Church comes out against ‘moral slide’

Senator Reverend David Durant
Senator Reverend David Durant is concerned about the recent events which have taken place in Barbados

The Restoration Ministries Church in Brittons Hill, St Michael, has come out against the ‘moral slide’ currently gripping Barbados.

And yesterday, members of that church assembled there for just over two hours to pray for the healing of the country.

Pastor in charge of the church, Reverend David Durant, in an interview with Barbados TODAY, said the recent events taking place in the country were cause for concern.

Durant, who also sits in the Upper Chamber of Parliament as a Government Senator said: “Recent events, the strikes, the protest on the streets, the threatened national shut-down, the agitation that we are witnessing among some people and the frustration that some people seem to be experiencing are sources of concern.”

“Also the accidents that we have seen recently, the three earth tremors on one day, Thursday, as well. We had the twelve-year- old boy who died under mysterious circumstances, as well as the six year-old boy who died under similar circumstances. So quite a number of things we see affecting the country, plus we have been going through an economic downturn for the past seven years during which several people have lost their jobs. There seems to be a build up of tension in the society,” Durant added.

The cleric contended that as a church, Restoration Ministries must “stand in the gap” and pray for the Government, the Opposition party and all leaders of the society.

Addressing the issue of child abuse, Durant argued that children who had been traumatised in their youth, raised in dysfunctional homes, neglected and abandoned, often grew up to be dysfunctional adults.

Durant asked rhetorically: ” What kind of generation would we be creating if we allow that to happen?”

Commenting on the recent earth tremors which rocked the country on Thursday, Durant argued that it could be “a finger of God” warning Barbadians to stop the moral slide.

“Many Barbadians have lost their moral standards and values and Biblical principles. Children are not attending Sunday School anymore and parents are not accepting their responsibilities. The moral slide in Barbados needs to be arrested and who else can arrest that slide but God through his church. The church is God’s agent for change in the land,” Durant contended.

Expressing concern at the widespread abuse of illicit drugs by the island’s youth the outspoken cleric said: “We accept that neglect is one of the greatest forms of abuse. When parents neglect their children, those children often gravitate towards the drug barons in the districts who give them money and encourage them to be “drug mules” for them. It is for this reason that I do not agree with the legalisation of marijuana. It is a mind-altering drug which contributes significantly to the spike in crime across the country.

“Our children need to be told to keep away from illicit drugs and the guns. Security at our seaports and airports needs to be strengthened. Our fishing boats need to be monitored at sea and random checks carried out. Drugs are destroying the brains of our youth, ” Durant added.

Issuing a word of advice to the young ladies of Barbados, he noted that several of them were sacrificing their value on the altar of materialism.

“I want women to remember their value in building strong values. They must desist from the practice of making heroes out of young men making their way to Dodds,” he lamented.

“Many children lean more to their mothers than to their fathers. Women need to know who they are and to be at peace with themselves. Men are not angels, but they like to marry an angel. I believe that churches in Barbados should hold town hall meetings across the country and highlight the importance of building strong family units, Durant said.

Durant also suggested that churches should set up a hotline, so that persons trapped in same sex relationships could get spiritual counselling and help.

In addition, the cleric said he believed the church should establish a gay and lesbian centre with trained personnel who can assist them in “getting free”. (NC)

18 Responses to Church comes out against ‘moral slide’

  1. Alex Alleyne July 19, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Help the country, start paying some TAXES.

  2. Cat Rock
    Cat Rock July 19, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Men are not angels but they like to marry an angel *insert rolling eyes*]

  3. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha July 19, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    He has a point tho……weve gone way south of where we were 5 yra ago..waýýyyyyy south

  4. Thomas Katt
    Thomas Katt July 19, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    I agree with you on much you’ve said.

  5. Bajan boy July 19, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Rev. Durant you seem to have taken up the mantle of mass distraction. Every time you speak it is either about same sex marriages or decline morale. Is that your lame attempt to distract from the pain your Government is causing on the country. Why don’t you speak about God’ expectations from persons in higher office and whether or not the ones around you are living and treating the nation according to God’s word. You are part of the great deceit and enjoying the fatted calf from inception having made no contribution to this country at any time. We are tired of all the fluff distractions and deceit. We simply need elections…

    • Carl Harper July 20, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      Is this the pastor that said the late PM Thompson won’t die under his watch?

      The U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage has nothing to do with Barbados. Dr Durant watches too much CNN. Interesting enough, no one in Barbados is canceling summer travel to the United States or cutting up their U.S. visas in protest, despite the same-sex marriage decision.

      It is pointless for religious adherents to be tearing their underwear off over a decision thousands of miles away. The law in Barbados still recognize marriage as between a man and woman, and punishes buggery with life in prison. There is no known law against homosexuality and two women can feast without interference. No same-sex couple can have nuptuals performed on the island.

      The biggest problem, in my opinion, is the physical and sexual abuse (molestation) of children. It is pleasing to know that the CCB has finally acted last week to remove 13 children from abusive homes.

      Discrimination, bigotry, physical and verbal attacks, depression, suicide, and homelessness among gay people and other prejudices are of great concern. Surprise Rev Durant is not addressing these.

      I don’t think the LGBT community requires anymore love, compassion and understanding than pedophiles, adulterers, and ministers of religion who swindle the elderly out of house and land and still show up for church service every weekend.

      One wonders why the goodly reverend spends so much time fantasizing about gay sex, and forgetting that same-sex couples do so much more with their lives. Why this excessive focus on the actual sex and what people do in the privacy of their bedrooms?

      If Evangelicals do not believe they should marry same-sex partners, that is quite okay. Marriage does not have to reside inside the church. People can get married at the courts or have a wedding anywhere else they choose. So it is really a red herring to keeping harping on same-sex marriages when Barbados laws do not permit them.

      Dr Durant’s continuing rant on gay relationships and, by extension same-sex marriage, is clever distraction and fear mongering that marriage as we know it in Barbados, is under threat. That is gross misrepresentation of the facts.

  6. Elaine Crichlow
    Elaine Crichlow July 19, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    Restoration will come to the world when we start to live in accordance to Gods law.

  7. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley July 20, 2015 at 1:25 am

    what a load of crap !

  8. Sheila Mcintosh July 20, 2015 at 4:48 am

    I agreed with Rev.Durant,probaly an early election maybe a great idea,but where unity exits there is strength,power and prosperity,stop seeking out the island to foreign corrupted investors from England etc,they do not have Bajans ‘s interest in their hearts,get rid of those Jamaicans/other foreigners who are trafficking drugs,tourism is good for the country but ca
    be bad for the further generation,everyone who enters bimshire with and accent/color may not be as trusting as Bajans expect them to be,we like to copycat the bad things ,if drugs are not eradicated out of the country our further generation will be dope heads will not bean lento function,the govermen must be prepared to build more mental intuitions.lord have mercy on all our black nations,we need your help.

  9. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner July 20, 2015 at 5:39 am

    Lets be real these crooked pastors preachers whatever you want to call them only survive because weak people keep giving them they hard earn money and governments facilitate it by continuing to give them tax free exemptions so ya can’t really blame these crooks everyone is letting them get away with b/s.

  10. Louise King
    Louise King July 20, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Chuches are de root of evil beings–de scriptures translated is positive spirit word truth -was buried–and is now revealed—all churches are de witches to bewitch de mind of all humanity– churches de code spirit of truth within all men–meaning–de churches cond-e–m–n-ed MEN–mean cross word MEN –MEAN CROSS CHRIST IN ALL MEN–

  11. Sue Donym July 20, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Do the actions of certain ‘men of the cloth” contribute to or fall into the category of ‘moral slide’, for example:
    – when the church leaders tell their members that only men are fit for leadership in church and the home, does it undermine the authority of the women struggling to raise children unaided by father/spouse/partner
    – churches that sideline single females and practically forbid meaningful social mingling of genders in an attempt to quickly marry off members and appear morally pure. Does this not effectively deter meaningful and valuable interaction that would serve as a foundation for sound relationships, ultimately dooming a lot of these marriages to failure?
    – pastors who insist on closed door counselling and prey on the vulnerable (male and female)
    – church leaders who preach about sins of the flesh and themselves practise MORE than they preach
    – the insistence on maintaining levels of giving to the church to satisfy the greed of the leaders, while ignoring the well being of the members and community

    Just asking.

  12. jrsmith July 20, 2015 at 8:02 am

    @,Tony,W,hail,hail, right on the button as usual. I must add what is ever so sad for bajans/barbados, we have allowed a noncence brigade , to be become more proactive than people/ communities, who seems to spend the most of they time ,reading they bibles and praying.

    How could you ever think bajans would be directly involve, or uniting to do anything productive, when everytime any politician or upper management personelle open they mouths it adds to the flame of desaster, so why bother ,

    Then there is the matter of , bajans blaiming foreigners , for most of barbados mis management. Bajans love they way of life , but that way of life needs economic contributions, from all sections of our people, it seems as though bajans never thought ,one day the chickens would come home to roost, which has happened.
    Barbados dont need/want ninety nine churches, but we need 98 businesses. both local and foriegn. everything suppose to be done in the name of god, when is somthing going to happen , why not in the name of barbados and our people.

  13. Bajan boy July 20, 2015 at 9:44 am

    We sure find clowns in high places..

  14. Wayne Dread July 20, 2015 at 10:03 am

    I hope that all is aware that this is a priority on the opposition’s agenda,

    • Carl Harper July 20, 2015 at 7:58 pm

      I see you come over here in this forum spreading your DLP propaganda and drivel, too.

  15. Panwallie July 20, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    What else is new Rev?


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