Nigerian Christian Clerics Say Homosexuality is Totally Unacceptable

October 15, 2008 at 2:27 am Leave a comment

Eminent Nigerian Christian clerics have continued to comment on the
controversial House of Rainbow, purportedly a church organisation
piloted by a self-confessed homosexual, Reverend Rowland Jide Macaulay.

The church is described as the first sponsored
attempt by any Nigerian cleric to openly counter efforts of Most Rev.
Peter Jasper Akinola, Primate, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion),
who had led other Anglicans to vehemently oppose the ordination of Gene
Robinson, an openly confessed gay bishop, in November 2003.

Akinola, as the bishop of Abuja, is the current
Anglican Primate of the Church of Nigeria. He is the chairman of the
Council of Anglican Provinces in Africa and chairman of the South-South
Encounter of the Anglican Communion which has continued to insist on
Bible principles and the teachings of the apostles (apostolic
tradition) in a particular way.

As one of the
leaders of the Global South within the Anglican Communion, Akinola has
taken a firm stand against theological developments which he contends
are incompatible with the biblical teachings of Christianity, notably
setting himself against any revisionist or liberal interpretations of
the Bible and, in particular, opposing same-sex blessings, the
ordination of non-celibate homosexuals or, indeed, any homosexual
practice.

He is the leader of some
conservatives throughout the Anglican Communion including the
Convocation of Anglicans in North America. One of his first actions as
primate was to get together 400 bishops, priests, lay members, and
members of the Mother’s Union to elaborate a vision for the Church of
Nigeria under the chairmanship of Chief Ernest Shonekan.

At
the end of deliberations, they articulated a vision for the church,
which include: “The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) shall be
bible-based, spiritually dynamic, united, disciplined, self supporting,
committed to pragmatic evangelism, social welfare and a Church that
epitomizes the genuine love of Christ.”

Based
on that vision, Akinola has been in the forefront of the fight against
the weird intrusion of homosexuality into the Christian faith. Just
like most parts of the world were shocked with that ordination, Akinola
has earned accolades from around the world for his doggedness in
condemning the practice; at one point threatening to lead other African
countries out of the Anglican fold if the practice of gay ordination
continued.

Time Magazine named him among the
100 most influential persons in the world. So when, Rev. Macaulay
appeared in the scene with a gay church in Nigeria, many Nigerians who
had thrown their weight behind Akinola saw the move as a sponsored plot
by the ECUSA to undermine the efforts of the Nigerian primate who
recently led Conservative Anglicans to hold a global gathering to
affirm their orthodox Christian roots in Jerusalem.

Participants
of the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) gathered in the
Israeli city just one month before the once a decade Lambeth Conference
of the Anglican Church. Speaking in an interview, the national
president of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, Pastor Ayo
Oritsejafor, urged all Nigerians to rise up against any such ungodly
practice in any part of the country, because it is an attempt by some
pervert minds in the country who are being sponsored from other climes
to undermine the enviable gains made so far by our Anglican brother,
Primate Peter Akinola.

Describing the current
action of some individuals in the Christendom in the country as
deplorable the PFN helmsman said, “It (gay church) is totally
unacceptable in any part of the country. It is coming from the very
bottom of the pit of hell and there is no way we can accept everything
from the West, hook, line and sinker.

Our
people must grow up and shun some of these ungodly practices from the
West because the resultant effect will not be palatable to any one of
us, whether Christian or not. It is obvious that the devil is trying to
neutralise the gains our brother in the Anglican Church, Primate Peter
Akinola, had made since the controversial ordination of a gay bishop in
the US in 2003.”

According to him, there is
every indication that those in the Anglican fold who are not happy with
the position of the Nigerian primate may be behind these latest moves
to establish a gay church in Nigeria in order to undermine the rising
profile of Archbishop Akinola.

Prof Macauley, the gay pastor, Roland Babajide Macauley’s father

That
is how the devil works. He will do everything possible to break the
ranks of the Conservative Anglicans who have taken as stand to defend
the Holy Scriptures and weaken the authority of the Nigerian primate.
For quite a while now when the Pentecostal Movement had gained a lot of
ground here and since the gay controversy broke in 2003, Nigeria has
suddenly become a very strong ground for the spread of the gospel, and
definitely the devil would not be happy with such a development.”

Explaining
that there are two dimensions to the issue, he maintained that there is
the spiritual dimension as well as the human dimension, stressing “As a
nation we have quite a load of challenges to tackle and we cannot
afford to add homosexuality to that long list. For us to understand the
mind of God, we need to go to the very basics in the Book of Genesis.

Before
He created Man, He said let us make man in our own image. He then made
Man and said it is not good for man to be alone and He went ahead to
create a help meet for him, the woman. To understand the mind of God
therefore is to say that He did not create two men but instead He
created Man and woman so that they can procreate. If God wanted, He
could have created Adam and Steve, but in His unequaled wisdom, He
created Adam and Eve,” Oritsejafor further argued.

According
to him, those canvassing homosexuality today, were brought into the
world by women who travailed for nine months or more before bringing
them forth, so why will any man in his right senses now think they can
do without the natural order of God. Stating that Nigeria can do
without such perverts who can drag us back in our current developmental
process, he added that the people of this country should rise up and
challenge any appearance of such evil, stressing that it is even
uncultural for an African man to sleep with a man.

“From
some of the reports, I have read so far, I hear that the so called Rev.
Macaulay even has a 16-year-old son. How did he get that son? Is it
from a fellow man-wife? It is most unfortunate that our people, in
their inordinate quest for wealth, resort to several anti-social
practices,” Pastor Oritsejafor said.

Also
speaking recently at a thanksgiving service organised by the Delta
State government in Warri, the state chairman of CAN, Archbishop
Goddowell Avwomaka, condemned the reported presence of gay church in
the country, saying that every Nigerian has a responsibility to pray
against any such appearance of evil in any part of the country.

The CAN chairman, who was asked to lead the congregation to pray for
peace of the country, lamented what he described as the infiltration of
satanic practices, adding that such can

Source: AllAfrica.com

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