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Trinidad: Police commissioner refuses to apologise to pastor

By Rhondor Dowlat-Rostant

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Police Com­mis­sion­er Gary Grif­fith (left) says he won’t apologise to Pastor Glenn Awong

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) — Tri­als and tribu­la­tions may come in the way but on­ly God’s right­eous will stand. This is the be­lief of ded­i­cat­ed fol­low­ers of Trans­formed Life Min­istry, East­ern Main Road, Arou­ca as they called on Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith to apol­o­gise to their spir­i­tu­al leader for mis­lead­ing the pub­lic of his ar­rest on Wednes­day dur­ing the res­cue op­er­a­tion of 69 res­i­dents from the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre.

How­ev­er, when con­tact­ed about the re­quest for an apol­o­gy, Grif­fith said he is not go­ing to apol­o­gise.

“I do not apol­o­gise for stat­ing facts. If the truth hurts, that is their prob­lem, not mine. If they be­lieve that be­ing a child of God, is to have per­sons placed in cages and treat­ed in a man­ner that I would not treat my dogs, then I would in­deed pray for them”.

He added: “I should apol­o­gise for res­cu­ing law-abid­ing cit­i­zens from im­pris­on­ment? Good one. The 69 cit­i­zens are thank­ful for what I have done. Their view is what mat­ters.”

He told Guardian Me­dia: “Al­most 200 years ago, there were some who owned plan­ta­tions, and protest­ed over the de­mand by right-think­ing per­sons to end slav­ery, sim­ply be­cause they did not know bet­ter. In­ter­est­ing.”

Speak­ing ear­li­er on con­di­tion of strict anonymi­ty, a ded­i­cat­ed fol­low­er of the church told Guardian Me­dia that the pas­tor was not an evil per­son but “some­one who has a heart of gold for the help­less and re­ject­ed be­cause he was a re­ject as well but was able to over­come in Je­sus.”

The fol­low­er said a se­lect­ed few of them were made abreast of the sit­u­a­tion on Wednes­day and al­leged­ly told that it was a bla­tant at­tack on him as he had a pend­ing court mat­ter in which he is be­ing owed over $1 mil­lion as he worked in the street dwellers pro­gramme un­der the Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment.

The fol­low­er said they were told by the pas­tor of his back­ground sev­er­al times as he would of­ten share his tes­ti­mo­ny.

Guardian Me­dia was told that the pas­tor was born and grew up in Pep­per Vil­lage in Gran Cou­va.

“He used to do con­struc­tion work for a liv­ing and then he opened a se­cu­ri­ty firm and al­so a pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tion firm which was very suc­cess­ful he would say but then an in­ci­dent hap­pened where he had to go to prison for sev­en years.

“It was while in there he start­ed to work on pris­on­ers to re­deem and re­store their lives and is from there he said his min­istry be­gan,” the fol­low­er said.

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3 comments

  1. Agree with the comments,Beware of false prophets

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  2. The atrocities that church leaders commit in the name of God! You all have a special judgement in HELL for the misery and harm that you do to God's special creation - mankind. The harshest words that Jesus Christ had were for the scribes and the Pharisees - the religious leaders of the time. For good reason!

    "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves". (Matthew 7:15)

    My advice? Never lose the good sense that God blessed you with to do stupidness with yourself like that.

    The same Bible they try to misinterpret to abuse their congregation, is the same Bible that will condemn them. There are so many verses that speak about SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT! Read them to be wise:

    https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/bible-verses-about-discernment/

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  3. ok whats goin on here? you said that you arrested the pastor. the pastor said that he was never arrested and wants an apology from you for misleading the public of his arrest. whats the big song and dance about then. i mean he had people being treated worst than dogs in that place and he looking for an apology when the officer was just doing his job? mwe mem

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