The Forky Klon Jlateh Family Fellowship Church of President George M. Weah seemingly breached apostolic protocol yesterday Sunday when it turned over the pulpit to the beleaguered National Port Authority Managing Director Bill Twehway to preach the gospel, instead of showcasing the Liberian chief executive who often used his church pulpit to throw jibes at his political opponents.
Expectedly, when “Gbehkugbeh Junior”, as Bill Twehway is commonly called, mounted the pulpit to preach on the theme: “Are we still throwing stones”, the sermon left little doubt that the NPA boss was referencing his accusers who are insinuating his involvement in the mysterious death of four auditors in recent times.
Frowning seriously on sinners that are in the unwholesome habit of passing judgment on others without finding fault in their lives, Mr. Twehway said Liberians are too quick to judge others.
“We are too evil to throw stones. We impatiently jump to conclusions before getting the real facts. Why do you look at the speck in your fellow’s eyes and pay no heed to the plank in your own eyes?” the NPA MD-cum journeyman pastor shouted from the immaculate pulpit to the thunderous cheers from the congregation.
He said some of those falsely accusing others were themselves on travel bans for buying guns, yet they don’t see the plank in their own eyes but are looking at the speck in other people’s eyes.
“Let us stop throwing stones. Let us get the actual facts before accusing others. But by the time the facts are available, it is too late. When do we stop tarnishing the reputation of innocent people?” Pastor Twehway wondered.
On the reported missing 16 billion Liberian dollars issue, Pastor Twehway said the Government of Liberia had to spend money to hire the services of independent investigators. “We could have used that money to build schools,” he lamented.
Using Matthew Chapter 7 as his Biblical reference to preach against throwing stones, when oneself is not free from sin, Pastor Tweahway implored his fellow citizens to stop throwing stones.
“Stop throwing the stones of evil and hatred, the stones of jealousy and envy, pride and arrogance, anger and bitterness, and become more tolerant of each other’s feelings. Today in Liberia, when I am out of power, I want to see that no other person succeeds. When you provide food in your house, you become the center of gossip for them. When you start to do what they didn’t do in 100 years, you become the center of their gossip.
“Let us embrace each other in the spirit of fellowship and Christianity. Let us always be our brother’s keeper,” Pastor Twehway cautioned.
According to Matthew 7:-5, the Bible cautions against judging others, or you too will be judged. “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
Without outrightly stating the direct cause of his sermon, the NPA Managing Director’s lamentations left little doubt that his supplications were in response to the mounting claims mainly from the opposition bloc that the Government of Liberia is in the know of the mysterious death of the four auditors, and that he, Bill Twehway, played a leading role.