Livingstonia Synod disowns Malawi Council of Churches on abortion: Rev Maulana courts controversy

The CCAP Synod of Livingstonia has said it is not part of Malawi Council of Churches (MCC) leadership position on abortion, stating that the position of the Synod on abortion remains no.

Rev Nyondo: No to termination of pregnancy

Rev Nyondo: No to termination of pregnancy

Last week, Malawi Council of Churches (MCC) executive board chairperson Reverend Alex Maulana during a 2 day consultation meeting jointly organized by MCC, an umbrella organization of 25 Christian denominations and 20 Para-church organisations, and IPAS’s coordinated Coalition for Prevention of Unsafe Abortion (COPUA) in Mangochi backed the proposed Termination of Pregnancy Bill arguing it would reduce maternal deaths.

“The church’s stand regarding abortion is that it is a sin, but taking into account the fact that our women, mostly from poor backgrounds are dying due to unsafe abortion, there is need for the church to break the silence on abortions so that Malawians can liberalise its laws on abortion.

“So, the church should not allow the flock, especially women, to continue dying to something that can be prevented. We will continue enlightening the flock about the dangers of abortion, but at the same time remains a necessary evil to save women’s lives,” said Maulana, who is also the General Secretary of CCAP Blantyre Synod, in an interview with Sunday Times.

However, CCAP Synod of Livingstonia general secretary Levi Nyondo told Nation On Sunday that the Synod, as a member of MCC, was not consulted, and even if they were consulted their stand would be no.

“We were not consulted and even if we were consulted, we could have opposed it. Our position has not changed because God’s law doesn’t change. If they consulted people in hotels, they should not say that it is the position of the church,” said Nyondo.

Nation On Sunday  reported  that several church leaders have disassociated their churches from the remarks made by MCC leadership through its executive board chairperson. MCC Board of Trustees chairperson Bishop Joseph Bvumbwe conceded that disagreements had emerged in MCC over the stance of the chairperson.

“During the last executive meeting, I personally warned against rushing into a position. The fact that one pastor is convinced this is okay should not be used as a position of the diverse grouping. Even in USA the issue is very contentions. As a church, we find life to be sacred and if government accepts this it does not mean the church too should support this,” said Bvumbwe.

However, Maulana insisted that MCC members were present and in agreement with his position that sparked the debate.

“We do not speak as individuals. We were at a meeting. It was in the meeting context that we acknowledged that some of the conditions were accepted. Members were present and some didn’t come. If it [the story] was presented in full context there could have been no debate, but it was not quoted in full. Rape, incest and minors getting pregnant according to certain conditions for example due to rape, this is what we want people to think about. This is coming because people are getting a lot of unsafe abortion and women and girls are dying,” argued Maulana.

Recently, the Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM), an umbrella mother body of 122 Church denominations and Christian organisations, called on Members of Parliament in Malawi to take responsibility by standing up for life through rejecting the proposed law if tabled in the next parliament citing that the bill promotes the culture of death.

“Abortion- with the exception whereby a woman’s life is in real danger as already provided for by our current laws- even under the grounds where the pregnancy is as a result of rape, incest or defilement has no Biblical and human rights basis. While rape, incest or defilement are undesirable, evil and sinful acts in the eyes of God, nowhere in the Bible do we see God instructing believers to abort a life that is conceived as a result of these conditions.

“This does not in any way suggest that God condones these undesirable and sinful acts. But rather it signifies the fact that human life-starting from conception- is sacred before the eyes of God. Justice demands that only perpetrators pay for their crimes, not the innocent unborn child” argued Mkandawire.

Mkandawire further faulted Section 3(b) of the proposed abortion bill where it authorizes abortion “ to prevent injury to physical or mental health of a pregnant woman” arguing that this was a hidden abortion on demand because poverty, shame, unplanned pregnancy, getting kicked out of school can cause mental or physical health issues.

The Episcopal Conference of Malawi, Catholic mother body in Malawi, through the Pastoral Letter titled “Mercy of God as a path of hope” issued in March 2016 faulted “foreign nations and agencies who attach aid to values and practices that are contrary to our culture”, and indicated that “such practices are not only against our culture but also contrary to our laws and beliefs.

The Catholic bishops labelled the proponents of abortion legislation as “agents of the culture of death”, and indicated that through campaigning for abortion legislation human life is under direct attack.

However, the Coalition for Prevention of Unsafe Abortion chairperson Juliet Sibale argued that women’s rights to decide on their body must be respected.

“We are in a human rights era and for a longtime women’s rights have been neglected. The law has to try to bring the free environment where a woman is able to access a medical facility and is able to be informed. The bottom line is that nobody should make a decision for a woman whether or not to terminate her pregnancy” said Sibyl

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12 thoughts on “Livingstonia Synod disowns Malawi Council of Churches on abortion: Rev Maulana courts controversy”

  1. Justin madziakapita says:

    I thought church has a spiritual and moral obligation to save those that are lost through Christ? What causes these pregnancies? Is it not sin? What is a human Right ? It’s his or her choice how he or she will do with her life. This situation has come about because of sexual sin. In whatever position you look at it, sexual sin has taken a Centre stage what people want is not what God’s original intent is. Those in Christian believing church and are called by God to work in the vineyards can not even think about abortion. By the way some of the ministers of the word are there not because they are called but for money and positions. Jesus said by mouth the confess to knowing me but there actions are far from me. Those involved how many people are you winning for Christ? If the church was doing its work could we be talking about this now? What about responsibility of our own lives men and women? Those that are not Christians their position is different so should we join them to make a Law that is unlawful? Three difficulties facing our country Sexual (abortion,gays and lesbians) corruption (financial and political) Tribalism ( political, positions etc) all these indicate a church problem and the church has to seek answers because our politicians have no idea how to come out but God has the answer.

  2. be humane says:

    Kuti mudziwe kuti anthuwa amadziwa choona koma amakana dala, such laws kuli konse put limit as to when abortion can be performed. Ngati argument is because is unborn then its nothing why do such laws prohibit abortion after 12 weeks or 15 weeks? You cannot abort a 6 months pregnancy or 7 months pregnancy kuli konse its not allowed

  3. Dalitso says:

    Sometimes I wonder what some church leadership fail to reason and apply knowledge. Surely Livingstonia synod seems is ready not to discuss anything before discussions begins. No one would champion for abortion for fun let alone the church. The situation at hand is that there have been cases where if abortion was carried out, a woman could have been saved. It is simple understanding and that does not need scriptures to understand. When I check the story of Jesus in the Bible, he was always surrounded by prostitutes, sinners and all marginalized people. A metaphor I can say, he hanged around with people in places today you would like to think not a perfect place to find a pastor or a follower of Christ. The whole purpose, Jesus came to meet people ‘s needs and to heal them, not to look down on them. Pharisees, what else can you see in them? Jesus does not want people to protect his kingdom with detached narrow understanding, rather he wants us to be in a relationship with poor people, those who are suffering. If ever we could know what those women who have complications during pregnancy what they go through, may be we could all understand the meaning of all caring people are talking about. A law cannot be just passed without checking loop holes for those who would merely want to terminate the pregnancy. Again, true disciple of Christ does not behave in a manner like police to protect the word of God, we are at liberty to follow Christ.

  4. WmawaMungu says:

    If the woman has the right over her own body to do anything she wanted to and then where does she get the authority to terminate the life of the voiceless unborn baby whose rights are washed away by the aborting woman?

    1. Handsome Chaponda says:

      WmawaMungu!! You have asked a very good question!! Thumbs up!!!

  5. gala says:

    Kikikiki koma ku Blantyre synod kulinso abusa ena oganiza chonchi??? Ndalama zawatseka mmaso ndithu……nthawi yatha…

  6. Gama says:

    The power of the devil have conquered Blantyre Synod. Money at work.

  7. pwiya says:

    At a tender age (12 years) I remember to have learnt that a bird in the hand is worth twice in the bush. And when I started following the scriptures and homilies in church I learnt that citing God’s laws just to be seen doing so like Pharisees is really very dangerous and could lead to un Godly acts. Can somebody school me where is the wisdom in protecting something whose future is uncertain at the expense of another that already exist? What we need is to civic educate our girls, women and men to prevent occurence of these high risk pregnancies but if they really occur to an extent that the mother will lose life, then there is no choice other than protecting the bird in the hand. However, there are some individuals who for their own reasons will take advantage of this provision and end up with unlawfull abortions. It is this type of individuals who must face the long arm of the law or even be excommunicated from the church. I could be wrong but this is what I think anthu a Mulungu

    1. Handsome Chaponda says:

      Pwiya. I pray that you read and reply this. Can you please answer the question asked by WmawaMungu? Please am eager to see your reply!!!! Please do me a favor.

    2. Gama says:

      pwiya! Life begins in the womb , not after birth.

    3. JJB says:

      You miss the point. No one has ever said in medical emergency let the Mother die to save the child. If you try to abort for no good reason you may indeed die because you will be using poison to kill the unborn child, which poison may end up killing you.

  8. patriot says:

    Zachibwana.Mufuna athu azipanga dala zigololo even kunja kwabanja akudziwa kuti achotsa mimba

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