Last week, we posted a clip of right-wing pastor and radio host Jesse Lee Peterson responding to the news that megachurch pastor Jarrid Wilson had taken his own life by proclaiming that Wilson had never really been a Christian and was actually controlled by Satan.
On his radio program on Friday, Peterson doubled down on this assertion, claiming that depression and similar mental health issues are caused by sin and that “true” Christians don’t sin, which means that those who do suffer from such issues are actually children of Satan.
“A true Christian is never depressed or has suicidal thoughts,” Peterson said. “There are Christians who believe that you can be born-again of God but still sin. Anyone who sins are subject and are slaves to those things and so, if you still sin and call yourself a man or woman of God, you are a liar and the truth is not in you. Christ came so that you should not sin once you are born-again because sin is of your father, the devil.”
“One of the reasons that you are seeing all of these Christians who are depressed and [having] suicidal thoughts and committing suicide and living just like the world is because they are still of the world,” he added. “Satan is still their daddy.”
“When you don’t sin, folks, you are not going to have all those issues,” Peterson continued. “Perfect and holy people do not commit suicide, they are not depressed, they don’t deal with depression and all that stuff. Anyone who is dealing with that stuff, Satan is your daddy.”