MANERELA+  hit back at Nkhoma Synod over same-sex rights

Malawi Network of Religious Leaders Living with or Affected with HIV and Aids (MANERELA+) has hit back at Church of Central African Presbyterian (CCAP)-Nkhoma Synod over the condemnation of Non-Governmental Organizations championing the fight and respecting of the rights of minority particularly same-sex practices.

Mwachande:We are equal before God

Mwachande:We are equal before God

This follows issuing of a Pastoral Letter by the Nkhoma Synod which was circulated and read in all CCAP Churches under the Nkhoma Synod last Sunday.

The letter titled “Taking our stand with God in this crooked generation” was aimed at condemning the abduction and killing of people with albinism and went on to tackle the issue of same sex practices.

The letter signed by Nkhoma Synod Moderator Reverend Dr. Chatha Msangaambe and Senior Clerk Reverend Dr. Archwell Katani described homosexuality as a sinful practice attracting God’s wrath and therefore urged its members to stand against its  legalization as well as refraining from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans gender and Intersex”.

The statement said this is unbibilical.

But reacting to the pastoral letter, MANERELA+ Acting Executive Director Allie Mwachande said he is saddened with the contents of the letter particularly on homosexuality issues.

“It is not right for men of God or a church to castigate others, as religious leaders, they must always preach unity and love regardless of whatever differences that we have or act,” said Mwachande in a telephone interview with Nyasa Times.

MANERELA+ has since released a press statement responding to the CCAP Nlhoma Synod’s Pastoral Letter.

The statement signed by Mwachande himself, said continuing condemnation of sexual minorities on the context of HIV and Aids and other vulnerabilities continue to drive the community underground thereby leaving them behind in accessing services for prevention care and treatment of the same.

“We do wish to enlist the need for all men and women of God in churches, Mosques and other places of  worship to affirm lives of all and enhance the flourishing of the integral human good of all people and work towards making Malawi a better place for all where everyone is treated equally and benefits in the same manner as the creator intended for all,” reads part of the statement made available to Nyasa Times.

It further warns that “continued stigma and discrimination will worsen our environment”.

The statement further advised the faith based community to celebrate the diversity of God’s creation and realize our roles in creating harmony through and care towards all people of God/Allah.

“Let’s leave no one behind but rather foster a oneness and unity of purpose in preaching the gospel of LOVE” concludes the statement.

Meanwhile, Mkhoma Synod has asked the Malawi government and Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) who still insist on homosexuality to let Malawians decide on the matter through a national referendum.

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7 thoughts on “MANERELA+  hit back at Nkhoma Synod over same-sex rights”

  1. BIGGIE says:

    Some people can defend a devil in a court of Law

    1. Abonzi says:

      I believe so, as long as there is something to benefit. Most of us are looking at the pleasures attached to the evil activities on this planet not salvation.

  2. Kadziotche says:

    Nkhoma Synod have written a Pastoral Letter to their faithfuls.The letter aims at shepherding their own willful members of their flock.

    Why should Manarela+who are not of their flock find problems with it? Let those who were being written to react.(M’busa salisha ng’ombe za weni).

    Pezani dambo lanu komwe a Manarela+ mudzikalishila n’gombe zanu mwanzeru zozama ngati m’mene mwaneneramo.Aku Nkhoma alemba mogwirizana ndi chiphunzitso chao pa mau a Mulungu.

    Ngati chiphunzitso chanu a Manarela+ chili chosiyana mulembe kalata yanu kwa anthu agulu lanu/nkhosa zanu without reference to Nkhoma CCAP in the spirit of Freedom of Association.

  3. Zonunkha Ayi says:

    Iwe Manelela ngati walandira khobiri ingodya ukagone. Usadzitenge kuti iweyo ndi Malawi. Manga church chako cha uvecho. Ndipo usasakanize nkhani anthu odwala matenda ndi okwatirana a sex imodzi. Ukufuna upomboneze ndani? Pereka mpata anthu akambirane za Mulungu osati zonunkha zakozo. Ukapitiliza ugwira bibi sure!

  4. Bikitoni says:

    The CCAP clergy have just shown that they are totally dull on matters of rights and Christianity. Read this:

    Every time a vicious crime is committed against a group of LGBT people or a natural disaster befalls a Gay Pride event, my ears are pained by senseless explanations offered by religious yet graceless voices. Most Christians mourn and weep over these tragedies, but I always hear a few Bible Belt dwellers claiming “the heathen” got what they deserved—that God smote the sodomites as they reveled in their sins. They recall biblical stories like Sodom and Gomorrah and almost excitedly proclaim that God is “still in the business of judging rebels!” There is no doubt in my mind that there are religious yet gospel-ignorant men and women sitting in their church pews as I write this article, feeling tempted to utter such insensitivities in the wake of the Orlando gay club shooting.

    If you are one who is inclined to believe these gay club attendees got what was coming to them, I plead with you to consider the words of Jesus:

    “There were some present at that very time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: Do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” —Luke 13:1-5
    Is homosexual behavior sinful? Absolutely. Is embracing homosexual desires an act of defiance against a good and holy God? Most definitely. Is a nightclub full of intoxicated homosexuals one of the least holy places you could enter? As someone who spent four nights a week in gay clubs prior to Jesus getting his hands on me, I can assure you that it is. But are homosexual sinners worse than Sunday school sinners? Not by a long shot.

    Apart from God’s grace, you are just as depraved and enslaved to the sin within you as the LGBT person. Your wickedness may flesh out differently, but it is no less despicable in the sight of God. Do you think God finds your self-righteous judgment of the gay man more tolerable than He finds the gay man’s same-sex acts? Do you think He is less disturbed by you looking down your nose at the lesbian woman than He is by that lesbian woman’s homosexual indulgences? If so, think again—and heed the words of the One you say you follow: “Unless you repent, you will likewise perish.” Friend, don’t think, even for a second, that underneath your conservative Republican-ish veneer, your heart is any less obstinate and wicked than that of the gay man dancing at the gay bar in Orlando last night.

    God does not take delight in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 18:23)—and neither do those whose hearts have been filled with his love. If you claim to follow Jesus, mourn over the rebellion of those who refuse to trust him (Luke 13:34). Weep over death and the widespread grief that accompanies it (John 11:35). But don’t utter a word of condescending judgment—because your own sinfulness earns you no less than an eternity under God’s wrath.

    1. this is touching ………..convincing …..inspring and worth a lesson……..i rest my case

    2. Alfred Minjo says:

      Nawenso Bikitoni, zankutu…..munya muona!!!!

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