More evidence is emerging of Christianity as espoused by the New Methodist Church being enforced among ordinary policemen and policewomen in the Fiji Police Force.
Sources have confirmed that just after 7am on Wednesday the 6th of May, all those based at the Central Police Station in Suva were called to parade in the CPS car park. What was supposed to be a normal weekly parade turned into a religious sermon of 10 minutes by a preacher of the New Methodist Church, a non-police officer. The sermon was done in the Fijian language, so Indians and others who have little understanding of the language were confused.
In his opening remarks, the preacher told 300 officers and ordinary policemen and policewomen that Jesus Christ is the “only way and only truth”. The preacher added that Christianity is the only true religion and that other religions are untrue.
Sources say ordinary policemen and policewomen, as well as most officers, were aghast at what they just heard from a preacher of the New Methodist Church - a church that was established by Police Commissioner Esala Teleni’s brother, former Air Pacific employee, Atu Vulaono. Teleni is a staunch member of the new Church and also preaches.
Our sources say they were shocked the preacher denigrated other religions by describing them as untrue. Policemen, police women and police officers of diverse religious, cultural and social backgrounds were at the parade and those following Christianity belong to Methodist Church of Fiji as well as other denominations.
Teleni was not present at the parade but the apparent imposition of Christianity practiced by the New Methodist Church on ordinary policemen and policemen is gaining momentum. While the cry from the Methodist Church after the 1987 coups was to declare Fiji a Christian State and ensure that the then Sunday ban on all activities except essential work like harvesting and crushing of sugar mills and public transportation continue, the New Methodist Church is imposing its teachings on those responsible for peace and security of Fiji’s citizens.
The sermon of the preacher at the police parade contradicts Teleni’s initial claim this year when he racially abused senior police officers of Indian ethnicity on 17th February as reported by the media. While threatening to terminate them and accusing them of disloyalty, Teleni called them Liumuri, lamu-lamu and lamu-sona. This is after the Fiji Sun quoted an anonymous police source complaining about the Police Crusade.
Teleni told the Indian officers, “ “No one is going to deter me and my Jesus. I never talk about your religions. I never discuss your religions because I respect it. But at the same time you just respect my religion. You do not go to the press.” – Transcribed from Fiji TV online news archive.
Fiji TV also reported Teleni as warning Indian officers, “You've never seen my...my other side.”
Our sources now wonder if Teleni has reneged on his words to Indian officers when he said he never talked about their religion(s) because he respected it”.
Because at the CPS parade on Wednesday, the New Methodist Preacher asked all those present to ask the policeman or policewoman standing next to him or her to ask what they possessed. According to sources the preacher wanted them to say "Jesus".
Our sources say the indoctrination of New Methodist Church’s version of Christianity on members of the Fiji Police Force contradicts the ideals of the People’s Charter that is being touted as the new Constitution.