Forty clergy and guests gathered to hear Apostle James C. Thomas, Sr. at our prayer breakfast Thursday, September 20, 2018. Apostle Thomas is the Senior Pastor of the Chosen Generation International Ministries in Lilburn, Georgia. He had just returned from Korea, where he and a dozen other American clergy took part in the International Leadership Conference sponsored by the Universal Peace Federation. While in Korea, Apostle Thomas had a life-changing experience where he felt more deeply the meaning of John 3:16, that “God so loved the world.”
During a break in the conference Archbishop George Augustus Stallings, Jr. invited Apostle Thomas to visit a Buddhist temple, but Apostle Thomas said he would rather go sightseeing. Immediately the Holy Spirit asked him why he wouldn’t go to a Buddhist temple. Apostle Thomas realized that God was challenging him to step outside his comfort zone, and he decided to visit the temple. He was surprised how warmly Archbishop Stallings was greeted by the monks, and when Archbishop Stallings was asked to speak to the congregation, they responded enthusiastically. Apostle Thomas remarked, “Archbishop is such a dynamic speaker. He could address a roomful of atheists and have them on their feet shouting and clapping their hands.”
Apostle Thomas also had a Muslim roommate, who prayed five times a day. This man’s devotion was another inspiration to Apostle Thomas.
By meeting clergy and political leaders from around the world Apostle Thomas realized in a deeper way that God truly loves the entire world, not just the Pentecostal world, or Catholic world, or the world of one race or another.
Pastor Denise Freeman, from Lincolnton, Georgia was the Mistress of Ceremonies. His Excellency Dr. Theodore Roosevelt Britton, former U.S. Ambassador, offered the opening prayer. Dr. Subhan Burton, a professor at West Georgia University and Sufi shaikh, read the purpose of ACLC, offering comments about our projects in Atlanta. Rev. Tom Cutts announced the upcoming National Convocation in New York, and the “Peace Starts with Me” Rally with Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon. And Pastor Mark Abernathy, Senior Pastor of Connect Point Christian Center and ACLC National Co-President, offered concluding remarks. He affirmed Apostle Thomas’ understanding that God loves the entire world and that we should cooperate with others, working beyond our denominational and racial backgrounds.
Submitted by Rev. Tom Cutts, ACLC-GA