The Grace Bible Church set Twitter ablaze on Sunday after Ghanaian-born Bishop Dag Heward-Mills made homophobic comments during a sermon.
Users took to Twitter under the hashtag #GraceBibleChurch after local celebrity Somizi Mhlongo posted a video online that he stormed out of the church following Heward-Mills comments.
Discussing the soul and sins, Heward-Mills compared homosexuality to nature saying it was unnatural.
He said: “That’s nature. Dogs, cats, leopards. Which animal has one partner? It’s just like homosexuality, you don’t have male and male. You don’t find two male dogs, two male lions, two male impala’s, two male lizards. You don’t find that in nature. That is unnatural. There is nothing like that in nature.”
According to Mhlongo, he stormed out after the comments saying he would not “sit there and listen to someone offending 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 and my soul. Don’t tell me.”
Mhlongo went on to criticise other gay congregants of the church who did not object to the comments.
“It’s like somebody offending black people at church and you scream and shout. And I’m actually disappointed at all the gay men and women that sat there and listened to him offending us and didn’t do anything about it.”
He continued: “I walked out and visibly so. I am proud and I’m going to remain gay for the rest of my life. Let God deal with me.”