By Olayinka Latona
METHODIST Church Nigeria, has affirmed its age-long rejection of homosexuality, vowing ìt was established to defend the non-annoyed gospel of Jesus Christ threatening to excommunicate defaulters.
The Prelate, His Eminence, Dr Samuel Uche Kanu, made the position of the church known in a statement made available by the Director, Media and Publicity Relations, Rev. Oladapo Daramola.
He said Methodist Church Nigeria affirms its total rejection of gay marriage and will surely stand to defend the truth of the gospel based on the injunctions and ethical principles of the Holy Bible and in the sound doctrine as promulgated by John Wesley.
In his words: “There is a raging controversy now and people’s spirit start damping over the decision of the British conference, majority of them not all of them to adopt or legalise gay marriage, same sex marriage.
“We as Methodist Church Nigeria condemn in totality gay marriage, relationship. It is unAfrica and even against the law passed by the National Assembly of Nigeria which was dully signed by the president.
“We believe in the sound doctrine as promulgated by John Wesley which is scriptural holiness, evangelical faith.
Likewise Methodist Church Nigeria belief in the same. God said man and woman shall be one not man and man to marry. We adopt in totality with what the Bible says and the Bible cannot be rewritten
Continuing: “Methodist Church Nigeria stands by the historical and antecedent of The Methodist Church Movement by John Wesley and Charles Wesley and their group is where we stand, it is irrevocable. “We are not going back to Egypt and to what we rejected. What the British Church had done does not in anyway apply to Methodist Church Nigeria.
“I want illustrious Nigerians and our teaming members to understand this that there is no cause for alarm. They should continue worshipping God in spirit and in truth.
“If anybody is discovered to aiding and abbetting or contemplating to practice gay in Methodist Church Nigeria, that person will be excommunicated from the church. That is our stand,” he said.
Britain’s Methodist Church announced Wednesday that same-sex couples will be allowed to get married on its premises.
After debates on the topic at the Methodist Conference, the proposals to allow same-sex marriages were passed with 254 votes in favor and 46 against.