New IFB Movement is a 21st century offshoot of the Independent Fundamental Baptist movement, which emerged in the 1940s as a response to growing liberalism in large American denominations, said John Fea, a professor of American history at Messiah College in Pennsylvania who has studied fundamentalism.

“They’re tiny, but they’re loud,” Fea said. “They like to yell; they call it hard preaching. They’re not afraid of hell. It’s fear mongering, but they don’t see it that way. They see it as, they’re the only true believers and everyone else has compromised their faith.”

Read the entire piece here.

7 thoughts on ““Red Hot Preaching” and Calls for the U.S. Government to Execute LGBTQ People: Meet the New Independent Fundamental Baptist Movement

  1. Paul,
    This is definitely off-topic for this post, but I read your comments on the post here about the National Cathedral and suggested, back at that posting, some books you might be interested in reading.


  2. It’s amazing how many issues and enemies and angst arises or are magnified in the church because of the belief that this is OUR Christian Nation.
    It’s not possible for so many to conceive of the church as the church and unbelievers as a people we can address and deal with compassion not as defilers if our Christian Nation.
    If someone in my church was articulating ideas that are starkly contrary to the scriptures or doing very unbiblical things that are corrupting the church I have responsibility to react. When it’s something people outside the church are doing, or laws and things that I deem wrong going on I have a right to speak to that, cast votes in elections to aid in a shift if it is possible. But it’s not the same context. It’s not the transcendent church.


  3. So it seems praising mass murder is a good career move in the fundamentalist world.

    The Holy Spirit must be so proud.


Comments are closed.