Evangelical Churches want Restrictive Law on Weddings Revised

2397 Views

In short
The Evangelical clergy has confirmed that while some churches register with the NGO board, others have are not registered for not full filling requirements such as proper location, structures and certified clergy.

The National Federation of the Born Again Pentecostal Churches (NFBPC) is calling for the amendment of a restrictive law that restricts performance of weddings to only a few registered Evangelical churches.
 
In June 2011, the government passed a law restricting legal marriage ceremonies to a list of 2,000 Evangelical Churches.
 
 The Evangelical clergy has confirmed that while some churches register with the NGO board, others have are not fully registered for failing to meet all requirements such as proper location, structures and certified clergy.
 
Between June 2011 and October last year, thousands of couples were recalled to re-take their vows after being married in Evangelical churches. The Government stated that marriages conducted in churches not registered were illegal.
 
Pastor Ambrose Gidudu, the Spokesperson for the NFBPC, told Uganda Radio Network that several churches that claim to the born again Christian faith have been de-registered for not meeting the criterion for operating as a church.
 
He explained that this touched on performing marriages and issuing certificates for the same.
 
//Cue in: this is…’’
Cue Out:…wed my people’’.//
 
According to the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) the law is aimed at improving record keeping and legal compliance.
 
Pastor Gidudu said the process of registration was laborious and kept out many churches that resorted to operate without legal structures.
 
He urged churches to adhere to the legal provisions, as Evangelical church leadership seeks to push for amendments.
 
Pastor Gidudu argued that churches should not take advantage of their mere profession of faith to operate in a clandestine manner.
 
On cases where some churches advise believers to shun from health practices like taking children for immunization, and donating blood, Gidudu said the federation believed in medicine and promoting health practices in the community.
 
//Cue in: For us…’’
Cue Out:…and physical aspect’’.//
 
The Born Again Faith Federation in Uganda (BAFFU) echoed similar sentiments, Herbert Buyondo the Evangelical Bishop of Kampala and Secretary General to BAFFU called such believes cultist and said that they had no place in the Christian faith.
 
//Cue in: We the born…’’
Cue out:..is grown up’’.//
 
 The constitution and other laws and policies in the county protect religious freedom, however, there restrictions on religious groups it perceived as cults.