While some Americans are distraught with the tragic deaths of hundreds in Africa and some others are concerned about the Ebola virus spreading to the Western shores, Christian radio host Rick Wiles is hoping that the plague will solve America’s “problems” of atheism and homosexuality.
Speaking on his radio show earlier this month, Wiles said, “Now this Ebola epidemic can become a global pandemic and that’s another name for plague. It may be the great attitude adjustment that I believe is coming.... Ebola could solve America’s problems with atheism, homosexuality, sexual promiscuity, pornography and abortion. If Ebola becomes a global plague, you better make sure the blood of Jesus is upon you, you better make sure you have been marked by the angels so that you are protected by God. If not, you may be a candidate to meet the Grim Reaper.”
So far, the Ebola pandemic has killed more than 887 people in West Africa. The situation has gotten so critical that many local leaders have discerned divine meaning in it. Reportedly, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf urged residents to fast for three days and pray for forgiveness.
“Relying on His divine guidance for our survival as a nation, I call on all Liberians to observe three days of national fast and prayer to seek God’s face to have mercy on us and forgive our sins and heal our land, Liberia, as we continue to fight against the deadly Ebola virus,” she said.
That was followed by the Liberian Council of Churches saying the outbreak has Biblical implications.
“God is angry with Liberia. Ebola is a plague. Liberians have to pray and seek God’s forgiveness over the corruption and immoral acts (such as homosexualism, etc.) that continue to penetrate our society. As Christians, we must repent and seek God’s forgiveness,” said the Council.
LGBT individuals are widely discriminated against both politically and socially in Liberia. In fact, voluntary sodomy is also looked upon as a criminal act and any person indulging in it can be imprisoned for up to one year. This is not the first time that LGBT individuals have been spoken of in such light in Liberia. In 2012, Sirleaf defended Liberia’s anti-LGBT laws and implied that queers threaten the country’s traditional lifestyle.
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