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Adventists Differ On Sabbath

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Jerome Gedeon

THE number of persons contesting the June 6 general elections will be known today, Nomination Day. However, this time around, the event will be of significance to a large section of the population as it is a day revered in worship to God and in the doctrinal belief of three contesting candidates of the two main political parties

Labour Party’s Jerome Gedeon of Dennery South is a member of the Church of God (Seventh Day) while Castries South East rivals, Joachim Henry of the Labour Party and Guy Joseph of the United Workers Party are both members of the Seventh-day Adventists Church. All three candidates observe Saturday as their Sabbath Day.

The debate amongst members of both denominations, especially Adventists is whether the act to have the names of the three candidates written down on the nomination paper today honours the Sabbath or the State and therefore not in keeping with God’s mandate of how the Sabbath should be kept.

Gedeon has yet to publicly state where he stands on the matter. However, Henry, yesterday on the mid-day radio talk show ‘New spin’ said that on his way to church today he would stop at the nomination venue to fill out the papers nominating himself to contest the Castries South East constituency.

“Myself and my wife have decided to go and be nominated because it is my belief, taking everything into consideration that the intention was never to have nominations on Saturday,” Henry said.

The practice over the years has been for candidates of established political parties to have an entourage of supporters accompany candidates on their way to nomination. Henry said this was never his intention. All he wants to do is simply to go out there and pledge his intentions to serve the people of the constituency.

“I see no problem in spending 15 or 20 minutes to do this and continue on my way to church,” he said.

“Let every man be persuaded in his own mind…” was Henry’s parting shot to those who believe he is obeying man rather than God by filling in the nomination papers and paying the $500 fee on the Sabbath Day.

Prior to press time yesterday it was not known whether Gedeon or Joseph would avail themselves to be nominated today, however Joseph had earlier vented his displeasure with today being chosen as Nomination Day and has sent a letter to the Electoral Commission proposing an alternative. See separate story on this page.

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Joachim Henry

“I feel very personal about this because I am a practicing Seventh-day Adventist,” Joseph told reporters this week.

He went further and labelled Prime Minister Dr. Anthony as someone who does not regard God and the religious faith of the people of the country.

“The question is: Is he going to wipe out religion in St. Lucia and dictate what everybody should do? How can we have Nomination Day on a Saturday? It is not right, it is not the right thing to do” Joseph said.

However Prime Minister Anthony, Wednesday in a televised address to the nation defended the date selected for Nomination Day.

Said Dr. Anthony: “On Thursday, 19 May, 2016 prior to my announcement of the date for the general election on national television, the Office of the Governor General was advised of the date for nominations and general election. The writs for the general election should have been signed on that day but was held up to await the list of Returning Officers from the Electoral Commission That list was only made available in the afternoon of the next day allowing publication in the Gazette but not in a local newspaper by way of extraordinary publication because by then, most newspapers had closed for the day. This resulted in the first publication in a newspaper becoming available on the morning of Saturday, 21st May 2016. That publication date meant that if the original nomination date of Friday, 27th May 2016 had been kept, candidates may not have had the seven (7) days prior to Nomination Day.

“Consequently, it became necessary for the Governor General to send to the Chief Elections Officer amending writs to correct the date for nomination day. It must be noted that the law permits the date for Nomination Day to be changed. But, as I have indicated the law does not permit or allow a change of the date for the General Election except in specific and restricted cases of emergencies. Therefore, in the circumstances, Saturday, 28th May 2016 became the only fair and available date to hold nominations and Her Excellency the Governor General issued the amending writs accordingly.

10 Comments

  1. so, none of these boys have had SEX on a Saturday?
    Not even the flamboyant “macoumer”? Not even a quikeee in the backseat parked at vigie beach with a short drive to SDA church at L’anse Road in time for AM service??
    Well, if that’s the case then Mother Therese was a harlot!

  2. @ Bois Pang……You kill me with laughter. Thanks a good Saturday afternoon laugh I’m still cracking up.

  3. ADVENTIST MY AZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
    GUY IS A F****** SHIT-STAGGER
    HE DON’T KNOW HIS ASSSSS FROM HIS ELBOW.
    GAY IS A MAKE-BE-LEAVER A F******* DEAD-HORSE.
    A NO SHOW
    FULL OF TOOTHLESS MOUTH. HE WILL B THE FIRST 2 GO PACKING?
    ALL FALL DOWN 4 THE U W PPPPPPPPPP
    ALLEN KING GUY SPIDER EASYKARL, MARY-CUNT-COME -CHERRY FUCKTUNEBIG ROOST WILL B CRYING ALL THE NIGHT-LONG ON THE NIGHT OF 6 JUNE
    THE PROPHET HAVE FORETELL IT.
    WILL SOON COME 2 PASS.
    BOIS PANG BUT IT IS ONLY ON THE SABBATH THEM DOES HAVE SEX EVEN IN DE CHURCH YARD THIS IS DE ONLY WORKS THAT DOES B DONE ON THE SABBATH DAY. LOL

  4. If we take a look;
    If you would take time to read, the following……
    If you are a Seventh-day Adventist, as I am: then please set out to read the following ; –

    * Fundamentals of Christian Education:
    Chapter 61 – Special Testimony Relating To Politics.

    * in part it says: –

    a.. There are among those professing to believe present truth some who will thus be stirred up to express their sentiments and political preferences, so that division will be brought into the church.

    b .. The LORD would have HIS people (GOD’s people), bury political questions. On these themes silence is eloquence.

    c .. We are not to compromise principle by yielding to the opinions and prejudices which we may have encouraged “BEFORE” we united with GOD’s Commandment-keeping people. We have enlisted in the army of JAHOVAH, and we are not to fight on the enemy’s side, but on the side of CHRIST,
    Where we can be united whole,
    Where we can be united in sentiment,
    Where we can be united in action,
    Where we can be united in SPIRIT,
    Where we can be united in fellowship.
    Those who are Christians indeed will be branches of the true vine, and will bear the same fruit as the vine. They will act in harmony; they will act in Christian fellowship. They will not wear political badges, but the badge of CHRIST.

    it goes on to state,

    What are we to do, then?
    Let political questions alone.

    * The HOLY Bible clearly states, in the book
    PROVERBS 14:12
    “There is a way which seemeth right into a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

    Please, get this book at the Adventist Book Store: it is a good read

    = another thing, it is not their Sabbath ………. it is “THE SABBATH THE LORD.”

    Please keep the comments respectful: we are always in the presence of ALMIGHTY GOD>

  5. Man was not made for the Sabbath no matter what they say. Everyday is holy. The Red Devils did not create any day. Moses took the notion of the Sabbath and gave it to Israel after breaking the tablets. With perfect memory he remembered every word and how many letters were in each word for Jewish scholastic accuracy. The Jews know how many letters are in the accepted version of the Tora. Seventh Day Adventists and Church of God are closer to the Jewish faith than to the RC faith.

  6. HOLLANSID WHAT ARE U TRYING 2 SAY?
    ALL OF THOSE DENOMINATION ARE A BUNCH OF F***
    MAN MADE BULL 2 CONTROL THE WICK MINDED
    WAS THERE A MOSES ?
    MRS H. WHITE WAS A ADULTERY SHE WAS A DIVORCE WOMAN AND HAD A SECOND HUSBAND
    ALL HER PROPHESY WAS FALSIFY SHE PILFERAGE JOHN MILLER’S WORK EVEN 2 THE POINT OF TRYING 2 FORETELL THE END OF THE WORLD. SO SHE END UP WITH NANCY STORY ABOUT THE CLEANSING OF THE HEAVENLY SANCTUARY ? SABBATH IS OF THE WORKS OF THE LAW ( YOUR BIBLE SAY THAT ) MOSES GIVE WHAT LAW 2 WHAT ISRAEL ? ALL OF THOSE BULL ARE FROM BAD DOPE MINDS “SCHIZOPHRENICS”
    YOUR BIBLE SAY: U ARE UNDER GRACE THROUGH FAITH NOT OF WORKS SHOULD ANY MAN BOAST. SO U ARE UNDER A CURSE IF U ARE UNDER THE LAW. CURSE IS ANY MAN THAT IS UNDER THE WORKS OF THE LAW. UNDER THE LAW NO ONE WILL B SAVE. IT’S NOT OF WORKS (SABBATH / TITHING ) BUT GRACE THROUGH FAITH.
    EVERY DAY IS OF THE LORD

  7. SACKAWWELAY
    U SAY U ARE A SEVEN-DAY ADVENTIST U ARE TELLING THE TRUTH BECAUSE U ARE NOT A CHRISTIAN BUT A S D ADVENTIST ?
    I CAN SEE U ARE USING THIS BLOG 2 SELL YOUR CHURCH BOOKS.

  8. Man in this case Mr. Henry, rather choose the love of money, the praise of man and the things of the earth. Rather to be obedient to God at the cost of his Salvation. God is not a fool.

  9. chosen of the evil one !

    i can c u are an idiot.
    can u show me in your so-call holy book where u get what u have written ?
    can u tell me how did your GAY got nominated ?
    u are a bloody dolt.
    .

  10. ……….there you have it : Anthony’Gazetted response,………petty ,stupid, vindictive turn of events!

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