Adventists are among 25 faith leaders who have released a statement ahead of the anticipated release of the latest draft of the Religious Discrimination Bill.
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The prayer gathering was the first hosted across the South Pacific and there will be more to come.
“We need corporate prayer as a church for God’s guidance as we negotiate these present times,” said Dr Nick Kross.
The Fiji Mission Executive Committee held an emergency meeting yesterday (June 8) to discuss the next steps in the long-running legal matter.
The opportunity will allow congregations to spend time in prayer for people of faith who suffer without religious freedom rights.
“The ambiguous wording of the bill raises concerns regarding teaching and preaching a biblical sexual ethic, which the Adventist Church has always sought to uphold.”
While many of the concerns have been addressed in the second draft of the bill, church leaders say there are still some significant flaws.
“We praise God for the court’s decision.”
Church leaders say the bill needs more work to adequately protect religious freedom.
Seventh-day Adventist leaders are corresponding with politicians and working together with other Christian organisations as the New South Wales state parliament considers a bill to remove abortion from its criminal code.
A seminar organised by Hillcrest International Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hamilton, New Zealand, saw Adventists and other church and community members coming together to learn about current religious freedom issues.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church was represented at a meeting of faith leaders with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday.