Baptist Convention Preaches Unity

Ends Convention in Lofa

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Rev. Menjay: “Baptist unity is important to move the church and nation forward”

Reverend Olu Q. Menjay, president of the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention (LBMEC), has called on fellow Baptists to shun vices that would degenerate into situations that would to divide the church.

For that, he challenged members of the Baptist denomination to work in unity, considering everyone as part of the body of Christ.

Rev. Menjay is also the vice president and chair on the Human Rights Advocacy Commission of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA). He is the youngest ever elected to serve in that position, which is the largest Protestant body in the world.

Menjay spoke at the opening of the 103rd Annual Session of the LBMEC, Inc., which was held from Wednesday, April 26, to Sunday, April 30, 2017, at the Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Voinjama, Lofa County.

The convention was held under the theme, “A Mandate for Total Transformation,” with text from Romans 12:1-3. The theme song for the convention was the hymn, “Take My Life and Let It Be.”

The Mount Carmel Baptist Church was founded in 1971 by the late William R. Tolbert Jr., former President of Liberia. Tolbert also served as president of the BWA and LBMEC. In 1975, Mt. Carmel hosted the Baptist Convention for the first time; the 103rd session was the church’s second.

Because the session was the single largest gathering of Baptists, Rev. Menjay used the occasion to call for a motion from the congregations to constitute the church’s bar, marking the official conduct of the first day’s business session.

Rev. Menjay (Center) with the LBMEC Fellowship Choir in Voinjama at the closing service of the 103rd Annual Session

This year’s convention, according to Rev. Menjay, brought together more than 300 Baptist churches from 11 of the 15 counties including Sinoe, Bomi, Maryland, River Gee, Bong, Margibi, Nimba, Grand Gedeh, Grand Bassa, Grand Cape Mount, and Montserrado.

In spite of the long distances some of the Baptists travelled to reach Voinjama, some local Baptists who were in Voinjama for the first time were excited and overwhelmed, being at the convention.

Also, the meeting of the National Woman’s Missionary Union (NWMU), an auxiliary of the LBMEC, Inc., presided by its national director Deacon Comfort H. Weaver, preceded the official opening of the convention. The NWMU meeting was characterized by inspirational sermons, biblical teachings, warm Christian fellowship and financial offerings. The women meaningfully contributed to the events forming the convention, including worshiping and fellowshipping together.

The first session was called to order by Rev. Menjay, who is also serving his second four-year term; Menjay succeeds a host of former presidents from 1880 to 2017.
The host pastor, Rev. David Barco, who warmly welcomed all to the convention, turned over the church to the convention for deliberations.

“Missions and education are critical to the overriding objectives of the convention,” Menjay said.

Annually, the convention observes two sessions, the mid and annual sessions, during which daily worship and fellowship are held, and financial offerings collected for the convention’s upkeep.

Menjay said the (five-day) 103rd session witnessed inspirational biblical teachings, spirit-filled preaching, and soul-lifting spiritual songs rendered by several choirs including the LBMEC Fellowship Choir, directed by Deacon Timothy E. Thomas.
Rev. Henry Nyonkor Sr., Pastor of the Shelloe Baptist Church in Foya, seconded Rev. Menajay’s motion by challenging the convention to work in unity and not to allow the devil to divide the Baptists.

On the second day, Rev. Sackie Y. Paye Sr., Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Louisiana delivered a sermon calling on the convention participants to present unto God their bodies as a living sacrifice by dedicating and setting themselves apart for God’s service and glory.
Jenkins Bask-Johnson, Pastor of the Mount Nimba Baptist Church in Yekepa, Nimba County, also delivered an inspiring sermon, which was followed by Reverend James H. Blaye, who kept his congregation applauding and shouting praises to God.

Under the theme, “A Compulsory Journey for Total Transformation,” Rev. Blaye, vice president for administration at the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary (LBTS), renewed the call for all Baptists to go beyond artificial barriers by putting the love of God and humanity first.

Jimmy C. Diggs, Pastor of Mount Galilee Baptist Church and past moderator of the Providence Baptist Association, did a power-point presentation on “The People Called Baptists: Our Emerging role in a Changing world,” with a historical leaning.

In addition to preaching and fellowship, worship and teaching, county vice presidents, and moderators of the Providence Baptist Associations from Calvary, Grand Gedeh, Nimba, Maryland, and the Eliza D. George, as well as national directors and learning institutions presented reports at the convention.

The reports were then turned over to the Resolution Committee constituted by Rev. Menjay.

High profile personalities who attended the Convention included (Deacon) Vice President Joseph Boakai, presidential hopeful Alexander Cummings, and Benoni Urey, first partisan of the All Liberian Party.
Meanwhile, the next convention will be held at the historic Providence Baptist Church in Monrovia.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. In the face of increasing Islamization of Liberia, the Church needs to increase Youth Participation by launching poverty reduction projects especially in rural Liberia. Today in Liberia we see mainly foreigners in Islamic dresses everywhere. Sooner than later these people will start making political demands and if we don’t grant those demands the story from other countries become out country. I am happy that Vice President Boakai, the presumptive next president, attended the Convention. My congratulation to all Baptists.

  2. Does Rev. Olu Manjay really represents the Almighty God? Did he goes through the history
    of God’s chosen people on earth to know how the Almighty God deals with mankind, especially
    those whom he chose? To give opinion to win people’s adoration is not a truth way to represent
    the Almighty God. Yes! Rev. Menjay may represents God that he says he worship, but I talking
    about or he may not represent the Almighty God.

    In the Holy Bible, of course is called the Scripture but in 2Timothy Chapter 3 and verses 3 & 4,
    we are told that: “All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness; So that the man of God may be fully competent,
    completely equipped for every good work.” If indeed the Rev. Olu Menjay is scripturally equipped
    to do good work, he would not have denied Liberia from being a Christian nation. That being the
    case with Rev. Olu Manjay, you can then ask, is or does he really represent not just God by the
    Almighty God?

    The Holy Bible also warns against the fear of man which I think must have moved the Rev. Olu
    Menjay, the fear of other religions so that they will not bring war to Liberia if Liberia is declared
    Christian nation. May be something interfered with his believe in the God he serves. But again,
    if the Rev. Olu Manjay completely competent in Scripture and went through how the Almighty
    God dealt with the Israelites whom he chose to be his people, he punished them so heavily for
    their fear of man rather than fear of God. But when the Israelites did according to what the
    Almighty God told them to, he gladly fought their war. In fact, during Hezekiah reign, one million
    Syrian armed forces engaged the Israelites to destroy them, but Hezekiah took the matter to
    his God Jehovah whether he should go fight them. He was told that the battle was not his to
    fight but Jehovah’s. And one night, just one one angel killed 185000 of their enemies. If
    indeed Rev. Olu Manjay did not learn lesson from this part of the Bible, he should rethink his
    opposition to Liberia becoming a Christian nation.

    What about those countries that governed by their religious faith. Why would Rev. Olu Manjay
    not want Liberia to being a Christian State?

  3. P. Allison Tarlue, Sr. June 3, 2017 at 2:39 am

    Does Rev. Olu Manjay really represents the Almighty God? Did he goes through the history
    of God’s chosen people on earth to know how the Almighty God deals with mankind, especially
    those whom he chose? To give opinion to win people’s adoration is not a truth way to represent
    the Almighty God. Yes! Rev. Menjay may represents God that he says he worship, but I talking
    about or he may not represent the Almighty God.

    In the Holy Bible, of course is called the Scripture but in 2Timothy Chapter 3 and verses 16 17
    we are told that: “All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness; So that the man of God may be fully competent,
    completely equipped for every good work.” If indeed the Rev. Olu Menjay is scripturally equipped
    to do good work, he would not have denied Liberia from being a Christian nation. That being the
    case with Rev. Olu Manjay, you can then ask, is or does he really represent not just God by the
    Almighty God?

    The Holy Bible also warns against the fear of man which I think must have moved the Rev. Olu
    Menjay, the fear of other religions so that they will not bring war to Liberia if Liberia is declared
    Christian nation. May be something interfered with his believe in the God he serves. But again,
    if the Rev. Olu Manjay completely competent in Scripture and went through how the Almighty
    God dealt with the Israelites whom he chose to be his people, he punished them so heavily for
    their fear of man rather than fear of God. But when the Israelites did according to what the
    Almighty God told them to, he gladly fought their war. In fact, during Hezekiah reign, one million
    Syrian armed forces engaged the Israelites to destroy them, but Hezekiah took the matter to
    his God Jehovah whether he should go fight them. He was told that the battle was not his to
    fight but Jehovah’s. And one night, just one one angel killed 185000 of their enemies. If
    indeed Rev. Olu Manjay did not learn lesson from this part of the Bible, he should rethink his
    opposition to Liberia becoming a Christian nation.

    What about those countries that governed by their religious faith. Why would Rev. Olu Manjay
    not want Liberia to being a Christian State?

  4. Numbers 23:19. “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”

    Gone to silence.

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