(RNS) — The Seventh-day Adventist Church has removed a New York City pastor who said in a sermon earlier this month that husbands may rape their wives.

Burnett Robinson, who served as senior pastor of Grand Concourse Seventh-day Adventist Church for nine years, is no longer a pastor in the denomination, said Kevin Lampe, a communications consultant for the SDA.

On Nov. 13, Robinson preached about wives submitting to their husband’s leadership, when he said, “Gentlemen, the best person to rape is your wife.”

A day after Religion News Service published a story, the Greater New York Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church placed Robinson on administrative leave. On Wednesday (Nov. 24), it announced Robinson had resigned. Lampe said Robinson would no longer be allowed to

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