There are intelligent, outstanding men and women in Fiji quietly going about doing their work and who don't seek publicity. Such a thoughtful person is Fei, the son of our friend Lorini Tevi. Fei says something about the various churches that emphasise numbers, huge buildings. Perhaps they ought to meditate upon some of the words from Isaiah 61.
61The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; 2to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; 3to provide for those who mourn in Zion— to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit. They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, to display his glory.
4They shall build up the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations. 5Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, foreigners shall till your land and dress your vines; 6but you shall be called priests of the Lord, you shall be named ministers of our God; you shall enjoy the wealth of the nations, and in their riches you shall glory. 7Because their shame was double, and dishonor was proclaimed as their lot, therefore they shall possess a double portion; everlasting joy shall be theirs. 8For I the Lord love justice, I hate robbery and wrongdoing; I will faithfully give them their recompense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. 9Their descendants shall be known among the nations, and their offspring among the peoples; all who see them shall acknowledge that they are a people whom the Lord has blessed.
from Fiji FBC.
PCC concerned at increasing church groups
Saturday, December 04, 2010
The Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) has expressed concern at the increasing numbers of new church groups in Fiji. General Secretary – Fei’loa-ki-tau Tevi says many Christian beliefs are coming up and are causing disturbances to the people’s way of life.
Tevi told FBC News – the different teachings are causing people to drift away from the right course of Christianity. He says the fundamental belief of Christianity is social justice in which we should care for the vulnerable, excluded and the poor and not the rich people.
“Your belief as a Christian is more than just praises, the way you understand yourself as a Christian is more than just every Sunday I go to church, more churches are coming, groups and movements and we are not in the business of saying this is ours and you don’t come in , no, what we are saying is to try to improve the lives of people but if you just come in for the sake of building churches and hence having more people and more members, there is no point because you are just doing more harm then doing good.”
Tevi adds Christianity should bring togetherness and oneness to the people and assist on the development of the socio – economical growth in the country.
Report by : Sekope Toduadua