A PASTORAL LETTER FROM THE EPISCOPAL OFFICE,
THE METHODIST CHURCH IN MALAYSIA
2 Samuel 7:22 "How great you are, O Sovereign LORD!
There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears.
The Methodist Church in Malaysia family praises and thanks Almighty God for His sovereign protection and providence as we stand steadfast in the light of unprovoked attacks on our Chinese Methodist Church, Kota Bahru, Kelantan [see CCM statement reported in Malay Mail On Line on 10 Jan 2018]. We continue to maintain prayerful vigilance even as we also pray for the perpetrators.
As the General Elections 14 [GE 14] that need to take place by August 2018 marches nearer, let us all pray for peace and orderliness for the run-up to the elections as well as integrity of the election process and for God's sovereign providential outcome thereafter.
Let us keep our eyes on the Highest Authority, Almighty God, as we pray for the high cause of the election of those who will guide the future of this beloved nation of ours – at federal and state levels. Let the Methodist churches unite with other churches and congregations locally to fervently pray for the GE 14.
Together as God's people, we shall reverently seek the sovereign Almighty God's glory in blessing our fair land with leadership of governance that is just, honest, compassionate and righteous - that would sincerely serve the people and committedly deepen their welfare, uphold the rule of law, honour the Federal Constitution and courageously act to unite the people of Malaysia.
As we fervently watch and pray, let us also committedly act where we can to contribute to a clean and fair election process and to fulfil our responsibility of casting our vote as citizens of this land.
Jeremiah 29:7 "Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you …."
Romans 15:13 "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit".
Bishop Ong Hwai Teik
The Methodist Church in Malaysia
16 January 2018
Please take note of the
Aug 2010 binding Decision of General Conference Executive Council of The Methodist Church in Malaysia -
"That the GCEC resolves that no Methodist church should apply for or receive government grants, irrespective of the party in power, in the period between the nomination date of any election to the polling date of the same. Given the present socio-political context, this will send a clear signal to everyone that the church is non-partisan. More importantly, it will make clear that the Methodist Church does not condone actions that are or can be perceived as being related to money politics."