If it is evidenced that he is the barrier to church leaders across the country not supporting the Turks and Caicos Islands Christian Council, President Bishop Bryant Cox said he is willing to resign.
In an undated letter to Church leaders, which was obtained by NewslineTCI, Bishop Cox bemoaned the grim reality of not getting support from church leaders across the Turks and Caicos Islands for the four-year-old-plus organization.
“The Turks and Caicos Islands Christian Council was formed in 2017 with the help of the several pastors as an inter-denominational organization to be a body of strength in our community to bring light and the challenge of our community on issues and matters that go against our core Christian values.
“However, since inception, the Christian Council has had little to no support from many of the Christian leaders in our country,” Bishop Cox lamented.
He said the lack of support from the church heads has nothing to do with the question of reaching out to them since the body has reached out on numerous occasions.
“This has not been for a lack of seeking support or reaching out to other members of the clergy to get involved or come along to meetings. As your brother in Christ, let me ask you an honest question, how can we say we want unity in our land when we, the leaders and the ministers of different congregations cannot unify our voices?” he queried.
He added: “If it is the current leadership of the Christian Council that you feel is causing an impediment to you becoming involved, I am willing to step aside and let others lead.
He hinted that there has been some level of hypocrisy on the preaching of unity in the body of Christ, while going against the very thing that they preach against.
“Too often and too long now, church leaders preach on unity in the body of Christ, but for several reasons, we can't seem to come together and stand together.
“We are stronger together but weak when we stand apart, yet we have not yet risen to the challenge. My fellow sisters and brothers in the vineyard of the Lord, please don't let us miss this great opportunity to join forces and to stand against the evils of our Society and speak with one voice as the Turks and Caicos Islands Christian Council,” he urged.
He continued: “The enemy wants us not to recognize the true strength that comes in unity. Even now as we see senseless murders, shootings and robberies on the rise.
Bishop Cox urged his fellow church leaders to come from under what he referred to as ‘the various sub-groups’, and become one body in The Lord so as to augment the unity that the church desires. He argued that the fight to attain unity will only prolong if the church leaders remain disjointed.
“We all want a prosperous, safe and God-fearing Turks and Caicos, and we cannot achieve this in isolation under various sub-groups. I warmly invite each and every one of you to share your views on the future of the Turks and Caicos Islands Christian Council and how we can better serve our country.
“Together we stand strong in the face of enemies but divided. The fight will only take a longer time to win. Please, for the sake of our communities, our congregations and families and our country, let's come together and get to work,” he appealed.