Bad clerics

Reverend Morris says the church has failed retrenched workers and Barbadians in general

An outspoken Anglican cleric says hundreds of the churches in Barbados should be shut down, as he accused them of spreading false messages and failing to respond adequately to the state’s retrenchment of thousands of public public sector workers.

Reverend Charles Morris told Barbados TODAY some of the teachings have no place in the 21st century and are merely aimed at driving fear into citizens.

Rev Charles Morris: ‘I feel 60 per cent of the churches in Barbados want closing.’
Rev Charles Morris: ‘I feel 60 per cent of the churches in Barbados want closing.’

“I feel 60 per cent of the churches in Barbados want closing . . . and right now I’m being conservative with the sum 60 per cent because they are keeping our people back,” he said, charging that some priests were more concerned with titles than Barbadians.

“They find some sort of solace in the Book of Revelations, which has nothing to do with burning in hell and the end of the world. They drive fear into people’s hearts by telling them that God is soon coming and they know that is not going to happen in the way that they are saying.”

It is not the first time the cleric has spoken out against the teachings of the church, having taken the controversial stance that pre-marital sex is not a sin and is simply part of human nature – a position he maintained in today’s candid interview.

Morris persisted in his harsh criticism of the teachings of some clergymen whom he accused of preaching fallacies regarding healing services and prophecies.

“The great lie of the church is these healing services they have . . . They know they’re not healing these persons yet they continue to glamorize it and I’m saying that the church, in that way, has become irrelevant to our society,” he contended.

Insisting that God works through nurses, doctors and others to heal people, and prayers for healing can be said at home for any individual, the priest added: “I am saying, without any degree of hesitation, these healing services do not work. They are lies. That’s a falsehood of the church. I believe healing is done through prayers, but not the way it is done here.”

“You have all of these services and they come and tell you ‘you must pay tithes’, and they make you feel that you’re breaking some religious law if you don’t pay tithes. Tithing does not mean just some monetary donation. You can tithe of your time. If you go to a church religiously every Sunday and beautify the church by fixing flowers, that is your tithe,” he added.

Another bone of contention for the cleric is the church’s perceived silence on the layoff of thousands of Government workers earlier this year.

He said it was time for the church to become a force for change in the island by speaking out on political matters.

“The church has failed in its ministry during this economic times. How often have we heard the church condemning what is going on? The church has to become political . . . Check [the Bible]; the prophets were political, they appointed kings and [removed] them. The church should challenge leaders to resign; if you’re not doing the right thing, go!” he added.

When contacted this evening, representatives of the Barbados Christian Council and the Barbados Evangelical Association deferred comment.


14 Responses to Bad clerics

  1. Margaret Lorde
    Margaret Lorde August 21, 2014 at 3:33 am

    Speaking on relevant societal issues is every man woman and child’s right. Reverend Morris I am in total agreement with you as far as religion and “religious teaching” in this country are concerned…I guess even the church isn’t immune to the fake-ness that has become status quo. The church has forgotten it’s role as the leader a shepherd for the society and has become a pawn in the game of life, a tool to use and manipulate as far as the purse bearer dictates.

  2. Edwards Swindley
    Edwards Swindley August 21, 2014 at 4:18 am

    I remember SPARROW singing , “”” a fool & his money must part “”””.

  3. jr smith August 21, 2014 at 6:15 am

    At last the spoken truth. I always said ,90% of churches in barbados should be businesses and factories, bajans would be economically better off.
    Not only in barbados but the black world has lost its culture to religious movements, this non economic idea, just brainwashing mostly black people, was so cleverly put together,after slavery,to again enslave black people.
    Our people are so nieve and blind,The only persons benefitting from religions are the pastors themselves, again ,starting with benny hinn. Cannot blame white people anymore.

    • Alison Brathwaite August 21, 2014 at 8:07 pm


  4. Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne
    Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne August 21, 2014 at 6:27 am

    I wholeheartedly agree with reverend Morris…and I’m glad he remains honest to himself…I don’t share all Rev. ‘S views but it refreshing to know we have at least one honest cleric left…these churches are fleecing some of the poorest in society….they are also encouraging women to stay in alot of abusive and unhealthy relationships just for the sake of being is out of control and these churches need regulation…a church start in a thing they got land and build a mansion….where are they getting the millions??while people still live in the same old leaky houses??

  5. Gregston Griffith
    Gregston Griffith August 21, 2014 at 6:30 am

    Mr Morris if you would have spend more time in teaching the gospel instead of teaching at a school you could have change thing not that I believe what you preach or say but if you M Morris were call by God you should not b teaching school . To many people want 2 job to fatten they pocket check al the old testament and new testament and you wouldn’t see any of them that had 2 job.

    • Gail-Selina S. Hewitt-Clarke
      Gail-Selina S. Hewitt-Clarke August 21, 2014 at 6:52 am

      Do u know the salary of a priest? They usually teach to supplement their low income & I don’t blame them. They usually teach religious studies. I benefited from them teaching at Girls Foundation School decades ago. And many of Students all over the country have learned the scriptures at their feet. They have to live too just like u and everyone else getting ahead.

    • Victoria Lily
      Victoria Lily August 21, 2014 at 7:07 am

      Also if it’s his talent to do so why not, I was made to understand that Mr Morris is an excellent teacher.

    • Reudon Eversley
      Reudon Eversley August 21, 2014 at 7:16 am

      Charles Morris does have a point which, I must add, is theologically sound. But then how can you expect theologically sound interpretations of the Bible when so many persons today who masquerade as pastors have never had the benefit of good theological training, such as what is available at Codrington College? With the nonsense some pastors preach, it is a case of the blind leading the blind, especially in relation to their strange interpretations of Revelation in particular and the persistent emphasis on fire and brimstone to keep people in check through fear.They do not understand that Christianity emerged in the context of working class struggle and therefore sound Christianity always emphasizes the promotion of social justice which is what Jesus Christ was about.

    • Alison Brathwaite August 21, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      Maybe Mr. Morris should have helped you with some English lessons. No past tense no plurals…..grammar tree knock down

  6. Louis King August 21, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Some replies are not meant to contribute to the discussion, but to denigrate or silence a point of view. The critic of Father Morris forgets that what or WHO he is teaching, are not sheep, but OUR PRECIOUS CHILDREN, 5 days a week, and not just on their day of rest. Where else would he find the opportunity, and who else more appropriate than a clergyman.

  7. Ayo August 21, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Mr Morris is an excellent teacher and sociologist. I am for the separation of church and state, from the point of view of appointments of political leaders, as I think leaders should be chosen democratically by the people. However, I totally agree that the church should practice what it preaches and get more involved in the political and social machinations of society. If one must pray, then pray, but church leaders need to get off their lofty thrones and really fight for the betterment of the disadvantaged and marginalised within society. Put the people’s money to work, not for their castles, pristine vehicles and shiny suits; but in social services and programmes of actions aimed at real societal change. Just like the unions, the church has lost its relevance in today’s advanced society due to non-action and selfish endeavours. Rev. Morris….right again!

  8. DeAmour Murrell
    DeAmour Murrell August 21, 2014 at 9:23 am

    ““They find some sort of solace in the Book of Revelations, which has nothing to do with burning in hell and the end of the world. They drive fear into people’s hearts by telling them that God is soon coming and they know that is not going to happen in the way that they are saying.”~ I absolutely agree with this statement. I don’t understand the fascination some churches have with hell, brimstone and fire. This is the reason why so many people are turned off. Driving fear into the hearts of people is not the right way. God is love.

  9. Tony Waterman August 21, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    @Gregston Griffith!!!It’s People like you who are the Real Problem,you can’t see the Forest for the Trees, Mr Morris IS in the RIGHT/CORRECT Place, in this Position he can BEND the TREE whilst it is still YOUNG if it is allowed to grow without this Bending, you will have to CUT IT DOWN. My Deceased Parents Taught me that
    @jr smith!!! OH!!!!PLEEEAASSE!! Get off the SLAVE SHIP now, you were given a BRAIN (Hopefully) you (Bajans/Black Persons) had the Forethought and fortitude to go out and become HIGHLY EDUCATED, so where/When did the the Slave Masters/White Men Stop persons who have attained BA’s, MA’s, PHD’s, MD’s Et Al, STOP Leaning on the SLAVE CRUTCH and like LAZARUS get up and Walk


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