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Christians need to be more vocal

KINGSTON — A senior church leader yesterday lashed out at religious organisations and their heads who are failing to speak out against issues affecting the country.

Veteran preacher Reverend VT Williams, who has been in ministry for more than 60 years, expressed concern that many leaders were falling into a comfort zone and warned of severe punishment for them if they continued to turn down opportunities to speak against these problems.

“I am concerned that many Christians are becoming too timid and afraid to speak out on issues affecting the country,” said Williams who is head of the Jamaica Evangelistic Association.

Williams, who also hosts the radio programme Evangelistic Hour, was speaking at the Jamaica Evangelistic Association 42nd Annual Convention held at the church’s Waltham Park Road headquarters.

The week-long event, which ended yesterday, was held under the theme “Cry Aloud, Spare not; lift up thy voice and warn the nation that the Lord is coming”.

“When there is a fire in the country the fireman is called, when there is a disaster relief workers are called; now Jamaica is in a crisis church members should stand up,” Williams said.

Williams, during his address to the congregation, said members of the church should realise that they are the watchmen of the nation.

He supported this argument by quoting from the book of Ezekiel: “But if the watchman sees the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take [any] person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.”

The evangelist, who was honoured several years ago by the government with the National Christian Life Award for 60 years of service in the evangelical ministry, said the approach needs to change.

Associate Local Pastor for the Jamaica Evangelistic Association, Courtney Anderson, agreed. He said that now is the time for Christians to stand up and let their voices be heard, given what is happening in the country. (Observer)

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