War vet Jabulani Sibanda delivers powerful sermon

HARARE - Jabulani Sibanda is best remembered for the unsavoury.

He led Zanu PF campaigns in Masvingo and with the finesse of a hardened foot soldier, he delivered constituencies to the ruling party, albeit through violent threats, his opponents say.

But there is more to this sharp-tongued war veteran. He is no saint, but a captivating preacher whose deep knowledge of the Bible left many spellbound.

Deep in Guruve, a downtrodden land, tucked away from the public glare, Sibanda, standing in for Labour minister Nicholas Goche, had the crowd literally eating out of the palm of his hand as he preached the gospel.

On Sunday, over 1 000 members of Habakkuk Apostolic Faith Mission congregated as they unveiled tombstones in memory of the church’s founding fathers and mothers. And there in the thick of things, was Sibanda.

“I know some churches hate war veterans because they accuse us of being violent,” he said in a moment of commeupance.

“But I still go to their churches and sit at the back and hear what the pastor would be saying, because we are God’s people who are going to heaven and know his word,” Sibanda said.

He began his sermon by chiding Zanu PF youths who had chanted party slogans at the church.

Imi vapfana munoziva Zanu PF. Zanu PF haiite zvemaparty slogans kuchurch. Kana tiri kuchurch tinoita zvaMwari kwete zvemaslogans,” he said.

The moving sermon was hinged on Zephania 3 verse 10.
Sibanda said Africans were looking down upon themselves and this was against the word of God.

“For God said beyond the rivers of Ethiopia lie my people,” Sibanda said.

“He never said beyond Mississippi in America there lie my people, no. He never said beyond the great rivers of Germany, France, Iran, Iraq or England there lie my people, no. But God told Zephania that Africans were his people and I wonder why Africans look down upon themselves when they are God’s people,” said the war veterans’ leader amid ululation and clapping by the congregants.

Sibanda said people have a proclivity of following what they see and not what they are taught at churches.

“God said follow what you are taught and not what you see because the eye loves sin,” he said.

“We have a lot of men who have died because they left behind their wives and children and went and searched kumaAvenues zvinhu zvinofadza meso avo,” he said.

Kumagrowth point nekumabhawa vasikana vanoziva kuti varume havaendi ikoko kunomwa doro. Vanoziva kuti vanenge vechitsvaga zvinhu zvinofadza meso avo ndosaka vachipfeka maminiskirts,” added Sibanda as the congregants burst into laughter.

Comments (12)

KKKKKKKK, even Satan quotes the Bible. Remember the second temptation of Jesus: Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “'He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone, Psalmp1 Vs 11 & 12. So there is nothing holy about Jabulani's sermon. In any case, I do not know why blacks always struggle to equate themselves to Isralites. The verse quoted by Jabulani refers to Israel which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia. Africa is in Ethiopia and not beyond the rivers of Ethiopia. God's people are the Israelites. A black man always strives to claim what is not his, or what he is not. And that is why the blacks are lazy, they wait for others races to do things, and then claim that they are for blacks. Just look at indegenisation, and you will understand what I mean.

Danai Pazvagozha - 17 June 2014

Even the devil delivers powerful sermons. Vanhu vemachurch makapusa manhingi. Mapositori akapa Mugabe gamenzi netsvimbo achinyatsoziva kuti muRoma azere. Zvinotenderwa here izvozvo madzibaba nemadzimai?

Kachembere kekwaChivi - 17 June 2014

Rubbish story. Mashaya zvekunyora here?

Tongogara - 17 June 2014

Rumour has it Jabulani was once an Elder KuSeven Day Edivenzi.Kunyepa here? No wonder that sermon was powerful!!!!

Fairtalk - 17 June 2014

Danai you're misleading people as well. There's only one God and what's your meaning about saying: "God's people are the Israelites" You're lying God's people are those who believe in His word and being doers of His word. John 3:16 says: For God loved the world not only Israel, so that who believe in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. So you're lying you Danai don't preach your opinions and feign it's the Word of God.

Regalia - 17 June 2014

Give credit to Jabu for preaching the word in a place where no present day preacher is interested in because they dont gather reasonable offerings there. Their cost benefit analysis is against preaching there. Revenue in terms of offerings $5 transport and food $2000. Cant even break even. Social benefits : People come to christ. Social Cost: Looked down upon by urban Pastors and Urban worshipers and loose membership. Overally Project of preaching in Dotito has more costs (both monetary and social) than benefits.

mbatatisi - 17 June 2014

Everything was meant, first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. Read the Bible. Do not be like Muslims, who are simply jealous of Israel, and even had the audacity to devise their own fake messenger in the name of that guy who was devoured by dogs when all and sundry thought that he was going to heaven.

Mashonaland Dickmarsh - 17 June 2014

nhai vanamadzibaba pindurayi muranda waMwari, kachembere kekwaChivi mubvunzo waabvunza. Zvinotenderwa here?

Tsvukukuviri - 17 June 2014

Ummmmmm let usall our utmost to exercise restraint and refrain from provocative conduct calculated at exacerbating the feelings of others.

MADZIBABA - 17 June 2014

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