All are citizens of kingdom of God, pastor says at Good Friday breakfast


The Rev. Kenneth M. Donaldson told an audience at the Good Friday breakfast service at the Central YMCA Branch he never goes anywhere without his passport.

And that passport is not a United States passport.

The Rev. Mr. Donaldson said his passport designates him a citizen of the kingdom of God. And not only himself, but all of us, were granted that passport because Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the cost of our sins.

“My spiritual passport identifies me as a spiritual ambassador of the kingdom of God and this place is not my home,” Mr. Donaldson said Friday. “We are kingdom citizens.”

Mr. Donaldson is the pastor of Rising Star Baptist Church on Youngstown’s East Side. Before he spoke, the church’s choir performed.

Quoting extensively from the Apostle Peter’s first and second letters, written to the Christians in Rome who were being persecuted by the Emperor Nero, Mr. Donaldson said we need to live as people who know they have that citizenship that God has given us through the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Read more of his remarks in Saturday's Vindicator or on

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