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VI under threat from young generation 'void of godliness'– Bishop Cline

- says today's parents are no longer interested in taking their children to church
Bishop of the New Life Baptist Church in Duff's Bottom, Tortola, Mr John I. Cline has called in Virgin Islanders to return their children to god and stop raising a generation of what he referred to as children void of godliness. Photo: VINO/File
Bishop John I. Cline has pointed out that parents today seem only interested in their children's standard education and are not taking them to church. Photo:
Bishop John I. Cline has pointed out that parents today seem only interested in their children's standard education and are not taking them to church. Photo:
Parents in the Virgin Islands have been warned not to spend all their time working for money while their children's lives are being lost. Photo: VINO/File
Parents in the Virgin Islands have been warned not to spend all their time working for money while their children's lives are being lost. Photo: VINO/File
DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Former senior pastor of the New Life Baptist Church (NLBC) in Duff's Bottom, Tortola, Bishop John I. Cline has called on Virgin Islanders to return their children to God and stop raising a generation of what he referred to as "children void of godliness".

The Bishop was at the time speaking in a social media live video on Facebook on November 10, 2023.

“For years I’ve tried to warn this, my beloved Virgin Islands about the threat of raising a generation of children void of godliness. I, with many other pastors and community leaders, have on many occasions, and as much as we had the opportunity, reminded this country that righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”

Bishop Cline said when his generation was growing up, there were two types of education that were important- standard education and religious education.

“You have to go to Sunday school, not just [regular] school, during the week. But [Sunday] school also on Saturdays and even on Sundays; Sunday afternoons or Sunday mornings. Just as important as an education, whether it was religious education or standard education were the core societal and living values,” he said.

Parents only interested in 'standard education' for children

According to the Bishop, those were Humility, Honesty, Integrity, Respect, Discipline, Kindness, and Responsibility, which he said formed a part of personality responsibility and also helped to form good work ethics.

“Today it seems like most parents are only interested in their children's standard education, they are just not interested in taking them to church. They're not interested in even teaching them the very core values that undergird a peaceful society. It seems like it is more important to give them stuff, material stuff than to give them values.”

Learning environment becoming 'hostile'

According to Bishop Cline, the standard education system is now under threat from indisciplined and disrespectful children, who are fighting in schools and making the learning environment almost a hostile one. 

“Furthermore, all of us know you can be educated and be an educated fool, so to speak, because we know that education alone cannot build a nation, cannot save a child, and does not alone by itself contribute to the well-being of a child.” 

Bishop Cline said the VI is in need of divine intervention, which includes godly and visionary leadership who are willing to sit with families, churches, schools, and the community at large to stop the social, moral, and spiritual decay.

He said parents; however, should make it a priority to take their children to church, and to Sunday school for children under age 7. “If your child is between 7 and 13, I would advise you to start talking to your child. Do not let iPads, Netflix and the Internet raise your child. Take time out. Go back to the dinner table and have a conversation.

“Don't spend all your time at work working for money while your child's life is being lost. We need to save our nation,” Bishop Cline warned.

31 Responses to “VI under threat from young generation 'void of godliness'– Bishop Cline”

  • asura (15/11/2023, 12:29) Like (30) Dislike (9) Reply
    the church has itys issues so he needs to stop
  • mad max (15/11/2023, 12:55) Like (49) Dislike (9) Reply
    Worried about the money running out if no new "customers"?
  • Malcolm X (15/11/2023, 13:08) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    The words of GOD i went sun day school summer bible school i was #1 in r e . U are sure right about dis one
  • oh boy (15/11/2023, 13:29) Like (25) Dislike (2) Reply
    When pastors impregnating their church members (and I not calling any names at all) which sensible parent would trust taking their children there. Churches involved in satanic worship and the human sacrifices of their members to the marine gods when they tell them bring gallon bottle of water to an event. They anoint a cripple and they still cannot walk. The male pastors turning out the young boys. So many problems in the church. Only the blood of the lamb itself can cleanse the multitude of sins. Provide a list of real churches so people can know where to send their children. Please and thanks.
    • @oh boy (16/11/2023, 09:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ii wish I could like your comment thousand times. While the church when done right can have a significantly positive impact, some of them are rhe root of the same problem she is talking about. Pastors these days rarely step dpwn these days if they are not living right. In some churches there is no accountability. They report to no one and no one can ask them to step down or pause and make ammends.. No conscience . The
      He is right that God should be at the forefront. Parents should do that themselves and teach the children by in word and action. Conversation also needs to be among church leaders and increasing accountability.
  • Peaceful society? (15/11/2023, 13:29) Like (27) Dislike (2) Reply
    Do you know how many wars are started over religion?
  • Facts. (15/11/2023, 13:34) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    Perfectly correct..
  • smh (15/11/2023, 13:58) Like (22) Dislike (3) Reply
    Some parents and adults in the territory are cynical of churchgoers (including Saturday and Sunday). The attitude of some church going folks is a turnoff. However, people need to keep their eyes on the Father in Heaven and not the bad attitude of regular church folks. Church starts at home read your bible and pray! The churches (Saturday and Sunday) need to do some self searching and reevaluation of their outreach.

    The generation will be lost if all hands are not on deck. We should not go to church just to seek positions in church offices, but to tell the world about the Father in Heaven's goodness in our own lives and his genuine love and care so that others may follow. Without a doubt bible studies needs to be reimplemented in the public schools to bring back order in the classrooms and schools.

    As Matthew 6:33 states seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all else will be added unto us....
  • herbs power (15/11/2023, 14:09) Like (11) Dislike (12) Reply
    Yes bishop, life hard now and we are interested in keeping our 10% to take care of our families because your invisible god aint helping with the bills.
  • Geese (15/11/2023, 14:27) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    Bishop invested some money in the youths. Stop blah, blah just to appear relevant.
  • Church & State (15/11/2023, 14:50) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Religion is indoctrination where as science and empirical research makes up education!

  • Native Senior Citizen of the British Virgin Islands (15/11/2023, 15:00) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    According to biblical scriptures what you have said sound credible, but the ungodly Ness of practices in youths behavior are not new, and have a negative effect on only the youths in the BVI, but instead is the norm in every country of this world. You are not ignorant of this facts, neither do other self appointed apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers, and denominational appointed ones.

    To Little Too Late.

    Bishop John Cline, I do hope that you are well Spiritually, and physically. Allowed me please you a question or more, if I choose to to do so. Thank you in advance. After you have served as the he pastor of New Life Baptist Church in the BVI, now retired as the head pastor, handed over to your soon, after approximately 30 years or so, only November,10, 2023 you saw it fit to, and brought this message to the people of the BVI? What was holding you hostage? Was it money, female, political ambitions, fear, others things?
    When did others others Godly Spiritual Minister unified in oneness of faith and done their God given best that should have helped the people of the BVI adults, and youth today? You are wrong to have dumped the blame on the youths. Remember human babies don't bring forth adults, but rather adults brought forth babies, and continuing. In spite of the lateness of your messages, hopefully it will be considered, and be of great help, but the squabbling between various christian denominations, and ungodly behaviors of some the members, only submission to Devine intervention will change the trajectory of both adults and youth of the BVI,

    Tangible positive change will quickly when Selflessness abates in the mind of human.

    Definition Of Selflessness.

    Selfishness is like an ostrich chick that refused to break out of the shell , when the birth time of its birth has arrived, after a certain me spent in the shell, the shell becomes it coffin.

    Men have always to pray, and not to faint.
    Pray in faith believing.
    Pray without ceasing.
  • reality (15/11/2023, 15:55) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    I have to agree with the Pastor on this topic. However, it’s not only the parents to blame but our Education system as well. They took Religious Knowledge/ Religious Education out of the curriculum and replaced it with different extra curricula activities. When I was growing up, my generation lived in the fear and knowledge of God because prayers was mandatory in each home. We went to church at 11:00 o’clock walking in the burning hot sun and then went back to Sunday School in the afternoon at 3:00 then prayer meeting at 7:00. We have become too prosperous and so like the U.S. we have thrown God and His word out the window. As a result, we are now reaping havoc. Any nation that forgets God is doomed including the BVI.
  • time will tell (15/11/2023, 16:48) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    As a man of God he and the church need to have faith and believe if they pray for young people to come back to the church. Where is thy faith? where is thy faithfulness and belief in prayer? Does prayer not change everything anymore? Pray and leave it at the foot of the cross. How about going into schools to keep devotion during assembly time? Why not act instead of talk in a media publication?
  • Native Tongue (15/11/2023, 17:15) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Truth be told.
  • See (15/11/2023, 17:34) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Look at the role models. Premiers yes I said ( s ) dealing drugs , corrupt representatives, police , clergy , and prostitution. Not exactly a good environment for the youth so parents are just turning a blind eye
  • ht (15/11/2023, 17:44) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    What happen something does take this man sometime you as a man of God you should set the example what are you talking about
  • youths of today (15/11/2023, 18:18) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    We dont want to come like U, cl
    Cawd and Foy who grew up in the church
  • Fed Up (15/11/2023, 19:23) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    I’d say Government corruption, debauchery including in the church, greed, selfishness, badmindendness, pettiness and jealousy is what is destroying the BVI. The constant complaining about the COI and the UK are another problem when the real problem is inside.
    • Undercover Observer (15/11/2023, 22:35) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      The clergy and other national public and private leaders must demonstrate an exemplary image and actions, integrity, personal example, exemplary behavior, etc. Many outside the church seeing hypocrisy, double speaks, questionable behaviors, focus on finance, etc is not helping in bringing people into the religious fold. Religious leaders need to look in the mirror and believe the reflection, taking corrective action.
  • Woza (15/11/2023, 22:08) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    If this site has so many unsupportive comments for your message maybe you need to consider why?
    The youths don’t have problems because they don’t go to church, they have problems because all the adults around them are lacking in values of goodness to pass on to them and a great percentage of those adults say they are church people.
    The ADULTS of the BVI have little morals, minimal empathy, a horrible lack of integrity and practically no self discipline because they are allowing the BVI to fall into a cesspool of corruption, abuse and exploitation. How are any children going to grow up straight without decent role models. Even you Mr Cline are entangled with the COI which is why you got out of your position to protect the church.
  • facts (16/11/2023, 05:42) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    Religion and gods (all of them) are man made fabrications made in part through utter ignorance, but also to controls the masses. There is enough evidence to show that your god or any others are not real. There is not one shred of evidence that any of these gods are real. Grow up people and stop believing in medieval stories.
  • Lucifer morningstar (16/11/2023, 08:31) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    Oh the tithes getting smaller and smaller? My greatest champion in the BVI bro cline, Keep up the good works.
  • Sy Mon Pow Err (16/11/2023, 09:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    As always its all about the bag not the feelings. Todays young entrepreneurs will do whatever, sell whatever, and make whatever moves that we have to make in order to live a majestic life. No cares, no apologies.
  • pope paul (16/11/2023, 09:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    and the Church said Amen
  • Hmm (16/11/2023, 10:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    How about share the money pastors been thieving for years … the 10% must not like how it use to be
  • lmao (16/11/2023, 10:47) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    I just want to go to church where the pastor don’t steal. Unfortunately, there is no such church in existence.
  • NB (16/11/2023, 13:44) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Cline, The world, not only the BVI, is under threat from folks like you. And this is no disrespect, but everyone can see the dynamics of all these churches. Building massive buildings whilst the congregation suffers (majority). And on top that you all does ask the same suffering congregation to put in their last dollar when the basket go around. Y'all have schools that discriminate against others. Is that Godly? Additionally, y'all preach one thing in the church and then do something else outside. Sorry but whilst I agree that the younger generation is a bit out of control, I blame the adults who are setting the example for them. I prefer go under a neem tree and pray. them got nuff on the island. Purest place.
  • Eldread (18/11/2023, 08:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is this also the thought of the colonizer when they began to enslave us, they realized that their agrarian economy was at threat due to lack of white godliness, so they dose us with a sympathetic white blue eye guy been hanged like lynching, when in reverse it's we who was on the cross, young people see through it as they grow and realized their is no inclusivity in the god kingdom portrayed in their book, no image of a black man but to labor and help lift that cross, so that says slavery and hard work is waiting for blacks in the heaven story, and we are children of a lesser god, the narrative is a spirituality to mentally enslave a people, that god narrative need to decolonize, that's why Russia and china don't allow that christian thing because the presenter usually conquer it's host country which is the white European and Columbus modus operandi, even the so call Jews don't believe in the Jesus thing because they know it was created to rule over slaves at the conference of nicea, so decolonize spirituality and let's reach the hear of our people to include them in the kingdom of god.

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