As health officials worldwide spend hundreds of millions of dollars to bring under control an Ebola outbreak in several West African nations where nearly 1,000 people have died, local religious leaders are turning to God.
A report in the Liberian Observer in Monrovia says leaders in the Liberian capital met to talk about the threat and decided that three days of prayer and fasting should be observed in conjunction with seeking God’s forgiveness for “immoral acts” such as “homosexualism.”
The report said more than 100 ministers, including bishops, pastors and prophets from a wide range of church denominations, discussed the Ebola crisis at a meeting convened by Archbishop Jonathan B.B. Hart, president of the Liberia Council of Churches.
They agreed that:
1. God is angry with Liberia and that Ebola is a plague. “Liberians have to pray and seek God’s forgiveness over the corruption and immoral acts (such as homosexualism, etc.) that continue to penetrate our society. As Christians, we must repent and seek God’s forgiveness.”
2. Three days of fasting and prayer be observed across the nation, concluding Friday.
3. An interdenominational committee be constituted to present a resolution to government.
The report said represented at the meeting were leaders such as Archbishop of the Catholic Church of Liberia Lewis Zeigler and the first vice president of the LCC, Rt. Rev. Dr. Kortu Brown. Also present were officials from the Pentecostal Fellowship Union of Liberia, Liberia Fellowship of Full Gospel Ministers, Association of Evangelicals of Liberia, Prophetic Call to Ministers, Christian Community in Liberia and Apostolic World Christian Fellowship.
The meeting was held at St. Stephen Episcopal Church.
The leaders urged that the Republic of Liberia be “locked up for three days of fast and prayer.”
“All movement should be restricted during those three days. People should stay at home for three days of silence, fasting and prayer,” the leaders said.
Ziegler previously had asked Catholics to pray for God’s intervention in the Ebola epidemic.
“The church has used faithful and truthful prayers to God for intervention in our lives in times of peace, war or famine. Let us not miss this opportunity to pray together and go to God in the spirit of humility and repentance,” he said, according to the report.