JOHANNESBURG - Local celebrity Somizi Mhlongo wasn't going to take homophobic comments by a visiting pastor at the Grace Bible Church on Sunday sitting down.
Mhlongo walked out of the sermon after Ghanian Bishop Dag Heward-Mills called being homosexual "unnatural".
Heward-Mills told congregants that you don't find homosexuality in nature - saying animals of the same sex don't have sexual relations with each other.
Mhlongo posted a video to Instagram after he walked out of the sermon saying he wasn't going to sit there and be offended.
“This is who I am. I am a gay man. Get it straight into your skull. My soul is alright with my God. Let me deal with my God and my soul. Don’t tell me.”
"I am proud and I’m going to remain gay for the rest of my life."
Mhlongo stated in another Instagram post that the pastor should rather just say that homosexuals are not welcome at the church so gay people can find a church that will accept them.
The full sermon can be viewed below:
The internet had mixed views:
Mhlongo received as much criticism as support following the walkout.
Twitter followers reacted with mixed emotions under the hashtag #GraceBibleChurch
#GraceBibleChurch— Prudence Molaudzi (@PruhDee_M) January 22, 2017
In the bible God talks about gay people and he also talks about judging people.
Church is a place where truths are spoken, even though it makes a lot of us uncomfortable#Gracebiblechurch— TRUST (@OrielBagani) January 22, 2017
#GraceBibleChurch I might not be gay but thats not important. No freedom till we are equal is s0mething i'l always support.— Herry Nare RSA (@HerryNare) January 23, 2017
#GraceBibleChurch so y'all suggest that the scriptures that are about homosexuality must be skipped to maintain peace at church? Why?— Loge (@MbobyP) January 22, 2017
#GraceBibleChurch so are y'all saying that the undiluted word of God shouldn't be preached because some people take offence ?— siphokazi (@Sp0ky_M) January 22, 2017
If you don't agree w what's in the Bible, don't go to church. Pastors are here to preach the word, not to be popular #GraceBibleChurch— D-the-Diva (@DeeMoney_Diva) January 22, 2017