ISIS and homosexuality are God's punishment on Europe, claims Free Presbyterian minister Ian Brown
Europe is being punished by God for its wickedness through homosexuality and the growing scourge of Islamist extremists, a firebrand Free Presbyterian minister has claimed.
Former pastor of Londonderry's Free Presbyterian congregation Rev Ian Brown said the wrath of God had been felt throughout history, including in the rise of Hitler, and was in evidence again today.
The Rev Brown made the comments in a sermon at the late Reverend Ian Paisley's Martyrs Memorial Free Presbyterian Church in Belfast in the wake of the Ashers Bakery verdict.
The minister said Europe had been punished for its greed, covetousness and wickedness prior to the Second World War and it was happening again.
"That's why the dark spectre of ISIS is closing in on us today from the east and homosexuality closing in from the west, including ourselves as part of the west. God is saying something through this. He is shaking the nations," he maintained.
"This is his method through history. And he is shaking his Church. He shakes us up to send us back to himself," he said.
During last Wednesday's sermon, he appeared to describe homosexuals as "sodomites".
"In the west, do you know what army is on the march? It's the sodomites. I'm not saying that they all view themselves as blitzkrieg foot soldiers but I'll tell you what, the liberal elite are only too happy to use them, fund their causes, push their rights, promote their aims. And today in our Western world they are sweeping through the states of America compelling the states to capitulate and legislate in favour of same-sex marriage."
The pastor also used his position at the pulpit to single out the American President, among other leaders, for supporting the lawmakers' stance in support of gay unions.
"And one state is falling like the next like a row of dominoes going down and they're being supported right up to the highest powers by Barack Obama, he's complicit like many others."
Newbuildings Independent Methodist Minister Rev Jonathan Campbell expects a campaign for same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland following the referendum result in the Irish Republic.
"It'll be just a case of getting one foot in through the door and, that they'll go all out to bring it in up here. So we need to pray about that because the darkness is down south too," he said.
The Rev Campbell also lamented the finding last week that the Ashers baking company had discriminated against a gay man by refusing to ice a cake with a slogan supporting gay marriage.
"How under the sun that verdict was given on Tuesday I'll never know. I mean, how can a judge rule in favour of something that's illegal? I mean what was on the cake or what they wanted on the cake was illegal, 'Support Gay Marriage.' Gay marriage is illegal in this country. I suppose there's a sinister agenda at work."
Gay activist Gerry Lynch dismissed Mr Brown's claims as nonsense. He said: "It takes a particularly febrile imagination to make any connection between gay marriage and ISIS who brutally murder any gay people they come across."