Rev. Rowland Jide Macaulay, the gay pastor who founded House of Rainbow Fellowship, Nigeria’s only gay church, in Lagos and the UK has made some controversial new biblical gay revelations.
Macaulay, says King David in the bible was an openly gay man while Ruth was a lesbian, stressing that these facts are boldly written in the holy book. In a Facebook post he says;
“The Holy Bible tells me DAVID IS GAY & RUTH IS A LESBIAN, If this makes you mad, you need to wake up.”
For him, being gay is not a criteria for heaven neither is heterosexual, Jesus said love God and your neighbor as yourself. Queering the bible is not a new thing, there is black theology associated with empowering black people who were once a subject of brutal interpretation and oppression.
Slavery was a construction of religious interpretations and for Queer Theology we must look holistically at the text that speak or remotely represents. Women were once victims of the theology of inequality and then Feminist theology was developed. We must offer liberation and inclusion in its fullness.
David and Jonathan are Gays, Ruth and Naomi are lesbians, if we are to interpret using modern languages to describe the behaviors, accounts and evidences in the bible.
He quotes Harriet Tubman as saying; “I freed a thousand slaves, I could have freed an additional thousand slaves only if they knew they were slaves”. Not many LGBT people of faith will accept this queering of the bible because they don’t want to believe they too had a very special place in biblical history.
Macaulay who came out as gay in 1994 after a troubled heterosexual life, first set up House of Rainbow in 2006, when he openly held Sunday services in a Lagos hotel hall decked out with rainbow flags. A public backlash culminated in members being beaten as they left church. Two years after in 2008, Macaulay fled to the UK following death threats.
The gay pastor is of the strong belief that even if being LGBTI is poorly understood in Nigeria, one day those who reject the cause will accept and celebrate them.