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3 Nov 2009 10:27 / Last update: 11 Nov 2009 10:52

Mekane Yesus members fellowship rejects to roster homesexuals for Church Ministry

The Board of Evangelical Mekane Yesus Fellowship in North America (EMYFNA) in its press release of 26 October 2009 declared its disunity with Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Church, following the stand that the Church has taken in connection with the issue to make a call and roster homosexual individuals for ministry in the Church. The Board stated that it would not be in good conscious able to commune and partner with ELCA Church that has willfully disobeyed the word of God and regrettably departed from the clear instructions of the Holy Scriptures. Evangelical Mekane Yesus Fellowship is a union of members of Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus in North America

The Board of EMYFNA also recorded its dismay and disappointment on the decisions of ELCA Church, noting that it jointly with the Orthodox Christians world-wide has issued several statements which were based on biblical teachings, advising ELCA Church not to take such decision which is against the Holy Scriptures. The Press release also underlined and affirmed that the Holy Scripture is the final authority for guiding human behavior and religious life and that states marriage is only between a man and a woman. The Board further underlined that the decision made by ELCA is in clear defiance of the Word of God, order of creation, God’s plan for procreation and purity of marriage.

The decision, to allow marriage between same-sex and roster homosexuals in church ministry, the press release noted is against the Word of God; which is based on the authority of the Holy Scriptures that declares marriage is only between a man and a woman stating “In the beginning the Creator made them male and female …a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife and the two will become one flesh” (Gen. 1:27-28, Matt: 19:4-5) and the commandment “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman that is detestable.” (Lev. 19; 22).

The Board of EMYFNA includes: Rev. Francis Stephanos, Rev. Yadessa Daba, Ato Endalkachew k/wolde, Rev. Dr. Gemechis Desta, Rev. Dr. Alemseged Hagos, Rev.Berihun Mekonnen, Mrs. Tringo Bekele, Ato Fekadu Tona, Rev. Dr. Eshetu Abate. Advisor: Rev. Dr. Ezra Gebremedhin.

Written by: Shibru Galla

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