“Tony Miano, a retired deputy sheriff from Los Angeles County, Calif., was arrested in London, England, earlier this week for preaching on abstaining from sexual immorality, both heterosexual and homosexual, in downtown Wimbledon. He was found to be in violation of Public Order Act Section 5, for “using homophobic speech that could cause people anxiety, distress, alarm or insult,” Miano said in a YouTube video posted on Wednesday.
Preaching from 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12, Miano spoke about sexual sins for 25 minutes before being cut off by Metropolitan Police officers who said that although preaching in itself is not an offense, the specific part of the Bible he was preaching from was interpreted as homophobic by the woman who called to complain.” More here…
As committed Christ followers, we better start getting use to these headlines. Are we only to be general in our condemnation of sexual sins? Can’t we be as specific as the Apostle Paul was in Romans 1, in condemning specific sexual sins? Or must we go on fearing the government?
The preacher of the Word will have to decide.