Makandiwa taunts church leaders

HARARE - United Family International Church (UFIC) leader, Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa, has castigated congregants and church leaders for not looking after their parents.

He was speaking at a church service yesterday, shortly after the church’s charity arm, Agape Family Care, led by Prophetess Ruth Makandiwa, had donated 200 blankets and 200 tennis shoes to widows and elderly women in the church.

The UFIC leader took a dig at Christians and church leaders who made huge sacrifices to the church yet their biological parents reel in abject poverty and are often neglected.

He said just as was the case with the Pharisees during Jesus’ time, a lot of church leaders were encouraging their congregants to give to them at the expense of the congregants’ biological parents on the false pretext that such giving would attract a blessing to the giver.

“The sad thing we are having during our time is that people are taught that they will be free if they give to us (Church leaders) and neglect their biological) parents”, he quipped adding that such doctrines encourage congregants to “leave the commandment of God, and hold fast the tradition of men.” (Mark 7:08).

Makandiwa said it was impossible for any man of God to bless his congregants if he does not teach them to look after their parents.

He also castigated such false doctrine saying that it is responsible for perpetuating the congregants’ suffering, poor health and economic conditions.

Visibly passionate about his message, which he had warned at the beginning that it was not going to attract any applause, Makandiwa said that “preachers are busy pretending like they are delivering people” yet all they are doing is to spread a false doctrine and teaching about a certain type of giving which makes it difficult for any of the church members to be totally free from the grip of a curse that is brought on children if they do not honour their parents .

“It doesn’t matter how many times they (people who seek deliverance) would roll on the floor. It doesn’t matter how many times they will vomit, never lie to them that they are free unless you teach them how to look after their parents,” he chided other men of God to some deafening cheers from his congregants.

Makandiwa said church leaders should not be the only ones targeted for blessing by their congregants but that Christians should ensure their biological parents are taken care of.

“If you are talking of blessing your pastor, you have already done that. I’m talking about blessing your parents. I should not be the only person you target to bless. Take care of your parents,” he urged members of his church.

He also castigated church members who do not look after their parents on the pretext that they are working on their personal projects like building their own houses. He said that even in difficult times, church members should ensure their parents are taken care of.

“Some of you are working on your own personal projects ever since you were born. Where is your mother? Ever since you came to Harare, nothing has come from you. Yet when Jesus was on the cross, he was still concerned about his mother,” he added.

Makandiwa also lamented the behaviour of most people who neglect their parents regardless of the various sacrifices by parents in raising them.

“After all your parents have done for you, you run away from them. You can’t even remember them. By just looking at that, even me as your pastor I begin to suspect you can also run away from me. It means we cannot satisfy you.”

Makandiwa also chided children who do not look after their parents believing them to be witches and wizards.

“Some of you are even accusing your parents of being witches. You look at your suffering and you begin to accuse your mother.

“You don’t even look at the economy. Industries are closing down. Cash is now difficult to come by, yet you don’t look at all that. You just look (accuse) at your mother. Is she a member of Parliament?” he asked rhetorically adding that no men of God can pronounce a blessing on any church member if that member did not make peace with parents and begins to take care of them.

“This hand can never bless you. There is nothing in this hand for you. I will never lie to you. It will be better for you to leave this church today.”

“There will never be a time when God will bless you until and unless you do what is right. Sons and daughters of this ministry, I command you today, go and look after your parents”, he urged his congregants adding that he was expecting to receive text messages from church members informing him that they had finished building houses for their parents.

Comments (58)

great message prophet. thank you for enlightening us. my life will never be the same again

wind - 12 May 2014

Though I'm not one of Makandiwa's followers, he gave a good sermon. However I find no basis as to why his sermon had to be printed in a national newspaper, is it for the benefit of those who did not attend the service or is this a publicity stunt? Are we to read about his sermons every monday since we never attend his services? Come on Daily News.

Dr Know - 12 May 2014

Thank you prophet of God, this is the absolute truth

brian munanga - 12 May 2014

Well said young man, Makandiwa. It looks like you have had enough of the "gifts" from your congregants. At least you have a conscience. I never thought you had one.

Regis - 12 May 2014

wow, God at work indeed. I go to an Anglican church, and yesterday sunday 11, that is the very message that was preached. that we must take good care of our biological parents. step mothers/fathers, in-laws, orphans in our care. else we will not have blessings in our lives. Prophet, this is powerful. God is faithful. The word at work. Indeed God is speaking to us all,

Js - 12 May 2014

Thank You Papa

Nyasha Mugeri - 12 May 2014

Nice message Papa

Tatenda - 12 May 2014

well said emmanuel makandiwa. charity begins at home and does not end there. the bible says honour thy parents so that your days will be added.

think - 12 May 2014

@js - co coincidence at all. Yesterday was Mothers Day and it follows that teaching about taking care of one's parents gets attention. Good word all the same. I support these sermons. They are of God.

JSC - 12 May 2014

@js - no coincidence at all. Yesterday was Mothers Day and it follows that teaching about taking care of one's parents gets attention. Good word all the same. I support these sermons. They are of God.

JSC - 12 May 2014

Amen Papa , idama iriro .

Morris Ben Nherera - 12 May 2014

ndiko kugona, looking after one's parents is the surest way of receiving blessings.

mukadota - 12 May 2014

ndinopa kuchurch ndichisara ndisisina saka ndovapei vabereki vangu. ndinotongoshaya kuti zvirikumbofamba sei?

Chidondova - 12 May 2014

Glory be to God... Ukaonawo munhu anoshora mashoko akadai anoda kudzikinurwa

tk - 12 May 2014

Does he bless anyone? Vamwe vanhu votongonamata munhu, tsve kutevera Mwari.

Tongogara weChachacha - 12 May 2014

mazadzisa murairo watakasiirwa wokuti TIDANE AMEN

OBERT - 12 May 2014

Great message.

machakachaka - 12 May 2014

thank you man of God

concerned - 12 May 2014

Think he has had enough of them gifts!

Semhalo - 12 May 2014

Dr Know, when a man is followed by throngs of people e.g. 160 000 to be precise , then that man's exploits shall be published. It makes perfect sense to me. He is a newsmaker of Billy Graham proportions in this nation. I am not his flock but I recognize that something epoch defining is taking shape through him !

bollo billings - 12 May 2014

...has castigated congregants and church leaders for not looking after their parents. ...yet their biological parents reel in abject poverty and are often neglected. ...if he does not teach them to look after their parents. ...that is brought on children if they do not honour their parents . ...but that Christians should ensure their biological parents are taken care of. ...that they are free unless you teach them how to look after their parents, ...Makandiwa also chided children who do not look after their parents ...Makandiwa also lamented the behaviour of most people who neglect their parents

Wise Man - 12 May 2014

This is the truth ,thank you for spreading the right word.

Wafaz - 12 May 2014

Amen , may God bless our parents and may he help us that we never fail them . Zimbabwe you are blessed !

Spoken Word - 13 May 2014

Thank you Mr Makandiwa',God bless you

Believe chizeya - 13 May 2014

Thank you Mr Makandiwa',God bless you

Believe chizeya - 13 May 2014

Thank prophet may God continue to use you as his servant

truezimbo - 13 May 2014

thank you ma prophet .God bless me ,i have learned a lot from the ministry i wish and strive to change from today....

mesuli tshuma - 13 May 2014

Thank You Papa

VIVA UFIC - 13 May 2014

Thank you Jesus!!

Yossuf - 13 May 2014

iiiihhhh! dai shoko iri richigara richiparidzwa mumachurch,aah! Mwari vangafare bcz machristians had forgotten that they have parents

mel - 13 May 2014

This is a message rich in the word of GOD. Thank you man of God, Prophet E. Makandiwa

freedom - 13 May 2014

Thank you for the powerful word Prophet. TI think some people need deliverance for them to honour their parents. Demons attack in various ways. Kutorutsa ikoko kunounza deliverance inoita kuti tisaone vabereki sechinhu. I have been to a church where a demon manifested saying tisu tinoita kuti asade vana vake, murume wake and abviously maparents anenge asingadiwe. Deliverance as mentioned comes in many ways. PAMBERI NEPARENTAL BLESSING. THIS IS THE 2ND TEACHING ON PARENTAL BLESSING I HAVE HEARD. THE FIRST ONE WAS AT PHD MINISTRIES AND THIS IS POWERFUL.

Concerned - 13 May 2014

THANK YOU MUNHU WAMWARI

SIMBA - 13 May 2014

Amen, well said

N Ncube - 13 May 2014

It puzzles me for people to say thank you thank you, were you not in your own conscience aware that you should take care of your parents. Its good message indeed but you dont need a prophet of God to tell you this

Jomu Pee - 13 May 2014

Aah, zvinoshamisa chaizvo, saka kune ma kristu chaiwo asingachengeti vabereki vavo asi vachikwanisa kupa kuchechi?

Zibanai Chinyoka - 13 May 2014

true my father PROPHET E MAKANDIWA for this teaching .

PERCY CHARU WE KU BEIT BRIDGE - 13 May 2014

thank u prophet

allen matonhodze - 13 May 2014

Thank you Makandiwa your teaching is becoming relevant and I pray for you not to join politics or not to be used by the dirt politicians.Just concentrate on your mission of good teachings ,one day I will join your church.GOD BE WITH US.

kabila - 13 May 2014

aguta muporofita wenyu uya, hanzi chipayivo vamwe

fatsurayi - 13 May 2014

its surprising how some people fail to respect those whom God has elevated. if you have a nice comment just do so with respect! I can imagine how some would have referred to Jesus given he was only 30yrs old when He started His ministry. Just show respect! Prophet Makandiwa has always preached about looking after parents. Pane wamakanzwa here weku UFIC akati akadyirwa mari yake?

for Jesus - 15 May 2014

apa makandiwa wataurawo apa

hove - 16 May 2014

" church leaders" ????????????????? une zvitsvago iwe !!!!! good sermon though thanks

lolo - 16 May 2014

thank God we for his mighty servant amongst us. May he continue blessing him.

stm - 16 May 2014

This is powerful. Vese vanoteerera shoko rinobva kumuporofita waMwari uyu will surely be changed for the better. I thank God I am one of them. Thank you Prophet.

sent - 16 May 2014

ane nzeve dzokunzwa ngaanzwe zvinoreva mweya kukereke..anoshora izvi anemweya wetsvina apa pataurwa apa

Ramy - 16 May 2014

ko kuti papa kutii futi

professor - 16 May 2014

Man Of God thank you for a powerful gospel which is now rare in the modern day church sermons. Definately God has revealed to me the true Gospel that will bring total deliverance to my life.Surely blessed Liberty Muchenje(south Africa)

liberty muchenje - 17 May 2014

Man Of God thank you for a powerful gospel which is now rare in the modern day church sermons. Definately God has revealed to me the true Gospel that will bring total deliverance to my life.Surely blessed Liberty Muchenje(south Africa)

liberty muchenje - 17 May 2014

Man Of God thank you for a powerful gospel which is now rare in the modern day church sermons. Definately God has revealed to me the true Gospel that will bring total deliverance to my life.Surely blessed Liberty Muchenje(south Africa)

liberty muchenje - 17 May 2014

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