Responding to New York's decision to legalize gay marriage, Pastor John Piper of the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis called the institution “the new calamity.”

“My sense is that we do not realize what a calamity is happening around us,” Piper wrote in a blog post titled 'My Eyes Shed Streams of Tears' – Thoughts on the New Calamity. “The new thing – new for America, and new for history – is not homosexuality. That brokenness has been here since we were all broke in the the fall of man. (And there is a great distinction between the orientation and the act – just like there is a great difference between my orientation to pride and the act of boasting.)”

“What's new is not even the celebration of homosexual sin. Homosexual behavior has been exploited, and reveled in, and celebrated in art, for millennia. What's new is normalization and institutionalization. This is the new calamity.”

The New York Senate approved a gay marriage bill last week and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation into law. Gay and lesbian couples can marry in the Empire State starting on July 25.

Piper said he was writing about the issue to “help the church feel the sorrow of these days.”

“Christians, more clearly than others can see the tidal wave of pain that is on the way,” he said, and suggested the wrath of God is coming.