Openly gay Nigerian pastor, Jide Macaulay, received a lot of heat this week for saying GAY stands for 'God Adores You, God Accepts You, God Affirms You'. Reacting to the hateful comments he got from homophobic Nigerians - Jide took to his Facebook page to write what you'll see after the cut.
"I have no doubt that Jesus Christ is on the side of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, intersex people at all times. Jesus was persecuted even before he was born. He was crucified and left hanging on the cross at his death, thankfully he rose again on the third day. Even his family and friends turned away from him at the time he needed them the most.
"There is so much in the teaching and following of Christ that you will see in the lives of LGBTIQ Christians. To be a christian is not easy and the best examples I have seen is from the LGBTIQ people. Yes, the bible says love thy neighbour, it also say do not repay evil for evil, it says turn the other cheek. But I have only got two cheeks and I am not going to allow you to wear them out with your hate.
"Go ahead and persecute us, even if you kill us, "our soul will magnify the Lord". This is not a prediction of my own death, but if I should die through any suspicious means I will be satisfied that I will make heaven as a "Happy Holy Homosexual".
"In the last few days and weeks the hatred was intense and whilst I am able to ignore it, I also live in reality, knowing that the Lord is my shepherd and he knows I am fabulous and gay."