SDA Church Makes Statement on Alleged Sexual Offences
Earlier this week it was alleged that two pastors from the Seventh Day Adventist Church had been charged for indecent assault, and unlawful sexual
On Friday, May 26 a press conference was held at the Maranatha SDA church to discuss, according to facilitators, what had been in the media this week.
“It is unfortunate that at this juncture the church is now faced with allegations involving two of our employees, which has resulted in hurting families, and much negative publicity,” Pastor Roger Stephen stated. “Whereas we and the church try to uphold righteousness and purity as God’s ideal, like all other churches, we are not immune to human imperfection, and fallibility.”
Pastor Stephen said that as a church, they did not, and would not, condone “sin or any other wrongdoing in any fashion, whether it be from the members of the pew, to leaders, to pastors”.
Still, he said it was too early to rush to judgment. “We seek to reach out to all who are hurting.”
Stephen pleaded with all to allow the course of justice to take effect.
“As a church, we remain confident with all faith and assurance that the Lord will carry His church through this difficult moment,” he said. “We continue to pray for all who have been adversely affected, as well as all our members and the nation as a whole.”
After this statement, Stephen declined to answer questions posed by media representatives, including those related to Minister Ubaldus Raymond, also of the Adventist faith, who found himself in controversy earlier this year when nude photos of him were leaked in an alleged blackmail attempt.
The pastor did, however, mention a few of the inaccuracies he said had been circulating in relation to the church.
“One of untruths is that Minister Ubaldus Raymond is a leader in the Adventist Church,” he said. “He is a member, but not a leader.
"Another untruth is that the SDA church has been transferring pastors overseas, and there is no truth to that.”
Investigations into the matter are ongoing.