MONROVIA- The President of the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC), Bishop Kortu K. Brown, has attributed Liberia’s socio-economic and political backwardness and the growing tide of wickedness and misuse of public resources to the lack of “baptism of repentance” among citizens, including government officials.
Founded in 1982, the LCC is an ecumenical Christian organization that includes churches and other religious groups operating in Liberia.
Bishop Brown is also the general overseer of the Apostolic Pentecostal Church (APC) International located in Brewerville, outside of Monrovia.
He observed that wickedness is also on the rise in the post-conflict nation as a result of this.
He made the comments in a message of thanksgiving delivered on 14and APC Biennial General Conference recently held with the New Water in the Desert Assembly in Brewerville, Montserrado County.
Bishop Brown spoke on the theme: “Jesus is Lord” with biblical text from the book of 1st Corinthians 8:6.
He pointed out that Liberia is “groping” and facing many challenges as “the people and their leaders are not ready for the change that will transform the nation and improve the lives of ordinary people.”
He said that although the citizens were called to practice the baptism of repentance for the nation’s forward match, they turned away.
“The reason the nation of Israel did not experience the transformation it desires with the coming of Jesus Christ is because it did not respond to John’s baptismal call. calling to embrace the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins as recorded in Saint Luke chapter 3 verse 3”.
“Liberians are failing to prepare the way of the Lord, just as Israel failed when someone’s voice cried out in the desert about 2,000 years ago, crying, ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, straighten his trails”.
Bishop Brown further observed a high level of hatred and division among Liberians.
He asserted that the promotion of theft and misuse of public resources remained on the agenda in what is now Liberia.
“We are here as a country, failing to love each other, to prioritize each other’s peace and happiness, to murder and destroy each other; actively promote the theft and misuse of public resources for personal gain, among others. “How can we hope to develop when the very things that brought us death and underdevelopment are still actively driving us out,” he joked.
transform the mind
Bishop Brown said if Liberia is to be on par with other countries in terms of growth and development, citizens including government officials should first transform their minds.
“For a country to develop, there must be a transformation of the spirit, which was the baptism of repentance that John the Baptist preached to the children of Israel before the first coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
He added that “Liberians are failing to change the way they say or do things and that is what is hurting the country.”
According to Bishop Brown, “baptism of repentance for forgiveness changes the mindset regarding old beliefs and behaviors and turns to a new way of believing and behaving; turn away from the past and look to a new life for the future”.
Don’t expect something from the same old people
“When the same old people start a new church or a new political party or a new organization, you can’t expect anything new because their thinking is the same old way of thinking or doing things. This is why even new political parties are not thriving in Liberia. It’s the same old people in a new group.”
He argued that if Liberia is to experience real change or transformation, Liberians must ensure that “every valley is filled in and every mountain and hill is brought down; and crooked ways made straight, and rugged places made smooth; and then all flesh will see the salvation of God”.
He placed special emphasis on the seven types of baptism mentioned in the Bible, including the baptism of Moses, repentance, Jesus, fire, cross, Holy Spirit and believers.
He said the “baptism of fire” awaits all who will not practice baptism of “repentance” or transformation of their spirit while living on earth.
“One day they will stand in judgment before God to give an account of their life here on earth. The world will be judged for its sins according to the book of Saint John chapter 5 verse 22”.