Minister Stephen Baker of the First Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ has defended the decision to eject Mr Vegas from the church's mid-year convocation on Sunday at the YMCA of Kingston on Hope Road.
"The Apostle Gino Jennings was making great points based on scripture, but Mr Vegas was merely speaking his opinion, with no scripture to support his argument. When he was asked to quote a scripture, he wasn't answering, he started acting defiant and standing up and talking, he did not act like he was in debate," Minister Baker told Loop Jamaica reporter Claude Mills.
"When the Apostle realised that Mr Vegas had no reasonable arguments, he said 'look, it's best we end it here' and that was based on how Mr Vegas was acting. Vegas decided he wasn't sitting down. He wasn't kicked out originally, he could have sat down and listened, instead, he decided he was going to stand up and act (up) and it was then that his mic was turned off," Baker continued.
Eventually, security personnel were summoned to usher Mr Vegas outside.
"We tried to escort him out nicely; a security team was asked to usher him out and he started to say 'don't touch me' and said 'you have to get the police to get me out'. It was then that the security team coupled with policemen in the church; they are the ones who got him out. He was grabbed by the arms based on how he was behaving, it was done as decent as it could have been done," Minister Baker said.
Mr Vegas has since claimed that his shoulder was dislocated but he did not want to sue.
"In fact, it was Mr Vegas who assaulted a couple of church members, and he pushed at least one of them numerous times; his behaviour was unseemly, and disruptive. He didn't come prepared, that's why the pastor had to end it. He had no strong arguments," Baker concluded.
The crux of the debate centred around controversial statements made by Pastor Gino Jennings.
In the controversial speech in a video making rounds on social media, Jennings stated: "You so called Christian looking hoes, jumping in some church, flopping your ankle chains around. On the choir, breasts hanging out, lips all red, nails painted red, purple, blue, green, long like bird claws, all this fake hair, breasts implant, toe nails painted with little fake diamonds in it, your toes ain't richer. You're nothing but a prostitute."
Members of the congregation cheered.
He continued: "You're nothing but a singing hoe, a shouting hoe, an organ playing hoe, a choir director hoe. Preacher, if what I just said describes your wife, you are married to a hoe! A man that's a real man don't want his wife out in the street looking like a prostitute and you're a holy woman, or claim you are a Christian. Christian with skin tight pants showing the very shape of your birth canal."
Minister Baker attempted to clarify the statements.
"What we believe is the scripture, women must dress in simple apparel as quoted in 1 Timothy chapter 2, verse 9: Women “should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and fold or pearls or costly attire, but what is proper for women who profess godliness – with good works”," he said.
In an earlier interview, Mr Vegas claimed that he was escorted out when he attempted to have that video played for the church.
Minister Baker explained that Mr Vegas was not allowed to play the video because the artiste was using it as a diversionary tactic.
"Pastor didn't allow him to play it because it is a tactic to divert, he had no scripture to support his argument. When Pastor Jennings preached that message, he did not say that women are whores, he was addressing the whole apparel which he described, is the look of a whore: the ankle chain, lipstick, breasts hanging out. He wasn't broad-brushing women, but one must understand that especially in the church today, fake hair, lipstick, false hair, and overly sexy clothes are making women look like whores," Minister Baker said.
Minister Stephen Baker is the head of the region three of the First Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ which has been established in Jamaica since the year 2000. Region three consists of churches located in Portmore, St Mary and Kingston. There are presently 12 branches across Jamaica
"We stand firm on what we believe and we totally support our pastor and the teachings," Minister Baker said.
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