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New Methodist Church Head Defends Remarks At Bootcamp

“So, you can see how people are jealous of the New Methodist Church,” he said.
14 Mar 2019 16:00
New Methodist Church Head Defends Remarks At Bootcamp
New Methodist Christian Fellowship senior pastor Atu Vulaono preaches to his congregation at one of their worship services.

The New Methodist General Superintendent  Reverend Atunaisa Vulaono has defended his remarks, which became viral on social media this week.

He made his remarks during a two-day Pastors bootcamp at the FMF Gymnasium last week.

Reverend Vulaono said the video was deliberately taken out of context to try and undermine the church.

“So, you can see how people are jealous of the New Methodist Church,” he said.

Reverend Vulaono clarified what he meant by “Mentor” while he was addressing a church pastor during his presentation.

He said many misinterpreted his message.

“Mentor is someone who is your guide, your adviser and your teacher.

“I started the New Methodist Church, I am the physical mentor of the church, many got it wrong.

“The Lord cannot be our physical mentor, he is our Saviour, but he was the disciples’ mentor when he was on earth and when he left, Peter and John became the disciples mentor,” he said.

He also highlighted that Methodist church’s mentor is John Wesley, for Lutherans it’s Martin Luther, Christian Mission Fellowship its Reverend Suliasi Kurulo, for the All Nations Church members its Reverend Epeli Ratabacaca and so on.

He added that people went straight into judging the church without clarifying the facts.

“I did not say I was God, but I said ‘Mentor’ and I mean some- body who should be an example, as a physical example.”

Reverend Vulaono also responded to a Facebook post by Wilfred Regunamada, the Secretary for Communications and Overseas Mission for the Methodist Church in Fiji.

Mr Regunamada had posted:

“New Methodist members should move away from the cult movement they are in right now.”

When queried about his post, Mr Regunamada referred to Dictionary.com’s definition, which says cult is; A system of religious veneration and devotion directed towards a particular figure or object.

A person or thing that is popular or fashionable among a particular group or section of society.

Reverend Vulaono said people should be the judge.

“I can’t comment any further if Mr Regumada is calling the New Methodist a cult, however, the results would speak for itself.

“If Methodist Church pastors are drinking and selling kava and the New Methodist Pastors are not selling or drinking Kava, then which one is a cult?

“If the Methodist pastors are smoking and the New Methodist pastors are not smoking then, which one is a cult?”

He further added that when a pastor commits adultery or rape, it doesn’t trend on social media.

“So, you can see how people are jealous of the New Methodist church,” he said.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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