Pas­tor ex­plains rea­sons why vil­lager took that dras­tic ac­tion last year

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The man who burned a Bible last year be­longed to a small church group, Yahuwan, it was re­vealed for the first time yes­ter­day. A church pas­tor said the mem­ber from Vunini­u­drovu Vil­lage, Sawani, Naitasiri, was an­gry be­cause he be­lieved the Bible had mis­led him for so many years. He said they did not en­cour­age mem­bers to burn the Bible. It was not their pol­icy, he said. This mem­ber in­volved was re­ally an­gry, he added. “But noth­ing hap­pened to him af­ter he burned the Bible,” he said. Pas­tor Laise­nia Yac­arogo claimed they had copies of an­cient scrolls which con­tain a lot of truths that were not in the Bible.

“The Bible has only 25 per cent truth in it and is in­com­plete. The other 75 per cent is in the scroll which was found in a clay pot at Euphrates which is now Iraq,” Pas­tor Yac­arogo claimed. “That’s why we do not be­lieve in the Bible. We use the Bible to show the dif­fer­ence be­tween the scrolls and it.” Yahuwan, he said, was an­cient He­brew for Chris­tian.

“This small group started in 2011 by a few mem­bers who par­tic­i­pated in a prayer and fast­ing ses­sion at Mount Korob­aba in Lami,” he said The mem­bers came from dif­fer­ent re­li­gions, he said. “This was when the true name of God was re­vealed, as Yahuwah the fa­ther and Yahush­wah the son. “We were just look­ing for the truth,” he said. Je­ho­vah, Je­sus, Lord, were pa­gan names, he added. The church is based on an­cient names, be­lief and prac­tices. “When we joined the church we also changed our names. Nam­ing is very im­por­tant be­cause it’s a mark. Se­condly, it serves as a mean­ing of iden­tifi-

cation, thirdly it de­scribes a per­son’s char­ac­ter and lastly it de­scribes a per­son’s po­si­tion and it de­scribes our des­tiny. That’s why nam­ing is very im­por­tant be­cause it has ev­ery­thing of a hu­man na­ture. Some die be­cause of their names, it is pow­er­ful.

“We don’t be­lieve in the Bible be­cause it says there’re two Gods which is Je­sus and Je­ho­vah. We use the Bible just to com­pare it with our scrip­tures. We don’t be­lieve in the Bible any­more be­cause we don’t be­lieve in the names Je­sus and Je­ho­vah. We have also seen the mean­ing of LORD in an­cient He­brews as Ba­bel.” The church has hun­dreds of mem­bers through­out Fiji. “We don’t have pro­grams in church and our meet­ing is done in ran­dom places. Not in a par­tic­u­lar place. The church is reg­is­tered as the Covenant Fam­ily of Yah Min­istry. Pas­tor Yac­arogo said af­ter they were formed they were con­tacted by an Amer­i­can church group, Seek­ers of the Truth, who con­firmed to them that Yahuwah (Heav­enly Fa­ther) was from the an­cient He­brew as recorded in the scrolls found in the Euphrates desert. The con­tent had been trans­lated into English and copies had been sent to the Fi­jian church. “They will be com­ing to visit us but we do not know when,” Pas­tor Yac­arogo said.

The Fi­jian church mem­bers:

Pay tithes (one tenth of their earn­ings) to look af­ter the poor, wid­ows and their fam­i­lies Firmly be­lieve that peo­ple should work hard. Faith with­out work is dead. Are tee­to­tallers. They don’t drink al­co­hol and kava or smoke Eat all foods Wor­ship on Satur­day as their Sab­bath (Day of Rest). Don’t com­mem­o­rate Easter, Christ­mas be­cause they be­lieve they are pa­gan prac­tices.

Iva Mataki (left), with hus­band Pas­tor Laise­nia Yac­arogo in Suva.

Photo: Selita Bolanavanua

A pho­to­copy English ver­sion of the Yahuwan Church scrip­tures.

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