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Evangelicals reaffirm opposition to gay marriage

Evangelical churches here have made it clear that they would staunchly oppose any attempt to legalize same-sex marriage in Barbados. In fact, outspoken pastor Rev David Durant has said that, in the United States, where the practice is legal, the Supreme Court should protect pastors who refuse to marry same-sex partners, and Christians and businesses that do not want to participate in such weddings.

A recent US Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriages across all 50 states of the United States has caused jitters among religious leaders in Barbados and the Caribbean who worry that it won’t be long before regional Governments are forced to follow the US lead. Voters in Ireland also voted overwhelmingly in a recent referendum to change their nation’s constitution and allow same sex-marriage, becoming the first country in the world to do so through popular vote.

Church leaders in Barbados have stiffened their resolve to fight possible attempts to adopt similar measures.   

Speaking at his Brittons Hill, St Michael Restoration Ministries Church during a press conference organized by the Pastors Prayer Network, Durant said the Christian community was disturbed by two recent events hosted by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community here.

Those activities were a panel discussion dubbed “How Gay is Gay?” at the University of the West Indies, where a male married couple sat on the panel, and a lecture on the theology of inclusion, sponsored by the US embassy.

Outspoken pastor Rev David Durant
Outspoken pastor Rev David Durant

“We do not want same-sex marriages to ever be legalized in Barbados,” Durant declared.

Quoting scripture, the evangelical minister argued that the bible clearly taught that homosexuality was a sin, and opposing that lifestyle was based on a desire to prevent individuals from falling into spiritual and emotional pain.

Durant urged Barbadians to remain calm because the churches had a “prayerful response” and he was confident that prayer would conquer the threat. He also prayed that the country would show “love, compassion and understanding [and] not condemnation, redicule or hostility” towards members of the LGBT community, even as Barbadian christians demonstrate strong objection to same-sex marriage. He compared gays and lesbians to drug and alcohol addicts, saying he believed they could be “changed, delivered and set free” from their inclinations.

“The church exist to see people saved and delivered, not to bless the means of their damnation. As a church we need not panic, but have a prayerful response to this situation. I believe anyone with an attraction for the same sex can be changed, delivered and set free from those desires, just as a person addicted to drugs, alcohol, smoking, lying or adultery can be changed and totally delivered,” Durant said.

The Restoration Ministries Church pastor adopted the position that those who engage in relationships with people of the same sex need counselling, and he called for the establishment of “a gay and lesbian anonymous centre for counseling and rehabilitation” with trained personnel to assist those who sought help.

Meanwhile, Rev Paul Watson of Messiah’s House announced that  evangelical churches were running a campaign to strengthen biblical marriages, and would travel around the island hosting seminars on the subject.  He suggested that Barbados would be walking down a dangerous road if it sought to legalize gay marriage.

“Once something is not legalized the country can’t accept it. A lot of laws would have to change, and that would be a sad day if we just react to a change that is taking place in other parts of the world and we immediately change our laws to suit that. [It] would send us down a slippery slope . . . and we have to be extremely careful [of] in the way forward,” Watson said.

A press release issued by the Pentecostal Assemblies of the West Indies (PAWI) today stated that PAWI “profoundly” condemned same-sex marriage because it “diametrically opposes the word of God”,and that it was against “the divine plan for marriage” and its purpose for procreation.

“Our organisation promotes the family unit as a fundamental institution, where a mother and father nurture children, instil faith, and inculcate moral strengths and spiritual values. Thus, legislation of same-sex marriage will destabilize the family unit and result in harmful consequences for the society at large,” the release said.

7 Responses to NOT HERE!

  1. Louise King
    Louise King July 17, 2015 at 7:06 am

    Shut up—Homosexual is bibical law–it is what all preachers preach—wake up–get real- homosexuals–is de cond-e–m–n ed- –men—mean E–M–N — ARE MEN THAT ARE HOMOSEXUAL—-people like U -popes priests pasters prophets—are de hypocrites and parasites that crucifix word CHRIST—de truth spirit of almighty God in all men— idiots–ye are de men that turn men backward—Men are GODS–AND NOT DOGS–

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  2. Louise King
    Louise King July 17, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Word -COND-EMN—MEAN MEN TURN MEN BACKWARD DOGS–MEAN MEN THAT PREACH DE SIN–E–M–N DE CROSS

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  3. jrsmith July 17, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Why is it bajans only show, they colours , when , they are issues involving , religion and the bible.

    Do you really think it matters to the gay world, if barbados accepts gay marriages or not. but it becomes more worrying if they dont accept the same. why would only now the preachers in barbados , dont want to except gay marriages, which has become law in the USA, but have over the years ,accepted many other policies, which has back fired on us all.

    What seems to be so deceited by the church leaders in barbados , for decades certain religions had a high level of sexual abuse,which was covered up by the individual religions and as the days past , reperation is still at hand.

    It seems as though , our people decides what they deem to alright if its okay with some people and refuse what they think which do not effect the massess.

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  4. Olutoye Walrond July 17, 2015 at 11:19 am

    A bit of advice, Pastor. By now the whole of Barbados knows that the Church in Barbados is irrevocably opposed to same-gender marriage. Don’t waste your time and energy telling us what we already know.

    The fact that the United States high court has sanctioned it is completely irrelevant to us. Barbados is not a state of the U.S.A, nor is it a dependency like Puerto Rico. It does not follow that we have to do what the United States does. We are a sovereign state.

    You must also be aware that there is no obligation on any marriage officer to marry anyone. Christian principles do not allow for same-general unions, so you cannot be expected to officiate at such ceremonies. And until the laws of Barbados change such unions cannot be legally constituted.

    Don’t sweat the small stuff.

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  5. Tristian Balgraves August 3, 2015 at 11:46 am

    How many times must it be said; Barbados is not a Christian State or any religious state for that matter. Do we not choose to see what religious states do to the freedoms of its people? Do we not understand this from the path that ISIS has taken? Do we foolish believe that if we call ourselves Gods Christian people that we should escape the evils of this abomination of state powers in the hands of Christian leadership? Why are we continually deceiving of selves that Barbados is a Christian society? Is there not a large group of Islamic worshipers here I Bin and growing stronger by the day? Are they not Hindu Here?

    Evangelical churches here have made it clear that they would staunchly oppose any attempt to legalize same-sex marriage in Barbados. In fact, outspoken pastor Rev David Durant has said that, in the United States, where the practice is legal, the Supreme Court should protect pastors who refuse to marry same-sex partners, and Christians and businesses that do not want to participate in such weddings.

    You reap what you sow. For many years in the USA a deceived Christian church and her leadership fought against the rights of members of the state, by compelling the state to exercise its powers on the churches behalf by saying, that they too were seeking to stop the moral decline of the nation for God and in the name of God.

    Now the winds of change have come about and circumstances are reversed in the USA. Hence, it will be for the deceived Christians like Rev David Durant and the Christian Barbados society. Many may not live to see it, but the time is coming when this same ‘Christian society’ will use the power of the state to force gay marriages on Rev David Durant and the like. Do unto other as you would like them to do to you!

    Quoting scripture, the evangelical minister argued that the bible clearly taught that homosexuality was a sin, and opposing that lifestyle was based on a desire to prevent individuals from falling into spiritual and emotional pain.

    Rev David Durant quoted scriptures like all others that do so to present their side of an argument, being deceived that they speak for God. This same ‘Christian society’ smartly says ‘Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve’ but for gets that Adam and Mary, Susan, Jane, Peggy; Eve and Tom, Dick, Harry, is also an abomination and a perversion. Hence, those that judge are more accountable in the final Judgment. People should read for themselves but they rather have someone misquote for them so that they too continue in the great deception.

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    Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how

    the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled. 25Even the land was defiled; so I punished it for its sin, and the land vomited out its inhabitants. 26But you must keep my decrees and my laws. The native-born and the foreigners residing among you must not do any of these detestable things, 27for all these things were done by the people who lived in the land before you, and the land became defiled. 28And if you defile the land, it will vomit you out as it vomited out the nations that were before you.

    29“ ‘Everyone who does any of these detestable things—such

    persons must be cut off from their people. 30Keep my requirements and do not follow any of the detestable customs that were practiced before you came and do not defile yourselves with them. I am the LORD your God.’ ”
    No one is to approach any close relative to have sexual relations. I am the LORD.
    7“ ‘Do not dishonor your father by having sexual relations with your mother. She is your mother; do not have relations with her.
    8“ ‘Do not have sexual relations with your father’s wife; that would dishonor your father.
    9“ ‘Do not have sexual relations with your sister, either your father’s daughter or your mother’s daughter, whether she was born in the same home or elsewhere.
    10“ ‘Do not have sexual relations with your son’s daughter or your daughter’s daughter; that would dishonor you.
    11“ ‘Do not have sexual relations with the daughter of your father’s wife, born to your father; she is your sister.
    12“ ‘Do not have sexual relations with your father’s sister; she is your father’s close relative.
    13“ ‘Do not have sexual relations with your mother’s sister, because she is your mother’s close relative.
    14“ ‘Do not dishonor your father’s brother by approaching his wife to have sexual relations; she is your aunt.
    15“ ‘Do not have sexual relations with your daughter-in-law. She is your son’s wife; do not have relations with her.
    16“ ‘Do not have sexual relations with your brother’s wife; that would dishonor your brother.
    17“ ‘Do not have sexual relations with both a woman and her daughter. Do not have sexual relations with either her son’s daughter or her daughter’s daughter; they are her close relatives. That is wickedness.
    18“ ‘Do not take your wife’s sister as a rival wife and have sexual relations with her while your wife is living.
    19“ ‘Do not approach a woman to have sexual relations during the uncleanness of her monthly period.
    20“ ‘Do not have sexual relations with your neighbor’s wife and defile yourself with her.
    21“ ‘Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molek, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the LORD.
    22“ ‘Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.
    23“ ‘Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.

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  6. Sheron Inniss July 10, 2016 at 8:47 am

    I refuse to dwell on this issue. The Universe, Spirit or God tolerates for so long and no longer. People get real. You reap what you sow.

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  7. Elizabeth Juanita Campbell September 9, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

    23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

    24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

    25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

    26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

    27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

    28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

    BARBADIANS, PLEASE DO NOT BE USURPERS OF GOD’S LAW. THE AMERICAN SUPREME COURT HEATHENS THAT VOTED TO USURP GOD’S LAW ARE PEOPLE WHO DO NOT KNOW GOD!

    AMERICA IS BABYLON…MYSTERY BABYLON, AND JEREMIAH 49, 50, 51, ISAIAH 13, 14, 47, OBADIAH, HABAKKUK, NAHUM AND REVELATION 17, 18, 19, AMONGST OTHER BOOKS HAVE TOLD US:

    “…Through all her sorceries, the world was deceived!” (Revelation 18:23 KJV)

    JUST BECAUSE AMERICA IS GOING TO HELL, DOES NOT MEAN THAT WE HAVE TO GO TOO!

    Elizabeth Juanita Campbell

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