On June 10, 2011, Dr. Samuel Koranteng-Pipim resigned from the GYC Board of Directors after a moral fall. In its first official board meeting since that event, held on November 4, 2011, the GYC Board voted the following statement.
It is with deep sorrow that we accepted Dr. Pipim’s resignation from our board in June 2011. No one is perfect, including ministers, but we cannot lightly regard it when a minister betrays the sacred trust of spiritual leadership with a moral fall.
We have been informed of the church’s actions surrounding his situation. As a supporting ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, we concur with the Michigan’s Conference’s decision to accept his resignation from ministry, its recommendation to the Lake Union to annul his ordination, the Lake Union’s affirmation of the annulment, and his local church’s decision to disfellowship Dr. Pipim.
While Dr. Pipim will no longer provide leadership to GYC, it is our prayer that the Holy Spirit and God’s grace will bring healing and spiritual restoration to all those impacted by his actions.
We are in a great controversy between Christ and Satan. The war, both visible and invisible, is intense and severe. We must, in the words of Jesus, “watch and pray,” so that we do not stumble. Nevertheless, when God’s law is broken there is still a Mercy Seat. While not a throne of indulgence, it is the Throne of Grace for every believing sinner, and for this reality we are eternally grateful.
The Lord is not weak or powerless when His children face even the most sophisticated temptations of the enemy. He is mighty in battle. He can save, restore, transform and cleanse. Our weaknesses can, in Him, become strong. Yet, in His love for us, He would spare us the bitterness of falling and the consequences of yielding to temptation. Thus we are assured that He is able not just to forgive and heal, but also to keep us from falling. Because of His power to both forgive our sins and heal our sinfulness, He can assure us that He is able to present us faultless before the Throne of God. What grace, what wisdom, what compassion, what power—what a Savior!
Let us remember that the work of the gospel message is never built around one person, no matter how much light and influence he or she has exhibited for truth. Our Messiah, Jesus Christ, is our Leader, and our message is built on Him, our Rock. Let us then, in spite of disappointment, not take our eyes off of Him. Let us not be afraid. In the face of failure let us recommit ourselves to watch and pray. Now is the time to press onward and upward. Let us be strong and of good courage, for He who leads us is King of kings and Lord of lords.
Please keep GYC in your prayers as we continue to look to Jesus and prepare for His soon return.
GYC Board of Directors