A video shared on Twitter reportedly shows a preacher from America’s largest Pentecostal church telling a man to stay away from “faggots” and “sissies.”
A Twitter user posted the video of the preacher, identifying the event as one run by the Church Of God In Christ (COGIC).
“This is trash. COGIC is trash,” the Twitter user wrote.
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In the video, a female preacher can be heard telling one man: “Come out from among them sissified men that’s been hanging around you. I didn’t say you was a sissy, you understand what I’m saying?
“God can use no man trying to be women. We call ’em faggots. I ain’t calling you that. Understand that?”
Steer clear of “faggots” and “sissies,” says preacher
She continues: “They’ve been around you, haven’t they?” He responds: “Yes mam.”
The preacher adds: “Stay away from around them sissies, okay? Let God save them. But God has chosen you, and they know it.”
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She then says to the man that the “devil and hell is trying to destroy you,” before pushing him backwards while loud music plays.
The video was filmed inside a large indoor arena.
PinkNews has contacted COGIC for comment.
Video angers social media users
Twitter users criticised the video for misrepresenting Christianity.
Ryan Mitchell, the co-host of an LGBT+ radio station, posted: “This is what i grew up in. COGIC was all i knew. real Christianity or spirituality isn’t supposed to be like this.”
Another person said: “WOWWWWW! I’m outdone. I was partially raised in COGIC due to my Mom & her family being COGIC but luckily they’re accepting.
“Most of them lol. We always discuss the hypocrisy of COGIC being homophobic yet having & benefitting from their LGBTQ parishioners. Smh.”
One Twitter user said: “Everytime I step foot in a church, someone proves me right. Thanks for sharing.”
And on Twitter user wrote: “I haven’t been to church since I had my daughter because I knew I didn’t want her in that environment. She’s 10.”