While the society is yet to figure out whether or not the homosexuals are born that way, a controversial pastor Nala Hamilton who believes they were being possessed said he has a cure for the ailment.
A group of LGBT activists have vowed to approach the Equality Court following pastor Hamilton Nala’s claim during one of his services, that his faith water can heal homosexuality.
The group who picketed outside Nala Mandate International in Durban on Sunday warned the pastor to stop spreading “false messages” that sexual orientation was a choice and could be “fixed”.
Pastor Nala – who previously claimed his faith water could heal HIV – said during his sermon broadcast live on Facebook that all those “suffering” from homosexuality, or parents troubled by their children who are gay or lesbian, to come forward.
“They can bring them to Pastor Nala Mandate. I’ve got good news: faith water has delivered people from homosexuality,” he said to a roaring congregation.
Pastor Nala also said if it was true they were created by God, then that was not the God he believed in.
“Whoever wants to take me to court for this can go ahead, as far as I know in South Africa there is a constitution that says I have a right to my opinion.
“Everyone who comes to this place comes because they believe in my opinion and my beliefs.
“It is my belief that God would not create a woman with breasts and a womb just for decoration purposes so that you can take it out when you want,” he said, seemingly referring to transgender people who have gender reassignment surgery.
In reaction to this, the LGBT chairperson of KZN LGBT Recreation Hlengiwe Buthelezi said homosexuality was not a sickness. Like its counterparts in the western world, the group believe the homosexuals are “born that way”.
“It’s nature. By saying he can heal us, he is proclaiming he is mightier than God because God created us the way we are.”
Pastor Nala said homosexuality had no place in his mandate, but the picketers were welcome, on condition that they accepted that God had anointed him to deliver them from their immoral behaviours.
But in reply, the picketers made reference to the Bible as saying God’s house is open for all and added that if the pastor claiming to be a Christian, then “why won’t he allow us in?”
“He thinks he can invent a cure for the way we are born. It’s appalling. Imagine the parents who will bring their children here to be healed. I didn’t choose to be gay. What he is doing will perpetuate homophobia,” said Sbongiseni Khumalo of the KZN LGBT Centre.
At the picket, Mthokozisi Mtetwa from Folweni outside uMlazi lamented the consequences of the pastor’s comment if allowed to go viral. He also recalled how hard it was for him to convince his father into accepting him the way he was and said his father could be persuaded to change his thinking.
“This will take us back to when people believed we are gay because we are possessed by demons or that we chose to be gay,” said Mtetwa.
When he came out 11 years ago, his mother had accepted him, but his brother assaulted him and stopped talking to him.
“He (my brother) said I was an embarrassment to the family and he refused to acknowledge me as his brother.
“Now tell me what a person like that will think when they hear there is a cure?” he said.