Following an undercover investigation by Josh Parry of the Liverpool Echo, the pastor-in-charge at the Anfield parish of the Mountain of Miracles and Fire Ministries (MFM), Dr. Desmond Desmond Sanusi has said the church does not discriminate against people’s sexuality. Parry, a senior reporter at Liverpool Echo, had posed as a member of the public questioning his sexuality, and was invited to have a private counselling session with the church’s assistant pastor Brother Michael. The assistant pastor is said to have offered a ‘conversion therapy’ to “cure” homosexuality, recommending a 3-day programme which involved not eating or drinking.
Wearing a hidden microphone, Parry was then told that being gay is a ‘deceit of Satan’. When confronted with the recording, Dr. Desmond Sanusi told the ECHO: “What [Brother Michael] discussed with you. It is out of my guidance. I am the pastor of this church. It is not a three-day fasting. We don’t discriminate against anybody. We’re a church of god. We follow what is in the bible. Jesus did not at any point discriminate against people. People come to the church to pray and to know God better and that’s why people come to the church.
“I am speaking as the authority of the church, as the pastor of the church, and I am telling you we are a church that does not discriminate against people. As the pastor of the church, any other thing you hear from any other person, either an assistant or members of the church, that does not carry the representation of the church.” Founded in 1989 in Lagos, Nigeria, by Dr. Gabriel Odukoya, MFM which has its headquarters in Nigeria, has 90 branches in the UK including in Liverpool and Manchester.
Gay conversion “therapies” are based on the premise that being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender is a mental illness that can be “cured.” Meanwhile the British government is planning to outlaw so-called gay conversion therapy as part of an effort to counter intolerance and discrimination.This is following a survey of LGBT people that found 2% of the 108,000 respondents had undergone conversion therapy while 5% had been offered it.
In a statement issued in July 2018, British Prime Minister Theresa May said she had been “struck by just how many respondents said they cannot be open about their sexual orientation or avoid holding hands with their partner in public for fear of a negative reaction.” She said, “No one should ever have to hide who they are or who they love. This LGBT action plan will set out concrete steps to deliver real and lasting change across society, from health and education to tackling discrimination and addressing the burning injustices that LGBT people face.”
The World Health Organization declassified homosexuality a mental condition in 1992.