Religious leaders condemn ‘religious tragedy’ | Stories of lead
As discernment is replaced by manipulation, one of the Baptist denomination’s most respected voices warns that personality worship has no place in the Kingdom of God.
Former Calvary Baptist Church leader in Montego Bay, St James, Reverend Everton Jackson, yesterday launched a passionate plea on social media, calling on the Church to listen to what the Spirit is saying.
Jackson referred to the strange bloody Sunday night ritual that took place at the Pathways International Kingdom Restoration Ministries in Paradise, which sent shockwaves around the world.
Jackson, who has been appointed director of integral mission at the Baptist World Alliance, said Sunday’s sacramental testifies to the danger of personality worship.
“Personality cult is when people are so polarized around influential figures that they lose the ability to act on their own,” he explained, adding that it could also be secret.
“In some of our churches they are powerful and privileged church leaders who exercise unimaginable control over the minds of church members to the point where the spiritual practice of discernment is undermined,” he said. .
He calls on the nation to pray against the evil of overt and secret figures, in the hope that God can free his people from the clutches of human manipulation.
“Whoever has ears to hear, hear what the Spirit says to the Church,” he pleaded.
As Jackson’s message aired from an unknown location overseas, the Jamaica Council of Churches (JCC) also condemned the killings, which saw two members of the congregation slaughtered in what would have been a ritual.
Another member was shot dead by security forces when they retaliated after being shot, police said The gleaner on Sunday.
The JCC called the incident a religious tragedy.
“This terrible incident naturally sheds light on the place and practice of religion and faith in the life of a nation and its people. The value of religion and religious belief systems, as parts of human experience, is well known and has been widely studied and documented, ”said the press release signed by President Rev. Newton Dixon.
Dixon added that true Christian faith upholds the sanctity of life, based on the biblical understanding that all human beings are created in “the image and likeness of God.”
“… We denounce and condemn all forms of religious practices which exploit and endanger people and expose them to evil or distress, because this is totally hostile to the gospel of love, including the Ancestor and the Example is Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, ”Dixon added.
The JCC calls on Jamaicans to exercise critical discernment in all spheres of life, especially in spiritual and religious endeavors.