Anti-gay evangelist, Scott Lively, has said in an interview that he thinks gay rights are bringing the “wrath” of God, which is a sign that the world is nearing the “End Days”, just like before Noah’s flood.

Scott Lively is an American author, attorney and activist, noted for his opposition to LGBT rights and his involvement in the ex-gay movement.

Next thursday, Lively will debate in opposition of a motion proposed by PinkNews founder, Benjamin Cohen, at the Oxford Union in a gay rights debate titled, “this house would be happy to have gay parents”.

Pastor Scott Lively yesterday, in an interview with Sandy Rios of the American Family Association, warned that homosexuality “is the issue of the End Times.”

According to Lively, the advance of gay rights will lead to the persecution and killing of Christians like in the early days of the Church and is “another sign that I believe that we’re close to the end.” He said:

“The last straw for God before He brought the flood was when they started writing wedding songs to homosexual marriage and Jesus said that you’ll know the end times because it will be like the days of Noah. There’s never been a time in the history of the world since before the flood when homosexual marriage has been open and celebrated, and that’s another sign that I believe that we’re close to the end.

“… We’re entering into a time in which standing for the truth of God is going to cost you more than just a few people walking out of your congregation and the temptation to compromise with the world, especially on this issue.

He continued that gay rights have forced God to signal that the end is soon to come. He said:

“I think this is the issue of the End Times, homosexuality. It’s present, if you do a careful investigation of all the scriptures dealing with this from the beginning and all the way to the end, God is painting a very clear picture that this represents the outer extent of rebellion against Him in a society and the last thing that happens before wrath comes.”

Ironically, in the biblical story of Noah, God created the first rainbow after the flood ended, as a sign to humanity of his promise never to flood the world again. The rainbow is often used as the embodiment of LGBT pride.

He is currently being sued by the organization Sexual Minorities Uganda, which alleges that his actions in Uganda over the past ten years led to the persecution, torture, arrest and murder of gay people in the country.

In 2009 Scott Lively met with Ugandan public figures to teach against what he described as “the gay agenda”. One of his Ugandan contacts proposed a bill which was considered by the Ugandan parliament, which would have imposed the death sentence for homosexual behaviour.

Mr Lively co-authored the book, The Pink Swastika, which says in its introduction: “homosexuals [are] the true inventors of Nazism and the guiding force behind many Nazi atrocities”, and he is the former state director for California for the American Family Association.