African Anglican leader suggests Tutu was paid to support gay agenda
Former homosexual and managing director of New Living Way Ministry Andre Bekker has urged South African gay rights activists Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Constitutional Court Judge Edwin Cameron to advocate for the dignity and respect of former homosexuals.
In an open letter addressed to Tutu, Cameron, United Nations Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay, and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Bekker says he noted with great concern that on July 26 in Cape Town, when the UN Human Rights Office launched its first global public education programme to raise awareness and respect for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) community, no mention was made of raising awareness and respect for former homosexuals.
Describing himself as an opponent of all discrimination against the GLBTI community, he says the failure of the UN and gay organisations to advocate on behalf of former homosexuals is “outright discrimination”.
“Gay organisations and their supporters oppose former homosexuals’ equality. Equal rights belong to all people. Yet the addition of former homosexuals would ensure tolerance for all segments of our society,” says Bekker.
He continues: “The decision not to be identified as gay is one only an individual himself can make. However, there are those in society who refuse to respect individual self-determination. Consequently, former homosexual men and women are reviled simply because they dare to exist.
“The demonization of former homosexuals by gays themselves is a sad end to their long struggle for tolerance. The fact that former homosexuals and their supporters are now oppressed by the same people who until recently were victimised themselves, demonstrates how far the gay rights movement has come. Indeed, a new chapter in the movement is needed – the right of those with unwanted same-sex attraction to explore their heterosexual potential, should they wish to do so.
“I draw your attention to the fact that a significant number of former homosexuals are devoted believers and have strong religious conviction as a result. Religious Freedom and Freedom of Speech remain constitutional rights of importance to them.
“Equality must be extended to all people, and all must be treated with dignity and respect. Former homosexuals do not ask for others’ approval – only their tolerance.”
Tutu’s remarks criticised by colleagues
Meanwhile, Charisma News reports that Tutu’s widely reported pro-gay remarks at the recent UN launch in Cape Town have drawn fire from colleagues, with one African archbishop going so far as saying Tutu may have accepted payments to say what he did.
Anglican Archbishop Yinkah Sarfo of Ghana strongly condemned Tutu over his declaration that he would not worship a God who is homophobic, adding, “I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. … I mean, I would much rather go to the other place [hell].”
“Archbishop Tutu is respected in the Anglican church and around the world, but this time he has misfired, and all Anglican bishops from Africa, Asia and South America condemn his statement in no uncertain terms,” Sarfo told Ghana’s Adom News.
Sarfo said Tutu’s comments were not the stand of the entire Anglican communion, which is increasingly led by traditionalist voices from the global south that adhere to a more conservative theological perspective.
”We [other African bishops] suspect that retired Archbishop Tutu may have collected some moneys from some of the Western governments or from gay rights activists to do their bidding, but the Anglican Church condemns gay practice,” Sarfo said.
Jeff Walton, the Anglican programme director for the Institute on Religion and Democracy, also reportedly condemned Tutu’s statements.
“Tutu’s declaration demands that God operate on his terms,” Walton says. “Tutu’s god is one that many will recognize—an idealized version of ourselves times 2 or 3. God operates on a whole different standard of holiness beyond this self-constructed deity.
“Tutu never speaks for the majority of Anglicans in Africa. The center of Anglican leadership on the continent has moved to countries like Nigeria and Kenya. Apart from Tutu’s dismissiveness, African Anglicans are very interested in spending eternity with God and want their neighbors to share in that, too.
“African Anglicans have quickly become the majority voice in the Anglican communion. They focus on evangelism and discipleship, seeking to win souls for Christ rather than prioritize earthly political ambitions.”
‘Lack of scriptural understanding’
In an Opinion piece published in Christian Post, US national Christian-based talk show host Janet Parshall says that Nobel laureate Tutu “may have been heroic on his work to end racism in Africa, but his recent statements on homosexuality show an utter lack of understanding of what Scripture says on the subject of sin and sexuality”.
She writes: “The Bible is not ambiguous on how marriage is to be defined– one man and one woman. There is no confusion on who designed sexual expression and where that mystical act is to be enjoyed and confined – within marriage. No pre-marital sex, no extra-marital sex and no same-sex expression. God makes this issue very clear because He loves us – and has our welfare at heart.
Unfortunately, Desmond Tutu’s remarks were political not biblical. They were also very damaging because they fail to acknowledge the seriousness of sin. They likewise fail to affirm the completed work of the Cross.
All of us are great sinners in need of a great Savior. His love is meaningless without His law – and that does not make God homophobic. It makes Him holy.”