A Christian pastor has advised parents of gay children to disown them and “turn them over to Satan”.

John MacArthur, of Grace Community Church in California, made the comments on web show Grace to You.

Responding to a letter from a parent whose son had just come out, he said: “If they profess to be a Christian, you have to alienate them.

“You have to separate them. You can’t condone that. It’s inconsistent with Christ.

“So you isolate them, you don’t have a meal with them, you separate yourself from them.

“You turn them over to Satan as it were as scripture says.

“There’s a public putting-out of the church of the person who professes to be a Christian.

“But if that’s a non-believer, you have to treat them as a non-believer.

“The issue is to bring the gospel compassionately, directly, confrontationally, to expose that sin, and all over sins, and call that person to salvation and repentance.”

A study conducted last year by the San Francisco Human Services Agency found that 29% of homeless people are LGBT, though other estimates are as high as 40 percent.

Earlier this year, an LGBT homeless shelter wrote an open letter to the Pope, urging him to see for himself the damage religion wreaked on families through the practice of shunning.

Watch the clip below:


(h/t Daily Kos)