An evangelical church leader in Isleham, a quiet English village in Cambridgeshire, has caused outrage after using one of his sermons to preach about the upcoming EU referendum – telling his flock that he would be voting for a Brexit and urged them to do the same.
Pastor Paul Hedger, who delivered the 43-minute long sermon during a service last Sunday (12 June) at the Isleham High Street Church, said he wanted to take a "risky approach" by sharing his position.
He said he believes that God disapproves of 'empires' and said the European Union (EU) was quickly becoming one.
"All of us would want God's perspective and as followers, once you have God's perspective we have a responsibility as Christians to see it through God's eyes," he said. "We have to ask ourselves, how would God see it?"
During the sermon, which can be found in full on the church's website, Hedger brands the EU "anti-Christian" and cites the recent case when bakery owners were criticised for refusing to serve a gay couple. He told his congregation: "Why does religion have to submit? What they are saying is you can be a Christian as long as you are one secretly but you can't express it."