Interview with Henry Luke Orombi
My dad, Lee DeYoung, just returned from a three week trip to South Sudan and Uganda. A highlight of that trip was his visit to the home of recently retired Church of Uganda Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi. Having stepped away from denominational administration, Archbishop Orombi is now focusing on Biblical preaching by radio through his weekly Words of Hope broadcasts in English and in his mother tongue Arur.
My dad had an opportunity to videotape a wide-ranging 30-minute interview with Henry near Nebbi, Uganda. Here is a 7-minute clip of that interview.
A couple of the highlights are transcribed below.
On the unchanging Word of God (2:30 through 5:03)
We in Africa and in Uganda in particular look to the West for the gospel because they brought the gospel to us. And when the gospel was opened to us, we looked at what God is saying to us through the Scriptures. We embraced it, we loved it, we proclaimed it. Eventually the West began to put aside the Bible. They picked up human wisdom and understanding.
Thinking of believers, now I believe that is where the problem started. The moment you’re far away from your Bible and you are not making a difference with your Bible, then you are losing God’s wisdom to help you to walk righteously before Him. Now that began to be the thinking of the leadership in the West. People went to human understanding, human philosophy and interpretation.
People forgot that many years ago their ancestors died for this gospel. They came into Africa which was so hostile and difficult to come in. They saw their life for the gospel. Dr. David Livingstone died in Africa, Bishop James Huntington, we killed him here in Uganda. But the love of God had driven him to come to Uganda. Now that initial love begun to go, lukewarmness became to come into churches in the West.
Now then the leadership of course of the Anglican communion is in the West. And yet the gospel of their fathers and their ancestors, which they were embracing at the moment, so now we are in two clubs. People who are with the original message and people who think with the new modern message and could not agree. And we just did not agree that some of the practices that are advancing to the communion was not biblically based. The Bible clearly talks about it. The way you like it doesn’t change the truth that is in the Scripture.
Now we wanted to hold the truth in the scripture and walk with it. Why? Because our ancestors brought it to us. Now they are telling us to throw it away. How can we? And that is how we locked horns and we broke apart and I mean the Anglican communion is in pieces. We are no longer the communion of fellowship, other that people who are pulling at each other. So we stood our ground and I retired with a clear sense in my mind that we shall not be ashamed to preach that gospel that Paul and Peter preached. We remain in that steadfast truth that will not change. Any other thing human crafted will change, will go, but what is in the Word of God will never change.
On the acceptance of homosexuality in the West (5:03 through 6:21)
We made a decision in 2003 that when Gene Robinson was going to be consecrated a bishop, we would close our relationship with American church. They went ahead and did it and we stopped our relationship! We even said we don’t need your money. And they double it—whatever they wanted to do. And we said no we don’t need your money. We will stick with the Word of God.
We faithfully went back to God and said, “Lord, our portion is with you. We will work with you, whatever happens. If you are going to be hungry, shall be hungry but in your Name.” Then God began to open doors, possibilities came in…the church will have enough resources to now run whatever ministry we are going to do. Now it would have never happened if it never took a risk. Now everything in faith is risk. Resources stopped, but God’s blessings never stops.