As of midnight Tuesday, the Churches of Liberia (the congregations of the body of Jesus Christ) have begun a three-day, stay-home fast and prayer exercise against Ebola.
Church leaders have urged every citizen of the land to observe the prayer action against Ebola.
The three-day stay-home fast and prayer is being organized by the Liberian Council of Churches (LCC) in collaboration with the Association of Evangelicals of Liberia, the Full Gospel, the Pentecostal Fellowship Union and other Christian groupings at the end of a well-attended meeting of Pastors, Bishops, Apostles, General Overseers, Prophets, Evangelists and other Ministers of the Gospel.
The Chairman of the nine-person organizing committee of the National Fast and Prayer, Bishop Dr. John Adolphus During of the Soul Healing Clinic of Jesus Christ, said residents are encouraged to stay home and pray for God to have mercy and deliver the country during the three days and respectively break the fast at their churches from Wednesday, August 6 to Friday, August 8, 2014 throughout the length and breadth of the country.
Bishop During told the Daily Observer via mobile phone Tuesday that that the four-point prayer guideline requires God's people to humble themselves and pray, seek His face and turn from their wicked ways. The prayer points cover the lamentation of sins of the people and the nation, Dr. During added, and called on Liberians to pray in accordance with 2 Chronicles 7:13-14.
He named the prayer points as follows:
Day One: Repentance of the family and nation
Day Two: Seeking of mercy and forgiveness
Day Three: Spiritual and physical restoration
“On Sunday, Liberians are expected to converge at their respective churches for a thanksgiving service to the Lord for the answering of the fast and prayers,” Rev. During said, declaring, “God is merciful.”
Other members of the organizing committee include Rev. Isaac S. Wheagar, general secretary, Association of Evangelicals of Liberia, James Y. Gayflor, LCCgeneral secretary; and Bishop Albert Miller, general secretary of Pentecostal Fellowship Union.
Other members include the church administrator of Providence Baptist Church, Rev. Charles Diggs; Rev. J. Rudolph Marsh, Christian Community of Liberia; AME Church presiding elder, David Parker; Ecumenical Women Organization represented by its vice president, Mrs. Elfrieda Parker, amongst others.
The fast and prayer exercise aims at seeking the mercy of God for His anger with the nation as was unanimously endorsed by men of God, mainstream Episcopalians and non-denominational evangelicals alike. A resolution by the church leaders concluded the following:
– That God is angry with Liberia, and that Ebola is a plague. Liberians have to pray and seek God's forgiveness over the corruption and immoral acts (such as homosexualism, etc.) that continue to penetrate our society. As Christians, Liberians must repent and seek God's forgiveness.
– That a three-day indoor fast and prayer across the nation be observed, commencing next Wednesday, August 6th, and concluding Friday, August 8th.
– That an inter-denominational committee be constituted to present said resolution to the Government of Liberia.
– That if government is in agreement, the Republic of Liberia be locked up for three days of fast and prayer. All movement should be restricted during those three days. People should stay at home for three days of silence, fasting and prayer.
The President of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Tuesday announced “three (3) days of national fast and prayer to seek God's face to forgive our sins and heal our land.” An indication that “God is the ultimate solution to our problem,” the President said.
The ministers's assertion that "God is angry with Liberia" sparked outrage on social media, with Liberians in the reading public dismissing the assertion as "utter nonsense", "absurd" and "rediculous". In more than 100 comments on the story published on the Observer's web site, the Bishops were insulted and denigrated for their position. One commenter called them "charlatans posing as men of God". Another woman called them "freaks".
For Liberians here at home, however, the reaction was completely different. Their endorsement of the Bishop's statement was almost unanimous. Callers-in to various radio stations repeatedly agreed with the assertion and with Liberia's need to humble itself before God, and did so with great conviction. The President's announcement regarding Liberia's need to seek forgiveness also suggests her agreement that Liberia has sinned against God.
Fasting begins today, Wednesday, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and ends Friday.
The Liberian Council of Churches in collaboration with other evangelical movements had called for a complete lock down of the country and restricted movement. The President, however, has announced that businesses will remain open.