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‘If you think things hard go back to Africa’- US Pastor

- also urged persons in the VI to be careful who they put in office
Dr Joe B. Maddox speaking at the Emancipation Service at the Sunday Morning Well on August 2, 2015. Photo: VINO
Part of the gathering at the Emancipation Service at the Sunday Morning Well in Road Town on August 2, 2015. Photo: VINO
Part of the gathering at the Emancipation Service at the Sunday Morning Well in Road Town on August 2, 2015. Photo: VINO
Part of the gathering at the Emancipation Service at the Sunday Morning Well in Road Town on August 2, 2015.
Part of the gathering at the Emancipation Service at the Sunday Morning Well in Road Town on August 2, 2015.
From left: Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith, Minister for Education and Culture Myron V. Walwyn, Dr Melvin A. Turnbull and Dr Joe B. Maddox. Photo: VINO
From left: Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith, Minister for Education and Culture Myron V. Walwyn, Dr Melvin A. Turnbull and Dr Joe B. Maddox. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- If we focus on our troubles we are sure to start going under just like Peter in the Bible when he started to notice the storm when he was walking on water. But if we keep our eyes on Jesus things are going to get better.

This is essentially what US preacher Reverend Dr Joe B. Maddox was saying during his message to the gathering at the Emancipation Service at the Sunday Morning Well in Road Town on August 2, 2015.

According to Dr Maddox, God was always with his people, even through slavery, and they were eventually emancipated because they kept their eyes on Jesus.

He said similarly today, people whose ancestors were slaves should continue to trust in Jesus and be contented where they have come from.

“Although they brought you here and abandoned you on this island and thought that nothing good could come because there was nothing here. They left you with all of the problems but God knew how to bless you in the midst of trouble. It was no accident even though it would feel like an accident you were brought here. God has been in control from the beginning.”

Dr Maddox further dared anyone who felt they had it bad to take a trip to the native land to see what the situation there is really like. Then he said persons might get a better appreciation of where they are.

“God has brought you here to have a better life. If you don’t think you have a better life, go back home sometime. I been there…and if you think you have it hard I dare you to go back to your native land.”

The US preacher further said, like Joseph who was sold into slavery and was able to help his family after he rose up as a top man in Pharaoh’s government in Egypt, VIslanders can do the same and seek to help those who are in the native land who are in worse situations.

Be careful who you put in office

According to Dr Maddox, persons of African descent have come a long way but have not yet arrived and need to be wary not to end up back in slavery of a different form.

“We have been emancipated but not yet free. We are free by the law but when we are sleeping at nights they are figuring out how to still enslave us again.

“We need to make sure that we are not enslaved, and in order that we not go back to where we were, we need to get some good people in office.”

The preacher continued that not everyone is a “devil” but people need to be aware of those they are voting for. He urged everyone to exercise their franchise and find their way to a polling station on voting day to cast their vote.

“Because if we are not careful they will plot against us, they will get the wrong people in office and we will again [be enslaved], as a matter of fact we are still enslaved, just of a different nature.”

About Pastor Joe B. Maddox

Pastor Joe B. Maddox is the President/Director of the Knoxville Interdenominational Bible Institute Inc, Moderator of the Knoxville District Baptist Missionary and Educational Association; State Director of Missions for the Tennessee Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention Inc, and President of S.A.F.E. Ministries Inc.

He attained a Bachelor of Science degree from Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, Georgia in 1969; a Master of Science degree from Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama in 1971; an Honourary Doctor of Divinity degree and a Doctor of Ministry degree from North American of Theology, Winter Haven, Florida in 2005.

17 Responses to “‘If you think things hard go back to Africa’- US Pastor”

  • JACK BE STILL (09/08/2015, 10:14) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Boss me aint going back to no africa
    • Silly (09/08/2015, 11:22) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
      Who he mean by they, this man appears to be racist, watch out as USA preachers are after only your money, be careful
  • Smile (09/08/2015, 14:37) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    This preacher is an ignoramus with little to no history of Africa. He speaks of it as if it is a country and it is not it's a continent. The richest continent on earth, location of the garden of eden. The middle east only became the middle east after world war 2. Historically that area is a part of the continent of Africa. Does this preacher think Nelson Mandella fought for nothing??? Slavery was no Blessing!!! 30,000 people with marginal success on these small islands can never justify the millions killed in the middle passage alone. African is the worlds bread basket and to this day contains the greatest amount of precious jewels and gold.
  • Read (09/08/2015, 18:17) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Shame on whomever brought the FOOL here to speak. He should be ashamed of himself.
    • um (10/08/2015, 08:32) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Did he say truly really say something that touched a nerve or something? There is need to read deep into what he said and stop looking at the surface.
      • What did he mean? (10/08/2015, 12:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        He should just out and say what he means if you know that he meant something else. It is not very scholarly what he has sput out there.
  • legacy (09/08/2015, 18:42) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Does this man really have the designation of Dr. in the front of his name? Africa in a continent and not a country. There are so many countries in Africa! Which one did he visit? Why is he joining with the main stream US media to disparage Africa. Well I visited too, Ghana to be specific, and I was pleasantly surprised. I visited from the rural villages with mud houses to the very posh areas with houses; we could only dream to own. So please Dr. Maddox, stop with your propaganda! How long did you stay in (Africa)and how much do you care to learn about it? As in all places there is the good and bad. Life in BVI could be hard for some, but it doesn't mean overall it is a difficult place in which to reside hence we should discourage others from coming to live.

    I am very disappointed with your comments, as they seem to come from a very narrow view. I do daily research on the mother continent because I have a deep thirst to learn more about it. Not once am I left feeling disappointed about the richness and origins of this magnificent place. I am propelled to do so because I sometimes feel like I was robbed of a heritage and history that I would never have complete and accurate details of.
  • wize up (09/08/2015, 18:46) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    back to Africa, yea right!! so why he not back in Africa living: don't talk the talk unless you willing to walk the walk ( preacher man)
  • Damn (09/08/2015, 21:34) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is he a Pastor for real ?! Boy I rather go to hell then sit and listen to him peach smh
  • True (09/08/2015, 21:43) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    so according to this preacher who the festival committee probably paid to come here thinks that the white slavers did everyone a favor? WTF, must be the only black member of the KKK
  • NOHISTORY (10/08/2015, 01:09) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    The Govt. should have paid me to come across, just a boat ride away, and give a comment on that day.

    I would tell Dr. Maddox that history is about facts and religion about rules made by man, that the religion recorded in the King James Bile was used to keep slaves in subjection and to forget the culture and religious practices the people had in Africa; that they forbade the slaves to practice the religion they knew; that the first five books of his Bible was written 3,500 years before it is claimed Moses wrote them; that those were the Original Bible; that the Europeans invaded Alexander Egypt and stole all the religious books and claimed the religion to be theirs; that the stories in the Old Testament are about the Ancient Egyptians of the Nile Valley and that the Catholic church is responsible for this cover up and that the concepts of Father, Son and Holy Ghost are concepts borrowed from the Nile Valley sun worshippers, that the first idea of serving a one Diety originated with the Ancient Africans; that how could Europeans teach the oldest civilization on earth about God when they knew nothing about God prior to the invasion of Egypt; that no other continent is indigenous to lions but Africa -- Daniel in Lion Den? In a den in Africa.

    Oh, people, it is time to find out the truth for yourself -- Imagine Abraham was born in 1770 B.C. and Moses in 1329 B.C... that no one before Moses could write holy scriptures? Who taught Moses to write? He grew up in House of Pharoah and before Moses' birth there was hieroglyphic writings of the Nubians, Kushites, Ethopians, Egyptians and Sudanese people -- all Africans that gave birth to the Metu Neter or words of God -- I could go on, but it is time for Dr. Joe Maddox to learn the history of the Christian religion and the rape of the religion borrowed from the Africans,

    and it is time Pastor Dr. Mel to learn the facts about Christianity and start preaching the truth about the religion they stole and distorted from Black People. Bring out some dates for these stories from telling people some things about the Bible cannot be questioned. Everything must be proven with facts.

    The people are waking up and are demanding answers. I hope these religious leaders have the facts:

    Original Bible produced 3,400 years by Africans before the Old Testament we know today
    More than 4,200 years before the New Testament in a book called the Book of the Coming Forth by Day and By Night
    Moses so-called Pentateuch (Five Books) or Torah placed in circulation in year 700-500 B.C. after Moses' death in 1190 B.C. All stolen from the African book of the Coming Forth by Day and by Night;
    250-100 B.C. or B.C.E. (Before the Christian Era) the Septuagint Version of the Pentateuch, the first Greek version of the Hebrew's distortion of the Pentateuch..This was written in Alexandria, Egypt (North Africa) by African Hebrews, consisting of 45 books used by the earliest Greek and Latin Churches...
    Pastor Mel and Dr. Joe Maddox, please give us the facts and dates of which you preach and stop keeping the people blinded... it does not add up.

    You want the sources? I challenge you to read with an open mind:
    A Chronology of the Bible by Yosef ben-Jochannan -
    The Myth of Genesis and Exodus and the exclusion of their African origins by Yosef ben Jochannan
    The Meaning of Hoetep A Nubian Study Guide -- by Anpu Unnefer Amen
    The Africans Who wrote the Bible - Ancient Secrets Africa and Christianity Have never told by Nana banchie Darkwah, Ph.
    All books can be found on Amazon. I challenge inquiring minds to read, understand and send an open message on facebook or on this same site when another religious topic arise and see if the truth about God and Religion was not stolen from the Ancient Africans.

    The true worshippers are stirring and will arise -- religion will never be the same again
    It's time to wake up, speak and seek the the truth -- it will come . People Arise
  • Cryingtruth (10/08/2015, 01:17) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    This pastor been to Africa, where? He drank the media kool aid when they wish to fool people about Africa. Like all places you have poor areas, but Africa is on the rise and the truth about Africa will be restored to it's glory.
    Them should stop bringing these ill-informed people to speak to intelligent people who know for a fact that this man does not understand the history of the Black Man's Religion or Christianity.

    Dr. Pastor Mel Turnbull, you are an intelligent man, start asking God for wisdom concerning the historical facts about what you preach. Mother Africa is arising and being restored. Bless the land of our Ancestors -- not Jerusalem...
  • Observer (10/08/2015, 08:16) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    This man is a complete fool. It is beyond me why these idiots are brought, or even allowed to come, to the Caribbean with their US nonsensical ideas. The Caribbean countries have gone WAY beyond the racial problems that are still occurring in the mainland US. Listening to this idiot, you would think that we still have a white majority ruling the BVI. Our government are all black, all intelligent persons and all elected by US and we don't need this type of idiot coming here to spout this racial BS!! Go back to the US and deal with the problems there, we don't need your so called help in the BVI!!
    • Bull Bud (10/08/2015, 09:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You need look no further than the man who brought him here! Ignorant fellow travelers.
  • RealTalk (10/08/2015, 09:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Does this ignorant fool not know that Africa would a paradise of riches for it's natives if white people were not looting all the resources? Diamonds, gold, oil, etc.?
  • Challenge (10/08/2015, 10:36) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    I challenge the education department to promote and require youth to participate in community service in Africa along the lines of Peace Corps or Voluntary Service Overseas for three months. When they return, they can appreciate how lucky they have it here, and perhaps become productive members of society. And, yes, I have been to (and lived in) Africa, and South America, where people, if they are lucky to enough to have jobs, they might earn $ 5/day. Life in many places there is hard.
  • Impressed (10/08/2015, 12:33) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am impressed that that you have lived in every country wtihin the continent of Africa. Are you saying everyone in all the countries earns $5.00 a day? you did not elaborate! You too speak of Africa as if it were a mere country. You would do justice to your claim if you would identify specifically where you lived and visited. There is a site you should google, it is called "the Africa the media doesn't want you to know about". In addition, have a view of the documentary "Hidden Colors" and then come back with some clarification.

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