A sermon on homosexuality delivered in South Africa by the founder and Presiding Bishop of the Lighthouse Chapel International in Ghana, Pastor Dag Heward-Mills, has caused a deep controversy in the southern African country.
Bishop Heward-Mills who was preaching at the Soweto-based Grace Bible Church described homosexual as “unnatural” and “unbiblical.”
“You don’t find two male dogs, two male cats, or two male lions…even lizards, two male elephants, there is nothing like that in nature, it is unnatural, yes, there is nothing like that,” he said.
The sermon has caused a deep division among South Africans – while some lauded Pastor Heward-Mills’ biblical interpretation of homosexuality, others have condemned it.
A popular South African choreographer and radio personality Somizi Mhlongo who is also a known homosexual is among the many that have condemned the act.
Mr Mhlongo said the congregation had been cheering as the Ghanaian pastor said homosexuality was “sinful and disgusting”.
“This is who I am. I am a gay man. Get it into your skull. My soul is all right with my God,” said Mhlongo.
“I’m disappointed at all the gay men and women who sat there and listened to him offending us and didn’t do anything about it. I walked out and visibly so,” he adds.
So widespread was the division caused by the sermon in South Africa that the state broadcaster, SABC, held a panel discussion to revisit the subject of homosexuality in the country.
South Africa prides as being one of the best countries in Africa that have made progress with the rights of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT).
Watch the SABC panel discussion that was necessitated by Pastor Dag Heward-Mills’ sermon.