Church leader lambasts “briefcase prophets”
From MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – A RENOWNED church leader has lashed at an emerging crop of so-called prophets he alleged were enriching themselves at the expense of their poor followers.
Reverend Noah Pashapa, the founder of Life and Liberty Churches International, has described these spiritualists as “briefcase church leaders” for their alleged love of riches.
Stop enriching yourselves at the expense of their congregationâ€ Pashapa said in message directed to fellow church leaders.
He described the character of his religious counterparts as lacking depth the understanding of leadership.
He said they lacked philosophy of religion, training in Theology and polity of the church.
”These chaps are briefcase church leaders who have spent a few weeks and months at most in ‘theological’ school,” alleged Pashapa.
Theirs is a gold spell of prosperity, gold being the underline. It takes from the poor to enrich the teachers. They engage in superficial care and concern activities, whilst robbing from the poor and enriching themselves,â€ Pashapa blasted.
He said many workers who followed these so-called prophets were feeling the pinch of the economic hardships and had flocked to the church in pursue of a change in fortune.
In the last few years, Pentecostal churches have grown tremendously in Zimbabwe.
Among the church leaders at the centre of the growth are Prophets Emmanuel Makandiwa of UFI Ministries, Walter Magaya of PHD Ministries and Spirit Embassy founder, Ubert Angel.
Critics have argued that churches have become money making schemes.
The churches have become synonymous with miracles, healings, signs, wonders and prophecies.
In 2013, Makandiwa and Angel boasted of Miracle Money which would see subscribers of this claim having extra money in their bank accounts and wallets.
Pashapa also recalled a conversation he had with one of the church leaders.
“He and his wife take the offerings and I remember hearing one of the chaps boast that they count the money until they were tired,â€ he alleged.
Pashapa said as such, the church leaders had myopic understanding of the church.
Just their little group is the only authority on the church and everyone else is wrong. Just their brand of Christianity subscribes to one strand which is the gospel of prosperity message which focuses on material items of wealth,” Pashapa said.
Asked for advice how to spot a fake prophet, Pashapa said church goers must raise eyebrows if the leader became the focus of the message.
At the end of the day you are bound to have light and shadow and the church is no exception because it’s run by human beings,â€ Pashapa, who has been ministering for 25 years, said.
– CAJ News
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