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'I’m repentant & I’m asking for forgiveness'- Premier Wheatley

- calls for prayers for National Unity Government during church service in Long Look on May 8, 2022
Premier Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), 2nd from left, receives prayers from Bishop Naaman Chalwell of the Community Worship Centre, Church of God of Prophecy in Long Look on May 8, 2022. Photo: Facebook
A section of the congregation of the Community Worship Centre, Church of God of Prophecy in Long Look on May 8, 2022. Photo: Facebook
A section of the congregation of the Community Worship Centre, Church of God of Prophecy in Long Look on May 8, 2022. Photo: Facebook
LONG LOOK, Tortola, VI- With elected representatives in the Virgin Islands coming under heavy criticism and even suspicion following the arrest of former Premier Andrew A. Fahie and then the release of the damning Commission of Inquiry (CoI) Report, the regaining of public confidence and trust has been a focus for them, especially with the installation of the National Unity Government.

Many of the elected representatives have sought to distance themselves from the alleged illegal actions of Mr Fahie and have also asked the public for forgiveness where they may have not spoken up for the people when required or would have supported certain policies and projects that turned out to not be in the public’s best interest or indicative of good governance.

On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, 2022, Premier Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) got his turn to not only apologise to the people while in church but to also request prayers for himself and the new Government.

The VI has been ‘warned’- Dr Wheatley

Dr Wheatley, speaking at the Community Worship Centre, Church of God of Prophecy in Long Look,  said the Virgin Islands has endured a lot of recent, beginning with the floods of August 2017, followed by the devasting Hurricane Irma and the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said God has continually given the VI “another chance” but His mercy was taken for granted.

According to Premier Wheatley, the National Unity Government is also another chance given by God to do right.

“This morning we had an earthquake. I believe that’s a warning because, like we said before, God can take us off the face of the map, but his mercies never fail. We have to repent as a nation, we have to repent individually and that includes myself because, of course, I believe very firmly God has a plan for my life.”

A 5.0 magnitude earthquake was felt in the VI around 9:32 am on Sunday, May 8, 2022. According to the Puerto Rico Seismic Network, the location was 26.61 Km or 16.5 miles North of Anegada and 54.65 Km or 33.9 miles North of Virgin Gorda.

Quoting 2 Chronicles 7:14, Dr Wheatley said the Virgin Islands has a chance to do right by God and that includes the National Unity Government, or else the nation could be in “deep “peril”.

‘I’m repentant & I ask forgiveness’

“So, I’m here this morning and I’m repentant and I’m asking for forgiveness. Where I have gone along with things which are not right, I ask for forgiveness. Where I have seen and not done the right thing, I ask for forgiveness. Where I have encouraged division instead of unity, I ask for forgiveness. Where we have ignored the cries of the people, I ask for forgiveness. Where I have not conducted myself in a right way, I ask for forgiveness, and I know that God will be with me and he will forgive me and he will heal this land.”

Dr Wheatley also warned that God should not be mocked “because God is not pleased with that, so we have to worship him in spirit and in truth. Worship him with our whole heart because of course I believe he will deliver us from the snares of the enemy.”

Bishop Naaman Chalwell then prayed for Dr Wheatley and also encouraged him to put his faith and trust in God.

The National Unity Government is being proposed as an alternative to the draconian measure of suspending the Virgin Islands Constitution and the imposition of direct rule by the United Kingdom.

The coalition government has pledged to work along with the United Kingdom to implement the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry Report.

A decision has not yet been announced by the Governor, as to whether the objection to direct rule by the people have been respected.

43 Responses to “'I’m repentant & I’m asking for forgiveness'- Premier Wheatley”

  • too late (09/05/2022, 11:10) Like (61) Dislike (8) Reply
    For prayer. Time for all current and past politicians to face the music: audits, crimes, corruption, etc.
    • lol (09/05/2022, 11:29) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
      They know why the earthquake scared them LMAO.
    • 8 (09/05/2022, 12:58) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      Since November 2021 the writing was on the wall (Mene Mene tekel upharsin). This is May 2022( about 7 months later).

      Moving forward, please bring forth fruit meet for repentance; we will see what( if anything) can be done to help…
    • Repent and Obey (09/05/2022, 14:42) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
      Very poignant speech.

      We have to be mindful that Andrew went on and on about God making a mockery of His name so let your actions show your obedience to God.

      At the same time, you can’t serve two masters or follow only certain parts of God’s Word.

      Partaking in religious festivities that worship idols or a god and not God is a mockery.

      Likewise, ancestral worship and praying to ancestors in not of God.

      Exodus 20:3-6

      3 “You shall have no other gods before me. 4 You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.”

      Don't Displease the Lord

      Isaiah 8:9 NIV "When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?"

      The bottom line is that if you are a believer in Christ you should desire to please Him. Those who are not followers of Christ may not understand this.

      Ancestor worship came to America with the African slaves. It has continued and there are people who say they are consulting their dead relatives or they know their deceased loved ones are looking
      out for them. The Bible forbids believers to consult any spirit except the Holy Spirit.

      This should be reason enough to leave the pagan practices alone. It's not worth being lost for eternity to follow the crowd. Our goal as Christ followers should always be to allow His Word to be our guide.

  • model (09/05/2022, 11:13) Like (25) Dislike (25) Reply
    In indoors Church, during a Covid rise, and unmasked. Premier, please do better.
  • please (09/05/2022, 11:20) Like (91) Dislike (9) Reply
    Did we learn nothing from the mockery Fahie made. Keep church and state separate
  • 7th district get rid of him (09/05/2022, 11:26) Like (32) Dislike (5) Reply
    Forgiveness? Is he admitting to something/things he did wrong?
  • o (09/05/2022, 11:32) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    vw needs to ask for forgiveness as well besides being arrogant and think about his land distribution.
    • @O (09/05/2022, 14:40) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
      You just hating because you didn't get any. VW don't owe you a darn thing!
  • Natalio (09/05/2022, 11:39) Like (9) Dislike (7) Reply
    I’m not praying for you. I’m not e evil person. But you hurt me really bad. never liked what you did to me.
    • forgive (10/05/2022, 08:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You should forgive him if you want to be forgiven by the Master, Christ Jesus Himself. People, If you don't repent as a nation and as individuals you will end up in a worse situation. I am included also.
  • A BIG THANK YOU (09/05/2022, 11:40) Like (38) Dislike (3) Reply
    • LCS (09/05/2022, 12:40) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Meant Like.
    • Repent and obey the voice and Spirit of God. (11/05/2022, 18:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      That's right, let the church be the church and stay out of the dirty politics. Bishop NAAMAN lead him into prayer of repentance and help direct his steps in Spirit and truth of God. Minister Nolma let the Church be the shining light of God. Leave the political games out of the church.
  • BVI Future (09/05/2022, 11:56) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    What is he repentant of?
    • Exactly (09/05/2022, 13:21) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
      Good question! The people need to know before the big reveal that is coming. After the misdeeds are exposed, its too late for crocodile tears. If you coming clean, come clean and come now. No half-way business. We might be willing to forgive then.
  • Hmm (09/05/2022, 12:04) Like (36) Dislike (4) Reply
    soo...he admits that he was aware of the wrongdoing and sat by and did nothing and in some cases "went along with it"...
  • Cais (09/05/2022, 12:28) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have lived in other Caribbean countries but never have I seen a place that believes in black magic, racism and ignorance like the BVI people. Vex who want to vex but it is the truth. Hurricane Irma was just a warning but, the earthquake was a gentle reminder. People in high places and positions professing to be religious and continue to mingle in voodoo and black magic will soon be exposed
    • No go (09/05/2022, 14:50) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
      Why don't you leave? Plain and simple!!
    • Looking on... (10/05/2022, 12:17) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Now everyone, including you, is entitled to their opinion. I have the say opinion because I refuse to believe without factual evidence or statistics that you personally know the 30,000+ BVIslanders that dwell here and abroad. This personal knowledge would certainly be needed to speak on what our social, religious views are or on what you consider the collective or majority views or actions of our people. I aint vex Im just sick and tired of trying to live right, working an honest 8:30-5 and people labelling an entire people as wicked because of public figures' greed. You dont know me.

      Now while you may have had bad experiences with BVIslanders to colour your OPINION and you may also be looking at this public degradation of our legislators and country, be mindful that everyman is responsible for his own acts. DO NOT JUDGE a whole people. DO NOT JUDGE PERIOD. You have no right to do that. I rebuke your pronouncement over me, my children, family and country and certainly refuse to be labelled as someone that practices black magic, is racist and ignorant. I believe in Jehovah God...the I AM, my belief in God guides me and His word says that all men and women are His. He bought us with His blood and that tells me how precious we all are so we ought to love one another as He loves us.

      I agree that what ever is done in darkness must come to light but leave God to do His work. Let us all busy ourselves in working out our own soul salvation. Let us consider ourselves because when we think we are standing we can fall badly.

  • WHAT!!! (09/05/2022, 12:32) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    We had enough about god and praying from Fahie,all politicians please stop this nonsense look where it all got us before.
    • @ what (09/05/2022, 15:27) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Correction, Fahie was praying to a “god” (like the small “g” in your sentence and not God.

      Romans 16:18
      18 For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.
  • Joker (09/05/2022, 12:39) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    These fellas are joke's.
  • Ho,ho (09/05/2022, 12:41) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Are they all becoming nuts ?
  • no testicles (09/05/2022, 12:46) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
    I feel like this guy believe that we are stupid. Going to church and ask for forgiveness is not the answer. Mr Wheatley you are weak. You have proven to be a follower not a leader. So now coming to say yes guilty I knew I was wrong but I defended policies that were anti people. I refuse to speak up when I should have. Saying sorry is not the answer growing manly testicles is not is needed. If you didn't have it last month by throwing Fahie under the bus you now have them. Put your hands down your pants Sowande you will see nothing is there.
  • True repentance (09/05/2022, 13:24) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Repentance is not a statement. It is an act of restoration. Read Luke 19:1-9 below. Are you Natalio going to restore all in such a manner? If not your repentance for social and other injustices inflicted baby our political affiliation is in vain and is nothing more than blasphemy.

    Jesus and Zacchaeus
    19 He entered Jericho and was passing through it. 2 A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3 He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. 5 When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. 7 All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.” 8 Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.”
  • sea cows bay (09/05/2022, 13:36) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    He got what he wished for, PREMIERSHIP. He better come straight and transparent. We the people is not playing with anyone of you. We are watching all of you like a hungry chicken hawk looking for food and taking notes. The only way the chicken hawk will stop looking is when you are in your private residence. All eyes are on every move that is made by this TEMPORARY GOVERNMENT.
  • Open y'all eyes (09/05/2022, 13:37) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    All those so call Pastors is who need to repent from thiefing people money and keeping their members blind.
  • WEW (09/05/2022, 13:45) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sounds just like Andrew
  • Rubber Duck (09/05/2022, 15:31) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    When they caught is when the they get sorry.

    Fire them all.
  • NICK (09/05/2022, 15:36) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    All this public ado about repentance could be done in secret before God. What about confession, they go hand in hand. You folks have betrayed the trust of the people, Her Majesty the Queen and God. Remember you all swore on the Word of God. Just be humble and allow God to exhalt. Ask God for wisdom. He is waiting to give to lead the people aright, without favor or affliction, malice or ill will. God Bless these beautiful Islands.
  • BLUFF and BLUSTER (09/05/2022, 15:41) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    These fools have no understanding. All this foolishness is about partaking in BABYLON SYSTEM. It's this very same group-think that is at the root of all our problems. If we cannot come up out of this deception we are lost as a people. How can we set a better example by continuing on the same path. This only goes to prove that Mr. Wheatley does not have answers to our problems. Its like he is scared already. If that is the best we can muster better we let UK take control for real. I am so disappointed. No wonder there was an earthquake even though I did not feel anything. All these feasts and festivals are about worshiping the god of this world. BABYLON THE GREAT has fallen. Come out of her.
  • Reality check (09/05/2022, 15:55) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Let CID sort them out. By them I mean everyone from the elected politicians, to the pastors, the senior bureaucrats, Attorney General and her staff, all the contractors, including CSC, who benefited from bogus contracts. Start at each end of the spectrum and work up and down, so the high-flyers and the low-life's share cells up at the country club.
  • ras_ital (09/05/2022, 16:07) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    well sah, how comes we not hearing about sheep...aka Neville Smith like he gone into hiding...
  • Ur forgiven my brother. (09/05/2022, 17:07) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Asked and it shall be given onto you...It's going to get real messy when the investigations start,. Especially knowing you al in Cabinet and HOA Voted for that greedy bill for self greed even get more serious when you all Voted for that Batch to patrol over waters for about a half a million tax payers dollars over a free more capable, more equipped military Vessel...U all in Trouble with Britain...
  • Local (09/05/2022, 17:07) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I would like him to come publicly and repent of his immoral lifestyle.
  • Time ⏲️ Is the Master (09/05/2022, 18:10) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    It will be only fair & Just [ for the people of the BVI] post the conclusion of COI's investigations & findings to get rid of both parties ( if the so called corruption allegations are overwhelming ...Come on BVI .
  • from buckingham palace (09/05/2022, 20:14) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
  • truth (10/05/2022, 06:35) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I hate to be the one to tell you all this…. There is no God. Just be nice, that was the message the book was trying to tell you!!!!You are a bunch of ignorant sad people that will always be stuck in this sad little cycle. Wake up people. Be nice to each other! If you can’t manage that you are all doomed. Greed, selfishness and ignorance will consume you! We get one chance at this life so stop wasting it with your Religious BS and excuses!! Let’s hope he doesn’t exist or you are all F@&$ked!!!! You should all be ashamed! BVI love!!! Hahahaha. Wake up before it’s too late! BVI greed, selfishness and ignorance!! More like.
  • Enslaved by your own people (10/05/2022, 09:04) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    COLONIALISM, SLAVERY, etc. Only see local black folks in government. Now it’s the whites and the Uk fault for everything. How do that work
  • I guess he see the video (10/05/2022, 09:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    If he didn't... he is in for a tough day today...
  • WHY? (10/05/2022, 16:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Too much praying and not practicing what is right. Closer to the church and farther from God! Remember when the previous premier went on his knee with his hand up in the air? To what end? Let us stop pretending that prayer means anything other than pretense for most. Let us hold the elected and appointed officials to the high standards we expect from them and let us ensure that they govern by the law. The BVI needs to stop praying at every meeting and gathering. Personally, I believe in quiet prayer. If we believe that God is omnipresent then he will hear your truthful and sincere prayer in your private space and within the walls of your church, not loud in open places to disturb the neighborhood to which you do not belong. Is there no law on the level of noise that's allowed? When the church is allowed to conduct open evening services they should be given guidance on what is permissible. We all don't belong to the same church and should not impose ourselves on each other especially with the shouting that goes on. Even on Sundays the loud noises from scooters, churches, cars and music are allowed to go on and on. One Minister said we should be prayed up. What is that? Does that mean that we should pray loudly and openly when we don't mean it? We should pray for ourselves and each other in our peaceful and quiet ways and mean it and live by the Bible if we believe it. Praying should not be used to impress others that we are holy, that we are a righteous country. The proof is not there! Premier, keep your repentance quiet. We need good governance! We need you to live a good and decent life and to be a good male role model to the youth. We need you to lead by example! Leadership as a Premier that will make the BVI proud!

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