“I have not been ruling my house well,” Romero, who has a wife and seven children, told his congregation on Jan. 2. “I’m the one at fault in this situation. I love Stedfast Baptist Church. I love my family. This is the best decision for my family and this church to make.”
“The major sin involved was being with prostitutes, and then there were also marijuana and gambling,” Anderson, who has more than 100,000 YouTube followers, revealed in a video posted on Jan. 3.
While neither Romero nor Anderson responded to NBC News’ requests for comment, the new pastor of Stedfast Baptist Church, Jonathan Shelley, did. Shelley, like Anderson, said frequenting prostitutes led to Romero’s resignation, though Shelley added that he did not know the gender of the prostitutes.
Like Romero, Shelley strongly condemns homosexuality.
“The bible makes it clear that homosexuals should be put to death according to God's law, and at the founding of America that once was the law,” he claimed. “I personally believe that every homosexual is a pedophile … because of this they should be removed from society.”
Stedfast Baptist Church, which was founded by Romero, has been labeled an anti-LGBTQ “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center since 2015.