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No bias against gays, says Salvation Army

Monday, November 4, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY PATRICK VIDIJA
LOVE FOR ALL: Salvation army leader General andre? Cox, his wife Silvia and Territory Commander Commissioner Vinece Chigariro at a thanksgiving prayer at kICC in nairobi yesterday.
LOVE FOR ALL: Salvation army leader General andre? Cox, his wife Silvia and Territory Commander Commissioner Vinece Chigariro at a thanksgiving prayer at kICC in nairobi yesterday.

Homosexuality and gayism is a major challenge that the church is grappling with, a Salvation Army church leader has said. Speaking at a thanksgiving service by the Salvation Army at the Kenyatta International Conference Center yesterday, General Andre' Cox said the church should not discriminate those facing such social challenges. Cox said church leaders should not be judgmental.He said all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

Cox said gays and lesbians should be accepted and guided according to Bible teachings and not condemned. Kenya East Territory commander Vinece Chigariro disputed the call for pastors to be given guns for security. He said the only weapon Christians should call for is the Bible.

Chigariro challenged the government to put strategic measures in place to control insecurity,  especially in churches. He said the government must control what might be seen as inter-religion conflict.

Chigariro urged all Christians to study churches they wish to join before applying for membership so as to reduce the issue of impostors who through selfish desires ends up tarnish the name of the Lord.

We should work together as a Christian family regardless of the denomination for the strengthening of the Christian Family”, she said.

The salvation army had organized a thanks giving service and invited General Andre' Cox and his wife Silvia Cox for the first time in Africa after he was elected as the General of the Salvation Church globally.Cox is expected to tour various social institutions owned by the Salvation Army and asses some of the projects in progress.

 

BY PATRICK VIDIJA