TV and radio personality Somizi Mhlongo made headlines on Monday after visibly walking away from a sermon at Grace Bible Church targeting gay people and subsequently ranting about it.
Somizi expressed his disappointment after a guest pastor shamed gay people during his sermon at Grace Bible church on Sunday. This was after he likened humans to animals.
Thus, in a series of videos, the Idols judge shared how he walked out of the church service when a Ghanaian bishop Dag Heward-Mills slammed homosexuality.
“I’m not going to sit there and listen to people offend me, 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, with my soul.” said Somizi in the video.
Furthermore, Somizi Mhlongo called on churches in the country to specify if gay people are welcome to attend church programmes.
Particularly, he called out to Bishop Mosa Sono of Grace Bible Church where he had been a member for the past 25 years.
“I would like to make a plea to churches and mine particularly because I got to Grace Bible Church. Pastor Mosa Sono, say it out that homosexuality is not allowed. Homosexuality is a sin. Gay people must not come to our church.
“Say it so that we know, because we go to church to speak to our God whom I believe accepts me for who I am, whom I believe created me the way I am,” he added.
Somizi’s outburst led to a heated debate on the issue of homosexuality. While some followers supported his action (walking away during service) some others pointed out that the pastor was preaching against all kinds of sins and lifestyle issues including fornication and adultery which did not see other people walking out.
Here are some of the reactions on social media;
#GraceBibleChurch. Gay community cannot force their beliefs on the Church. It just won't happen.
— MlungisiNgcobo (@MlungisiNgcobo1) January 23, 2017
#GraceBibleChurch I commend you for preaching what's scriptural! People, however, will always wanna hear sermons that tickle their ears! 🙄
— Mosa Ntwampe® (@MosaNtwampe) January 23, 2017
Don't be mad at #GraceBibleChurch , be mad at the Bible which states that God hates homosexuality.
— Phillip Mago (@Phil_Mago) January 23, 2017
#GraceBibleChurch so even Murderers should dictate Churches to not preaching that killing is a sin. Somizi must just sit down.
— #RememberKwezi (@Matseleng_Leon) January 23, 2017
— Khumo Moodeese (@Angel_Kay2) January 23, 2017
— Kay (@keitunizer) January 23, 2017
— Jackson Jabu (@JabuJackson) January 23, 2017
Also, both the pastor and Grace Bible Church has become the centre of a social media storm following the homophobic comments.
Meanwhile, Reverend Ezekiel Mathole of the Grace Bible Church in Soweto says TV personality Somizi Mhlongo would not be blamed for walking out of a sermon he found homophobic.
Nevertheless, Mathole maintains his church doesn’t discriminate against gay people and will never do that.