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‘The church is more asleep than awake’- Esmie Penn

- said persons need to come out of religion and get to know God personally
Speaking exclusively to our newsroom, Mrs Esmie Penn said the churches in the Territory seem to not know what is going on, even as so much is happening around them, including the passing of certain legislations such as for gambling, which she was not in favour of. Photo: Pinterest
According to Virgin Islander, Esmie Penn, the churches in the Virgin Islands are like the sleeping Church of Sardis as referred to in the Bible. Photo: Facebook/File
According to Virgin Islander, Esmie Penn, the churches in the Virgin Islands are like the sleeping Church of Sardis as referred to in the Bible. Photo: Facebook/File
As to reading the Bible, regarding by Christians as the word of God written by men through divine inspiration, Mrs Esmie Penn said she prefers to go directly to God. Photo: crosswalk.com
As to reading the Bible, regarding by Christians as the word of God written by men through divine inspiration, Mrs Esmie Penn said she prefers to go directly to God. Photo: crosswalk.com
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “I know what you have done, that you have a reputation for being alive, but that in fact you are dead. Now wake up! Strengthen what you still have before it dies! For I have not found any of your deeds complete in the sight of my God. Remember then what you were given and what you were taught. Hold to those things and repent. If you refuse to wake up, then I will come to you like a thief, and you will have no idea of the hour o

This was part of the warning to the Church of Sardis in the book of Revelation in the Bible.

‘Church more asleep than wide awake’

According to Virgin Islander and one of the proprietors of Wellness by Natural Means, Esmie Penn, the churches in the Virgin Islands are like the sleeping Church of Sardis as referred to in the Bible.

Speaking exclusively to our newsroom, Mrs Penn said the churches in the Territory seem to not know what is going on, even as so much is happening around them, including the passing of certain legislations such as for gambling, which she was not in favour of.

“To me they are more asleep than wide awake. I don’t know how much they afraid and how much they know God and who God really is, if they really know themselves or God the way I see they living,” Mrs Penn said, adding that she didn’t mean to judge anyone but “we live how we judge ourselves.”

And, according to the local woman, people in the church are saying one thing but their actions are different.

‘Come out of religion’

She said it is time persons come out of religion and get to know God personally.

“I was really into religion more than I was into God,” Mrs Penn said, adding that her husband; however, showed her a lot of things differently.

“Like what really going on with the world today and I think it over and went to my God myself to see if it is so. He showed me and told me it is so…people today, they say they calling on him but in their heart they are not. ..people’s hearts are not sincere.”

Asked how persons can change this attitude, Mrs Penn said “people just need to sit down and have a relationship with God themselves. Sit down and ask questions.”

Bible conflicting & confusing

As to reading the Bible, regarded by Christians as the word of God written by men through divine inspiration, Mrs Penn said she prefers to go directly to God.

“I used to read it first but it is so conflicting and confusing I just had to rest it down.”

She also said she is reluctant to read the Bible as she believes the original Bible was tampered with.

“I does leave that Bible where it is.”

Mrs Penn noted that she goes to church but she believes direct communing with God works best for her. “I do what I have to do there [church] and stay by the rules but I still have my God within myself to see where I am going wrong and right.”

Asked if she had an issue with the cannabis legislation recently passed in the House of Assembly, Mrs Penn said the law is only now giving authorisation for something that was always given by God for healing.

“The people them just waking up to know because probably of what going on in the outer world, manipulating it and doing all kinds of things to get money. The Government now waking up to see what going on but it is a plant that God plant here.”

Get back to basics

Meanwhile, the message to the church of Sardis in the Bible also reads: “Yet you still have a few names in Sardis of people who have not soiled their garments. They shall walk with me in white, for they have deserved to do so. The victorious shall wear such white garments, and never will I erase his name from the book of life. Indeed, I will speak his name openly in the presence of my Father and of his angels. Let the listener hear what the Spirit says to the Churches.”

According to Mrs Penn, people need to listen to God and hear what is His will for the Territory rather than lean on their own understanding.

“I find that we sleeping. We need to wake up. We doing a lot of things God don’t want us to do. That is where we going wrong, we not going back to basics. We need to get back there and be where He is,” Mrs Penn advised.

34 Responses to “‘The church is more asleep than awake’- Esmie Penn”

  • Josiah (15/07/2020, 15:17) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    To much wicked people in the church
    • lol (15/07/2020, 20:55) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
      So, it don't have wicked people out of church? Y'all ain't easy
    • Too much wicked people (19/07/2020, 19:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Remember that there is always room fore one more. Go on in.
  • Essse (15/07/2020, 15:18) Like (4) Dislike (40) Reply
    To much island people in them church coming with short skirt etc they have no respect for the holy house
  • BEWARE - Voice of the Last Days - (15/07/2020, 15:36) Like (15) Dislike (13) Reply
    “I used to read it first but it is so conflicting and confusing I just had to rest it down.” This statement says it all about her thoughts in this writing. Having read the statement it is clear that she is very confused.
    • True (16/07/2020, 16:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      She right, the book is full of contradictions and full of violence, it is an evil book - the best cure for believing in its nonsense is to actually read it
  • we (15/07/2020, 15:42) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Was thinking the same thing..
  • vex (15/07/2020, 15:45) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    Tell them like it is esmy
  • Real Talk (15/07/2020, 15:48) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    Ms Penn your are on point busy going to church to see who have the best dress or suit instead of focusing on giving god the praise dem prasing the minister .pastor bishop or the reverend wake wake up .
  • Tre (15/07/2020, 15:49) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    So So true Miss Penn. I agree with you 100% on everything you have said here.
  • thank you (15/07/2020, 16:34) Like (25) Dislike (3) Reply
    I completely understand what you are trying to relate and you are so right. Yes, the bible can be confusing that is the reason why we have to pray for wisdom and understanding before picking it up. You ever been reading a particular story or scripture for years and one day you read it again and bam! it make sense now and you are more enlightened, Everybody got to have their own relationship with the divine and work out their own salvation. If church could have fixed it we would not have no issues today. They can't. It's about the thithes and offering while hell raging on mankind.
  • YESSA (15/07/2020, 17:10) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    So rigth ..not knowing the basic of life and abiding by truths the dam thing I so confusing till u do yes ...for the book basic principles is of the truth of life in it rigtheous state of man conscienousness
  • She rigth (15/07/2020, 17:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The church sell us out first among all the wolves out there .....like unto the system wicked way and heads of power by betrayal of turning not just there cheeks but a blind eye to the lies there taught to spread to keep god people in spiritual and every form of bondage
  • Ghost (15/07/2020, 17:24) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes Ms. Penn I do agree that at times the way the KJV Bible For e.g. is written at times can be a bit confusing but buy yourself a Bible Commentary or google and read commentaries By different scholars this will help you as well..I feel that some of these churches have gone away from What they’re intended to be doing.. I must admit I love me hearing some Pastor Mills (COG-BB)- old fashion preaching but so relevant for today.. some of the pastors of today are prosperity pastors which is wrong.. and too many things are going on in some churches all over the world that are not of God.. but I do agree that each of us need to have that intimate relationship with God and in seeking His Wisdom and Guidance, “He will” show us what we need to see and hear..
  • mable (15/07/2020, 18:30) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
    dont let esmie thomas fool u she sleeping too
    • Jackson (16/07/2020, 00:21) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      don't be a hater. If you don't have anything constructive to say try not to make a fool of yourself in this public forum. Hater.
  • (15/07/2020, 19:58) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Interesting topic. I think all of us needs to awake. Church is NOT the answer. We need to go back to God’s laws, statues and commandments. Show me one church in the BVI that do that, then I will attend.
  • Hmm (15/07/2020, 20:03) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Little 5G Virus got them scared... How could they manage the Devil.... Tell them about Jobe...
  • BAMBOOZLED (15/07/2020, 20:07) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    The truth was presented to this country by one who went through the fire to learn. Those in positions of power who have sold out to the god of this world influenced you to not only disbelieve and disregard the truth but you also tried to kill the messenger. What we see going on around us in the world today is what we have chosen in our lust and greed for power and money. The fire has been lit and it will consume all the works of unrighteousness. It does not matter how the wicked boast and puff up themselves their days are numbered. Mrs. Penn is so right when she states that it is not about religion...it is about spirituality and for black people its all about reclaiming your African consciousness. The mind that was given to us during the enslavement has to be put to death and we must reclaim the ways of our ancestors. The longer we take to come to this realization and to act on it is the longer we shall remain in bondage and confusion. Those that are puffed up now because of money and material possessions are about to see it all vanish before their very eyes. COVID 19 is just the beginning..the tip of the iceberg...change has started and those that refuse to wake up are in for a rude awakening.
  • Oid (15/07/2020, 21:43) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
    You were selling tomato juice for Covid 19, You is the one how sleeping Leave the churches alone. God don’t like ugly. You don’t no a thing about the Bible.
    • Nicky (16/07/2020, 00:35) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      you're so so right, "God don't like ugly. " you're trying to put down someone else's opinion without offering anything in its place. We call that being an empty bloak- a hater......
  • @old (16/07/2020, 06:24) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is not who u think it is but want u to know u are a wicked instigating evil soul
  • We are all going to die one day (16/07/2020, 10:12) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    So get the Bible app, and listen to the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. Just listen and ask El Shaddai to send His Holy Spirit to teach you all things and write them on your heart as He promised. Genesis is amazing, after listening contemplate what you heard. So many memorize lyrics to songs to sing along, but God's Word they don't memorize or contemplate. Read or listen to Jesus's Sermon on the Mount, then go live it. Jesus's Words are not easy. But Almighty God can give us strength to obey. Don't be like the 5 foolish virgins, knowing all about the groom coming but didn't prepare. Knowing is not enough, prepare please to meet your Redeemer and El Shaddai, the day will soon be here for each and everyone of us. No excuses will work on that day. Will you hear, "I never knew you!" ? Are you sure?
  • y (16/07/2020, 14:42) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    People I'm tilling u all know God for your self churches now ah days if you don't fit in dog better than you it's all about money no vision I am agree with you my sister thay sleeping with their eyes wide open
  • Occassion (16/07/2020, 15:38) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    All I know everybody have to give account for themself, dont let no one stop you from reading God words that is the Bible . Amen
  • Paster (16/07/2020, 15:47) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Well when you have a Paster preaching politics and not the word of the lord what you expect
  • The bible is real (16/07/2020, 22:05) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    she will cry out to God with those same words from the bible one day. God is real his word is true Jesus is alive amen.
  • Just sayilg (17/07/2020, 05:07) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    Tortola should be called the rock of churches.all them church has the population of tola kinda of slow and backward mentally.
  • @tge Bible is real (17/07/2020, 10:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    yes the event of wat take place in Bible is real along with wat there take out to hide and wat there twisted i meaning from one language to another that is limited to the original language...and yes the racist interpretation of who rewrite is real fact..also wat is not preach to us and wat is ....like not showing us as black people where we are in that Bible as a nation from the past off who those characters was us ....to say the problem is not just book but thise on the pulpit that intetprit for us ...wolf in sheep clothing...woo be unto u ...
  • y (18/07/2020, 08:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Church is not the answer Jesus is the answer if you think you can make it by going to church u just fooling your self all those miracles take place is not in a church it's on the high ways and by ways
  • Houses of devils: (18/07/2020, 11:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    If you want to know where things stand. look no further than Jesus who became the Christ some 2000 years ago. When he lived and thought the governments were against him and his followers. So much so that his followers abandoned him. So if you are following him. Then why is your bvi government not against you ? Could it be because you are doing what the BVI government wants ? So they do not have a problem with you. How many of the churches who say they are following Jesus has the BVI. Government criticize. Not one ! They are following Satan and they are houses of devils ! Jehovah say he know them that they are Satan's children who say that they are Jews and are not, but do lie. Revelations. They are all liars just as their father The Devil the book judges them and us.
  • malikai (18/07/2020, 11:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Jehovah say he is not sending any one. He promised us to come himself and smite the earth with a curse. He has kept his promise. He said the Jews are of the house of Satan and that they are liars. He said Abraham' s seed would go into a strange land that is not theirs for 400 years. That he would come and free them. We are that people. This is that land. We served our 400 years from 1555 to 1955. Jehovah has come and we are being freed as we speak. We are one hundred and six years into the end times. The end time is the equivalent of a day and a day is the equal of 1000 years. This we must go through to get freedom. We here in the BVI is that people. Wake up. Wake up Wake up !
  • j (18/07/2020, 13:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Bible says if a brother is over taken in a fault ( u) which are spiritual shall retorted such a one in meekness coseadeding thy (self) less ye also tempted
  • Just Curious (19/07/2020, 19:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    How does one go directly to God? You do not believe that the Bible is his word? What directs you to him? I just want to know.


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