Prophets, miracles hog 2012 limelight

HARARE - Never in the history of Zimbabwe has preachers hogged the limelight, pulled large crowds and caught media attention with headline-grabbing feats, as the “prophetic movement” continued to soar above the conventional religious groups.

New generation preachers and evangelists “live heaven on earth” while indoctrinating their followers with the same ambition.

They have evidently defied the notion that preachers and religious leaders ought to live frugal lives, waiting for the ascension to heaven in line with one of the Biblical beatitudes.

Preachers have redefined Biblical pledges that promise blessings for the poor and a place in the Kingdom of Heaven.

As preachers spread the prosperity gospel the new motto is: “We were not born again to suffer again”
Driving top-of-the-range vehicles and living luxurious lifestyles can only prove wrong the Shona adage: “Nhamo pasi, Rugare Kudenga” literally translated to — suffer on earth and prosper in heaven, as coined by ‘‘lazy’’ religious folk who had given up on life.

While youthful prophets such as Emmanuel Makandiwa and Uebert Angel made headlines for performing mind blowing “miracles”, defrocked clergyman and former Anglican maverick Bishop Nolbert Kunonga had his day in “Hell” as bishop Chad Gandiya won a legal battle, spanning half a decade resulting in his ouster.

Affectionately known as Major or Papa, Angel was voted Africa’s most influential young person and also made a historic visit to South Africa where he met iconic former South African President Nelson Mandela along with his peer Emmanuel Makandiwa.

Makandiwa was also voted Africa’s most influential young person as he attracts one of the largest congregations in Zimbabwe.

The preacher hosted the Judgment Night which was arguably the most talked about event of the year.

Judgment Night attracted a capacity crowd of over 100 000, a feat unparalleled since Zimbabweans thronged Rufaro Stadium out of the euphoria of gaining freedom to welcome the country’s independence in 1980.

The much publicised gathering was filled with expectancy as it had been reported that Makandiwa had prophesied the “imminent death” of an oppressor, who he said has deprived people of freedom.

However, on the night, Makandiwa did not deliver his “God given message” expressively like fellow prophet TB Joshua who “prophesied” the death of an old African president, the coincidence being the death of Malawian president Bingu waMutharikha.

Makandiwa’s spiritual ally Angel left tongues wagging when he launched “miracle money” during one of his crusades in Botswana.

Those in attendance were spellbound as “miracle money” found its way into their wallets, bank accounts, mobile phones and their pockets.

A sceptical gentleman present had his 500 000 Botswana pula loan approved in the wee hours of the event after he had struggled for over a year, while Angel said his task on the night was to confound the doubtful.

On New Year’s Eve Angel hosted the “Cross over night” at the City Sports Centre where over 25 000 people were in attendance.

While many Zimbabweans due to unemployment, poverty, desperation and in dire need for miracles flock to the new generation of prophets’ churches, the older generation of preachers are sceptical about the new phenomenon.

Noah Pashapa, a bishop at Liberty Churches International is on record as saying there was need for people to discern and test miracles against what the word of God says.

Pashapa warned Zimbabweans of deception, since in the times of Moses, Pharaoh’s magicians imitated Moses’ miracles.

“Some miracles are a hoax meant to hoodwink the gullible into believing that it is the God of the Bible at work when they are shamanic powers,” he said.

Another clergyman Godwin Chitsinde of Spoken Word Ministries said such miracles were deceptive and made a scathing attack on Angel and his miracles.

“There is no God who operates like that because these are old Nigerian tactics to rob people of their cash. That was a stage managed act just like T. B Joshua’s,” Chitsinde said.

With the dawn of a brand new year, Zimbabweans should brace for a larger “prophetic movement” as more of these are likely to rise, while current ones continue to soar.

But the Bible says “You shall know them by their fruits”. Time will tell. - Nyasha Chingono

• Below are some of the 2013 forecasts by leading churches and clergymen;

Makandiwa ( UFI) —Year of divine solutions
Uerbet Angel (Spirit Embassy) — Year of the shadow of God
TB Joshua — Year of a New Dream
Pastor Chris —Year of Favour
ZAOGA — Year of revelation, Wisdom and Discernment
Celebration Ministries — God First
Jabula Ministries —Year of Firm Foundations.

Comments (1)

do not true to wat u noe.let the man of God do what they noe.nd let everyone else believe in what they see as forthcoming.God is to judge not you

faith wendy bhariri - 10 October 2013

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