The Courier-Mail reports…
“New Hope Church Pastor Matt Prater says Kevin Rudd has lost the support of the Christian conservative vote after the PM’s rejection of Biblical teachings on traditional marriage.
Brisbane-based Pastor Prater has become the centre of national media attention after challenging Mr Rudd on the ABC’s Q & A program last night on the PM’s change of heart on gay marriage.
“I did not want to be homophobic, I simply wanted to get a clear understanding on where he stands on this issue,” Pastor Prater said this morning between television interviews.
Pastor Prater said he had interviewed Mr Rudd several years ago and was impressed with the PM’s grasp of biblical teachings and admiration of traditional Christian heroes such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer – the Lutheran pastor, theologian and anti-Nazi executed during World War II.
But Pastor Prater said Mr Rudd’s answer confirmed the PM’s rejection of the Bible’s teachings.
“He clearly has a twisted view of the Bible,” he said.
Pastor Prater rejected suggestions he was using the Old Testament to support his support of traditional marriage.
He said his belief stemmed from the Gospel according to Matthew in the New Testament which makes it clear marriage is between a man and a woman.
Support for his stand against gay marriage on Vision Radio this morning had been strong, he said.
And Opposition leader Tony Abbott had only re-affirmed his support of traditional marriage on Monday night.
“There are a lot of people disappointed with the Prime Minister,” Pastor Prater said.”