Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the three hundred and ninety-sixth, is of Bishop John I Cline, courtesy of Book Marketing Services. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights. Bishop Cline is also offering you the chance to win some fabulous prizes – see below for details.
Bishop John Ivan Cline was born and raised in the British Virgin Islands. Upon completing his secondary education, he migrated to the United States Virgin Islands, in transit to New England, Massachusetts. Upon completion of his tertiary education in Massachusetts, he relocated to New Jersey and began to worship at The New Light Baptist Church in Bloomfield, New Jersey, where Rev Dr. William C. Hall (of blessed memory) presided as the Senior Pastor. Whilst Bishop Cline accepted the Lord as his personal savior before leaving the British Virgin Islands, his call to ministry really began at the New Light Baptist Church, where he served as Youth Director. In this capacity, he launched the Church’s first Ministry to the homeless. He was licensed to preach in 1985 and ordained as a Pastor in 1989.
In February 1993, Bishop Cline relocated to the British Virgin Islands and accepted the invitation to be the senior pastor of The Road Town Baptist Church in the British Virgin Islands shortly thereafter. Within four years under his leadership, land, upon which the construction of the building which would house the Church, had been envisioned, was acquired. In February, 1997, a ground breaking ceremony was held on the acquired site in Duff’s Bottom. Nine months later, in November 1997 the building was dedicated as The New Life Baptist Church where he continues today to serve as the Senior Pastor.
Bishop Cline is a leader with a vision and firmly believes that as children of the living God, we must impact the world, not just spiritually but socially and physically as well. Passionate about this vision, in the year 2000, the idea of a New Life Day Care Centre was downloaded to him. The main focus was to ensure that children in the BVI community were receiving tuition in biblical teachings as well in their academic journey. Hence, upon completion of the main church building, a second building was constructed and dedicated, which houses the New Life Day Care Centre. The day care opened its doors in September 2000 and subsequently expanded to include a pre-school, a year later in 2001. The now New Life Day Care & Learning Centre is geared towards children from 3 months to 7 years old. It adopts the English education system and thereby provides tuition and instruction for pre-primary aged students up to Stage II. The population of the day care and learning centre to date is about 105 students.
In October 2005, he was consecrated to the Office of the Bishop, and inducted into the College of Bishops as a presbyter, adjudicator and an examiner.
With this mindset, in 2011, Bishop Cline acted upon a vision to create such an impact as he embarked on the construction of a recreational facility which would mainly target the youth generation, a generation which he feels is in dire need of attention and rescue. In November 2012, the recreational facility was constructed and dedicated and is now in daily operation. The multi-million dollar facility is approximately 30,000 square feet and houses a gymnasium with modern, state-of-the-art workout equipment, a full-size basketball / volleyball court, a children’s playroom and café, a six lane bowling alley, conference facilities, a ball room and a learning centre. Since its opening, it has hosted many community activities, particularly aimed at young men. As the visionary for the Save the Seed Energy Centre, Bishop Cline believes that the multi-purpose sport facility will help to create an impact in the BVI community by providing a safe and productive environment for young people to congregate and engage in wholesome and enriching activities. He is also the founding member of the New Life Baptist Church Foundation. The foundation was established on 6 October 2011 and it has as its mission the enriching of nations by inspiring wellness and impacting and cultivating healthy communities. Other missionary endeavors of the New Life Baptist Church as spearheaded by Bishop Cline include the commissioning and construction of the facilities which houses the Emanuel Baptist Church in Virgin Gorda, constructing the facilities which houses the Tortola Gracious Academy School Note: Is this the current name? in Nairobi, Kenya and provision of support to the school as well support of the Boys Home in St. Kitts, West Indies.
An avid and dedicated businessman, Bishop Cline is also co-founder and president of Infinite Solutions (formerly Copyright Systems), a successful consumer electronics sales and service business enterprise in the BVI. He is also the founder, president and managing director of Atlantis Solar, a BVI based business company through which he successfully markets, promotes and distributes alternative energy products locally, regionally and internationally.
Known for his love for God, his compassion for people, his undeniable business prowess and acumen, Bishop Cline was elected to the BVI Health Services Authority Board in March 2012 where he presently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Authority.
When he does relax, tennis provides a welcomed source of repose for him and he also enjoys “dabbling” in the stock market. Bishop Cline attributes his success to the influence of Godly parents, strong family ties, a caring church and a supportive community. He desires to “Pass it on!”
And now from the author himself:
What Inspired Me to Write The Monogamy Mystery?
I was inspired to write The Monogamy Mystery as I felt that so many of us struggle with infidelity in our interpersonal relationships. The irony is that many of us who struggle with it really want to do what is right. We do not set out to cheat or hurt our loved ones contrary to what others may think. In my struggles with it, I came to the conclusion after a while that the human body was fighting against an internal natural force and that the Church had not been very honest and open with people in this regard. The Church presents one side of the story, the spiritual origin of monogamy (i.e. one man one woman) as reinforced by our spiritual obligation to practice monogamy. While I support this view, the teaching leaves out a fundamental biological component, as evidenced by an entire Old Testament in which Old Testament patriarchs clearly adopted a polygamous lifestyle which God did not appear to punish. I began to question myself as to why that was and it inspired me to lend my voice and my pen to the matter.
I think it is very important for both men and women to understand that monogamy is of a higher spiritual calling. It is not easily achieved in the natural as the divine idea is competing against our very biological nature which appears physically destined not to be monogamous due to our soulish desires. I thought that it was time for us to deal with the whole truth and not just the half-truths, the reality in which we find ourselves by exposing the biological juxtaposed to the spiritual. I was inspired by the thought of a truthful discussion in Christendom as to why, irrespective of all the teaching, preaching, prayer meetings, falling out, speaking in tongues, tithing, counseling etc. infidelity is so prevalent in the Church and to explore the ways we can meaningfully combat it to save marriages.
I believe that the Church has failed many relationships in this way. Preachers are currently struggling daily with the issue and churches are going through crisis after crises, one indiscretion after another and at the leadership level in particular. I believe that with the right understanding we can accept our shortcomings, stop hiding our faults and lives privately while we preach to the contrary publicly, and avail ourselves of the right doctrine and support systems to live the way the Creator intended. As a pastor, I do not agree with the proposition that because these pastors believe that they are above the law or that they can do as they please. Speaking for myself, having struggled with the way of life myself, I know that I had every intention to be faithful in my marriage and I concentrated on doing so also. Once I realized that I had failed at it and realized that I was not alone, I then began to seriously examine and study the men of the Old Testament who had multiple wives and the treatment given to them by God and I began to wonder why God allowed these patterns to be recorded in the Holy Bible and whether there was an important component missing from our discussion on interpersonal relationships.
I wanted to share a view that the Church has failed to share, emphasize and/or help people to understand, that monogamy is not natural. It is instead, a spiritual obligation. It was ordained by God and it has to be sustained by God. It cannot be sustained completely in the natural as in doing so we would be fighting against our very being. God did not intend for it to be sustained in the natural either and I wanted to share how we can truly achieve a monogamous existence by helping us to understand the problem we are fighting in our flesh and how to combat this problem from a spiritual place. I wanted to impact marriages in a meaningful way and from a discussion that both the male and female could understand. I wanted to demystify the struggles the interpersonal relationship had with monogamy. I wanted to provide literature to Christians and non-Christians alike, but particularly the former, that they can use as a life aid in structuring and maintaining their interpersonal relationships.
I was therefore also inspired to write the book as a tool for churches and in order to assist young people into not making the same mistakes we did in our own relationship building. I counsel many and I see the struggles, the mistakes, the accusations and the many relationships that are dissolved due to infidelity. I believe that many of these relationships can avoid infidelity if the parties are properly equipped with the necessary intellectual tools and mental skillset. I also believe that many of these relationships that are affected by infidelity can be saved if we only understood the root cause of infidelity as opposed to blaming each other so much for the hurt it causes. My inspiration to write and personally market this book comes from a place that hopefully I would be able to encourage the Church to take this discussion seriously enough to teach around the area (the good and the bad, the positives and the negatives, the potential challenges and guaranteed triumphs). In this way the current generation can restructure their thought processes in achieving a successful monogamous existence and the next generation of marriages can be entered intelligently and from a more informed position.
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