The Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church, rocked by charges of sexual misconduct against two of its Pastors, has declared that the church will not condone wrongdoing.
The two Pastors were granted bail this week after being charged with indecent assault and unlawful sexual connection.
Roger Stephen, the Executive Secretary of the Saint Lucia Mission of Seventh Day Adventists, told a news conference today that the SDA church has been a well respected denomination in Saint Lucia, serving the country for over 100 years and making a ‘significant’ contribution to the development and growth of the nation.
“It is unfortunate that at this juncture the church is now faced with allegations involving two of our employees which has resulted in hurting families and much negative publicity,” Stephen told reporters.
He explained that while the church strives to uphold righteousness and purity as God’s ideal, like all other churches the religious organisation is not immune to human imperfections and fallibility.
“Heaven is a perfect place but mysteriously, sin was found in the heart of a perfect angel – Lucifer, in a perfect environment,” the SDA official observed.
He declared that the SDA church will not condone sin or wrongdoing in any form or fashion whether involving members of the pew, leaders or Pastors.
However he explained that following the example of Christ, the church cannot rush to judgement.
“We seek to reach out to all who are hurting,” Stephen told reporters.
“We therefore appeal to all to allow the course of justice to take effect in this matter and don’t rush to judgement,” the SDA official stated.
He said the church remains confident with all faith and assurance that the Lord will carry ‘his’ church through this difficult moment as he has done in such a ‘mighty’ way in the past.
Stephen said the SDA church continues to pray for all who have been adversely affected, all church members and the nation on the whole.
He also lamented that there have been many untrue media reports, including claims that the SDA church has been transferring Pastors overseas.