Superintendent Methodist Minister of the Mathodist Church here, Seth Ampadu, asserting that people are moving away from the church, has declared that it does not mean that they are moving away from God.
“So many people have so many reasons why they do not go to church,” he said in an interview Monday.
According to Ampadu, persons have offered reasons including time constraints for not going to church, but make clear that they are still connected to God.
“Again, if you look at Saint Lucia, because of the hotels and other things some people – the young people that we need in church, some of them also work on Sundays. They need to get money. So the point is we need people to connect to God, that is the first and foremost thing,” the Methodist Minister explained.
“The church cannot save – it is only Christ Jesus who saves,” Ampadu stated, adding that the focus of attention must be on the Christ.
He observed that the fact that people do not come to church does not mean that they have deserted God.
“The majority of them will tell you that they still have a connection with God,” Ampadu told reporters.
He noted that in the days when the churches were ‘packed’ there were no religious programmes on radio and television.
“But today, almost everywhere there is a church TV, so people prefer to stay at home and connect, listening to radio ministries and other things, so it does not change the fact that people are still connected to God,” the Methodist Clergyman explained.