United Methodist Prelate, K. Richard Tononlah, is warning Liberians and Christians in general to desist from their sins because the judgement of God is coming.
Rev. Tononlah, Head Pastor of the David Gueh United Methodist Church in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, says the sins of Liberians are not only grieving God, but breaking his heart.
“Let me also remind us that this happened in the days of Noah. The result was God’s judgment on the earth with water. We say that we want or we are children of God yet we are killing one another… husband and son joined to kill wife and mother; children getting missing and are killed”, he lamented.
Delivering the first Sunday sermon during worship service at the Church’s edifice on Sunday, December 1, 2015 on the theme, “The judgment of God”, Rev. Tononlah further reminds that Jesus is not coming back as a baby anymore, but as judge of the entire world, saying, “You see people dressed in the streets half naked and some dressed like mask dancers and our leaders are quiet about it, till an evil strikes. Imagine, a story that I heard that one of our Lawmakers hosted a party for a friend, and the single ladies were asked to pass [parade] undressed and a price tag of one thousand United States Dollars was put on it. They were there clapping their hands. The days are evil Church and be informed that God’s judgment is coming soon to judge you and me.”
Preaching from the text Genesis 6:5-8, 11-13, Rev. Tononlah said, people entrusted with leadership see the evil being committed daily and are happy to contribute to it.
“People of Liberia, we are not far from God’s judgment, because of what we are doing to each other.”
He said in Genesis 6: 5, the LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was evil all the time so God was aggrieved that he had made man, and his heart was filled with pain and he said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth-men and all other creatures that move on the ground, and birds of the air–for I am grieved that I have made them.”
He said the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence and God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways.
“Some of us know how this story ended. God’s judgment came upon mankind and He destroyed the earth with a great flood, leaving only Noah and his family to live”, he added.
Rev. Tononlah said another example the world should learn from is when God’s divine judgment visited the sinful people of Sodom and Gomorrah and destroyed the entire area because of sin, adding, “God is a holy, righteous and just God. From His heavenly throne, He sees all; He knows all; and He hates the wicked and those who love violence. It is promised that they will reap a terrible result or prize for their actions.”
However, the Methodist prelate said the good news is there is a way to escape the righteous judgment of God thru free gift of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ, who died on the cross at Calvary, saying “No matter what anyone else may tell you, there is no other way to escape the terrible judgment of a Holy God. You cannot be good enough; you cannot be contrite enough; you cannot be ‘religious’ enough.”
By Jonathan Browne