Street revilers hit Yackandandah

The Illawarra Mercury reports…

“Illawarra-based evangelists have shattered the peace at a gay pride event in a small Victorian town after they arrived with bibles in hand and preached – fire-and-brimstone style – against homosexuality.

The community gathering was intended as a peaceful show of support for same-sex couple Gary Hayward and Andy Stevens who were targeted by one of the preachers in an earlier exchange at the men’s Yackandandah store, Buddha Shop.

But the event turned heated with the arrival of three preachers, Matthew Bagnall, David Sester and Isaac Daniel, whose social media profiles list their addresses as Kiama, Gerringong and Sydney, respectively.

Video captured by Fairfax shows residents yelling in unison and honking their car horns to drown out the men’s readings.

Ross Jackson, deputy mayor of nearby Albury, confronted Mr Bagnall, whom he said was “very loud, very obnoxious and was being a pest”.

“What he was preaching was basically hate towards homosexuals,” Mr Jackson said.

“I don’t care who you are, and what you do; to do that in a public forum is unacceptable.”

It is unknown why the men travelled to the little tourist town, population 1854, though it hosts an annual pride event and its Anglican minister, Father Peter MacLeod-Miller, is an open supporter of same-sex marriage.

Videos posted online show Mr Sester, formerly of Honolulu, Hawaii, has favoured school bus stops in America and crowds of nighttime city-goers for his past alfresco preaching sessions. In one video, tension mounts as Mr Sester is repeatedly abused outside a busy sidewalk cafe where diners sit smoking hookah pipes.

The camera loses him briefly, then finds him looking flustered, confirming he has just been punched in the face.

The Mercury’s efforts to reach Mr Sester and Mr Bagnall via social media were unsuccessful.

Mr Sester told the Albury Border Mail the men belonged to a “non-denominational group of born-again Christians”.

In a post to his Facebook page, Mr Sester praises his wife and offers insight into how he thinks a marriage should work.

“Katherine always happily submitted to my headship, always follows my leadership, cooks delicious healthy foods every day, keeps our home looking beautiful, prudently keeps care of all things I entrust her with, and diligently studies Gods [sic] word to know how God created her to be a wife and mother,” he writes.

“Never once has she raised her voice at me, or fought with me. She never complains or murmurs and I am always thrilled coming home to her joyful, loving face.”

Fr MacLeod-Miller attended the community gathering in Yackandandah and was among those who condemned the visiting evangelists.

“They were using the Bible in a very primitive way,” Fr Macleod-Miller said.

“They were saying that people with a variety of lifestyles were not to be tolerated.

“It was blind hatred really.”

Fr Macleod-Miller said he once opposed same-sex marriage, but changed his stance “as a result of meeting people and thinking more deeply upon it”.

“I’ve known many people whose lives have been ruined through prejudice.”



6 thoughts on “Street revilers hit Yackandandah

  1. The Kiama/Wollongong group has attracted a few more members and is expanding to Bega. They’ve attached themselves (or recruited) the couple that operates out of the rooms above Rixon’s Arcade.
    Expect more “demonstrations” and street-preaching. The Texans have been arrested multiple times in the last few months and recently staged a protest of the international Passion Conference in Houston, TX.
    The leaders go back and forth to Australia to supervise the group there. See “Australia’s Midnight Cry” on YouTube.

    Wonder what the reception in Bega will be?


  2. “non-denominational group of born-again Christians.” — Sester is “The Family” aka “Children of God.” 1970s cult started by a extreme fundamentalist preacher out of California. They traveled all over the world planting “family homes.” Parents lost their children to be raised by other women in groups. It’s likely that Sester was in one of the community homes in Australia. Mexico, South America, Japan, Italy.
    Bagnall is affiliated with a Texas cult (Church of Wells) after a previous affiliation with a Malay faith healer (Benjamin Patrick, Faith Alive International). Isaac is Anderson, not Daniel. A solid Aussie boy taken in by these creatures. He’s now in Texas with the “Church of Wells.”


  3. I didn’t day they were. I said they were there. I said they used violence. I said it was inappropriate.

    What’s your point?


  4. The pulpit bullies are not The God’s Squad Motorcycle Club. The bikers (God’s Squad) were trying to help. The three weird preachers (who are just self-appointed and self-anointed, not actual preachers in the usual sense) are not the “God squad” in this case.


  5. Interesting video – interesting to see members of God’s Squad there. I used to be a Nom with God’s Squad, I’m fairly certain the use of violence (pushing the ‘preacher’ in the chest was not a very useful thing to do. The ‘preacher’ claims to have been punched in the face in the article. In the video it is just a question to one of the God’s Squad members “You’d like to punch me in the face” and the reply being “Yes, i would like to punch you in the face”.

    I support the Squad members reasons for being there, supporting members of their community who are being harassed, bullied and hated by this out of town ‘preacher’. i do not support their use of or threats of violence. That is not how you represent God and especially not when you’re wearing a God’s Squad back patch for all the world to see via the magic of the internet and television.

    Matthew 5:43 – 48

    43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

    As much as we feel angry toward anyone – the way of violence is not the way of love…it is not the way of Jesus, and i’m really saddened to see a member of God’s Squad engage a member of the public like this.


  6. Poor Katherine!!!!!! as she (according to this idiot) “happily submitted to my headship, always follows my leadership, cooks delicious healthy foods every day, keeps our home looking beautiful, prudently keeps care of all things I entrust her with, and diligently studies Gods [sic] word to know how God created her to be a wife and mother”………..”never one has raised her voice at me , or fought with me. She never complains or murmurs ………………..” I have a doormat like that.!!!! That is the saddest thing I have read in a very long time.


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