(NEWS-LEADER) — The Rev. John Lindell has spoken. He did it from one of the most powerful places in Southwest Missouri — the pulpit of James River Church, where he leads an Assemblies of God congregation that often tops 9,000 worshipers on Sundays.

In a March 15 sermon, Lindell urged congregants to repeal Springfield’s sexual orientation and gender identity law on April 7.

“It is possible for someone who has practiced a life of adultery to stop,” he said in the sermon. “It is possible for someone who has been a life-long alcoholic to stop. It is possible for somebody who has a cutting tongue and a big mouth to stop. It is possible for someone who is engaged in homosexual behavior to stop.”

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