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Pastor: We Don’t Discriminate Against Voodooists

Pastor Frank Amedia gives background on his comments to the Associated Press.
Ted Olsen

Yesterday's Associated Press report on Christian-Voodooist tensions in Haiti was shocking enough. One group interrupted another's religious service (there are of course differences in perspective on who "started it") and eventually Christians in Cite Soleil destroyed the Voodooists' religious objects. "Some threw rocks while others urinated on Voodoo symbols," Paisley Dodds reported. "When police left, the crowd destroyed the altars and Voodoo offerings of food and rum."

But later in the story, the comments from Frank Amedia of Touch Heaven Ministries were perhaps more surprising: "We would give food to the needy in the short term but if they refused to give up Voodoo, I'm not sure we would continue to support them in the long term because we wouldn't want to perpetuate that practice. We equate it with witchcraft, which is contrary to the Gospel."

A Christian aid organization demanding conversions in exchange for food is a rare thing in the 21st century. It's bad theology, bad missiology, ...

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