Vicky Beeching tells of vile abuse by fellow-Christians that forced her off social media

Vicky Beeching, a high profile worship leader, came out as gay in 2014.Alex Douglas

Gay Christian rock star Vicky Beeching has spoken of the 'relentless' death threats and attacks that are forcing her off social media after she featured in an abusive meme that was shared 20,000 times.

In an interview with Christian Today the worship leader and LGBT-activist, who made a high-profile coming-out in 2014, said recent abuse from fellow Christians has been the straw that broke the camel's back.

She referred specifically to a post saying, 'You may be gay or you may be a Christian, but you cannot be a gay Christian. Do not be deceived' and urging her to read 1 Corinthians 6:9.

'I think it was the number of shares that made it significant,' she told Christian Today.

'I see that kind of stuff all the time but that number caught me off guard.'

Most of the abuse she received was from Christians, she added, saying the worst bit was 'the feeling that your own family hate you enough to perpetuate something like that'.

She said: 'The thing that took me by surprise was that 20,000 Christians took the trouble to click "share".

'I think the church is changing but seeing a figure like 20,000 caught me off guard.'