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Churches need to take the front seat in VI – Hon. Fahie

Representative for the First District Honourable Andrew A. Fahie has challenged the church to take back its rightful place as a front leader in the territory. Photo: VINO
The call for the church to take back its position was made at a special service held by the Upper Room Victory Church on November 17, 2013. Photo: VINO
The call for the church to take back its position was made at a special service held by the Upper Room Victory Church on November 17, 2013. Photo: VINO
Leader of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Honourable Ralph T. O'Neal OBE, who was being honoured at the church service, also firmly supported the call for the churches in the VI to take a stronger role in the leadership of the Territory. Photo: VINO
Leader of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Honourable Ralph T. O'Neal OBE, who was being honoured at the church service, also firmly supported the call for the churches in the VI to take a stronger role in the leadership of the Territory. Photo: VINO
According to Pastor Gregory Smith, 'Elected leaders are God’s servants for our good.' He had also emphasized that leaders give up a lot to take on the role in leading the country. Photo: VINO
According to Pastor Gregory Smith, 'Elected leaders are God’s servants for our good.' He had also emphasized that leaders give up a lot to take on the role in leading the country. Photo: VINO
The challenge was made in the presence of several leaders of the Virgin Islands, including the Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith. Photo: VINO
The challenge was made in the presence of several leaders of the Virgin Islands, including the Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith. Photo: VINO
LONG LOOK, Tortola, VI – “I challenge the church, even at this honouring ceremony, to start to take the front seat in the country rather than the back seat,” challenged Representative for the First District Honourable Andrew A. Fahie on November 17, 2013.

It was the occasion of the honouring of the longest serving leader and legislator in the Virgin Islands, Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE, at the Upper Room Victory Church in Long Look. Hon Fahie was at the time giving congratulatory remarks on behalf of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) and residents of the First District.

He told the congregation that he thought it was important that he take the opportunity at the service to challenge the church to take back their lead role in the VI today. “You can’t leave it up to the leaders, political leaders alone,” he emphasized.

According to Hon Fahie, in the early years the church was in the forefront in terms of leading the country. “… and we have taken the back seat and would tell me that God does not deal with politics.” He added, “God didn’t put the leaders there and say how you make it you make it and if you don’t make it I will come back. This is where you come in because the only way we are going to make it is through prayers.”

He alluded to the success of many in the territory, including Hon. O’Neal, to the forefathers who were praying. “That is why the BVI is successful not the financial services. Something else will come in and make the financial services look like a joke. That’s the power of God, he takes the simple and confirms the wise.”

Hon. Fahie’s challenge was and continues to be support by many across the territory of the Virgin Islands as it is said more often than not that it’s because of the lost of spiritual values that the VI is in its present state.

During that honouring ceremony others who spoke also called for prayers and Christians to take a front seat. They had challenged that the church be more vigilant in praying for leaders and, according to Pastor Gregory Smith, “Elected leaders are God’s servants for our good.” He had also emphasized that leaders give up a lot to take on the role in leading the country.

24 Responses to “Churches need to take the front seat in VI – Hon. Fahie”

  • hypocrites (26/11/2013, 08:22) Like (4) Dislike (10) Reply
    Look Hippos - God of the Universe one minute- OLDS BEAR the next
    • car jack (26/11/2013, 10:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      O maybe wa da foo foo we agin.

    • for sure (26/11/2013, 12:21) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      For sure you just described the NDP gang.
    • Abby (29/11/2013, 23:43) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
      When it comes to politics, church needs to take a back seat. I have never seen a church run a country except for here. Preachers all up in government business like it is their church. Go sit down Fahie.
  • ?? (26/11/2013, 08:26) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Where were the churches when that gay bill was passed in the house??
  • allah akbar (26/11/2013, 08:27) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    We muslims dont believe in that.
  • ... (26/11/2013, 08:53) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Good idea Hon. Fahie the church has failed the BVI
  • Yes (26/11/2013, 09:48) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    So is his excuse for the horrors of the last Government that it was Gods work? Please, take responsibility for your own actions and keep the Church and politics separate.
  • black friday (26/11/2013, 10:05) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    I must say that I did not support the churches getting into poltricks
  • jokes (26/11/2013, 10:05) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply

    Your great god of the universe is so great that his greatness even precludes his existence
  • Well Sah (26/11/2013, 10:13) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    To do what???? Take more money and give back less
  • Release (26/11/2013, 10:23) Like (3) Dislike (9) Reply
    Oh come on Andrew! Do you think anybody believes that "clean hands pure heart" stuff any more?

  • dem say (26/11/2013, 10:34) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    C'Mon Man everything in this island does not have to be about politics

  • Hmmm (26/11/2013, 12:10) Like (8) Dislike (8) Reply
    There goes Fahie our Deputy Premier in waiting with Fraser as Premier
  • Agree (26/11/2013, 13:30) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    I fully agree with Fahie on this one.
  • Premier Fraser (26/11/2013, 14:28) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply

    First thing Fraser will do is sack Fahie

    • @Premier Fraser (26/11/2013, 19:18) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      If Orlando ain't fire Mark & Claude for their many questionable actions on the cruise Pier Project then I don't see why Fahie would get fired so you just get away.
  • Migoman (26/11/2013, 17:17) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Fahie ole boy the NDP paid bloggers and MVW was out in full force today on vino…but god is good!!!
  • Fool the people (26/11/2013, 19:47) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    A F you can fool some of the people some of the time- you cannot fool all of the people all of the time- problem with AF he think people stupid
  • To "Fool the people" (27/11/2013, 09:03) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    The only person stupid is you. Whether you like Fahie or not what he is saying has merit. You just a Fahie hater but you in the minority with your stupidity.


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