A Virginia pastor has been targeted with hate messages for a public prayer opening a legislative session.
Dr. Robert M. Grant, Jr. of The Father's Way Church in Warrenton, Virginia, was invited by a pro-life Republican lawmaker to deliver the opening prayer this week for the Virginia House of Delegates. He did so, but some Democrats walked out and House Speaker Eileen Corn gaveled him down.
As a guest on Wednesday's "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins," Grant said part of his prayer focused on God's idea of marriage – one man/one woman – and suggested promoting it otherwise could spark the wrath of God.
"If they don't like that, then ask a businessman to open up the House," the pastor stated on-air. "But please don't ask a pastor to open up the House and expect him to say anything other than what God has put inside of his heart to say."
Grant also prayed against abortion before members who had recently voted to wipe out virtually all protections for life in Virginia. When he returned to his church, he found this:
"I've listened to my voicemail on my church line and it's full of hate," he shared. "[Those messages contained] some of the most horrible things I've ever heard from people – calling me an 'Uncle Tom,' calling me a 'black blankety blank' and stuff."
He shared that he's concluded from the experience that he will stick with God and will oppose anything else that doesn't conform with the Word of God.