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Samuel Williams refuses to give in to the bottle

Published:Saturday | February 4, 2017 | 2:00 AMGareth Davis Sr
Samuel Williams in a relaxing mood.

Port Antonio, Portland

While admitting that his weakness is abstaining from the use of alcoholic beverage, Samuel Williams is holding on to his faith of serving Jesus Christ, despite his short coming.

It was after attending a crusade in 1985, in Portland, that Williams was baptised, as he was more than convinced that it was better to serve God rather than men.

Williams recounted that even then he had developed a liking for drinking strong liquor, but he was so overwhelmed by the message from the preacher, that he simply had to surrender his life to Jesus Christ.

"I knew back then that God was calling me to serve him faithfully, "said Williams.

"I got baptised shortly after and I continued in the faith for about two years, and by 1987 or thereabout, I landed a job on a cruise ship. I spent four years working on a Norwegian Caribbean line vessel and during that time I journeyed to several countries in Europe, North American, and other parts of the world. I also returned to my old habit of drinking. But after returning home, I decided that enough is enough," added Williams.

According to Williams, who was reunited with the church congregation at Friends Church in Port Antonio, he started developing an appetite for singing, and shortly after he joined the church choir where he began to sing to the glory and honour of God.

But while Williams has pronounced his love for Christ, a move that he embraces wholeheartedly, the only distraction for him is the bottle, which he sampled from time to time.

Continuing Williams said, "Everyone has their one weakness. I have never been bothered by sexual immorality, although I am not married. I just honestly think that I am still bothered by the actions of some church members, who only show love to those that are either rich or famous. Church is like a home for me, but the love is not extended to the ordinary people, who are basically ignored and chastised. While on the other hand the rich and famous can do just about anything and get away with it."

It is against that background that Williams, who was spotted at a funeral for Aidiain George Lee, his boyhood friend, earlier this week singing 'Bridge over troubled water', is appealing to his brothers and sisters to desist from such practise and to instead treat everyone equally, according to the teachings of the Bible.

Meantime, Williams has vowed to continue the good fight and hope that sooner than later he will be able to wave goodbye to the bottle that has hampered his growth in Christianity.

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