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Scott Lively, founder and president of Abiding Truth Ministries, a conservative Christian group, recently told the American Family Association that he believes the open celebration of same-sex marriage is a sign of the end times.
In a Jan. 8 radio interview with Sandy Rios of "American Family Radio Talk," a division of the American Family Association, Lively appeared to reference rabbinical commentaries on the biblical book of Genesis that state that Noah's flood did not occur until people began writing same-sex marriage deeds.
"We need to remember that in the time leading up to the flood what the rabbis teach, about the last straw for God before He brought the flood, was when they started writing wedding songs to homosexual marriage, and Jesus said that you'll know the End Times because it will be like the days of Noah," Lively told Rios of the American Family Association, a nonprofit organization that promotes conservative Christian values.
"There's never been a time in the history of the world since before the flood when homosexual marriage has been open and celebrated, and that's another sign that I believe we're close to the end," Lively added.
When Rios asked Lively what advice he would give to pastors and Christians in the U.S. on the topic of homosexuality, Livey replied:
"I think this is the issue of the end times, homosexuality. It's present, if you do a careful examination of all the scriptures dealing with this from the beginning and all the way to the end, God is painting a very clear picture that this represents the outer extent of rebellion against Him in a society and the last thing that happens before wrath comes."
Lively's lawyers recently filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit being brought against him by Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), a Uganda-based pro-gay rights group accusing Lively of working closely with political leaders in the African country to spread negative propaganda about homosexuality.
As The Christian Post previously reported, the Liberty Counsel, which legally represents Lively, said in a dismissal request that the alleged "crimes against humanity" which Lively has been accused of are "actually nothing more than civil, non-violent political discourse in the public square on a subject of great public concern, which occupies the highest run of First Amendment protection."
Lively has previously stated on his website that he supports Uganda's recently revised "Anti-Homosexuality Bill," which dropped the death penalty for "aggravated homosexuality" and criminalizes homosexual acts in the country.
"In my opinion, the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill is still too harsh in the letter. I would prefer something closer to the approach several American states have taken toward marijuana: criminalize it but minimize the penalty and turn a blind eye toward discrete violations," Lively wrote in a Dec. 2012 post.
"However, since I didn't write the Ugandan bill and have no power to redraft it on my own terms, and since the alternative to passing this bill is to allow the continuing, rapid, foreigner-driven homosexualization of Ugandan culture, I am giving the revised Anti-Homosexuality Bill my support," Lively added.
Uganda's "Anti-Homosexuality Bill" has reportedly received a wide amount of support among local residents and is due to pass in the near future.