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Banks under fire

Banks under fire The “for sale” sign outside the Banks Breweries complex at Wildey, St Michael. (FP)

Mon, April 29, 2013 - 12:09 AM

Pastor Emeritus of The People’s Cathedral, Dr Holmes Williams, has attacked Barbados’ commercial banking management, saying it is “stacked” with Masonic Lodge members dedicated to the demise of Christian churches.

“Some of the banks are so powerfully stacked by people who . . . hate Christians, who hate the Gospel,” he said.

He also reported that a number of banks had initially agreed to lend the chuch money to purchase the Banks Breweries’ Wildey, St Michael property but eventually changed their positions.

He promised to launch a series of sermons, to be preached by people knowledgeable in the ways of the Masonic Lodge.

He was commenting yesterday on information contained in an article in the latest SUNDAY SUN on the Banks Breweries property.  The church had made a deposit but was slow in raising funds
to finalize the purchase, with the result that a “for sale” sign went up on the property.

Pastor Williams said that the church was told on four occasions by four different commercial banks that it would get the loan, but was later turned down.

Williams’ accusations came at the end of a Sunday morning sermon. He pointed to the SUNDAY SUN’s article and a photograph showing the “for sale” sign at Wildey. (GA)

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Posted by Pan Wallie 1 year, 5 months ago
I know the feeling, Pastor. They strip you all the way down to the underwear and vest, then they ask you to bring fresh new clean garments, cause the holy (ones with holes) are not acceptable, and after you go to all that trouble, then they unfeelingly reject your application.

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Posted by Tony Webster 1 year, 5 months ago
Hmmm... best to get a commandment ...or a commitment...writ in stone.

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Posted by Carl Harper 1 year, 5 months ago
The above comments by Pastor Williams are very interesting indeed. The pastor is now expressing what average Barbadians have been experiencing for years. I guess it has, for the very for time, touched his life, personally. By the way, how come it takes Dr Williams to get the attention of the Press on this matter when ordinary folk have been complaining for decades about the unfair and discriminatory practices of the banks in its lending policies? I guess the Church is now going to wage "war" on the banks and the Masonic Lodges. I already have tickets for a ring-side seat.

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Posted by Orson Arthur 1 year, 5 months ago
The people in the church can rise up and do what they have to do to get the money .You don't need a bank. The Bible said give and it shall be given on to you, press down, shaken together should
men give into you bosom. The banking system is not going to finance God's work.The people have to do it. Mr Williams keep the faith. If God want you to have that building it would be yours. With God all things are possible. Only believe when you prayer.

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Posted by cold winter 1 year, 5 months ago
It is about time these masonic lodge members are brought into accountability, you will be surprise to know, member of churches, Pastors and Priests are all in the lodge. I hope you pastor Williams and more Pastors and priests start preaching about the masonic lodges in Barbados, go to St George and put up camers and you will be surprise to see who enter Satan's Temple.

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Posted by David Hall 1 year, 5 months ago
Commercial banks generally thwart the development of people and societies especially when the project are not in keeping with the banks world view. To agree to lend suggest that you would have first done an analysis of the loan, secondly this Church has two massive properties one at staple groove and the other at Bishop's Court Hill so collateral in case the sale 'went south' would not have been an issue.
If this problem is faced by a large entity in getting a loan it just goes to show the plight of the small man when it comes to getting finance for some project though as Earl Lovelace points out in 'Wine of Astonishment' when black people could not get a loan individually or collectively white foreign companies were enjoying Tax holidays thereby enabling them to compete against nationals in domestic areas.

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Posted by Bim Bum 1 year, 5 months ago
Cuh dear dum can't get de money.

Residents in their present area real disappointed
becoz the decades of problematic traffic on Sunday/parking that were plaguing all the avenues and side streets
SEEMED LIKE it would be coming to an end
- but it en looking so now!

Some body lend them the money nuh?

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Posted by yogi Ni 1 year, 5 months ago
I would like to know if the banks had lend the money to the church if Holmes Williams would have come and talk nonsense about the Banks being filled with Masonic Members you want to see the demise of the Christian Church. People like Holmes Williams will not be able to fool all the people all the time. Thee are many people out there who can think for themselves who are not Masonic and is questioning Christianity everyday, because of the behaviour of some of the Church leaders. I sincerely hope the Banking Community will come out and let the Public know why they change their minds about advancing the loan to the Church. I am sure it had nothing to do with them being MASONIC.

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Posted by En Dee 1 year, 5 months ago
"Masonic Lodge members dedicated to the demise of Christian churches".
“Some of the banks are so powerfully stacked by people who . . . hate Christians, who hate the Gospel".
These are bitter and hateful words and I am surprised to hear them coming from Mr. Williams. Perhaps Mr. Williams should try to establish the foundations and doctrines of Free Masonry prior to condemning an establishment of which he obviously knows absolutely nothing. Nigel D.

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Posted by Rod mann 1 year, 5 months ago
So he is saying that the people are "bad people/haters" because he was refused a loan ? Makes one stop to think about the real meaning behind these "churches" ....I can imagine if he is refused a parking spot what he would call them then...........

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Posted by lloyd garraway 1 year, 5 months ago
Seems to me like you have a personal issue with the brother's of the Masonic Lodge . Because am not connecting the dots here .

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Posted by lloyd garraway 1 year, 5 months ago
Sounds to me like you have a personal issue with the brother's of the Masonic Lodge .

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Posted by Carl Harper 1 year, 5 months ago
What is the real story behind this story? Did the banks request that People’s Cathedral produce a business plan? If so, did the business plan satisfy the banks that the Church could comfortably repay this loan, plus interest? After all, $42 million is a lot of money for a bank to loan a non-profit entity.

Could the banks have doubts about the People’s Cathedral ability to execute the project at Banks Breweries, having already invested millions of dollars in preparatory works on another ambitious project at St David's and then abandoning it?

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Posted by Cameron JONES 1 year, 5 months ago
Pastor Williams.You don't know the first thing about the Masonic Lodges. Why don't you research it,before you rush to judgment.

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