General Bishop of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the West Indies (PAWI) Dr Pat Glasgow said last night that Barbados was in the throes of changing times brought on by foreign influences and the church must face up to the emerging challenges.
Glasgow’s statement came as he addressed the 100th anniversary banquet and awards ceremony at the Hilton, where he told the large gathering that the Caribbean was being affected by trends that originated in North America.
“We are living in a world that is changing so fast. There is change in attitude,” he said, pointing to warnings issued by the Apostle Paul in the Bible about moral behaviour in the last days.
“In fact Paul noted in Timothy that in the last days, perilous times shall come, for men shall be lovers,” Glasgow said, adding, these are “some terrible days we are living in.
“And whereas it was perceived many years ago that those things only used to happen in New York, and then it moved to Jamaica. And of course it moved to Trinidad.
“It’s also coming in Barbados . . . It’s right here.”
The church leader went on to highlight some of the worrying developments in Barbados.
“Murder rate is going up. Drug trade, taking over.
“So change is around us.
“We cannot as a church put our heads down in the sand and say, ‘well it’s really not affecting us’. No, it’s affecting us now,” Glasgow stressed.