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Pastor who known as on husbands to rape their wives is positioned on go away

(RNS) — The pastor of a New York Metropolis Seventh-day Adventist church who stated in a sermon earlier this month that husbands might rape their wives has been positioned on administrative go away.

Burnett Robinson, senior pastor of Grand Concourse Seventh-day Adventist, a church positioned within the Bronx borough, was preaching on Nov. 13 about wives submitting to their husbands’ management, when he stated, “Gents, one of the best individual to rape is your spouse.”

Now the Larger New York Convention of the Seventh-day Adventist Church stated it has positioned Robinson on administrative go away.

“Pastor Robinson deeply regrets the assertion and is aware of it triggered damage and has given an unqualified apology,” a press release from the New York Convention stated.


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As well as, the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church issued a press release saying: “We wholeheartedly condemn any type of conduct or rhetoric that perpetrates any kind of violence towards girls — or any individual. This isn’t what the Seventh-day Adventist Church believes.”

The Seventh-day Adventist Church has 1.2 million members within the U.S. and Canada and extra overseas. It traces its origin to William Miller, who predicted that the world would finish within the mid-1840s primarily based on his studying of the Guide of Daniel. When that didn’t happen, Miller’s followers break up into smaller teams, one in all which ultimately grew to become the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Seventh-day Adventists are greatest identified for observing Saturday as their Sabbath.

In his Saturday sermon, a brief portion of which is captured in a YouTube video, Robinson seems to be preaching from a passage from the New Testomony’s Letter to the Ephesians, wherein the Apostle Paul says, “Wives, undergo your individual husbands, as to the Lord.”

In his sermon, Robinson says, “On this matter of submission, I would like you to know upfront, girls, that after you get married, you’re not your individual. You might be your husband’s. You perceive what I’m saying? I emphasize that as a result of I noticed in courtroom the opposite day on TV the place a woman sued her husband for rape. And I might say to you, gents, one of the best individual to rape is your spouse. However then it has turn into legalized.”

Points of ladies and gender and sexuality proceed to hassle segments of the conservative evangelical motion, particularly in gentle of the #MeToo motion, which tried to interrupt the silence on sexual abuse and harassment.

A Change.org petition calling for Robinson’s resignation had greater than 1,200 signatures as of noon Tuesday (Nov. 23).

Efforts to succeed in Robinson for remark have been unsuccessful.

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