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Apr 1, 2016

Pastor Scott Stirm Kicks Up a Storm

Tonight, Pastor Scott Stirm remains in the eye of a storm for disparaging comments he made that have enraged the Garifuna community and other sectors. Stirm is well-known as a vocal and passionate advocate on a number of issues, including his stance against same sex relationships.  This time, however, he’s seemingly taken aim at Garifuna spirituality.  On Thursday, the National Garifuna Council expressed that it was rejecting an apology by Pastor Scott Stirm for remarks made on video in which he describes Garifuna spiritual practices as witchcraft.  Stirm appeared in a video of a webcast he made to a U.S. audience some eight months ago. But this afternoon, the embattled evangelist got the full blessing of the National evangelical Association.  According to President of the Evangelical Association of Belize, Pastor Lance Lewis, the demand for an apology from Stirm is extremely inappropriate and misplaced in the context of religious freedom.  Lewis says that Stirm was well within his rights.

 

Lance Lewis

Pastor Lance Lewis, President, National Evangelical Association of Belize

“It is our strongest belief and conviction that any and all practices, spiritism, ancestral worship, tradition as etcetera that contradicts the biblical teachings of Jesus Christ and scriptures, those practices and observances must be forsaken at the foot of the cross. In submission to the absolute Lordship of Christ this is the one foundational belief and conviction of evangelical Christianity. In Deuteronomy 18: 10 -12 says there shall not be found amongst you anyone who practices witchcraft or a suit sawyer or who interprets omens or a sorcerer or one who conjure spells or a medium or a spiritist or one who calls upon the dead; all who do these things are an abomination to the lord. In the context of religious freedom Garifuna, Maya, East Indian, Creole, Asian, Caucasian, African, Mestizo and within all cultural orientations in Belize Evangelical Christians have the right to remain within the culture while simultaneously rejecting spiritual practices that contradict Evangelical Christian Foundations and convictions. And there are many indigenous biblical Christian who serve God whole heartedly and stay within the culture but chose to adore not to the spiritist ancestral aspects of their culture. In a country that embraces religious freedom, any pastor or leader who speaks from their religious biblical convictions has the full right to do so.”

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4 Responses for “Pastor Scott Stirm Kicks Up a Storm”

  1. The Atheist says:

    This is why the world would be better off without religion……….. We can all avoid these types of problems…………

  2. ironic says:

    Funny how Belizeans were quite happy with Scott Stirm spreading his colonial evangelist message and words of hate for oppressed groups in the past few years. But now everyone is surprised and offended when he picks a target that the nation actually cares for.

    Galatians 6:7, Belize. You reap what you sow!

  3. Moses says:

    Here we go again, the white man continuing for hundrds of years to screw up the minds of black people. Run him outta Babylon.

  4. Elgin Martinez says:

    @Pastor Lance Lewis.Religious freedom doesn’t give you the right to condemn other people’s Religion.Religious Freedom simply mean one’s right to choose a Religion or no Religion. Matthew 7:1-5 ESV / 3,512 helpful votes
    “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

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