“Hero of Christian Faith”

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The late Reverend Maxwell P. Magbinne, a Baptist clergy referred to by members of the Fundamental Baptist Churches as “Hero of faith” was laid to rest on August 22. He died August 7 after a protracted period of illness.

Having received the Christian faith as far back as the 1960s and staying therein during the good times and trials, the late Rev. Magbinne is praised by members of his denomination for roles he played in their blessed weddings; building many churches; leading many people to Christ; purchasing more properties for the Calvary Baptist Church, which he once led as a pastor; and reconciling the Fundamental Baptist Churches that almost fell apart in the 1980s.

Tributes during the funeral indicated that Reverend Maxwell Magbinne was though cool-tempered, emotionally intelligent, and soft in speech; nevertheless, he could not compromise the truth for an individual’s interest.

On this basis, his numerous admirers said he would use the Gospel to preach and speak the truth to the congregation without regard for anyone’s displeasure about the message he had to deliver.

Sympathizers in their elegies did not end their tributes with the regular saying, “May his soul rest in peace,” but were confident that “His soul is resting in peace with the Lord.”

“I knew him for saying the truth whether somebody likes it or not. As long as it was scriptural and rational for the good of all, the late Rev. Magbinne will speak it in his sermon and discussion with members of the church. He was a great man of God whose faith could not waver, and I know without condition, he is resting with the Heavenly Father,” a sympathizer elegized.

In his tribute, Saye Magbinne, the Late Rev. Magbinne’s son, said for as long as he knew his father and mother, he never saw them fight. “Despite his old age and ailing condition, my dad could cover long distances during the war years just to propagate the Gospel in the interior, and no day could we be late for service. We were always punctual.”

The senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Rev. G. Larque Vaye, said in tribute delivered via telephone, “Rev. Magbinne was a devoted preacher, good husband to learn from, hero of faith, reconciler, development-oriented leader, a visionary and one without fear or favor when it comes to the truth.”

Rev. William M. Kolaglaye, who delivered the funeral discourse, said “Rev. Magbinne, led the Calvary Baptist Church for years and purchased parcels of land, one of which the Calvary Baptist School is built on in the Fiamah Community.

His widow, Mrs. Martha Magbinne, acknowledged how the two of them remained in good relationship since their marriage in 1971 and called each other ‘Mamie and Daddy’.

“My husband remained faithful to his God even when he became very sick from 2008, and because he could not speak as a result of illness, he only said ‘hallelujah’ when people came around him.”

Their union was blessed with six children.

The late Rev. Maxwell Magbinne retired from active preaching in 2008 when he became paralyzed and dumb from hypertension. Though sick for a protracted period of time, family sources say he took his last breath on August 7 when his last cherished daughter, Nienbei mysteriously died after two days on the first job she got after completing college. The daughter was immediately buried.

According to family sources, he convulsed in grief and tried to voice out, but could not because of his condition. “It was from the convulsion that he also passed away right after the little girl’s death,” a family member said.

Reverend Maxwell Magbinne was born on September 9, 1948 in Yuula, Bong County. He would have been 67 years old this year. He is survived by his wife Martha who he married in 1971; five children, ten grand children; four brothers and three sisters; all living in Liberia.

His profile indicates that upon completing high school, he became interested in preaching the Gospel, thereby leading him to attending the Mid-Baptist Mission Bible Institute in Tappita, Lower Nimba County in the 1970s.

Upon completion, he became actively involved with evangelizing and planted churches in Monrovia and other parts of the country.

He was also privileged to travel for seminars and conferences to the United States where he gained much experience in church administration.

He is recorded for leading the Calvary and Beawo Baptist Churches on 18th Street and using his leadership skills to acquire properties for them, something members count on to describe him as a true visionary.

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