A Christian denomination with congregations in St. Vincent and the Grenadines has passed with unanimous support a resolution opposing same-sex marriages.
At a meeting in St. Vincent last week, the Evangelical Church of the West Indies, which has 52 churches across the eastern Caribbean, also declared its facilities off limits for the conduct of same-sex marriages and said it will discipline any of its minister who perform such ceremonies.
“… the Evangelical church in each of its constituencies believe and adhere to God’s divine fiat concerning marriage as being between and man and a woman,” the church says in the resolution passed at its Biennial Regional General Council.
The church, which also has congregations in New York, Canada, and French Guyana, said it believes that there is “a devilish plan and deliberate actions to subvert and change God’s declared principles of ‘a man and a woman’ to ‘two persons’”.
“We know that any such subversion or change is detrimental, destructive and diabolic,” the church said, adding that it rejects totally and unequivocally any such subversion or change.
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The church further resolved that none of its ministers or pastors will perform, encourage, or support any such “marriages so called, nor will we allow any of our churches or buildings or premises be used for the same.
“Further, … any of our ministers or pastors who so acts, will be disciplined and we will seek to have his marriage license revolved…”
The church said it believes “the grace of Jehovah God provided by the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ is available and is able to bring salvation and transformation to any such person of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community or any one who practices any form of homosexuality and any other perversion of biblically unacceptable sexual lifestyle.
“We therefore resolve to treat such persons with love, compassion and make every effort to extend the Grave of God to them,” the resolution said.
Sex acts among members of the same sex and same-sex marriages are illegal in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.