'Soccer-predicting prophets playing games'

BULAWAYO - Zimbabwe has in the past five years seen a prophetic wave rising from obscurity with diverse messages, speaking into the economy, others on miracle money and even predicting soccer results.

The new generation of clergy have a "unique" calling from their predecessors as they have succeeded in toeing the lines of conventional Christianity, speaking the contemporary message of prosperity and blessing.

The excitement surrounding such ‘Men of God’ is incredulous as hoards of church members gullibly follow the astounding signs and wonders which they perform. But one would want to check the source.

Bulawayo has spawned a ‘unique’ prophet who has hogged the limelight for predicting soccer results in the name of Prophet Blessing Chiza of Eagle Life Ministries.

His soccer prophesies have been the talk of the town in Bulawayo during the ongoing Chan finals in South Africa.

Recently, Chiza of Eagle Life Ministries ‘‘prophesied’’ the Warriors 2-1 win against Mali, but misfired when he foretold a 3-0 victory over Libya in the semifinals which did not materialise.

On Wednesday, Chiza was quoted in a Bulawayo-based daily paper saying God had told him that the Warriors would proceed to the finals of the tournament and even mentioned the scorers in the match.

After Wednesday’s match, two Bulawayo men, Collen Dube from Pumula South and Tapiwa Sibanda of Luveve 5 reportedly lost $1 000 and $30 respectively after betting basing on Chiza’s prophecy.

As a result, many on the streets of Bulawayo have thus vowed not to believe in any men of God as a result of the false prophecy.

“Prophecy about football matters does not work. I have decided not to believe anyone who prophesies in the name of God,” Geshom Tofara said after watching the match at a local pub.

Heartbroken Warriors fans anticipated an easy win for the national team in accordance with Chiza’s prophecy, but were roundly disappointed when their beloved team bowed out of the finals.

A Bulawayo-based prophet has condemned prophets who foretell soccer matches and ‘trivial’ issues, saying they should concentrate on nation building and matters of economic prosperity.

“God the Holy Spirit has serious issues to deal with. People are dying in sin and the gospel is yet to reach other parts of world,” Pastor of Word of Faith Ministries, Anglistone Sibanda said.

He said such prophesies were a mere gimmick for fame and fortune.

“Prophets are now getting carried away by an ardent desire for worldly fame and popularity to attract more people and money into their congregations,” Sibanda said.

He said preaching should be centred on God alone.

“The gospel is good news unto salvation and not soothsaying to gain fame,” he added.

Soccer lovers in the city of Kings are furious with the Eagle Life founder after the loss which saw the national team crushing out of the tournament with a 5-4 loss on penalties.

This has cast doubt over the authenticity of prophets in Zimbabwe and their ability to solve the problems facing the nation.

“Prophets of nowadays lie just to get into our pockets. Today Chiza ate his words,” Marvellous Sangweni said after Zimbabwe’s match against Libya on Wednesday.

Another Warriors’ supporter said Chiza took it too far by predicting more games and scorers.

“I think he has taken it too far because today he was way off the course on his prophecy. How could a 3-0 win be turned into a 5-4 loss? I don’t understand, I think he should concentrate on preaching and leave prophecy,” Mduduzi Tshuma, a local bar tender said.

Last year, Chiza who is believed to be a staunch Highlanders supporter predicted its win in the Mbada Diamonds Cup.

During Zimbabwe against Mali encounter members of the public took to the social network in the ongoing Chan tournament in South Africa, saying the prophet’s intuitions had come true.

But after the loss the public awaits to hear anymore soccer-related prophecies from the clergy.

Comments (9)

chin`ganga chimunhu ichi musachiti muporofita chibvisei muchechi nekuti ndechinwe chigumbura chirikukura

funman - 3 February 2014

Thois fools must be banned.

Tongogara - 3 February 2014

I DID NOT SEE ALL THE PROPHECIES GIVEN BY CHIZA BUT I BELIEVE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE MISSED SOME OF WHAT HE SAID. ANYWAY I THINK THE MAN OF GOD SHOULD HAVE NOT GONE TO PRESS FOR THIS ONE UNLESS WHEN HE KNOWS WHAT HAS IN STORE TO EXPLAIN WHAT HAPPENED. HIS PREDICTIONS COULD HAVE BEEN TRUE, BUT AS USUAL BUT OF THEM COME TRUE WITH CONDITIONS AND HE MIGHT HAVE NOT MENTIONED THEM OR PEOPLE DECIDED NOT TO HERE THEM. WHAT I KNOW IS THAT GOD IS INTERESTED IN SOCCER AS MUCH AS THE DEVIL IS. SO PASTOR SIBANDA SHOULD NOT JUST THROW AWAY WHAT WHAT IS HAPPENING WITHOUT A THOUGHT TO IT.

sammy - 3 February 2014

NDIYO KA CHURCH INOPINDWA NA TATENDA TAIBU

maroto - 3 February 2014

If people don`t understand PROPHECY they should zip there mouths. a prophecy comes with conditions and if you don`t follow those conditions that prophecy will not come to pass.Live the man of God alone before you invite curses on your lives.

themba - 3 February 2014

Mbuya Nehanda said Zimbabwe will be free before she was killed. This came to pass. Can we say she was a prophetess?

Artwell - 3 February 2014

sammy... you are saying that God is interested in soccer as much as the devil does? What a pack of hogwash. If God wants Zimbabwe to win does it mean there are no Christians in the other team who pray to God just as much? Chiza even has tshirts in church written 'Bosso in conjunction with Highlanders'. That is one thing sure to cause division in the church because what of me a staunch die hard Dynamos supporter? I will certainly not attend a church where there are Bosso tshirts all over. In other words this causes division in the house of God...and divided over what, soccer? Themba, you are the one who does not understand prophecy. The Bible is plain and clear about the new testament prophecy, that it comes to edify, comfort and exhort the church....not to cause such division

ChurchBoy - 5 February 2014

Artwell...Mbuya Nehanda was certainly a prophetess....but not of God. She used evil powers to consult and gain insight into the future. Even the Bible gives accounts of the use of evil powers, for example when Moses performed the 10 miracles, most of those miracles were duplicated by the magicians of Egypt...Moses threw his stick to the ground and it turned into a snake, the magicians did the same with their sticks. when moses caused frogs to appear, the magicians also did the same. They did have powers but evil powers. Mbuya Nehanda was a sir it medium, meaning she consulted with "spirits of dead people" to gain understanding. The Bible is clear that when someone dies they are dead, so meaning she was consulting with evil spirits

ChurchBoy - 5 February 2014

prophensy on the weekend wins matches

osirim luke - 19 April 2016

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