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Pentecostal Churches In Gabon Warn of Divine Punishment Over Same Sex Marriage

The Ecclesia Movement in Gabon, a group of Pentecostal churches, has warned the initiators of the law supporting homosexuality in the country against divine anger and punishment over their “abominable and demonic” enterprise.

In a declaration issued during a meeting in Libreville on Monday, the movement drew the attention to the consequences of this “despicable law intended to steer the people away from God”.

“All those in the National Assembly and government who initiated this law must be prepared to face the spiritual and divine consequences according to Psalm 109, so says the Lord,” declared the leader of the movement, Evangelist Efoula Bekale Lenaic.

Referring to those defending the homosexual depenalisation law, Evangelist Efoula declared: “To those who have demonstrated distraction and reflections holding that support is not legalization, we remind them of their general culture and that the process of the legalization of homosexuality in European and American countries first started with the support of the said habit, followed by legalization and then same sex marriages for all.”

The young charismatic Pentecostal leaders are of the opinion that support for homosexuality was nothing but the result of actions by people who had driven God from their hearts, their lives, their schools, their families and in the management of the state.

“From this experience, we must draw the consequences and the lessons relating to our way of life and take account of the ways of God,”, the group declared.

Since the Gabonese National Assembly and Senate voted in favour of the same sex marriage, a majority of the people have been expressing their anger against the move.

“If the opinions of the plurality of Gabonese were to be sort through a national referendum, it is almost certain more than 70 per cent of the people would vote against the law. But it is no secret that they have no respect for the wishes of the people,” said Emana Engelbert, a shop owner in Libreville.

“It is no longer a secret that those who have bowed to the pressure from western money lenders to institute this diabolic law did so because of their propensity for borrowing money from the white man, which money is hardly used for the benefit of the Gabonese man in the street.

“We are not ready to sacrifice our cultural values in order to satisfy the greed of government functionaries who do not have the interest of the common man at heart,” said a senior social welfare officer working with a local non-governmental organization who elected for anonymity for fear of his organisation’s license being withdrawn.

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