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By Brian Mims

Fayetteville, NC (WRAL/CNN) - A North Carolina pastor's sermon is raising eyebrows.

Especially the comments Pastor Sean Harris made about children who may be homosexual.

It's a 55 minute sermon on the so-called marriage amendment.

Pastor Sean Harris rarely stands at the pulpit. He walks around and points to slides. About 45 minutes in, he said this: "Dads, the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you crack that wrist."

He also said, "Man up! Give him a good punch - you're not gonna act like that."

WRAL-TV asked Pastor Harris about his word choice.

"If I had to do it again, would I say it differently, yes I would," said Harris.

He says Jesus often used hyperbole. For example, "If your eye causes you sin, pluck it out," as written in scripture.

Pastor Harris says he was employing the same technique.

"Everyone in the congregation that morning understood that there was no intent in any way, shape or form to break a wrist," said Harris.

But on this point, he makes no apology.

"The Bible makes no compromise on effeminate behavior. God created you a male, God created you a female. If you were created a male, you are to act like a man," said Harris.

Katharine Royal heads a ministry called Diversity in Faith. She describes herself as bisexual, and says the pastor's word choice is far beyond the pale.

"There could have been a child in that congregation. And you know kids, they have a short attention span, and all they heard of that sermon was that," said Royal.

Chuck Fager heads the local Quaker house.

"Maybe he intended this thing about smacking your kids around if they don't act like ideal little boys and ideal little girls but if they don't smell like girls - maybe he meant it as a joke. I'm not laughing," said Fager.

Toward the end of the sermon, Pastor Harris does say this, "If you have a person in your house who is gay, love them with Jesus Christ, your job is not be homophobic."


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