Historic flooding in southern Louisiana has destroyed the home of a controversial pastor and former politician who once said that natural disasters were a punishment for gay marriage and abortion.
Tony Perkins, a former state representative in Louisiana and president of the Family Research Council, stated that he and his family were forced to flee their destroyed property in a canoe.
Perkins described the experience on Facebook and on a podcast, BBC reports.
"This is a flood of near-biblical proportions.
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We had to escape from our home Saturday by canoe. We had about 10 feet of water at the end of our driveway. Our house flooded, a few of our cars flooded."
The disaster, he says, will force him and his family to live in a camper for six months while their home is rebuilt.
Perkins attracted controversy in 2015 for an interview with Messianic Jewish pastor Jonathan Cahn, who said that Hurricane Joaquin's devastation of Hawaii that year was a sign of "god's wrath."
During the interview, Cahn went on to say that the storm was a display of God's anger about the legalization of gay marriage and abortion.
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Perkins agreed with Cahn, saying that "God is trying to send us a message" through natural disasters.
In the case of the flood that destroyed his family's home, Perkins has said the deadly inundation was not meant to punish homosexuality. Instead, he said that the flood was sent "as an incredible, encouraging spiritual exercise to take you to the next level in your walk with an almighty and gracious God who does all things well."
He even urged Christians to rejoice in the idea that "God considers them 'worthy of suffering for his sake,'" according to The Gaily Grind.
The current floods in Louisiana are the state's worst natural disasters in the country since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. So far, 13 people across the state have died, while tens of thousands have been displaced from their homes.