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Pastor: Facebook has overtaken God 

Barbadians are leaving the church in droves, pursuing pornography, encouraging single parent homes, and have created a society “prevalent” with sodomy, says a leading Caribbean pastor.

Danforth Francis, president of the East Caribbean Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists, has blamed renewed colonization in the forms of imported values through movies and other media, for luring Bajans away from godliness and into a world resembling the biblical Sodom.

Pastor Danforth Francis delivering the sermon yesterday.

Pastor Danforth Francis delivering the sermon yesterday.

“Have we been colonized and enslaved again by our former masters, this time via technology, and greed?” he asked yesterday while delivering the sermon at the Democratic Labour Party’s Independence church service in the George Street Auditorium of the party’s Bellville, St Michael headquarters.

Members of the DLP hierarchy at yesterday’s church service.

Members of the DLP hierarchy at yesterday’s church service.

“Today, we are more educated, our homes are better, there is more wealth, but the church is getting empty. Sports events have captured the imagination and the attendance of more people,” he told the small congregation.

“You’re even experiencing it here and now. I suspect if it was a normal party convention, this place would be overflowing, but it’s a religious service. People are more interested in other things. People are just ignoring God. The days of worship are no longer respected. God has lost out to Facebook.”

Arguing that “the lack of spiritual sensitivity creates the environment for a need for a moral compass”, Pastor Francis recalled a newspaper being harshly criticized for publishing a photo of teenagers apparently engaging in a sexual act in a classroom.

“But the . . . [publication] only revealed what was already on Facebook . . . was only quenching the thirst for pornography,” he said, adding that if Barbadians did not want the pornography they would not have bought the publication.

“If you don’t want what is selling, you don’t buy it. But on the other side, free moral literature is given and you throw it in the garbage.”

Pastor Francis decried the state of Barbadian morality.

“What we are seeing today in our country, beautiful paradise Barbados, is that sin is becoming more bold,” he said. “Could it be that this sad state of affairs has come about because we have glorified sexual intimacy, especially among unmarried people? Could it be that adults across the spectrum of society have modeled infidelity for too long?”

He went on to blame the influence of movies from the United States, India and Nigeria.

Zeroing in on the offerings from the African state, he said: “I spent some time in Nigeria. I came back to Barbados and was amazed that we were buying and looking at so many Nigerian films. All they promote in these films from Nigeria is Spiritism; we call it obeah, witchcraft.”

He said another main feature of the Nigerian movies was “somebody taking somebody’s spouse or somebody’s lover”.

“That’s all you see. But we consume it. So, I’m asking the question, could it be that the steady diet of movies over the last 50 years is bearing fruit and producing this harvest of single parent homes?” Francis asked.

“God himself recognized the importance of two parents in the home,” he stressed, referring to the biblical circumstances of God instructing Joseph to take on the role of father to Mary’s son, Jesus.

“He [God] didn’t say a mother and a mother, or a father and a father. It’s very clear what God expects.”

He went on to address the issue of alternative lifestyles, and described people “coming out” as a euphemism.

Pastor Francis said this would not be strange to all Bible readers who know the story of a place called Sodom, suggesting that the normalcy of such “coming out” may be a prelude to the return of the biblical messenger.

“The Bible makes it clear that just before Christ comes, that society would be characterized with the practices of Sodom. So, it should not be surprising that this is now prevalent among us,” he said.

“We must crowd out the evil,” the pastor urged an audience that included members of the ruling party hierarchy.

In this regard, he called on the Government to “provide the environment, the framework that what we see and what we hear could be more uplifting”.

12 Responses to Pastor: Facebook has overtaken God 

  1. Sherene Drakes-Seales
    Sherene Drakes-Seales November 21, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    There’s absolutely no difference between the two. Both entities consist of lies propaganda, deceit, hypocrisy, immorality and living in a virtual world!. Even though I may give fb and social media the edge because its free, no paying of tithes nor collection here.

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  2. Movement of Concerned Citizens
    Movement of Concerned Citizens November 21, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Seriously? Is this the agenda that the DLP will be pushing is the next general election? When last we checked, Facebook was a piece of software. What bullocks!

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    • miche November 22, 2016 at 9:58 pm

      I am beginning to have concern ,when it comes to the Movement of concerned citizens,,,,,,,,,your ass is beginning to be exposed,as you start your climb

      Reply
    • miche November 22, 2016 at 10:00 pm

      I am beginning to have grave concerns ,when it come to the Movement of concerned citizens,,,,,,,,,your ass is beginning to be exposed,as you start your climb

      Reply
    • miche November 22, 2016 at 10:01 pm

      I am beginning to have grave concerns ,when it come to the Movement of concerned citizens,,,,,,,,,your ass is beginning to be exposed,as you start your climb monkey.

      Reply
  3. Arte Maria Benn
    Arte Maria Benn November 21, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Could you trade your soul for a Junior English Revised or is that like a stretch?

    Not casting stones or anything…

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  4. Arte Maria Benn
    Arte Maria Benn November 21, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    You laughing but this is serious business.

    Reply
  5. Dennis Connell
    Dennis Connell November 22, 2016 at 12:33 am

    So its the Nigerian movies taking the blame now. You say all they have in them is obeah and taking away people husbands. So what about various soap operas of yesteryear. Peyton Place. Days of our Lives. Knots Landing. The one with JR Ewing. You talking about obeah. What the hell yuh think the Flying Nun was all about. Witchcraft. You know why people leaving the church. Because of the double standards wanna upholding. Plus a lot of the young pastors who run the churches now a days can keep they dicks in their pants. You all know the real reasons why the church losing people so stop talking crap.

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  6. Johnathan November 22, 2016 at 7:01 am

    They say the hall is empty but the camera got them bunch together in the first four rows to make it look full. They don’t seem to realize that nobody don’t want to hear nor see them no more. They have lied,cheated and steal everything Thompson said they won’t do. They are also deceitful, uncaring,disrespectful and indifferent. They on this moral issue instead of looking to ways to get Bajans working and eating again they still in election 2008 mode and 2017 is next month.

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  7. islandgal November 22, 2016 at 8:23 am

    The snake oil salesman sales are low so he vex and blaming FB. The lie is no longer believable !

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  8. Randy Bridgeman November 23, 2016 at 2:23 am

    Friends, either you believe the Holy Word of GOD or you don’t.

    2 Timothy 3, King James Version (KJV)

    3 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

    2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

    3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

    4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

    5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

    6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

    7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

    8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

    9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their’s also was.

    10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,

    11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.

    12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

    13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

    14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

    15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

    16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

    17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

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