United Methodists told to Stop The Fights

 Bishop Samuel J. Quire, Jr. called on United Methodists to Stop the fight and look up to God. “For the past five decades the United Methodist denomination has been embroiled in debates over human sexuality,” he asserted. He pointed out that the United Methodist Church has been a pillar of the history of Liberia, but it is now on the brink of destruction because of the confusion over human sexuality. 

Delivering the Closing Sermon at the 191st Annual Session of the Liberia Annual Conference and speaking on the theme and text; “…And Know That I am God” from Psalm 46: 1-11, Bishop Quire narrated how God has been good to Liberia ranging from the 14 years of civil war, the deadly Ebola virus, and the COVID-19 pandemic from which God saved our nation. “It is His divine interventions that brought sanity to Liberia,” Bishop Quire added. He noted that Liberians are too quick to forget, when God intervenes in their situations, they turned right back to their sins.

The Liberian Prelate also noted that though there are many views and counter views on human sexuality, his prayer is that the people called United Methodists should be one and should stop the fight because the fight is not man’s fight but God’s. He further asserted that in life, there are several issues, but it is expected that Christians should trust in the God and He will fight their battle. “Pastors, stop undermining your fellow pastors for the sake of jobs,” Bishop Quire warned.

Reflecting on the national scene, Bishop Quire calls on politicians to also stop the political infighting amongst themselves for jobs.  “Pray for the government to encourage investors that will come to provide gainful employment opportunities for all Liberians,” he emphasized. He pointed out that agitation against the new government by some Liberians was not in the best interest of the country.

The 191st Annual Session of the Liberia Annual Conference brought together hundreds of United Methodists from across Liberia and the world. The conference was held in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County from February 13-18, 2024. The venue was the same place where Bishop Samuel J. Quire, Jr. was nominated for the episcopal office and subsequently elected bishop by the West Africa Central Conference in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire in 2016.

Story by Seykajipo Amegashie

Photos by E Julu Swen