MANILA, Philippines – Under fire for calling couples in same-sex unions “worse than animals,” boxing icon and two-term congressman Manny Pacquiao took to Instagram to clarify his controversial position.
“I rather obey the Lord’s command than obeying the desires of the flesh. I’m not condemning anyone, but I’m just telling the truth of what the Bible says,” Pacquiao said in an Instagram post on Tuesday, February 16.
The senatorial candidate then quoted from the Bible: “1 Corinthians 6:9  Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men.”
“The truth from the Bible is what changed me from my old ways,” said Pacquiao, who was once known for womanizing and gambling before becoming a born again Christian.
Pacquiao, who is serving his second term as Sarangani province representative, also leads his own Christian ministry.
One of Pacquiao’s gay fans said he was “very hurt” by the boxer’s words.
“That is your opinion. I do respect that, pero ‘yung sinabi mong mas masahol pa sa hayop, grabe ang sakit naman ‘nun, Manny. Nagmamahal ako. Mahal na mahal ko ang boyfriend ko and masaya ako dun. Kahit kailan, hindi ko naisip na maikukumpara ng sino man sa hayop ang pagmamahal na kaya kong ibigay sa kapwa ko,” Instagram user jmscotland lamented.
(It’s painful to be called worse than an animal, Manny. I sincerely love my boyfriend and it makes me happy. I never imagined that my love for others will be compared with animals.)
“Not only is it a bigoted opinion, it’s based on a mistaken premise. Homosexual behavior is in fact quite common in animals,” Bruce Kimbrough said in the comments section of the Rappler story. (READ: Pacquiao: Couples in same sex unions ‘worse than animals)
Others who could not stand Pacquiao’s views threatened to click Instagram’s unfollow button. “Time to unfollow #loveyourself #dontjudge #hypocrite,” Bye Felicia commented.
But others encouraged Pacquiao to stand his ground. “Amen and Amen. Same with what our Pastor told us last Sunday. Keep the faith, Sir,” Instagram user jhohanzee775 said.
I rather obey the Lord's command than obeying the desires of the flesh. Im not condemning anyone, but I'm just telling the truth of what the Bible says. The truth from the Bible is what changed me from my old ways. 1 Corinthians 6:9 “ Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men.” God Bless everyone i love you all. @johnnybantilan @david.sisson @jinkeepacquiao
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