A conservative Tennessee pastor and media pundit is making headlines after claiming that God is punishing gay men and lesbians by making them "effeminate" or "mannish" in video footage of a sermon.
As Right Wing Watch first reported, Rev. Larry Tomczak suggested that the behavior was an example of "God turning people over to their own desires ... they receive in their own bodies the penalties for their sin."
I have watched people go into a lifestyle, and all of a sudden they become...a man starts to become very effeminate -- mannerisms, speech. I’ve seen the reverse, I’ve seen the same thing with women [who] start becoming mannish. What’s going on? They’re taking in their bodies a penalty for deviating from God’s loving design and plan.
The video comes on the heels of an editorial Tomczak penned for Charisma News. On his website, Tomczak is described as a "Christian leader, author and cultural communicator."
Watch a clip from Tomczak's sermon above, or check it more from the sermon here.
Tomczak, of course, is no stranger to controversy. His book, The Little Handbook on Loving Correction, is said to advise parents to use a stick to spank their children.
Last year, Tomczak was sued for allegedly covering up sexual abuse at a Christian school in Gaithersburg, Md., in the 1980s and 1990s, the Religion News Service reported.
At the time, Tomczak was also accused of assaulting a woman with plastic and wooden sticks, according to the report.