'Church will respect the law'

HARARE – A large section of the church,  including “prophets”, has no problems working within prescribed conditions by government which on Wednesday announced that it was working on a raft of regulations to curb malpractices and breaches by clerics.

This comes as President Robert Mugabe has urged long-suffering Zimbabweans to avoid falling prey to fly-by-night and modern-day self-styled prophets he accuses of pursuing money instead of God.

Crowd-pulling clerics — Emmanuel Makandiwa and Walter Magaya — told the Daily News yesterday that they have no problems with the mooted regulations.

“If government says we need to register then we will register because even the Bible talks about respecting authorities.

“There is nothing wrong with that, in fact it would be a good thing because it will ensure things are done properly,” said Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries overseer, Admire Mango.

“With us we say that even if the prophet prays for you, you do not stop medication. The healing is not fake, it’s genuine. So if you are told that you have been healed, you go back to the same doctor that told you had the disease for tests.

Before a person is healed we see your medical report, pray for you and then go back to the doctor for proof that you no longer have the disease. So when you are giving a testimony you will bring the proof from the doctor that you no longer have the disease,” added Mango.

United Family International Church (UFIC) senior pastor and Makandiwa’s spokesperson, Prime Kufa said the regulations will not be a bad thing if the government consults widely before crafting the framework to guide miracle work.

“It is not a bad thing but it will depend on the framework that will be used and how they want to achieve their objectives,” Kufa said.

“Proper consultations need to be done with churches before they implement that, and these consultations must be done and especially with churches that work out miracles and healing.”

Health and Child Care deputy minister Aldrin Musiiwa on Wednesday announced that miracle workers would now require licences to carry out deliverance and healing sessions, or administer any healing ointments and herbs to the public.

“All religious groups, churches, prophets, pastors and individuals must now be registered so that there is cross referencing of their work because as ministry, our role is to look at the health of the people so those that minister to the health of the people must be known to be registered,” said Musiiwa.

“Churches are registered as non-governmental organisations (NGOs), their registration for purposes of prayer has nothing to do with the ministry of health, what we are concerned about is when they start dabbling in healing sessions.

“So the churches then require a separate certificate for their healing sessions. The law is very clear on that, if one persists and gives one even an olive branch as a gesture of healing, and they are not registered, I have no option but to prosecute them because they have become a problem to the nation.”

“I have spoken to churches to make them understand the law, we are saying what we are doing if it is right and bona fide, all that is required is an endorsement from your church to get a licence.

“I don’t see any problem of transparency if what you are going to do is right,” added Musiiwa.

Zimbabwe has in recent witnessed a surge in ‘‘prophets’’ with some claiming to perform ludicrous things such as phoning God and performing miraculous healings — in developments which split opinion among ordinary citizens.

Comments (2)

unfortunately no one can phone god,but might only receive prophecy;for your information,god is not far away fr you that he need n one phoning him,but standing there in your very presence & may choose to communicate with you only thru prophency & agency of his angels called the holy spirit.There are also numerous spirit persons standing in your midst who might b communicating with some of us to do great mysterious works thru the agency of some of these members of the human family;the spirities who are also products of his mighty powers includes Lucifer the great angel & deceiver;satan-the devil & his comrades who only turned such only thru disobedience to the mighty lord,onwer,biginner& creator of the universe with no known roots;these could be communicating these humans who are making a pretence of phoning god

addmore gudo - 19 August 2017

....away fr you that he needs n phoning him..............;these could be communicating with humans who are making a false pretence of phoning god

addmore gudo - 19 August 2017

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