Bishop Verma calls for scru­tiny on churches

Fiji Sun - - Comment - ASHNA KU­MAR Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Bishop Ja­son Verma be­lieves that some of the do­mes­tic prob­lems to­day have arisen from false church doc­trines.

Fam­i­lies are di­vided, chil­dren de­prived from their right to ed­u­ca­tion and the fu­ture of our women and girls are ru­ined be­cause of emo­tional and phys­i­cal trauma they ex­pe­ri­ence, he said. Bishop Verma, writer of the win­ning let­ter in Oc­to­ber said Govern­ment should reg­u­late churches.

“And scru­ti­nise the lead­ers to see if they have a li­cense to op­er­ate, are ed­u­cated and are ‘not wak­ing up from their sleep’ and be­com­ing lead­ers,” he said.

His let­ter ti­tled Cults talks of how ‘re­li­gious churches are prop­ping up from nowhere claim­ing to have a rev­e­la­tion from God’. The 61-year-old has been an avid con­trib­u­tor to Fiji Sun. He was drawn to writ­ing on cur­rent af­fairs is­sues at a young age.

“Peo­ple should be en­cour­aged to write let­ters be­cause let­ters to the edi­tor plat­form gives best known views to pub­lic. “We have so many well ed­u­cated peo­ple but there are a few peo­ple who write to ad­vo­cate their is­sues. “I think we need to ed­u­cate them to ex­press their opin­ions and views,” Bishop Verma said. Bishop Verma re­ceived a Mi­cro­max mo­bile phone from the Fiji Sun.

From left: Courts (Fiji) Lim­ited re­tail man­ager Ben­jamin Mo­hammed, Let­ter of the Month win­ner Ja­son Verma and Fiji Sun Man­ag­ing Edi­tor Pro­duc­tion/Jour­nal­ist Maraia Vula at Courts Rod­well Road, Suva.

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