Did you hear or read about Jide Macauley, a Nigerian gay Pastor, who founded the gay church, House of Rainbow in Nigeria, but had to leave the country in the face of death threats?
Well, reports in the Nigerian media suggest that Jide Macauley has reopened his church in Nigeria. It’s not clear how credible these reports are, considering the deep abhorrence for homosexuality in Nigeria. However, one report said Jide Macauley’s House of Rainbow Church aimed at reaching out to sexual minorities in Nigeria, UK, and around the world.
I ‘googled’ ‘Jide Macauley’ today and was intrigued by what I found:
The man describes himself as a “Christian Theologian, openly gay, a dynamic and an inspirational speaker, poet, pastor and preacher, Human Rights Consultant, the author of “Poetry Inspired” published in the UK 2001, founder/Project Director of House Of Rainbow Fellowship Worldwide, holds a degree in law and MA Practical Theology”.
In a blog post published on August 3, 2011, which detailed how he became a gay, Jide Macauley, shockingly claimed that the Holy Spirit inspired him to set up his gay church.
I’ve re-posted the entire post below:
“For me I have always been gay and I never became gay.
I became aware of my same sex attraction whilst living in Nigeria at the age of seven. Boys flirt with each other unknowing all the time and it was at this stage that I was more aware of my emotional, physical, mental and sexual attraction to boys.
I was 14 when I had my first sex with a guy, it was filled with curiousity, passion, embarassment and guilt as with with any heterosexual having sex for the first time.
By this age I had become a youth leader in the church and had spent time reading the bible including discovering chapters that “condemned” homosexuality.
Imagine the furore of my life? Now I have to be discrete, secretive and live a lie. When I look back at my life it never stopped my same sex attractions.
Fast forward thirty years, I am now fully confident that being gay is my natural being and I regretted ever trying to be straight.
I regretted that I did not get the education and appropriate spiritual development to be a gay man. I can understand that and that is why I am determined that the short life I may live in this world I trust God for the development of inclusive Christian education to enable the freedom of the mind, body, soul and spirit.
Recently, my father asked me to prove that homosexuality is genetics. I just looked at him and pointed to myself, “ME” you made me, you gave birth to a homosexual boy he was anxious to know more, so I asked him to prove to me that God is real, not that I don’t know but if we were to play “doubting Thomas”, lets lay all the cards out.
My homosexuality is real, I am gay and I did not become gay, just like I am black and I did not become black. This is a great way to move forward in life and let the world know that they may hate us but God Adores Us.
House Of Rainbow Fellowship is an inclusive Christian community, that welcomes all people and does not discriminate against LGBTI people (of faith or no faith).
I am proud that the Holy Spirit has led me to start this group, (nearly five years). We are growing with passion and relevance and it is my hope that we would be able to advance the learning and inclusion of all people.
I love myself and it is my daily prayer and hope that millions of LGBTI people around the world, their friends and families will come to understand and love them.”
As a Christian – one who is saved by Grace – I find to be very sad and unfortunate, Jide Macauley’s claim that the Holy Spirit led him to start a gay church. It certainly cannot be the Holy Spirit of God that I know . The Bible is clear that homosexuality is a grave sin that can lead people to hell. St. Paul makes this clear in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 which states that:
Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
There are so many other passages in the Bible which emphasise God abhorrence for homosexuality and the need for Christians to avoid becoming gays or supporters of homosexual practices.
In my opinion, Christians can, however, show love to homosexuals and attempt to educate them as regards the Bible’s position on homosexuality.
It’s within Jide Macauley’s rights to set up his gay church in Nigeria, but he should not claim that the Holy Spirit led him to do it. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
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