Thursday, September 18, 2008

Bible Turned Upside Down In Lagos ChurchSeptember 12, 2008 15:42, 3,901 views
By Lois Okereke, Ejiro Ejekukor, Simon Ateba & Tokunbo Olajide
A ‘church,’ where gay people worship, has been discovered at an Isolo, Lagos, neighbourhood.
The ministry, House of Rainbow, operates from a two-bedroom apartment in Block 145, Jakande Estate, at the Oke Afa area of Isolo. Scores of homosexuals, bisexuals, lesbians, and ‘transgender’ people regularly congregate at the assembly, touted as the first gay church ever in Nigeria.
Rowland Jide Macaulay, a 42-year-old self-professed ‘reverend’ and UK-trained lawyer, presides over the ministry, attended mainly by top fashion designers, models, celebrities, activists, among others.
pmnews-cover-12-sept-2008.jpgDuring his regular sermons, Macaulay misinterprets the bible, by quoting several portions to justify the practice of homosexuality and bisexuality, which the holy book abhors.
The preacher, who wears rough curls, and dresses flamboyantly, maintains always that being gay is “totally acceptable in God’s sight.”
Also, during singing sessions, the church’s choir changes lyrics of popular christian songs to suit their doctrine.
For instance, a song: “God will give christians everything in double folds” is changed by the gay church to: “God will give us (gay) partners in double folds.”
For the two-year-old gay ministry, Macaulay has a special mission: to draw about 14 million gay people, he claims exist in the country, to the fold.
The gay ministry also plans to further promote the movement, with its plan to sponsor five interested people to study theology, in line with the gay doctrine.
The startling revelation is the outcome of four weeks of undercover coverage of the church’s activities by a team of P.M.News reporters.
On 11 May, when he was one of the guests at a recorded television show called Moment With Mo, anchored by Mo Abudu, at the City Mall Studio, Onikan, Lagos, the self-acclaimed man of God shocked Nigerians when he declared that homosexuality is not against the bible and the teachings of Jesus Christ.
The gay pastor and several other homosexuals and lesbians in the studio on that day took two good hours explaining comfortably to Nigerians that being homosexual does not make one a sinner. Reverend Macaulay disclosed that he has been a gay since he was 14 years old and had several intercourse with different men.
When asked if the bible does not preach against sodomy, the act of having sex with another man through the anus, the “man of God” said it was not in the bible.
He said the case of sodomy in the bible is an isolated one and must not be taken out of context. He admitted that he practices sodomy and was comfortable with it as a gay. He further explained that marriage in the bible has nothing to do with sexual orientation, but love and trust. Macaulay disclosed that he is a trustworthy gay.
The gay “man of God” explained that he does not feel attracted to women no matter how beautifully they may look, but on the contrary, has strong feelings for handsome men.
While other gays and lesbians in the television studio did not want their faces to appear on television, Macaulay said he is happy being the face of the faceless. After the television show, Reverend Macaulay told P.M.News that he is bold to talk about his homosexuality because “that is who I am.”
Another young lesbian, who did not want her face to appear on television, said she was introduced to lesbianism by a female friend at a tender age. She disclosed that she has dated many girls and had sex with most of them. She also said she has strong feelings for girls and does not feel same for men.
When asked if she would like to quit lesbianism, she said never. She added that now that she is a lesbian, she can never become heterosexual again. The City Mall edifice, on 11 May, looked like a rendezvous for gays with several homosexuals and lesbians freely and openly holding hands and kissing in public


teju9999 said...

The above is an interesting situation going on in Nigeria and in the LGBT community there. But my main reason for posting this is to expose to the world the point I am trying to make through my blog. "The need to bring people to talk about human sexuality and build people's mind to embrace the present reality God has brought us to in the modern world. Their comments will surprise you. But, be not surprised, that is how they deal with life issues in general. How we got to this level of mental laziness, I do not know. Try and visit the site pasted below and read people's comments. Pls feel free to leave your comment.

Crnk Mnky said...

I haven't clicked the article but doubt I'll be surprised at all. just read the comments posted on Rev. Macaualay's YouTube videos.

when a "news source" provides an article under the headline "Bible Turned Upside-Down", u already know what to expect. I've never seen a "report" about gay issues in Nigeria that didn't use lies and exaggeration to declare its homophobic slant in the first 2 sentences. most of the "journalists" in this country are either plagiarists, hacks, or mouthpieces for a political or religious entity. but I guess that's not so different from any other nation.

coincidentally, Moments with Mo is on tv as I type this. am curious, how did host Mo Abudu respond during her interview with Rev. Jide.