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Dec 2, 2015

Did Politics Cause Division in Evangelical Movement in Belize?

Pator Lance Lewis

With all that said, what isn’t being put right out there by these leaders is what they believe is one of the main reasons for the division – political manipulation. President of the B.A.E.C. Pastor Howell Longsworth is a long-time supporter and former candidate of the United Democratic Party. Many of those district leaders now excommunicated from the B.A.E.C. have had contentious relationships with government. At least on national television, the church won’t get down and dirty, but Pastor Lance Lewis doesn’t discount the presence of politics in the equation.

 

Pastor Lance Lewis, President, National Evangelical Association of Belize

“Nothing is impossible when you have some political connections, so it would seem that things were running toward election and therefore it was time for some action without any intervention so let us exclude those who are outside of the Belize City area. That is how it appears. We could be wrong, but that is how it appears. We know that the BAEC is officially recognized by the government along with the Council of churches, so they are still the people that the government would talk with. We are hoping that with our broader base – and that was the plan of even the interim president who has declared himself president – that he will realize that they have gone the wrong way and come back in. We are open to them becoming fully involved in us because right now we represent the vast majority of evangelical churches and pastors in the nation of Belize, and we were following the Constitution that is now being put in place so we did no wrong as far as we saw. They put us out but we are willing to take them in.”

 

We don’t think that’s really going to happen. Today, we spoke to Pastor Howell Longsworth via phone since he is out of the country. We asked him about the division by numbers, since the excommunicated evangelicals represent many more churches and members. He told us it’s not about the numbers. Other than that, he wouldn’t comment because, he says, godly men do not wash their linen in public.

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