Rev. Brown Decries Lies, Deception for Domination in Liberia

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2011
Newly inducted LCC officials.

The President of the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC), Rev. Kortu Brown, says it is time that Liberians stop lying and falsifying stories about one another, which have resulted into “too many lies being told in the quest to dominate one another.”

Speaking at the induction ceremony of the newly elected leaders of the LCC at the Eliza Turner AME Church on Camp Johnson Road on Dec. 15, he said “there is too much undermining of each other, which is ungodly.” He said Liberians will have to live their faith in the public square if the country is to move forward.

Bishop Brown is the head of the Apostolic Pentecostal Church.

He said: “It is shameful for a people who pride themselves to be a nation built on Christian principles to so badly embrace lying and undermining one another as a way of life… If you fight to destroy someone to go up, no doubt, you will also be destroyed no matter how long it takes.”

He defined deception as “dishonesty, trickery, trick, sham, con, cheating, pretext, duplicity, deceit,” which he said “is all over the place” – in the family, home, market, school, hospital, church, office, government and worse, in the politics, and warned that “we are keeping ourselves in a vicious cycle and we should remember that the Bible calls on us to do unto others as we will have them do unto us, which is the Golden Rule.”

He called on Liberians to employ “lifestyle evangelism” in their everyday walk with God and their fellowmen, which if we did, he said, “we wouldn’t need to legislate Christianity in the country because the Bible says we will know them by their fruits and we should let our light so shine before men that they may see our good works and glorify our Father who is heaven.”

Rev. Brown noted that “It is time for us to go the extraordinary mile.”

Core Values

The LCC leader called on the Christian community to recommit itself to the core values of the council, which is unity, witness, and service “through which we will build unity, strengthen our Christian witness and promote Christ through our service. We will be able to consolidate peace, strengthen religious harmony, and contribute to expanding social services, among others in the country.”

Forgiveness Education

Rev. Dr. Brown said “without peace and religious harmony, it will be difficult to achieve some of our aspirations as a people. There is a time for everything under the heaven, the Bible says. A time to make war and a time for peace, and this is the time for peace in Liberia. That’s why we commend all the political parties and all Liberians for eschewing violence during the electoral process so far and resulting to mediation and litigation based on the 13-point-resolutions adopted in the Farmington River Declaration in June this year.”

He added: “To maintain peace, we must reconcile and forgive each other and reach out to one another, both offended and offender. That’s why we think there is a need to teach forgiveness education in all of our schools and communities so that the next generation of Liberians will learn to live and work together in greater harmony thereby consolidating the stability and prosperity of our country.”

Defining forgiveness as “the action or process of forgiving or being forgiven, which is an intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense, let go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, with an increased ability to wish the offender well.”

He, however, explained that “Forgiveness is different from condoning, failing to see the action as wrong and in need of forgiveness, excusing not holding the offender as responsible for the action, forgetting, removing awareness of the offense from consciousness, pardoning, granted for an acknowledged offense by a representative of society, such as a judge, and reconciliation, restoration of a relationship.”

In the current Liberian experience of so much animosity and deception, he said: “forgiveness I think is the key.”

A New Spiritual Order

Bishop Brown spoke of the need for a new spiritual order in the land to enable the people to return to God, as in Judah in the days of King Josiah in the Bible. Therefore, he said, there has to be a revival because “our spiritual passion as a people will help influence the country and bring about public reform.”

He added: “Outward reform begins with inward renewal,” and decried the worship of idols, false gods and the heightened disharmony within the Christian community, which is undermining true worship and service to God.

He called for the establishment of a one-thousand voice mass choir, an intercessors fellowship, a national evangelism commission to promote Christian witness, among others, to enhance Christian unity, witness and service to the people and nation of God.

Democratic Transition

The Pentecostal prelate called on the Government of Liberia and the National Elections Commission to ensure that the runoff elections are free, fair and transparent and that the country is peaceful and stable when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf turns over power to a newly elected government in January 2018.

“This is our moment to make history. We have to show the world that we are a civilized people too and can deliver democratic transitions just like the other evolving nations,” he said, while commending the Supreme Court for its opinion on the runoff election.

He, meanwhile, called on political parties to continue to abide by the tenets of the Farmington River Declaration as the framework for engaging concerns or disputes arising out of the election process.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Rev. Brown,
    Thanks for the homily you have just recently delivered to all of God’s children as it relates to lies, dishonesty, etc.

    Preach the gospel, Rev. Don’t be intimidated by anyone including the devil the bozo! Also, don’t get involved in politics please.

  2. Rev. Brown decrying lies and deception in the country is, indeed, timely. Although
    Rev. Brown did not name any one or institutions, but this fits squarely the Supreme
    Court of the Republic of Liberia. When the Supreme Court of this country rules in a
    case, that is the last. But for the Supreme Court of Liberia to rule, giving the NEC
    A MANDATE to clean up the FRR from the elections, it meant that the Court agreed
    with the petitioners concerns and it must be done. But for the Supreme Court,
    without any notice from NEC that it has completed executing the mandate and
    cleaning up of the FRR, and then endorsing the elections run-off date 12/26/17set up
    only by the NEC Chairman is indeed a clear undermining, decweption and lies on the
    part of the Supreme Court and, therefore, must ought not to stand at all. Hence, an
    action to the ECOWAS Court is timely.

  3. Rev. Brown decrying lies and deception in the country is, indeed, timely. Although
    Rev. Brown did not name any one or institutions, but this fits squarely the Supreme
    Court of the Republic of Liberia. When the Supreme Court of this country rules in a
    case, that is the last. But for the Supreme Court of Liberia to rule, giving the NEC
    A MANDATE to clean up the FRR from the elections, it meant that the Court agreed
    with the petitioners concerns and it must be done. But for the Supreme Court,
    without any notice from NEC that it has completed executing the mandate and
    cleaning up of the FRR, and then endorsing the elections run-off date 12/26/17set up
    only by the NEC Chairman is indeed a clear undermining, deception and lies on the
    part of the Supreme Court and, therefore, must ought not to stand at all. Hence, an
    action to the ECOWAS Court is timely.

  4. New Republic, it is time that we Liberians embrace this occasion and let all Liberians and foreign nationals in our border celebrate with us Liberians.
    There are others who think leadership is all about Education, and there are leaders who come naturally, and there are others who become leaders through education.

    But our ancestors did not know anything about education, but they were natural leaders. We have had a leader who had led this nation for 12 years and what her leadership did for this country and its people?

    A good leader must and I say must align himself or herself with like minded people to succeed… People who will question some of his or her decisions.
    I urge all Liberians whether in Liberia or broad to think God first for the manner in which we Liberians conducted ourselves during these times of the elections. During the petitions of the LP and UP challenge of the first round Liberians stay the course of Peace. And the Young Men and Women did not see any reason to be misled for anyone selfish gain.

    Long Lives The New Second Republic of Liberia.

    P. Fahn Dormeyan

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