A Rwandan Seventh Day Adventist pastor and his son who had a church roof removed to expose Tutsi refugees to Hutu attackers were convicted of genocide by the UN war crimes tribunal for Rwanda yesterday. Elizaphan Ntakirutimana, 78, and his son Gerard, 45, a doctor, were found guilty of herding families into the church and summoning the Hutu milita to butcher them. The two men were convicted of genocide, complicity in genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide and crimes against humanity for aiding the slaughter at the Seventh Day Adventist compund in Kibuye. Ntakirutimana, president of the Seventh Day Adventists' west Rwanda area, was one of the many clerics accused of complicity in the genocide, and the first to be convicted by the tribunal. The tribunal, which sits in Arusha in Tanzania, found that the pastor ferried armed Hutus to points around the church and ordered the roof removed to help them get in access and eliminate hiding spaces.
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It may be one of the most difficult jobs in the world. Indeed, it may be an impossible job to do in our own strength. I know. Before I was LifeWay's president or a seminary dean, I served as pastor of four churches.
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This piece is honest and raw, so be forewarned. But if you like honesty, then continue to read on. Being a pastor in the United Methodist Church sucks right now.
A church that served the local community for years found its lease canceled this week. Had the pastor been accused of sexually assaulting someone or embezzling funds? Had the church preached a message of true hate or intolerance? There was simply no other remedy. Oh wait, he did both?