Ohio SDA Church severe fellowship with Samuel Koranteng-Pipim
Pipim was accused of sexual violence by 10 women after been charged with predacious sexual behaviour for nearly three decades.
The Ohio Conference of the Seventh-day Adventists Church have severed fellowship with Samuel Koranteng-Pipim for alleged sexual offence.
The offender who has been a member of the Ohio Local Church since 2014 after been removed "from membership for similar allegations by the Michigan Conference in 2012" has been accused of sexual violence by at least, 10 women with “each from unrelated, geographically distant” places.
In a press release dated on January 18, 2020, by the Ohio Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, the women were said to “have been accusing Pipim of predacious sexual behaviour for nearly three decades” and Pipim has denied many allegations as he has “repeatedly frames others as infrequent and consensual moral falls.”
After thorough investigation, the church arrived at a decision that the allegations levelled at Samuel Koranteng-Pipim indicated “a repetitive pattern of spiritual manipulation and predatory behavior against those who are most vulnerable, least able to defend themselves, and least in a position to seek prosecution for rape or sexual harassment.”
According to the church, the actions of Pipim “violates membership reinstatement requirements as outlined by the Seventh-day Adventist Church Manual” hence the decision to severe fellowshipping with him.
They have therefore cautioned the public “against inviting Pipim as a speaker, using his books or materials, or placing him in a position of spiritual authority, leadership, or influence over others.”
The church entreat all members to remember in prayers.
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