The title of this article was not chosen by accident – it’s in the light of the latest events. Almost every member of the Embassy of God church is puzzled (with this question).
Everyone can remember how the former Minister of Internal Affairs Yuriy Lutsenko and his colleagues repeatedly claimed in Ukrainian Mass Media that Pastor Sunday Adelaja was involved in King’s Capital Company and was going to be taken into custody (though all those statements were made before the investigation and legal procedure started). Especially distressful was the fact that that unpleasant situation coincided with the holiday season (Christmas and New Year).
A little more than two years have passed and the situation is repeated the other way round. On New Year’s eve, Mr. Y.Lutsenko was taken into custody himself. It is difficult to imagine what Lutsenko, his relatives and friends are experiencing right now. May God not let us experience anything like that!
“Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice, or the LORD will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them”. (Proverbs 24:17-18)
In order to avoid guesswork, gossips, and tittle-tattle inside and outside the church, and also to keep our hearts clean, we have decided to clarify the question and announce our position concerning the situation with Mr Y.Lutsenko.
You probably have already guessed where the Embassy of God church stands on this situation: no matter how anyone has treated us, we will keep our hearts clean and will not rejoice if any of our ill-wishers (persecutors) gets in trouble.
This is why we (the administration of the Embassy of God church) address all people, especially our church members and friends all around the world, with a request to intercede for the families of Mr Y.Lutsenko and the ex-prime-minister Y.Timoshenko in your prayers. Right now (more than ever before) they need God’s comfort, support, and supernatural intervention.
Also we encourage every one of you to pray for the government of Ukraine. It is quite a difficult time for the country – the time of making crucial, important, and right decisions to fight the existing iniquities; the time to be filled with wisdom from above to keep balance between crime and punitive measure; the time to consolidate the trust of Ukrainian people towards us.
Ukraine has entered the year 2011 with some uneasiness and now, like never before, we need to pray for government bodies and people in power as the Holy Scripture impels us to:
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth”. (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
We also call all our brothers and sisters to remember the injunction of the Scripture, which tells us that we need to rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn (Rom. 12:15).
In relation to this, we encourage you to do what you can to help families and relatives of these people when possible.
“If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink”. Proverbs 25:21
Also, using this opportunity, we would like to address all who are going through a difficult time in this holiday season. The Embassy of God church is ready to help and support you in this hard time of your life. Our Trust Line consultants are ready to hear you out, consol you, help you find a solution and pray for you and your family.
Call us: +38(044) 2227732
At the Embassy of God church the new year has been proclaimed to be the year of God’s visitation. We pray for all our brothers and sisters as well as for all citizens of Ukraine for God to visit your houses and families in a special way in this year 2011!
May the Lord bless you!
The Embassy of God
Translated by Ekaterina Popova
Edited by Tunde Okedeyi