Outspoken man of the cloth, Pastor Randy Rodney, has blasted his colleague Vice President of Dominica Association of Evangelical Churches, Reverend Arlington Wilson, who stated that the church has failed in providing proper guidelines in matters of deviant sexual behavior.
Wilson made the statement last week after he, and several religious leaders, met with Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit to update the church and get feedback regarding social ills and deviant behavior negatively impacting Dominica.
“There is a need, right now for us to put aside our religious views and come together to deal with the issues. What we discussed in the meeting is that the church has failed in that area and I believe that,” Wilson told the Government Information Service after the meeting. “While we cannot regulate the conduct of the people we felt that there should be programs that would assist our young people because the deviant behaviors are not only in society but they are also in the church and for reasons the information is not brought out because of church settings.”
But on his radio program, Kingdom Connections, on privately-owned Q-95, Rodney disagreed with Wilson and said in order for deviant behavior to be tackled in Dominica, something must be done other than just “empty rhetoric.”
“If we really want to do something, we need to tie our waist, remove our fake glasses and deal with this thing properly, not by sitting down and blaming church for not doing what church has always done,” he stated.
Rodney noted the different churches across the island have been dealing with matters of deviant sexual behavior.
“Apart from the works done within the churches, let me list just a few activities taken over the last 14 years, some of which Mister Skerrit, the Prime Minister and some of his ministerial colleagues have been invited to but did not attend, for the information of Pastor Wilson and the Evangelical Association,” he pointed out. “There have been purity rallies held every December from 2005, there have been initiatives by churches, the Pentecostal Church in Goodwill, with regard to speaking to young people about their purity, there have been initiatives jointly by the Grand Bay and Pichelin Gospel Mission Churches, the Roseau Christian Union Church, the Deliverance Baptiste Church, to name a few who have been part of, certain jointly held, activities.”
He said different churches have held discussions on purity as it relates to HIV and sexual abuse.
“We have had counseling, numerous counseling sessions with abused children,” Rodney stated.
He noted that it is time to tackle deviant sexual behavior, which he described as a ‘scourge’ facing the Caribbean society and which is facing Dominica in ways that have not been seen before.
“And if not handled with firmness, fairness, forgiveness and grace, it will erode into an even more lawless society,” he noted.
He stated that has used his radio program to call for calm, introspection, and restraint since news broke recently of allegations of inappropriate behavior involving three high-profile men and a minor.
“But we are so blinded that we see colors and parties and personal kingdoms which will only serve to further divide us and further destroy our children,” the pastor remarked.
He stated that if current trends are not checked, “we can end up with mentally unstable people, frustrated youth and serious increase in real deviant behavior and not just sexual behavior but real deviant behavior .”
He called on all pastors to meet on Monday, March 14, 2016, at 5:30 pm, at the Truth and Grace Friendship Global on Independence Street, “so that we can prepare a proper documentation, an objective presentation to the Prime Minister, his cabinet and parliament so that there can be parliament’s action as well as guidance to lead politicians and parliamentarians in this jurisdiction.”
“This is more than just talk, this must not remain as empty rhetoric…” he noted.
To Wilson, he had this to say, “if you Mister Wilson and the Evangelical Association continue with this wimpy behavior you will be sent a second time to pray. You remember you were sent to pray some time ago?”
Rodney is known for taking his fellow pastors to task. Last year Evangelist Peter R. Augustine came into his line of fire when he (Augustine) described Prime Minister Skerrit, as Dominica’s best Prime Minister so far.