SDA Church says no to ‘Seventh-gay Adventist’

Jamaica Observer:-JAMAICA’S largest denomination, the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church, yesterday distanced itself from a member of the church who is scheduled to speak at a two-day international conference titled “Intimate Conviction” to discuss the church and anti-buggery laws in the Commonwealth.

SDA Communication, Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Director Nigel Coke said Dr Keisha McKenzie may be a member, but “she does not speak on behalf of the Seventh-day Adventist Church globally or locally, and any statement or utterance by her concerning the conference’s theme should not be taken as an official statement or position of the church”.

Dr McKenzie, who is listed among the “distinguished speakers” at the event taking place at the regional headquarters of The University of the West Indies (UWI) starting tomorrow, is said to be a member of a group within the SDA Church calling themselves “Seventh-gay Adventists”.

But the church made it clear in a press statement that it would not be taking action against McKenzie, stressing that it was not against individuals exercising their freedom of conscience and expressions, “which are God-given rights never to be taken from anyone”.

A newspaper advertisement announcing the conference said the keynote speaker is Most Rev Dr John Holder, Anglican archbishop of the West Indies, at the top of a list of other distinguished speakers from the Adventist, Anglican, Baptist, Roman Catholic, Evangelical, and United Churches.

Coke said the leadership of the Adventist Church had received an invitation to the conference, but had politely turned it down and reiterated its opposition to homosexuality and buggery specifically. Adventists are on record as being opposed to proposals to repeal the country’s buggery law.

“We believe that sexual intimacy belongs only within the marital relationship of a man and a woman,” Coke said in the statement. “This was the design established by God at creation. Throughout Scripture this heterosexual pattern is affirmed.

“The Bible makes no accommodation for homosexual activity or relationships. For these reasons, Seventh-day Adventists are opposed to homosexual practices and relationships. Our outreach to mankind is non-discriminatory. We have in the pass and will continue to offer compassion and care to anyone, including persons who are in need of God’s love and desires us to guide them into a saving relationship with Him.”

16 Comments

  1. Lise
    October 13, 2017 at 1:44 pm Reply

    Again , marriage is between man and woman. St.lucia seems to be falli g prey to the US nastiness.

  2. Anonymous
    October 13, 2017 at 5:49 pm Reply

    Ugh! Craziness. We have dumb dumbs in government.

  3. Anonymous
    October 13, 2017 at 6:00 pm Reply

    Fire for those fagets

  4. Anonymous
    October 13, 2017 at 8:13 pm Reply

    I fully support the church position on this matter.. I will love you AS a person I will respect your given right to be who and whatever you desire, but don’t allow anyone or the church to condone your sexual behaviour.

    As seventh day Adventists, we should be ready to embrace you people and walk with you out and away from this lifestyle.

  5. Wiser
    October 14, 2017 at 9:00 am Reply

    I may not agree with SDA on everything but I sure do on this one.
    People who are practicing homosexuals shouldn’t be hated or treated poorly but legally ENDORSING what they do is very different. Anytime a government endorses things against the laws of God they are rejecting Gods principles and His blessings over the country.

  6. Anonymous
    October 14, 2017 at 9:13 am Reply

    Seventh Gay Adventist, hmmm, is that how I should them now.

  7. Anonymous
    October 14, 2017 at 12:21 pm Reply

    I love every one even the guy man, but i don’t have to love your lifestyle of man with man. The church have a right to stand for what is right.

  8. Anonymous
    October 14, 2017 at 3:12 pm Reply

    I totally agree with the church of not wanting to part take in such sinful act.

  9. Adam Hendron
    October 14, 2017 at 8:06 pm Reply

    Typo in the last sentence

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  11. KT
    October 16, 2017 at 12:32 pm Reply

    I totally agree with the SDA on such. Many times we wonder what is going on in the world, where have all the morals gone, why is there so much chaos in the world, why can’t it be sweet like before. This is why cause governments and persons have gone against the word of God, left morality for immorality and gone with the norms that plague our society today. Congratulations on such a decision I hope it stays that way.

  12. Anonymous
    October 16, 2017 at 1:44 pm Reply

    Christians are the most judgemental people ever. Who cares if someone is gay, straight, trans, etc.

    God didn’t talk once about homosexuality when he was here on earth, but you people want discriminate against them because you don’t support their life style.

    Well guess what, I don’t approve your life sytle either, that doesn’t mean I should treat you any differently or condemn of who you love. SDA are terrible group of people in my opinion, I hope one day you realise the bigtory is driving the youth away, but by then, it will probably already be to late.

  13. Igna Desir
    October 17, 2017 at 5:30 am Reply

    You are right, he didn’t talk about homosexuals because he didn’t embrace them, but he talked quite a bit about marriage between men and women and he did create Adam and Eve and through out all the Bible, it was always about man and woman and if you read Romans and the Corinthians they talk about homosexuality without calling it by that name, go read your Bible and stop listening to hearsay.

    1. Anonymous
      October 17, 2017 at 9:00 am Reply

      Catholic, gayventist, badventist, politicsss, rumors, homiceed, townceed, we jus can’t wait to give feedback and NOT solution. STOP COMMENTING ON COMMENTS.While there is a rat race out there it is rite there where u make your COMMENT. STOP PLEASE STOP😴😴😴

  14. Anonymous
    October 19, 2017 at 3:39 pm Reply

    lllll

  15. Anonymous
    October 19, 2017 at 3:41 pm Reply

    We need to stick to Godly principles, which are always beneficial to the human race.

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