Pastor’s prayer

Something has gone drastically wrong with Barbadian society as evidenced by the number of young people in jail, the high incidence of drug abuse and the presence of gangs in several communities.

This is the conclusion of visiting pastor Anthony Quintyne, a Barbadian living in New York, who voiced concern over “a decline in morality and the disintegration of the family structure”.

Quintyne blamed these social ills on a number of factors, including a decline in the influence of the church, which he said had been “an agent of socialization and a stabilizing force” in the country.

“Children need some kind of guidance, some kind of moral input. They need something to insulate them from what the broader society is pushing at them. They are not getting guidance in the home and they are not getting it in the church because they are not encouraged to attend church anymore by their parents. In the past if children did not get guidance in the home, they received it in the church at Sunday School,” Quintyne told Barbados TODAY at the Carrington Village Wesleyan Holiness Church on Welches Road, St Michael.

Pastor Anthony Quintyne and his wife Susan speaking to Barbados TODAY’s Neville Clarke.
Pastor Anthony Quintyne and his wife Susan speaking to Barbados TODAY’s Neville Clarke.

The religious leader lamented: “If children are having children and parents are not trained or disciplined and the extended family of grandparents and aunts are just as young, that is a recipe for disaster.”

He recommended a rebirth of the family structure as the answer to the problem, noting that at an earlier period of the island’s history, grandmothers and even aunts and uncles assisted in shaping the personalities of the younger members of the family.

“The family structure needs to be rebuilt across the country [and] the church needs to be included in the rebuilding process. The church is a support structure as well,” the pastor said.

Quintyne is accompanied on the trip by his wife, Susan, who was one of the lead singers of the Grammy Award winning gospel group, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.

In a brief interview with Barbados TODAY she described how she connected with her three children through her book, Love Letters to My Children, which she described as an outgrowth of the concerns she had as they were about to become adults.

“There were some things I never said to them that I wanted to say to them and it ended up coming out in the form of letters that actually started as emails I would have sent to them. I basically compiled those emails into a book,” Susan Quintyne explained. 

7 Responses to Pastor’s prayer

  1. Dwayne Gittens
    Dwayne Gittens July 12, 2016 at 9:18 am

    All these pastors is just frauds they collect all this money for god that he will never spend and instead of helping people they live luxurious lifestyles and talk the ignorance he talking. People hungry,suffering and brek u think talk about God can feed people or pay bills??

  2. jrsmith July 12, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Looking back at 50 years all black people has done start religions, pray and build churches..
    In Barbados what we should try and achieve on a one to one , close one church and start a new business. We need employment for our people we don’t need pastors , why is it all these religious people seems to make a b-line for Barbados , decade after decade its the same waiting at the cross roads …

  3. Sarifa July 12, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    The scriptures teach us that they will come a generation of vipers who will do much evil because they know not their GOD. We have this generation, the parents need to lead by example. There is no disciplin in the home. This generation has replace God with material things. They are obsessed with the cell phone which has replaced God do an exercise and check how many hours your kids spend with this materialistic God. Video games, guns, drugs are the God of this generation.
    Don’t blame the church, the government etc it starts in the home. In the past parents controlled the children but today the child rules the parent. Bring back the values of the family life. Humble yourselves pray, turn from your wicked ways and God promises He will heal the land. Stop the blame game start with ourselves first. Bring about the change in one self and everything will fall into place.


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