LETTER: Clearing up men’s conference confusion

From conference organizer Jeff Zak

Re: “RDCK examines booking policy after backlash over religious event,” July 11

I would like to try and clear up some misinformation concerning “It’s Time Canada” held June 28 to 30 at the Pass Creek Fairgrounds.

Farmer/preacher Angus Buchan has never said anyone’s orientation or personal situation was a “disease.” That is a false statement taken from a 2008 remark and out of context completely.

The content and fellowship were to help men become better dads, grandfathers, sons and mentors in the home and in the marketplace.

Angus loves people of all orientations, and I have heard him often say this along with tens of thousands of others. The protesters did not have the name of the conference correct and I think our theme was clearly not understood by them.

Part of the theme Sunday morning at the celebration service was for men to love their wives as Christ loved the church and gave his life for her.

Wives submitting to their husbands hinges on the unconditional love given from the husband, and based on relationship, not rules and regulations.

It is mutual respect and relationship and sacred and Jesus set the example as a servant of all. A loving husband will serve his wife and meet the needs of the family — always. We love one another, but our role as a husband and primary leader in the relationship is very specific. It is about responsibility more than authority.

Angus Buchan is a peacemaker known to stand up for the oppressed in his nation of South Africa, especially women and children and the marginalized. Angus and his wife Jill adopted 27 Zulu children, who were victims of AIDS, or whose parents died of AIDS, and many have wonderful lives today.

We welcomed the protesters in and treated them very kindly. It was a joyous celebration with dancing and shouts of joy! Famous gospel Irish singer Robin Mark led the West Kootenay worship Band.

In the end, this protest was against Christian marriage, and no one should ever be apologizing for that. If a Christian marriage is wrong, then God Almighty is wrong.

Jeff Zak, MMC Canada

Nelson

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