Ghana Seventh-Day Adventist Church condemns Attorney General’s comments on homosexuality

Ghanaians are being asked to dismiss suggestions by Martin Amidu, the Attorney-General to the effect that homosexuality between two consenting adults is not a crime. The Attorney General had explained that though a same sex relationship is considered culturally wrong, individuals have sexual discretion as long as it is within the confines of their homes. He said this at a press conference to explain Ghana’s position on homosexuality.

However, the Central Ghana Conference of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church disagrees. President of the Conference, Pastor Emmanuel Denteh, says the Attorney General’s explanation falls short of moral, cultural and divine laws.

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church recently condemned homosexuality, and described practitioners as ‘sinners who need grace’. Pastor Denteh described Mr. Amidu’s comments as surprising and unfortunate. According to him, Ghanaians cannot justifiably accept, in his own words, ‘an alien and abominable act’. Pastor Denteh is already calling for amendment in the country’s laws on homosexuality.

Section 104 (part b) of the Criminal Act of 1960 states, “a person who has unnatural carnal knowledge of another person of not less than sixteen years of age with the consent of that other person commits a misdemeanor”.

Pastor Denteh acknowledges such amendment will take some time, but he insists it is important to safeguard the moral decency of Ghanaians. He wants religious and civil society groups to lead the crusade against homosexuality in Ghana.

“Although this lawyer has said this, we are not going to condone that. Even fellow colleague lawyers condemned that, and the church will continue to condemn. So what this Attorney General is saying is something that should not go-by”, Pastor Denteh insisted.

Arguing from a Biblical standpoint, he said “homosexuality is a sin against God; that is not how God created human beings. He created man and woman and blessed them to produce so any perversion of that is wrong”.

Meanwhile, the SDA Church is initiating an education programme for its members on the subject. Pastor Denteh said though the leadership does not anticipate any of its members is homosexual, such education is in order. “We are educating our youth, parents and everybody in the church. We are not leaving anyone out of this campaign: those in kindergarten and preparatory schools we’ve been teaching them so that the more we teach them, the more they will refrain from them”.

From: Ohemeng Tawiah, Nhyira Fm-Kumasi.

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  1. says

    It is probably appropriate to add to the above comments with the ‘Seventh-day Adventist Position Statement on Homosexuality’ which can be found on their world church website:

    The Seventh-day Adventist Church recognizes that every human being is valuable in the sight of God, and we seek to minister to all men and women in the spirit of Jesus. We also believe that by God’s grace and through the encouragement of the community of faith, an individual may live in harmony with the principles of God’s Word.

    Seventh-day Adventists believe that sexual intimacy belongs only within the marital relationship of a man and a woman. This was the design established by God at creation. The Scriptures declare: “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh” (Gen. 2:24, NIV). Throughout Scripture this heterosexual pattern is affirmed. The Bible makes no accommodation for homosexual activity or relationships. Sexual acts outside the circle of a heterosexual marriage are forbidden (Lev. 20:7-21; Rom. 1:24-27; 1 Cor. 6:9-11). Jesus Christ reaffirmed the divine creation intent: “‘Haven’t you read,’ he replied, ‘that at the beginning the Creator “made them male and female,” and said, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh?” So they are no longer two, but one'” (Matt. 19:4-6, NIV). For these reasons Adventists are opposed to homosexual practices and relationships.

    Seventh-day Adventists endeavor to follow the instruction and example of Jesus. He affirmed the dignity of all human beings and reached out compassionately to persons and families suffering the consequences of sin. He offered caring ministry and words of solace to struggling people, while differentiating His love for sinners from His clear teaching about sinful practices.

  2. Kate says

    Anyone weary of these sorts of arguments and wanting a spot of help with self-defence should check out the ‘combatting religion-based homophobia’ section in our lovely new bookshop:

    http://books.changingattitude.org.uk/tag/deaing-with-religious-homophobia/

    In particular, the Gay Gospels, written by CA’s own Trustee Keith Sharpe takes you through all the ‘clobber passages’ and explain why they don’t hold up when you read them properly.

    If you’ve read one of these, do leave a comment: if you know a great book that we’ve missed out, just drop us a note on our Bookshop blog: http://books.changingattitude.org.uk/book-blog/hello-world/

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