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Man sues SDA church for suspending him after he confronted pastor who sexually assaulted his wife

A Bulawayo man has sued the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church at the High Court after the church  censured him for seven months without a proper disciplinary hearing.  A censure means that the man will be suspended from participating, by voice or vote, in the affairs of the church. It also prevents him from leading any church-related activity and terminates his election or appointment to all positions in church.

The church was unhappy that the man had confronted Pastor Brighton Ndebele and reported him to the police for indecently assaulting his wife. The Pastor was later on convicted of indecent assault and sentenced to 12 months in jail, although after suspensions he only performed 315 hours of community service.

The husband said:

The church set in motion a process of investigating my wife and I after Pastor Brighton Ndebele was convicted of indecently assaulting my wife in October 2016. My wife was told that she was being investigated for failing to follow Matthew 18 after the pastor abused her

Verses 15 to 17 in the chapter read:

15- Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother

16- But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

17- And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector

The Husband also claimed that the church defended the convicted Pastor and instead attacked the victim.

The church under the leadership of Pastor Gasiano Ngulube rejected the conviction of Pastor Brighton Ndebele and launched an attack on both my wife and myself, which they described as an investigation

His wife, the victim of the indecent assault, said the church’s stance made it seem as if the SDA accepted the “predatory sexual proclivities from its pastors.”

More: Chronicle

 

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