Dr. David Gonnella, pastor of Magnolia Springs Baptist Church in Theodore, Alabama, says he doesn’t believe the multiple women accusing Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexually pursuing them as teenagers when he was a younger man, and slammed GOP leaders pushing for him to “step aside” as “sissies.”
Gonnella, who is one of the more than 50 pastors who endorsed Moore’s successful Senate primary runoff in September against the Donald Trump backed Luther Strange, argued the accusations could be a “satanically motivated” smear campaign and aren’t enough for him to abandon his friend according to a Fox 10 report.
“I don’t desert my friends just on mere accusations, I require evidence,” Gonnella said.
He questioned the timing of the allegations, first started approximately one month before the Dec. 12 special election to fill the Senate seat once held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“Well perhaps satanically motivated, but politically carried out,” said Gonnella in describing the allegations against Moore. “Why was everyone, all these people silent for so many decades [and] want to all come for[ward] at the same time now?”
Prominent Republican leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, have urged Moore to step aside from the race due to the allegations. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, who is the head of the Republican campaign committee has also argued that Senate should vote to expel Moore if he is elected.
Gonnella argued that the GOP is failing Moore.
“It’s funny how the Republican Party is. What a bunch of sissies! The Democrats rally around their candidate even when they’re guilty, Republicans want to throw them under the bus on a minor accusation without knowing whether they’re guilty or not,” he said.
He argued that whether or not Moore gets elected and seated should be left up to the voters and not by GOP leaders.
The Alabama preacher also noted that even though he has not spoken to Moore, he has spoken to his wife Kayla and she is standing by her husband.
Moore appeared to applaud Gonnella’s loyalty Wednesday when he tweeted the Fox 10 report and highlighted the quote from the pastor that said: “I don’t desert my friends just on mere accusations, I require evidence.”
Gonnella isn’t the only pastor from the primary list who is standing by Moore and believes his accusers are lying.
“I still support him,” Mike Allison, pastor at Madison Baptist Church in Alabama, told the publication. “That hasn’t changed a bit.”
Allison said he has known 70-year-old Moore for 20 years and says he is standing with him because they share the same Christian values.
“I’m a Bible-believing Christian and he is as well,” Allison said.
He said if Moore is guilty of what he has been accused of, “I believe he would’ve said.”
Frank Raddish, who leads Independent Baptist Ministries in Alabama believes the women are lying about Moore because of the timing of their accusations.
“The reason I don’t believe it is credible is because they haven’t said anything in 40 years,” Raddish said.
Source: Christian Post