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VI lies about being a 'Christian community' - Mrs Dana Lewis-Ambrose

- said the Territory has become a secular society
Dana Lewis-Ambrose, Lecturer at H. Lavity Stoutt Community College in the Business and Computer Studies Department delivering the sermon on behalf of Reverend Dr Ian E. Rock for the funeral service of Clevaughn M. Sweeney and Jerome N. L. Chiddick. Photo: VINO
Scenes from Clevaughn M. Sweeney and Jerome N. L. Chiddick funeral service on March 10, 2018. Photo: VINO/File
Scenes from Clevaughn M. Sweeney and Jerome N. L. Chiddick funeral service on March 10, 2018. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “Brothers and sisters we are losing our young people to the enemy and the wiles of the devil but do we care, and how can we care if we have lost sense of who we are as a people?"

These were words uttered by Mrs Dana Lewis-Ambrose, Lecturer at H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, during the funeral service of Clevaughn M. Sweeney and his father Jerome N. L. Chiddickat the St George’s Episcopal Anglican Church located on Main Street, Tortola on March 10, 2018.

Mr Sweeney was one of two persons gunned down on February 10, 2018 on Tortola.

She suggested that persons often lie and say that the Virgin Islands is a “Christian community” but pointed out that persons live under the “pursuit of riches, under the false pretense” that God wants persons to live as such and that this has become a norm.

“We lie before God and say this is a Christian community and the enemy loves us the more for it. For he is the father of all lies. We say this is a Christian community, yet even in the church and I’m going to say this on behalf of Rev [Dr Ian E.] Rock, the pursuit of riches onto the false pretense that Jesus wants us to live like that have taken over,” explained Mrs Lewis-Ambrose.

“We have become a secular society”

Meanwhile, she pointed out that the territory has become a “secular society” where the church and religion are separate entities.

She emphasised, “Until we accept the truth that we have become a secular society with places that we can go most of the time for entertainment during the week and on Sundays, regrettably we will continue to see more; until we recognise who we are as a people in ourselves and not with respect to the Almighty God.”

She continued, “Not with respect to the Gross Domestic Product, not with respect to how much land we have, not with respect to our nationality, not with respect if we are belongers or non-belongers, not with respect to the fact that status differentiates in the territory...”

Governor & Commissioner of Police applauded

While lamenting on the death of 11-year-old Trinity A. Thomas, Mrs Lewis-Ambrose commended Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert aka 'Gus' and Commissioner of Police (CoP), Michael B. Matthews for the work that they have been doing to improve the security within the territory.

“In November I had the unpleasant task of doing the last rights for a young 11 year old girl of St Georges Primary school who was cut down in senseless gun violence. I confess that I must applauded the Governor and Commissioner of Police for acting swiftly to change the landscape by bringing much necessary resources to law enforcement. We pray for their safety and success in their efforts, while adding that the community should do their part in assisting the police.

“If we too do our bit, we in this room, we outside in the community, there will be many more [killings] unless we come to the knowledge of who we are. Live our lives as intelligent, functionally literate, embodied with emotional intelligence and the temple of God's Holy Spirit,” said Mrs Lewis-Ambrose.

20 Responses to “VI lies about being a 'Christian community' - Mrs Dana Lewis-Ambrose”

  • Cesear Borgia (16/03/2018, 09:23) Like (5) Dislike (13) Reply
    AMEN! I want to speak in tongues but don't know how to type that crap.
    • Really (16/03/2018, 10:39) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
      Either you are a full @$$ or no far from it
    • False preacher (16/03/2018, 20:12) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Look down by Cline church all u can see he doing is fixing it. What happen to your congregation who has lost everything. After all that thiting they get NOTHING
  • Hmm (16/03/2018, 10:12) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yes this is why we are losing our young people because they are seeing through the politics that these pastors are playing. Did we just become a secular society over night or did the church standby and watch it unfold. Obviously if the BVI christian council up until late last year was not even in effect.

    But when election times comes around we see pastors endorsing candidates who are not even Christians or formal members of their churches. We even see a certain pastors making comments about the Government but does he say where the young people fit in or how they are been affected.

    The young people are seeing through the veil of deception and as a result they cant handle what they are seeing. They were told they came from a race that was useless in the past and present but are now finding out differently. A subject that not even the church wants to discuss. Do not blame the BVI society who you say, say they are a christian society but doing different for they are merely doing what they see, the hypocrisy.

  • Bodecia (16/03/2018, 10:29) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    not beating about the bush. sound speech which cannot be condemmed. Iknew a christian,died some years ago, lived at Johns Hole
  • Pato (16/03/2018, 10:33) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    Right on target Dana, these ppl want to live Kings, pretend we have money, a myth that every expat wants to pursue when they come here. The place is so poorly managed by the government that it has now become a lawless society, with cover-ups of crime, at the highest level in government, what do they expect to get from the common man. The BVI is on its way to hell in a hand basket.
    • Truth (16/03/2018, 12:47) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      But she praised those responsible for Law and order. Talk about cover up what about Former Governor Duncan letter to Orlando.
  • it aint everyone dat says Lord (16/03/2018, 11:20) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    Lord gonna go to Heaven .Some of us gonna go Hell some gonna go Heaven.It is so shame to see and know people who goes to church on Saturday or Sunday are dealing with the demonic world and creating havoc in our society. Under disguise they use their influences to create deaths harming their neighbours friends or family members by dealing in witchcraft voodoo high science etc. Sometimes they boost no body can do me nothing as I am covered by the blood which blood if it is not the grace from Above then it gotta be evil from somewhere. Another thing society has a lot to do with our way of life. It is alright for this person to do this but not for another to do the same. Sin is sin evil is evil and a lot of evil in di church too
  • VIlander (16/03/2018, 12:38) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
    What entertainment? maybe if the youth had access to the road town gym or could play music in the market there would be less crime. But the church wants all other entertainment stopped. Stop blaming imaginary devil for our own wickedness, we lie bc we want to not bc anything makes us. That is European theology not our own. Christianity is a belief not a culture so if the people lost their way it's bc they lost their culture not their religious belief. Live like Christ, how many Christians do that? They rather live like Christians than Christ. Until we revoke these foreign elements for our minds we can't have the free liberated society that we want & need. Nat Turner was preacher & god told him kill the slave masters. What we need is a return to our cultural roots and understanding God from within.
  • SMH (16/03/2018, 14:14) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply

    " She suggested that persons often lie and say that the Virgin Islands is a “Christian community” but pointed out that persons live under the “pursuit of riches, under the false pretense” that God wants persons to live as such and that this has become a norm."
  • Barbs (16/03/2018, 17:09) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Dana girl you hit the nail on the head. We here in the Virgin Islands been lying to ourselves about a lot of things for along time now. We tell ourselves many falsehood to avoid dealing with the truth. Even when faced with the truth and the aftermath we still lying to ourselves. Until we face these issues head on, we will not be a true Christian society.
  • Barbs (16/03/2018, 17:16) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Sorry hit the submit button to early on my first post, this is the other half. We lie to ourselves about our actions, that of family members, to our children (reaping the consequences of such lies now). We lie about the simplest of things. The Government lying to citizens bout the many things, including the disaster plan, recovery loans, the Great Wall of ESHS, the 7million plus gift to the airline company and just about any thing the could possibly lie about. It's as if we caught a the lie but here in the Virgin Islands. Some of our children cannot be better because we as adults have set some very bad and downright destructive traits for them to follow.
  • @ @ @ @ (16/03/2018, 17:39) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    You speaking good pastor
  • Amen Sister (17/03/2018, 08:11) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    You are speaking good pastor go right ahead. church are deceptive too speak the truth, full with ministry power hungry people leaving from New testament,and every other church look power destroying one of prayer house of devils.
  • Wise Old Owl in an Oak (17/03/2018, 14:19) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am in awe at the way our islands are falling under powers of wickedness. It is a sad thing when our country has slipped so far down the unbeaten path that our children suffer. a World where our children are exposed to things far too advanced for their level of maturity is unacceptable... kids on playgrounds mimicking strip teases and lap dances, pole dances and makes me wonder. Children; eight year olds, answering teachers’ questions using words like strip club with a candor and comfort that is frightening to the conscious educator suggest to me that our youth are exposed to far more than they should be. We are sexualizing half of our children and popularizing the idea that money trumps everything including fairness, obedience, honesty, love , family, country, responsibility, sense, trust, character, patience, friends, morals, values, life etc

    We need to do better our world has changed so drastically and it is not for the better. We need to do something about it now... because ten years down the line we will not be able to have the peace that we used to pride ourselves upon. And in twenty years from now the people who will be leading our country will be so broken that our country will be far worst than it is right now
  • Well (17/03/2018, 16:23) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    It was a wonderful spiritual community until it became the septic tank of the Caribbean.. BVI needs a do over and that is what will happen. Hope it has learned and do it right as it has been given another opportunity for a fresh start.
  • Shoes got.dirty (17/03/2018, 20:49) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The truth be told when.we had one dress and shoe on our feet we learn how to thank the lord.we had.humility today our God we look down on the unfortunate and refuse to give them a meal but God is warning us sisters and brothers let God guide our country once more the money cannot save our souls I think we need prayer in every way to turn our minds back to God the young people I knew they are so disrespectful to the elders they to lazy they never bein thought to be independent Ma give me shoes .pa give me motorcycle we need tho teach.them to work to earn the youths smoking like a chimney.around the villages in tortola what values they can live the immagra tion dept officers up stairs must learn that they have children when they act with out love and humility to hard working individuals thinking they are the power house stop treating human like dogs I stop it in Jesus name
  • I thought (19/03/2018, 15:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i thought she in the Marine Center, she a Coordinator over there not in Business Dept.

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