14 Jul 2009

Methodist Church in Fiji believes it is being targetted by New Methodist Church

10:29 am on 14 July 2009

The established Methodist Church in Fiji believes it is being targetted in the messages being preached by the so-called New Methodist Church.

The new Christian movement was established by Atu Vulaono a brother of the Police Commissioner.

The Commissioner, Commodore Esala Teleni, has been driving a new religious focus in the police force with a Christian Anti-Crime Crusade.

The General Secretary of Fiji's Methodist Church, the Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu, says the messages being delivered by the new church do not seem to follow the expected norms:

"It harbours a lot of criticism, heavily on criticism, criticizing the Methodist church its ministers and how we run things, which does not really settle well their message in the hearts of, particularly the Methodists, which makes them angry and sometimes that kind of bitter feeling against them."

The Reverend Waqairatu says the way the new denomination works hand in hand with police raises further questions and they would like to hold discussions with the commissioner.