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‘VI leaders listen only to themselves; forgotten God’ - Bishop Cline

- said leaders quest for power has raised up spirit of pride & greed
In a national address televised on JTV CH 55 on August 18, 2017, the spiritual leader of the New Life Baptist Church, Bishop John I. Cline said that in many ways the territory's leaders have become 'Pseudo dictators' since they listen only to themselves. Photo: VINO/File
Influential religious leader Bishop John I. Cline has accused the current leaders of the Territory of taking God of the equation and have lost their way as they now only listen to themselves. Photo: Facebook
Influential religious leader Bishop John I. Cline has accused the current leaders of the Territory of taking God of the equation and have lost their way as they now only listen to themselves. Photo: Facebook
Bishop John I. Cline has said it’s troubling and baffling, why intelligent men and women who are given three hundred and fifty million dollars a year, cannot run a small country with a population of thirty-five thousand people more effectively and efficiently. Photo: VINO/File
Bishop John I. Cline has said it’s troubling and baffling, why intelligent men and women who are given three hundred and fifty million dollars a year, cannot run a small country with a population of thirty-five thousand people more effectively and efficiently. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola VI – The call for strong yet humble leadership that listens to its people is nothing new, with even members of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) expressing the view.

And current leaders, who are in essence the legislators over the British Overseas Territory of the Virgin Islands, continue to get a public verbal whipping from a cross section of society, to the extent of being labelled 'Pseudo Dictators."

This most recent branding came from the man who was kicked out as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) for daring to publicly agree with staunch NDP supporter Eileene L. Parsons OBE that Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) should give up the portfolio of Minister of Finance and entrust it to Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL).

Pseudo Dictators

In a national address televised on JTV CH 55 on August 18, 2017, the spiritual leader of the New Life Baptist Church in Duff's Bottom, Bishop John I. Cline said that in many ways the territory's leaders have become “pseudo dictators” since they listen only to themselves.

He said Government leaders were elected and swore to represent the interests of the people of the Territory; however, their personal agendas and interests of favouring family members, friends and themselves seem to be a priority for them.

"What should be prominent and at the forefront of our politicians’ minds is that God has been gracious to promote them to this honourable position of service to our territory and people. It is God who puts up and by His power, He sets down; however, they seem to have worked God out of the equation and have forgotten Him."

Who is really leading our Territory?

He further said that the current leaders march to the beat of their own drums, and every man does what is right in his own eyes, while also stressing that the quest for power has raised up a spirit of pride and greed.

"Government at its highest calling, is government of the people, by the people and for the people; and this is the model we must return to."

"From this vantage point, it is crystal clear to see that there is an obvious void of true leadership and sometimes we have to ask ourselves, “Who is leading our Territory”? We are in desperate need of strong, decisive and visionary leadership."

In the words of Bishop Cline, the spirit of pride has seduced many of the leaders, "and by God’s Grace there is a need for our leaders to humble themselves. If they do not humble themselves soon, then we the people will be made to suffer for their prideful stance. Simply put, we need a change in our leadership."

‘I will not be silent, too much at stake’

The clergyman also said that it’s troubling and baffling, why intelligent men and women who are given three hundred and fifty million dollars a year, cannot run a small country with a population of thirty-five thousand people more effectively and efficiently.

"I will speak and not be silent! There is too much at stake. I cannot be silent when it seems that we have turned our backs on God. Not when crime and violence are on the increase. Not when our Emancipation has been high-jacked and turned into a carnival (a wuk-up and a bacchanal). Not when the holiest day of the calendar year (Easter) is met with ungodly and unholy carnival in Virgin Gorda. We will not be silent when our men and women have become paralysed because of fear and intimidation from our political leaders. Last I checked we live in the BVI – a Free and Democratic country – not under a dictatorship."

Bishop Cline said it is time for all people of the VI to wake up, know their identity and take responsibility for helping to build the nation. “Let us arise and build and restore our land in value and virtue; in righteousness, morality, integrity, dignity, honesty, and in purity."

26 Responses to “‘VI leaders listen only to themselves; forgotten God’ - Bishop Cline”

  • more (19/08/2017, 12:58) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    dishonest intellectual, religiously based politically bashing without evidentary substance or alternative courses to tread in relief of the suffering of the thither s; the poor and down trodden.
  • Well said (19/08/2017, 13:29) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
    Well said Bishop Cline. It is high time we awaken from our slumber and let God rule our territory. We who are called by His name should really pray for our leaders and our land. Thanks for being courageous although you will be chastised for taking this stand and speaking out. God will be your shield. Don't fear what they may try to do to you for this. God has your back.
    • Gash (19/08/2017, 17:02) Like (2) Dislike (10) Reply
      That sounds like a real Dictator... Life is not a home or a church where the leader tell people how to live, what to wear, how to walk, how to cerebrate,. Once we are not breaking the law..let us be free to celebrate the way we want to...Gssh..
      ..
  • Freedom! (19/08/2017, 13:50) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Speak man speak ndp must go
  • jam band (19/08/2017, 14:34) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Boom boom bam bam all inside de Jam Band!

    Boom boom bam bam all inside de Jam Band!

    Legal legal that is how they want de bacchanal.

    Kill de rabbit, kill de rabbit, kill de rabbit!!!!

    Kill NDP, Kill NDP, Dead NDP!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Awake (19/08/2017, 15:21) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Thanks Bidhop cline. If we the people of these Virgin Islands do not wake up we will be buried alive while we sleep.
  • musa (19/08/2017, 16:10) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
    this pastor need to give back some of the cash in donation form to rebuild the bvi ,.,., let start like this,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,.,.,..,,,,..,u can';';;;][
    • lump it (20/08/2017, 00:16) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      I think some one need to start paying back the money that they loaned from government to start a farm
      • @lump it (20/08/2017, 06:58) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        You need to speak of what you know and stop sounding like a fool. Government ain't have money to lend themselves never mind anybody else. Try to reverse your theory and you might be closer to truth.
  • Just Woke (19/08/2017, 16:50) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
    Bishop had his chance to lead and the opportunity to make a difference and to show us what true leadership is... He failed...Long serving Doctors and nurses are their without anything in place to reward them. He leaves nothing to be remembered as a Bishop legacy.. Nurses and Doctora serving over 12 yrs still have to get immigration stamp... Police is automatic resident and after 7 yrs they can apply for be longer status...Why couldn't Bishop at lease negotiate for nurse to become residents after 10 yrs.? ..That would have been a nice Legacy, a difficult fight that he won on behalf of long serving nurses and Doctors.. His God would have been so happy with him..
    • tash (19/08/2017, 19:04) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      People who work get their pay. Thats all they are owed.
    • Gwan (19/08/2017, 21:32) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
      Nurses applied for a job they were hired contracted and compensated with US Dollars.
      Why Where and please tell me why they must Be entitled to become residents in this small lil lil place for what and Why???
  • Sawda (19/08/2017, 19:01) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    The Bishop is like a baby that want to be sucking on the Government T Ts all year round..Bishop the Government have no more Milk you and your gang drank it all now you balling like ah goat..Go and Pray for love and Harmony for our country..
  • Self Examination (19/08/2017, 19:21) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    In the words of Bishop Cline, the spirit of pride has seduced many of the leaders, "and by God’s Grace there is a need for our leaders to humble themselves. If they do not humble themselves soon, then we the people will be made to suffer for their prideful stance. Simply put, we need a change in our leaders.

    Mr. first take out the mote out of your own eyes then you will see clearly to take out the mote out of your own eyes. The church needs to move on but it cannot until you humble your self and let the church roll on.
  • People don't listen (19/08/2017, 22:09) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Leave the man alone .He is the only bravest pastor that speak about the injustice that is happen here in our beautiful virgin island .the other pastors are cowards .sad to say but it's true.when the ready to address the problems it might be to late.lord help the pastors to be brave soldiers for you please.
  • PASTOR (19/08/2017, 22:28) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    fix your home
  • Political Observer (PO) (19/08/2017, 22:43) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Power corrupts;absolute power corrupts absolutely. Few politicians are civil and humble; it is rare when you find one that is humble and even rarer when you find that is both humble and civil. Dictators get people to do things; leaders motivate people to want to do things. Are BVI leaders the latter?

    Virgin Islanders must blame themselves, not politicians, for politicians behaviour and performance. Virgin Islanders have the power to hold politicians transparent, responsible and accountable but they ceded the power to politicians for crumbs. Virgin Islanders know wrong when they sense it, when they see it, when they experience it......etc but overlook for political patronage. Political patronage is a modern day dependency. Our foreparents depended on the plantation and on slave owners. If the VI is to progress farther, Virgin Islanders must peacefully take back the power; it can be done.

    The VI constitution was suspended in 1901. However, the massive, peaceful "March" of November 1949 led by Dolph Faulkner (Anegada), Glanville Fonseca, Carlton Decastro and others resulted in the constitution being restored in 1950 with direct election for some representatives. The VI is at a crossroad and urgently needs a new direction. Without it, it will careen off the cliff. The compass must be reset.
  • Eastman (20/08/2017, 06:43) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Like the cut of your job "PO". You have just begun to scratch the surface of the cesspit. Sad to say any reseting of a compass will need to be done by us for the benefit of the next generations. Adversity will be faced with the turn of each degrees. Nevertheless, with the aid of clean hearts and clever minds it can be done. Over and out.
    • Political Observer (PO) (20/08/2017, 21:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Eastman, yes, charting a new course and resetting the compass is doable but it will require sacrifices. We need to protect the VI treasure for the current generation and generations of Virgin Islanders yet unborn. However, if change will occur, the people have to demand it; left up to politicians I'm not highly confident that it will happen. Too many of us are comfortable riding in the wagon; everyone needs to be pulling the wagon. Too many want change but out of self interest, not national interest, we are afraid to demand change. Each of us want someone else to advocate for change. There must be unity of purpose in demanding change. Five fingers working together are more effective than individual fingers. What is needed isn't teamwork with a common goal. The urgency of now could not be more critical.
  • Opinion (20/08/2017, 09:09) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    While there is much to be said about certain "goings" on within our present government, any bashing by anyone should come with means and ways to do better. If we are going to get loud just for the sake of being loud, don't bother. Give ideas, suggestions, anything of value to help to build our country, otherwise take a seat and work on being a better person for yourself.
  • reason (20/08/2017, 09:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    What the pastor is saying now he should have said a long time ago. Say it when you are wrapped up with them and take victimization. Everyone will listen to yo in that case. I do agree with some of his centiments. We are under a dictatorship. That is the reason for all the corruption. That is the reason money for certain projects cannot be accounted for. That is why the word independence is being thrown around, so that Britain will not be able to look into the wrong doings of this group. Notice where they are heading to have airport expansion, China. Why is this government importing machinery from China? One thing the pastor seems to be okay with importing people for the workforce. Here I say train our young people so they can fill critical positions in the territory. The population is the size it is because we continue to import labor. Time to start believing in our youth and equipping them for the jobs. Here is the only place where we only believe inputting young people in positions where they are unable to function,simply on political affiliation and the qualified are left out because of the same not affiliated. It is true with this government. Hope with new people in position from Britain things will begin to shape up. See how help was declined from the ship, and the place is still a mess. Let us pray and ask God tointervene now.
  • Focus voice (20/08/2017, 17:40) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bishop, So tell them what he is saying then.
    Father help us all.
  • Charley Rose (20/08/2017, 19:21) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don't have any qualms with Bishop Cline, however, he is not my favourite pastor. What he said makes a lot of sense, after all he was in the den with them and as such he understood fully the dynamics of the party and government. Bishop Cline is the whistle blower and when he said something it is with authority.
    Look at the behaviour of the Premier and the other members in the House of Assembly, when questions are being asked of them pertaining to issues that are affecting the country, they sometimes do not give any proper answer to the questions asked. The Hon. Speaker sits there without explaining to the members that their answers are incomplete. Help is on the way when the new governor arrive.
    Thank God Almighty we have a governor that will help us. Let us wait and see.
  • wize up (20/08/2017, 22:34) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    A bunch a turn coats: some of the same set that were in bed with the current leadership now cussing because when ting was good none of heard from not one of them so public systems: why some of the not speaking out about the many no bid project and the sums of money they took to the bank when all was good;!ting turn bad now all of us must come help fight a bunch of no good hypocrites in the name of Jesus...run quick talk that
  • fox (21/08/2017, 10:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    does always bawl grapes dem sour wen he cann reach eum.
  • Iamin! (21/08/2017, 19:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    When there was apartheid in South Africa, Desmond Tutu preached against it; when there was the Civil Rights movement in the US. South, Martin Luther Spoke; when there was injustice in South Africa Mandela Spoke out; when we are poised to lose our children's inheritance in the BVI, someone must speak out. When the indigenous Virgin Islanders were going to be locked out of Wickham's Cay, Noel Lloyd spoke out; when proper health care was being withheld from the Virgin Islander by the whiteman Administrator, Magistrate, Coroner, Judge and Jury, Theodolph Falkner spoke out.
    Thank you, John, for starting the conversation. Calling all Virgin Islanders who knew how these islands were built and whose foreparents sailed the ocean blue to make these islands a better place to stand up, be counted and join John in the fight to save our Virgin Islands. "John, I am a Virgin Islander, and I am coming." Can I see another hand? Yeah, I see that hand; and another hand? Yeah, I see that coming. Okay, all who raised their hands, please boldly come to the front and meet with John and let us join forces to save our Virgin Islands. " Amen.


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