Take heed!

Religious leader sees powerful lesson in recent hurricanes

A regional church leader today called on Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean to take heed of the very serious warnings issued to them, in the form of hurricane devastation.

Head of the Christian Union Churches of the Caribbean Global, Bishop Joseph Atherley issued the stern word of caution, even as he acknowledged that  his own church family had not been spared the wrath of this Atlantic season’s most powerful storms.

With Dominica becoming the latest island to suffer major devastation,  Bishop Atherley warned that “man’s own greed and his desire for more causes these types of things to happen”,  as he zeroed in on the negative effects of climate change and global warming in the region.

“The denuding of the forests, deforestation, the heating up of the ocean, the heating up of the atmosphere generally – all of these things deriving from the development of industry and all of that development that is driven by greed without reference to the impact it has on the environment, I think that is part of it,”  he said.

“Nature goes awry and ultimately whether God brings it, as some people would suggest it is judgement,  or allows it that we would be taught a lesson and brought back to our own sense of mortality and dependence upon him and need for him, . . . at the end of the day man must recognize that he is totally at the mercies of God who he sometimes does not acknowledge,” the church leader stressed.

However, with Barbadians having generally been spared much of the impact of Irma and Maria which assaulted sections of the northern Caribbean within the past two weeks, Bishop Atherley said it was definitely not on account of “God being a Bajan or Bajans being better than anybody else.

“I don’t think it is anything like that. I think geography has something to do with it,” he said, while contending that when “we interfere with nature, we put things out of sync and some of these things result.

“I think the natural course of things would suggest that misfortunes will take place, but I don’t think it is God judging anybody more soarly than any other [because, morally] we are all in the same boat,” he stressed, even as he called on Barbadians to face up to their own vulnerabilities and to acknowledge that “bad things happen to good people”.

The Christian Union Churches of the Caribbean Global currently has 14 churches in Dominica, and a 15th under construction. It also operates in Antigua & Barbuda, St Martin, St Croix, Trinidad and Venezuela.

In light of the devastation caused by Irma, an appeal has been launched by the group to assist victims in  the northern Caribbean, with Atherley suggesting today that those efforts would now have to be scaled up in light of  Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Dominica during its passage on Monday night, two years after it was impacted by Tropical Storm Erica.

“When Erika passed [a similar appeal was launched and] it was quite successful. We were able to send about 200 boxes of supplies and about $60,000 out of Barbados and also we were able to mobilise support from our other territories,” he said, while expressing hope that Barbadians would again come to the assistance of Dominica in its hour of need

19 Responses to Take heed!

  1. Thunder September 21, 2017 at 9:19 am

    We are not spared because of geography, we are spared because of God,do not take God’s glory,or he will be angry with us,pleasel

    • Leroy September 21, 2017 at 9:49 am

      So Dominica and Barbuda got hit with Gods wrath bc they sinned?
      Is Bds we anymore Godly than Dom or Bar?

      Why do you judge nations by Old Testament rules, I thought Jesus despelled that and is dealing on an individual level?

      Can we even compare which nation is more holy?

      Thunder, What nonsense you are speaking of tho?
      You are basically speaking about things you have n knowledge or evidence of, basically you talking sh**.

    • Haskell Murray September 21, 2017 at 11:52 am

      Nonsense God got nothing to do with this, it is purely geography, in that Barbados lies outside the natural path of the hurricane

      • lester September 21, 2017 at 1:21 pm


  2. jennifer September 21, 2017 at 10:16 am

    “God” is NOT the author of confusion. NEITHER is he UNSTABLE. “He NEVER goes back on his word. Romans 11: 1-5. KEY words for questioning, SEED, FOREKNEW, Baal, election, grace”
    The dead cannot die if the has never lived or was made alive.
    Hebrews 10: 16-17. key WORDS for questioning – COVENANT, THEM, LAWS, THEIR.

    • jennifer September 21, 2017 at 10:19 am

      Remember God is NOT of a Confucius origin. The script written at the beginning is the same script at the end.

  3. jennifer September 21, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Barbados WILL have it’s day too, it is not a matter of IF but WNEN. That is just how it is. And there is no glad tidings to be had. Only when you can SEE what is written in that book, can you then see why this will be a necessity.

  4. Waiting September 21, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Thunder, our geographical location has a lot to do with it but I assure you that our time will come as nature changes. What we have to do is prepare for it structurally and also with our souls.

    • Haskell Murray September 21, 2017 at 11:55 am

      Our souls got nothing to do with it. The other parts of your comments are perfectly correct

  5. Ossie Moore September 21, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Nothing will ever happen to Barbados because God is a bajan and he loves Barbados very much.
    He does not like the other countries of the world such as Puerto Rico, Dominica , Barbuda , Haiti , The Bahamas , Bermuda etc.

    God is solely in love with Barbados and bajans.

  6. Jennifer September 21, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    “we interfere with nature, we put things out of sync and some of these things result” –
    BIG MISTAKE when they interfered with HUE-Man nature, derailing the course of things.

    “I think the natural course of things would suggest that misfortunes will take place, but I don’t think it is God judging anybody more soarly than any other [because, morally] we are all in the same boat,” he stressed,”

    • Jennifer September 21, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      Derailment occurs when the watchman falls asleep on the job and ultimately allowing himself to get bound and gagged and placed inside of the federal prison house.

  7. allison archer September 21, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Bishop Joseph Atherley “global warming is a farce and should never be acknowledge because it is written ” While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, And cold and heat, And summer and winter, And day and night Shall not cease.”

    the Living God judges nations based on their knowledge of Truth, at times certain nations are not ripe for judgement (e.g Barbados) though sin is abounding greatly however let us learn by these examples given to us from the onslaught of these diabolical cyclones and forsake evil that we not have to suffer through the same experience

    the LORD is merciful, always giving mankind time and time again with warning to turn from evil, accept the hand of Christ Jesus today

  8. Bajan September 21, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Question To all the Christians claiming natural disasters are really God’s Judgement on the land.

    How come Barbados is experiencing all these horrific crimes including murders, home invasions, robberies, rapes, fatal accidents, corruption, a lot of shootings and stabbings, a lot of vulgar behaviour, all of which are sins…BUT YET THE SAME GOD THAT YOU SAID PUNISHED THE HURRICANE DEVASTATED ISLANDS ON ACCOUNT OF THE SAME SINS, SPARED BARBADOS.

    Should we now conclude that GOD has judged Barbados and found us to be a little sinful but not deserving of punishment?

    By your own words, sinful Barbados should have been struck about a 1000 times by every natrual disaster known to man but it wasnt!

  9. Bajan September 21, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Another question to the religious community that saying natural disasters are God’s punishment for the wicked.

    Why is it that NOT ONE wicked world leader, their armies, their military leadership or any terrorist group responsible for creating havoc on the face of the earth been punished by GOD through natural disasters?

    Why is it that the only people dying in these disasters appear to be the vulnerable of society; innocent babies, children, and ordinary poor folk?

    • jennifer September 21, 2017 at 6:16 pm

      I am in no way or by any means religious. But those so called leaders have an appointed time also and the best WILL BE SAVED FOR LAST. Their underground bunkers are ready. And their Seed vaults are “secure”.

  10. BObo The Clown September 21, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    I do believe that the Bible did mention that in the later days ,these kind of things will occur I suppose with North Korea and the United States threatening to wipe each other of the face of God’s earth we are living not only in dangerous times , but what some may correctly or incorrectly call the end times. We are all at Gods’ mercy .Those that are righteous are sometimes faced with the same perilous situations as the unrighteous. I believe that is by design.Maybe it’s God’s way of showing that we are all in the same boat and in the end the “sheep will be separated from the goat”.He’ll have the last say.

  11. john September 21, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Judging by some of the comments most of them did not read the article .I was actually disapointed i was expecting the good minister to bolster attendance by taking advantage of the fact that every generation of ppl believe that the world wil end with thier special generation ……… the world was ending since the first roman pope took office eventualy you will get it right ..has to come sometime right?anyway

  12. Sue Donym September 21, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Some of the commenters could be as ‘deluded’ as the forests. But I’m pretty stunned to know that nature has gone “array” at about the same time things seem to have gone awry. I trust I will not be judged too “soarly” for thinking it miraculous that a hurricane changed name from Erica to Erika in this article. That could be an inconvenient truth.

    Sorry, found it hard to stay on topic for this one!


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