Pashapa slams 'sham prophets'

HARARE - Cleric Noah Pashapa yesterday became one of the few prominent local clergymen to repeat his open questioning of the claimed powers of Zimbabwe’s ubiquitous, self-styled prophets.

His criticism comes after flamboyant preacher and founder of the Spirit Embassy church, Uebert Angel, was recently denied entry into Zambia.

The charismatic Angel and his entourage were earlier this month turned away at Lusaka International Airport by President Edgar Lungu’s government after being deemed unwanted visitors.

Pashapa, who leads the Life and Liberty Churches International, hailed Lungu’s administration yesterday for having taken the decision.

“Kudos to Zambian church and gvnt (government) for keeping charlatan fake prophets out of their country ... great lesson for all of us!!!

“This is not fishing for praise or recognition ‘cause by God’s grace I have had more than my fair share of these over the years.

“It is to highlight the importance of preventing Christ’s followers from being taken advantage of by charlatan false prophets who hide chains of spiritual manipulation, exploitation and oppression under coverings of spiritual father-connections, spiritually protecting or enhancing anointed artefacts, stage-managed miracles and magic-ritual-like redemption offerings,” Pashapa wrote on his Facebook wall.

“These tricks hide from sincere unsuspecting salvation-seekers the simple message of the cross of Jesus Christ which casts out superstitiousness, fear and spiritual dependency and perpetual infancy while promoting spiritual maturity, freedom of conscience, the priesthood of all believers and Christ’s delegated authority and liberty to resist the devil and cast out demons made available to every believer.

“I get angry when such basic biblical truths are covered up by trickery resulting in believers being manipulated, exploited and oppressed by charlatan false prophets,” Pashapa added.

Angel, who has since rebranded his Spirit Embassy to the Good News Church, was on May 4 held for several hours at Lusaka International Airport before being denied entry into Zambia, where he was to participate at a massive church gathering.

Last week, Lungu supported the move to deny Angel entry into his country, saying Zambia was a sovereign State with the right to decide who visits their country.

“We did not deport him, we just refused him entry. We have the right as a sovereign state to decide who comes and goes out of the country. That’s our preserve as a nation,” Lungu told Zambian media.

Angel, born Uebert Mudzanire, and who relocated to the United Kingdom (UK) three years ago amid claims by one of his former congregants that he had been duped by the 38-year-old preacher, is not shy to blow his horn and flaunt his wealth.

He had a number of brushes with authorities, including being linked with so-called miracle money and being placed on the police wanted list on allegations of defrauding a Harare man of his luxury vehicle worth $300 000.

Angel’s warrant of arrest involving the car was later cancelled by former provincial magistrate Vakai Chikwekwe after the complainant in the case indicated that he had opted for an out-of-court settlement with the then accused.

This is not the first time that Pashapa has savaged the country’s new breed of “prophets”, who he has previously accused of only being largely interested in preaching messages of prosperity, instead of salvation.

Speaking in an interview in 2015, Pashapa also strongly laid into the self-styled prophets.

“Theirs (approach to the gospel) ... takes from the poor to enrich the teachers. They engage in superficial care and concern activities, whilst robbing the poor and enriching themselves.

“They have a very 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 wealth,” Pashapa said then.

Comments (15)

A real man of God does not use his pulpit to condemn. Preach the word of God. Stop grand standing. God fights His own battles. Please just love.

Dzvuke Muchaina - 22 May 2017

Dzvuke -Noah is not condemning,he is simply speaking the truth that many know but are afraid to speak out because they are no different from this angel guy. That seems to bother you.I wonder why? Are you not being a hypocrite yourself by seemingly condemning Noah. Keep up Pashapa. The truth shall set us free!

Tom - 22 May 2017

If good people do not condemn evilness than we aill all be doomed. The prosperity gospel marchers have distorted christianity, and basartdised religion and faith. Its all about money, money and money in their narrow sense that if you give God $5 today, you will reap it 10 times tomorrow! Buying God with money for money! Really now?

Ribert Gabriel Matibili - 22 May 2017

Mr Pashapa is entitled to his foolish opinions and should not pretend to sympathize with us. We know that he is immensely benefiting from donor funds but its public information that he is not taking care of his mother. Is that bibilical.

mbatatisi - 22 May 2017

Shuwa mbatatisi uri mbatatisi chaiyo. I suppose you are one of these fake prophets or one of their stupid followers..

cry my beloved country - 22 May 2017

The Zambian government did not give any bibilical or spiritual reason for the deportations but its surprising that we now have our Academic 'Man of Gold' appointing themselves spokespersons of the Zambian Government and justify political decisions of a Sovereign State.

mbatatisi - 22 May 2017

..the flamboyant lifestyle speaks volumes abt his devotion n practice. The niche gospel of planting $100 in promise of millions of dollars in return surely doesn't make sense. Its totally devoid of Christian ethics n just

mukotamukuru - 23 May 2017

Kudos to Rev Pashapa ,HE Edgar Lungu and all right minded people for braving these chalatans and telling them what they are and sending the message that their days are numbered.

Petros D.Dhliwayo - 23 May 2017

Kudos to Rev Pashapa ,HE Edgar Lungu and all right minded people for braving these chalatans and telling them what they are and sending the message that their days are numbered.

Petros D.Dhliwayo - 23 May 2017

Kudos to Rev Pashapa ,HE Edgar Lungu and all right minded people for braving these chalatans and telling them what they are and sending the message that their days are numbered.

Petros D.Dhliwayo - 23 May 2017

Kudos to Rev Pashapa ,HE Edgar Lungu and all right minded people for braving these chalatans and telling them what they are and sending the message that their days are numbered.

Petros D.Dhliwayo - 23 May 2017

Kudos to Rev Pashapa ,HE Edgar Lungu and all right minded people for braving these chalatans and telling them what they are and sending the message that their days are numbered.

Petros D.Dhliwayo - 23 May 2017

Rev Pashapa is the voice of God here. Jeremiah had to stand up to false prophets. Enough is enough!

Izikiel - 23 May 2017

Have nothing to do with the kingdom of darkness rather expose them surely zimbabwe is full of false prophets who have acquired power from their so called spirritual powers they use strong muthi to have large followers and perform magical signs their work speaks their prophecy is based only on material things many of them use poor zimbabweans to build palaces forthemselves wake up zimbabwe in their churches you are controlled by evil powers all who are under their control cannot see beyond surely they are wolves you shall know them by their works these are nyangas in suit they prophesy they see but the power is from Ghana.kenya nigeria bulawayo makwe mountain to mention a few these prophets are too dangerous their followers are no longer giving glory to God but to prophet

david - 26 June 2018

2 Timothy 3

Daniel 5 - 27 June 2018

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