All hell broke loose at Grace Bible Church in Soweto after choreographer Somizi Mhlongo stormed out of the church building during an “offending” sermon on Sunday.
Taking to Instagram, the fuming Somizi said the church, pastored by Bishop Mosa Sono, had invited another pastor from “somewhere in Africa” to preach at their service today.
All was going well until the pastor took a detour and started talking about homosexuality and how “disgusting” and “sinful” it was, said Somizi. The choreographer said the pastor went as far as saying homosexuality was so disgusting even animals did not “practise” it, remarks that left the church in cheers, much to Somizi’s shock.
In the second video he posted on Instagram after the incident, Somizi made a plea to churches to be vocal about whether homosexuals were accepted so that he can look for a different place of worship if his homosexuality was a problem.
“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.
“I did not wake up and say ‘I’m gay today’. I believe that God created me the way I am. God loves me the way I am. What the other people say about me is none of my business,” he said.
Check out the video below:
Somizi’s videos landed Grace Bible Church on the trends list on Twitter, with some on his side, while others were against him.
These were some of the comments on Twitter:
#GraceBibleChurch funny how when they preach about having children out of wedlock,don't see people walking out of church and causing drama.
— Ntsakisi (@Siphoyaya) January 22, 2017
This show how binary some pastors interpret the bibble, any1 who believes God is spiteful is an example of such thinking.#Gracebiblechurch
— I Am Lip (@mqxekwa) January 22, 2017
— Mpho Mapulane (@MphoMapulane) January 22, 2017
If man of God can't teach and preach who must do it,we so comfortable in sin pastors can't even direct us to righteousness #GraceBibleChurch
— MisterP (@Lucky_Pule) January 22, 2017
— khathutshelo (@khathu365) January 22, 2017
The church by it's nature is homophobic. They do not endorse homosexuality! Yet you still go and cry when that comes up. #Gracebiblechurch
— Koketso Jiyane (@Ewert_K) January 22, 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
— Mongezi Mtati (@Mongezi) January 22, 2017
— Cam (@CamModisane) January 22, 2017
— OSTUDIO POST (@OStudioPost) 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
Homosexual people are not anyhow special from other people though, the bible provokes us all, So why the fuss? #GraceBibleChurch
— NICK PAGEMAT (@nickypagemat) January 22, 2017
#GraceBibleChurch I sin and I never leave the church when the pastor preaches bout what I do. I understand that the word was meant 4 me.
— Big☆Star☆Johnson (@Mamsy_Dyasi) January 22, 2017
My prayer today is that may I not be comfortable in sin such that I take offence when I'm rebuked like your Somizi lol #GraceBibleChurch
— HolyGhostPartyIsOut! (@ChrisX_music) January 22, 2017