Barbados in crisis, church leader says

Reverend Curtis Goodridge

Anglican priest Curtis Goodridge today warned that Barbados is facing a serious moral, social and religious crisis that has not left the church unscathed.

Stating that the country is going nowhere fast even as it prepares to celebrate 48 years of Independence, the reverend urged residents to return to God.

“It (Barbados) is like a galloping horse going down the racetrack of destruction,” he said during the annual Independence service held by the Democratic Labour Party at the St Lucy Parish Church this morning.

“Lawlessness abounds in this country; crime and violence abound; disrespect for the dignity of human life abounds; disregard for law and order raises its ugly head; a booming drug trade abounds as well, which seems to be linked to the gun trade. Need I say more? I can go on and go on.”

Reverend Goodridge charged that the actions of some residents were destroying the “good name” of the country, showing a clear lack of allegiance.

“I strongly believe that what we need in this country of Barbados is a national revival, a revival from north to south, from east to DSC_0008west. We need souls in this country to catch afire, burning with the Holy Ghost. But for this to happen, our people must come to repent,” he asserted.

The church service was attended by a number of Government officials, among them Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy and Minister of Housing Denis Kellman, the Member of Parliament for St Lucy.

14 Responses to Barbados in crisis, church leader says

  1. NAKED DEPARTURE - The Trilogy Series
    NAKED DEPARTURE - The Trilogy Series November 23, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Yes, very well said!

  2. Louise King
    Louise King November 23, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    yes and who is t be blame—-preacher preached sin peter gospel

  3. Louise King
    Louise King November 23, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    yes and who is t be blame—-preacher preached sin peter gospel

  4. Louise King
    Louise King November 23, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    yes and who is t be blame—-preacher preached sin peter gospel

  5. Princess Tiny Neferua
    Princess Tiny Neferua November 23, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Did you just awake from a slumber..we have been in crisis for a few years now…I guess seeing the collection plates nearly empty or only filled with 2$$ bills on Sundays will wake up the dead I guess…..

  6. Sybil Marshall
    Sybil Marshall November 23, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    He very late

  7. Keisha Callender
    Keisha Callender November 23, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Father goodridge preached this for years at every funeral he speaks to the young ones at every church service …..just because he is not in the news on a daily basis does not mean he now realizing what’s going on he is one of the few who does his part ….just saying

    • Terry Clarke
      Terry Clarke November 23, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      Keisha Callender Whenever we hear a repetitive message time and time again from the same person, I’m telling you from the many accounts in the holy scriptures, he is very correct. It is the burden of the Father for a people!!!!!

  8. Jack Williams
    Jack Williams November 23, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    This is happening the world over and Barbados is not in a vacuum. Yes, preach about it but we all know what is to happen in the end.

  9. Olutoye Walrond
    Olutoye Walrond November 24, 2014 at 5:11 am

    We’ve been in that crisis for many years now. Church leaders need to move beyond belleyaching about the problem and actually give us some solutions.

  10. Tony Webster November 24, 2014 at 5:38 am

    Paraphrased , the brave (very brave, given the stony-faces in the front pews) Reverend said: “Look in de mirror; get real; stop flappin yuh lips and get up and get with it: de house pun fire”.

    However, as these guys have patchydermic-thick skins; kevlar-reinforced suits; AND are very much set in their ways, it would have been better if your message could have been issued after a ‘summit’ of the entire Barbados Christian Council… our Lord Bishop, included. Meanwhile, Amen and thanks be to you, Reverend.

  11. June Parris
    June Parris November 24, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Look inside the church at the leaders in the church, self righteous and greedy

  12. DW Ananke
    DW Ananke November 24, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    So, in other words, to be a Reverend, i just have to read a bible, hibernate, then repeat the same circuitous set of reasoning that ever other member of the clergy uses? Where is the originality? Why are members of the clergy only stealing press time to repeat what non- pastors/reverends/bishops, repeat in the news daily? Yes, we had a moral crisis since the inception of religion……Yes, we have a religious crisis since the inception of religion………How much money did you collect at your last service, your kindness?

  13. Augustine R Ferdinand
    Augustine R Ferdinand November 24, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    He forget the main one. Economical crisis too…


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