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‘A lot of wickedness takes place in the BVI’- Natalio D. Wheatley

- criticises the church for not confronting the issues; said church has become like a weekly ritual
President of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) and Lecturer at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC), Dr Natalio D. Wheatley aka ‘Sowande Uhuru’ (left) has blasted the churches in the Virgin Islands for not confronting some of the moral issues affecting the society. Photo: VINO/Internet Source
Dr Natalio D. Wheatley aka 'Sowande Uhuru' was a guest of the online radio show, Fresh Radio Vybz with Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz’, on Tuesday November 28, 2017. Photo: Facebook
Dr Natalio D. Wheatley aka 'Sowande Uhuru' was a guest of the online radio show, Fresh Radio Vybz with Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz’, on Tuesday November 28, 2017. Photo: Facebook
The outspoken Dr Natalio D. Wheatley Wheatley aka ‘Sowande Wheatley’ believes Hurricane Irma, which ravaged the Virgin Islands on September 6, 2017, has presented the Virgin Islands with an opportunity to take a second look at the morality of the society and make the necessary adjustments. Photo: VINO
The outspoken Dr Natalio D. Wheatley Wheatley aka ‘Sowande Wheatley’ believes Hurricane Irma, which ravaged the Virgin Islands on September 6, 2017, has presented the Virgin Islands with an opportunity to take a second look at the morality of the society and make the necessary adjustments. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “Church has become an activity that you just do on a Sunday or a Saturday. It’s almost like you going through the motion. It’s almost just like a weekly ritual. It has not really transformed a lot of ways in which we live in the BVI,” stated President of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) and Lecturer at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC), Dr Natalio D. Wheatley aka ‘Sowande Uhuru’.

Dr Wheatley was at the time speaking about some of the social issues affecting the Virgin Islands while a guest on the online radio show, Fresh Radio Vybz with Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz’ on Tuesday November 28, 2017.

Lots of wickedness & bad minds

According to Dr Wheatley, since Hurricane Irma a lot of churches have acknowledged that they haven’t done enough to transform the society for the better.

“Let’s be honest, a lot of wickedness takes place in the BVI, a lot of bad mind takes place in the BVI.”

Acknowledging that there are a lot of good persons in the Virgin Islands and that a lot of good is being done in the territory as well, the problem is that sometimes we tend to turn a blind eye to a lot of the “foolishness and to a lot of the wickedness” that have been taking place.

“And as you [host] rightly said, sometimes it almost seems as if the church is just a financial organisation, with employees, workers and paying the pastors and so forth and that is all it amounts to, just a social club or economic organisation.”

Dr Wheatley reiterated; however, that there are a lot of churches doing wonderful work, including providing shelters for and after the hurricanes, distributing relief supplies to people and volunteering in their community, and he commends them greatly for that.

Moral ground needs to be re-established

But on the flip side, according to Dr Wheatley, there are still a lot of churches unwilling to confront “a lot of the wickedness taking place in the society.”

“Am not just talking about the persons who are easy to target. You might want to talk about them listening to certain music or going to certain events but you don’t want to talk about the wickedness being done, in some instances by government, by persons in high society and so on and so forth.”

The VIP President and former political candidate with the People’s Patriotic Alliance (PPA) noted; however, that some church leaders have been finding their voice, especially since Hurricane Irma.

Those include Bishop John I. Cline and Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline. “They have spoken out before but since the hurricane it seems as though we are almost a little bit more free to speak about certain issues.”

Dr Wheatley is of the opinion that the moral grounding in the Virgin Islands community needs to be re-established as, according to him, the moral fabric of the society has somewhat eroded and the church has not done enough to confront it.

“The community too has lost its way as it has been caught up in religiousity. Everything has a prayer in it, a benediction, an invocation and all of this and we just going through the motion. None of this is really penetrating what is happening, how we treat each other, how we behave to each other.”

The outspoken Dr Wheatley added that Hurricane Irma has presented the Virgin Islands with an opportunity to take a second look at the morality of the society and make the necessary adjustments.

“Even right now a lot of immoral actions taking place. People price gouging, people looting, people being unkind and impatient and impolite…people being selfish. All of those things happening in the society and nobody wants to speak about it because when you speak about these things you are not going to be each other’s friends.”

See links below to radio show, Fresh Radio Vybz with Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz’:

https://tunein.com/radio/ Freshradiovybz-s297104/ and http://rdo.to/FRV2

24 Responses to “‘A lot of wickedness takes place in the BVI’- Natalio D. Wheatley”

  • Seer (02/12/2017, 09:25) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
    Unfortunately, you are telling the truth. The biggest wickedness though occurs when people know that someone is wicked yet they say and do nothing to stop them. What ever happened to being a brother and sisters keeper. If you know someone is doing something that is morally wrong you have a moral obligation to hold them up about it. All too often we don’t say anything to people because we don’t want anybody judging us. This has led to a total breakdown in our community where no one has the courage to address the wickedness that goes on. Is that the way we want our children to grow and eventually govern the territory? We need to stop blaming the government, NDP or VIP and take responsibility for the way we live our lives. Now that so many of us have lost so much because of the hurricane maybe we can begin again with the morals and values that we often boast about but do not live. Brother Sowande I am with you 110%. Keep speaking truth!!
  • ... (02/12/2017, 09:39) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    boy you hit the nail on the head so true
  • No Need to Sugat Coat the truth (02/12/2017, 09:40) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    There are a lot of bad minded and selfish people . Most of them have money, power and influence..."Wrongs Vex the spirit of good people", When good people speak against wrong they are often ignored, oppressed or victimized...
    • wize up (02/12/2017, 12:01) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ no need to sugar coat: I think it is more selfish minded than bad minded: victimization is real here in this little place and it makes some of us cowards in our own country: when you discuss certain issues will some people they might share your concerns; however being victimized will prevent that persons will speaking out or joining with you to fight against the matter: I recall seeing my first demonstration in 1972 and 80% sure I will never see that again in this territory: then again leadership also matters and greed have influenced our political system......( I hear you even feel your pain but can not join you because I do not want to loose my bush cutting contract)
    • NICK (06/12/2017, 04:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ask guy hill about that
  • wize up (02/12/2017, 09:42) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    one thing we are good at is "talking and talking" about "the same matters/issues over and over": what is being done to correct such things that deeply affecting the people of the territory: I personally think the BVI have become a place where each man looks out for himself; gone are the days of togetherness, we love each other still but the unity gone!!!(the village no longer raises the child)....just saying( money have pushed us apart)
  • Hmmmmm (02/12/2017, 10:05) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Very Very True bro, You are one of the most out spoken person when it comes to certain topics.
  • belonger (02/12/2017, 10:20) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    Swonde all not true, Bishop John Ivan Cline of the New Life Baptist Church has been leading the charge against all wickedness in high places, crime and immorality in the VI, but he cannot do it alone. Where are the others, Bishops, Father's, Reverend, Pastors, Apostles and Prophets, they are all silent and its bznz as usual while the country going to hell in a hand basket. We all need to get out and fight the wickedness that has spoiled our society.
  • VG (02/12/2017, 10:37) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    chief among the bad minder people are some of those politicians now take that to the bank
    • @ VG (02/12/2017, 20:33) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Amen...some of them never visited those in jail when they were here but visit them away. If the people only now what evil they were up there in but used this as an excuse to go there. They have the people fast a sleep. They are why we are having so many deaths.
  • Real (02/12/2017, 10:43) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    I could not have said it better. We are not genuinely in fear of God, hence the wickedness. We go to church because it's the social norm. We are not living our lives according to the gospel.
    Going to church and pray once per week does not guarantee paradise, it's ones action and the way he/she treat other human kind that will also be accounted for. The gospel, the tourah and the Quran, all of these good books mention about the signs of time and we are seeing them in plain sight. So let's try and put almight God first and then materialistic things will come after.
  • Ya me born (02/12/2017, 11:05) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    European styled Christianity was forced upon us whether we want to believe it or not. The question we should be asking after close to 400 yrs is: has it really worked for the betterment of our people?
    • YesII (04/12/2017, 11:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      When we try to give some the verified information that the Christianity that was shoved down our throats is far removed from the concept of the principles of Monotheism and spirituality that Africans developed, they look at you like you are a heathen. European Christianity was fashioned to control primarily people of colour and to hide the truth about the African's contribution to the Christian faith. It is the reason why Christianity is losing grounds as the number one religion of the world. A famous aphorism stated that "a truth can never be stifled," thus since the Europeans tried to stifle the truth about the Christianity they were advocating, the truth is being blown up in the leaders faces each day. hey don't know now what to tell the people. The truth is all out now how Europe highjacked Africa's spiritual system and called it their own, like many other things that the Africans should be credited with.
      We must not, therefore, focus on Christianity as a savior, because it was a 'fraud' from the inception and it is meeting its fate slowly. Let us focus on the spiritual principles of Maat, African Spirituality, that are easy to follow and change lives once understood -- Principles of Justice, Truth, Order, Balance, Harmony, Peace and Love to name a few. When those who are lead by the foregoing principles, they will effect change in people's lives. We give praise to those in the Christian faith who practice the principles unknowingly, but it is time for educated people to seek their own answers on this crazy religion business. May Yah bless us all.
  • True (02/12/2017, 12:43) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Yes people in that place is evil to thé core. I moved away from there when i was a teen and never been back.
  • les (02/12/2017, 15:27) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    well its a tight competition between the churches and the politicians for who is the most wicked!!!
  • just asking.... (02/12/2017, 17:08) Like (4) Dislike (10) Reply
    This young man killed the ppa and the pep is the vip next?
  • okay (02/12/2017, 20:29) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Check what bald head really went St. Lucia to do. It is a crying shame.
    • look man (02/12/2017, 22:30) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
      so what if he did that?
      • To look man (03/12/2017, 10:28) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        People like you is who make God want to destroy the BVI. You ok with bald head going St. Lucia to do wickedness to try to keep power by using the wrong source while trying to destroy anyone who opposes him. You sound so stupid.
  • Socrates (03/12/2017, 03:16) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Wickedness destroyed Sodom and Gomorrow per the book of Genesis. Is wickedness prevalent in the BVI? Is the BVI on course to suffer the same faith as Sodom and Gomorrow. Was Hurricane Irma a warning to the BVI? The Bible states that it is not enough for believers to know the word; they must live the word. There are tens of churches in the BVI so the word is being shared. Churches are not social clubs. They are places where believers go to worship and fellowship. They are holy places where believers go to give praise and thanks to God for salvation. Like Sodom and Gomorrow, what happened to the BVI? Is materialism the common thread? If pastors, preachers, evangelists......etc cannot live the word, stay out of the public for they are not fooling anyone. They are fooling themselves for God is watching them. Crooked politician or crooked lawyer but a crooked pastor no. Heed the warning and ask for forgiveness; it is time to repent.

  • 8th Distract Gyal (03/12/2017, 07:03) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    I'm sure the same Bible you are quoting from is somewhere close by; next time, can you please use it to ensure your spelling is correct? Thank you in advance.
  • shark (03/12/2017, 21:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    My you bother read the bible 2 Timothy chapter 3 vs 1 to 5
  • Woke (04/12/2017, 16:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    i cant get enough of you small minded Tortola ppl...the ones who saying the most never do no research...all ayo know is church...everything else is taboo and devil to yall

    yall wait for topics like these to talk the most sh!t

    and real topics yall aint got sh!t to say

    i dont know what 90% of yall would do without church

    i believe in the All mighty but yall are just too much...as if an Intelligence of that magnitude would not be produced in more books than just the BIBLE

  • Nero Lass (06/12/2017, 04:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    @Shark. Timothy was a very timid fella.


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