by Adelaide Kari – EM TV News, Port Moresby
A two-page paid advertisement in print media on Repentance, or National Day of Prayer this Wednesday, August 26 has come under scrutiny by the Papua New Guinea Council of Churches.
The advert stated that during repentance day, an offering called the Aliyah will be collected and given officially to the Jewish people by the government of Papua New Guinea.
It also quotes bible verses showing support for idols, and why they should be brought forward to be burnt.
The Aliyah offering as defined in the advert is the return of Jews to Israel from whatever nation around the world they have been scattered.
Chairman of PNG Council of Churches (PNGCC), Bishop Denny Bray, was joined by three other member churches: Archbishop of Port Moresby John Rabat, Major Bugaue Kada representing Salvation Army and Pastor Martin L Wayne, President of Baptist Union, in questioning the purpose of the directive.
They called on the speaker of parliament, Theodore Zurenuoc, to come clear on who was coordinating the program.
The PNGCC claim that they have never been included and consulted on the repentance day, and have told Christians and followers to pray on Wednesday.