Christian Prison Worker Forced To Quit After Quoting What Bible Says About Homosexuality

A Christian prison worker felt compelled to resign after Bible verses he quoted during a chapel service provoked an aggressive response from prison authorities. An employment tribunal will hear this week. Rev. Barry Trayhorn, an ordained Pentecostal minister, started work as a gardener at HMP Littlehey in May 2011. He also helped on a voluntary basis with chapel services at the sex offenders’ prison, at the invitation of the chaplain. Whilst leading worship at a chapel service in May 2014, Trayhorn spoke about the wonder of God’s forgiveness for those who repent, quoting 1 Cor. 6:9-11 from memory. The verses mention a number of sins, including adultery, homosexual practice, greed and drunkenness. Four days after the service, a complaint was made. Trayhorn was immediately barred from helping with chapel services. He was later told that his comments during the service were “homophobic” and breached national prison policy. He was notified that there would be a disciplinary hearing.

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