Pastor Mark Bradfield, from Bethel Baptist Church, is offering to save “sinners’ souls from hell” along the route
A baptist minister plans to “cure” homosexuality at Derry’s Pride parade today in a religious crusade.
Pastor Mark Bradfield, from Bethel Baptist Church, is offering to save “sinners’ souls from hell” along the route.
And he is calling on the public to help him reach out to the thousands expected to take part in the annual march in the city and have them change their ways.
The born-again Christian says he will signpost anyone who “wants out” of a lifestyle he claims can “shave 10 years off a life” and compared gay people to thieves and murderers.
He said: “Our church members and supporters will be at the railway station on Saturday during the Pride march. We are calling it a Gospel Rally.
“It will be an invitation to repent of your sins and get saved.
“We know there will be a lot of souls in one place involved in what the Bible says are one of the greatest acts of rebellion against God.
“I would love for people to immediately realise they had to be saved on Saturday. Anyone who is not saved is going to hell.”
Pastor Bradfield added he and his supporters will be available to help anyone who “wants delivered from homosexuality”.
He said: “I can’t change gay people. All I can do is ask them if they realise they are sinners. God can save them from being sinners. God can take their desire from them. God can do anything. If they want to come to me to hear the gospel, they are welcome.
“It is between them and God if they want to be saved.
“Come to my church and you can hear the Gospel and choose if you want to be delivered from homosexuality. We are not ‘burn the queers’ as they used to say. We are very much what the bible says, love the sinner, but hate the sin.
“The Bible says sexual immorality of any sort is a sin, just like lying, stealing, kidnapping, murder. I know it’s not a popular notion, but it’s in the Bible.”
Pastor Bradfield slammed the Gay Pride movement for “blocking the doors of Heaven”.
Foyle Pride Festival organisers said Pastor Bradfield’s remarks are extremely dangerous and damaging.
Foyle Pride spokesman Sha Gillespie added: “These are disgraceful comments.
“When you look at the rate of suicide among young gay people you realise comments like this are extremely damaging.”