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‘VI becoming morally & spiritually bankrupt’- Bishop John I. Cline

Outspoken Pastor of the New Life Baptist Church (NLBC), Bishop John I. Cline says that the integrity of the Virgin Islands (VI) as being a Caribbean country that is rich in morality and spirituality, is being eroded.

Bishop Cline made the comments on the Tuesday, December 22, 2020, edition of the MY BVI radio show on ZKing 100.9FM, alongside co-hosts Angelle A. Cameron and Dr Albert L. Thompkins while on the topic of the family and wayward youth.

More wealth but less morality – Bishop Cline


“We are becoming more wealthy monetarily speaking, we have more things, we have nicer cars, we have bigger houses… but we are becoming spiritually bankrupt and morally bankrupt,” he said.

“That is the formula for the destruction of the country, that is the formula to make any country regressed,” the Bishop further went on say.

Bishop Cline urged his listening audience to continue returning to church, underscoring that the institution still has a special place in the hierarchy of the VI community.

“We understand the dynamics are changing, some people view online and all of that… But please… do not allow your child to grow up without a Godly foundation, you will regret it in the later years,” he said.

The church as a moral compass


Pointing to the church as providing a moral compass for society, the Bishop said values like discipline, righteousness, the importance of hard work and respect for elders should continue being taught.

He said while there is no guarantee that exposure to those teachings would help to steer youths in the right direction, more than likely, the outcomes would be more positive than negative.

“As we move into the new year, there are some things that we need to go back to… some fundamental and foundational things that we are built on,” Mr Cline urged.

He called on the community to not forget God and urged parents in the VI to continue their role of imparting values into their children.

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