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Stay out of politics, church ministers told

By MAIKELI SERU Church ministers should stay away from politics, says former Methodist Church in Fiji president Reverend Josateki Koroi. He said as the country prepares for the 2014 general
29 Oct 2012 12:37

By MAIKELI SERU

Church ministers should stay away from politics, says former Methodist Church in Fiji president Reverend Josateki Koroi.
He said as the country prepares for the 2014 general election, church ministers should remain as preachers of the good Gospel rather than being involved in politics.
“Politics operate on party and the church is against that,” Reverend Koroi said.
“Politics is people and justice, respect and moral control the lives of people. Church ministers can join a party and vote but should remain as a follower of Jesus Christ. They should not follow the teachings of the party or get involved in the politics of the party. They should not be involved in party decisions like gambling, capital punishment, and inhumane practices.”
He said those teachings were against religious beliefs.
He said clergymen should preach the principles of God so that humanity could live on love, peace and unity.
“The principle of unity is one body with many parts. The body has different parts which play different functions. They all work for the body. That is the principle of God, regardless of race, colour or ethnicity, people should live on love, respect, unity and peace. Unity in diversity will see people playing their roles for the good of the body which are the people.”
He said Fijians had been united by the country as a Secular State.
“Secular State is good because it keeps the rule of law. Secular State is a Civil State. The State is ordained by God and biblical teachings say give to the State what belongs to the State and to God what belongs to God which is love, respect for one another and unity. Fiji being a Christian State should not be legalised.
“Christian State is not good for Fiji. People should understand what a Christian is and what is a State. The State is the people and people should understand why these two are separated all over the world. The church and the military are the servants of the State. They work together for the welfare of the people,” he said.
Reverend Koroi, also a former soldier who had served in two tours of peacekeeping duties, said people should work together in the lead-up to the 2014 elections.




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