Why condemn ‘another man’s servant’?

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Following the debate over the contentious “miracle money” has been quite interesting. Some of the remarks have been so snide that they bordered on hatred, which I find quite unnecessary. There is no law in the country’s statutes that compels us all to follow Prophet Uebert Angel or be part of his Spirit Embassy Church or any other church.

Opinion by Phillip Chidavaenzi

Attending or being part of a church, as well as following someone, is a choice. Against this backdrop, I contend that if a person opts to follow Angel, or Prophet Makandiwa, the founder of the United Family International Church (UFIC), then it is their choice and I do not have any right to stop them. Spiritual matters are personal.

I find it quite unfortunate that the holier-than-thou among members of mainline churches are often on the forefront of attacking Pentecostal churches, and would rather “counsel” those of us who have opted for the later, to re-consider our decisions. I have no right to choose a church for someone! I don’t know what it is that made them opt to be part of that church, or to follow the message of a certain pastor.

I have heard a lot of so-called men of God launch scathing attacks on Uebert Angel, and some of them event went as far as branding him a Satanist, following the “miracle money” distribution in Botswana end of last year and in Zimbabwe during the New Year’s eve service dubbed “Cross-Over with no Carry-Over”. Money is said to have appeared in people’s hands, bags and bank accounts, with some receiving confirmation messages on their mobile phones, thanks to e-banking.

This matter has become so controversial, I believe because it has no known precedence in this country, since the advent of the church in Zimbabwe at the turn of the last century.

However, I have always argued that when a pastor attacks another pastor—then there is something wrong with the attacker. In fact, the moment you point at someone with your forefinger, notice that the other four fingers are pointing right back at you.

If you read beyond the words of the accusers, it’s not difficult to tell that most of them have faltering, fledgling and small-time ministries and are often motivated by jealousy.

I find it pathetic that someone can use a whole sermon preaching about another man of God to people who have come to hear the word so that they can be encouraged, comforted and edified! Jesus commanded us to preach the gospel—not to preach about other people!

Passing judgment on other people is a preserve of God. Jesus said: “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam [is] in thine own eye?” (Matthew 7:1-4, KJV).
Jesus never said judge only those you think are doing wrong. He further described anyone who judges others as a “hypocrite”. It’s really astounding that many of those on Angel’s case are not even believers, and should, therefore, use all that time to look into their own lives and consider the salvation of their souls.

One of the biggest problems that believers have, which is often a stumbling block in their own walk of faith, is the attempt to shut God into a little box and provide him with a formula on how to operate.

One major question that has been asked is: Where in the Bible do we find miracle money? Well, if you think the Bible records all that Jesus ever did, then you need to go back to the very basics of Bible study.

This is how John concludes his rendition of the gospel: “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have enough room for the books that would be written” (John 21:21, Gideons New Testament).

God can do anything, anytime. He can move in ways that we have never known him before and perform extraordinary miracles! It’s really sad that we are often content with “small miracles” — for want of an apt term — that when big, extraordinary things begin to happen we are quick to attribute them to the devil, as if he is more powerful than God.

In his book, Love: The Way to Victory, Kenneth Erwin Hagin (the late influential Pentecostal preacher who is often regarded as the father of the Word of Faith movement in the 1800s) related an incident in his life when he, together with other pastors, was ministering in a particular area.

One of the ministers made a serious blunder, which they all condemned. Later on in prayer, Hagin said God confronted him concerning the incident.

Then God quoted Romans 14:4 back to him; “Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? To his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up; for God is able to make him stand.”

  • pchidavaenzi@newsday.co.zw

16 COMMENTS

  1. Taita problem munyika medu with scribes that are getting paid to write these half baked prophecies of the makandiwas, angels and passions. Scribes that dont go behind the stories to investigate what is lying at the bottom of the stories. For example we know through newspaper reports that people are getting airtime in their phones, money in their bank accounts, money in pockets and purses, but not even one source as a beneficiary has been interviewed as a source to substantiate these stories. What do cellphone network providers say about this airtime? Do they feel cheated for it, or does someone pay them? You must surely have sources in the banking sector who can confirm that money from unknown sources is appearing in customers’ accounts. Journalists its your jobs to confirm all these things, not just writing stupid commentaries with no hard evidence castigating those who feel like these prophets are fake. This profession has really gone to the dogs.

  2. The real problem is that everyone wants to be a christian, prophet or apostle but nobody knows how God designed his path to salvation. Ephesian 2 vs 20 say you are built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone. So we go back to Luke 6 vs 12 Jesus prayed throughout the night and the following morning called to himself many of his desciples and chose among them 12 men whom he called apostles. The reason why he chose 12 is revealed on Luke 22 vs 30 or Matthew 19 vs 28 that they would sit on twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. But there was one other race, the gentiles that had to have an apostle who would witness to them and Jesus chose Paul Acts 9 vs 15. All these men had qualities that qualified them to be apostles which can never be found in anyone else thus shutting the door for any claims of being an apostle. In brief the qualities are (1.) They were personally send by the Lord Mark 16 vs 15, Acts 9 vs 6,15-16. (2) They had first hand information from Jesus and nobody preached to them. Their word was the initial message to be believed into the whole world, John 17 vs 20-21. They saw the Lord before and after his death. 1corinthians 15 vs 2-9, Acts 10 vs 34-39. ( 3) They were eyewitnesses and not ear witnesses. (4) All their message was written down in the book of the Lord and not any other book for posterity. All apostles’ message can be found in the bible to clearly differentiate them from these pseudo aplostles. No apostle quoted another’s message but theirs was a fresh message.

    Because of the above reason and the letter on Ephesians, we nolonger have apostles in the church of God but we have the message of the apostles.

    Turning to prophets, a prophet is one who reveals God’s secret message. Amos 3 vs 7. During the time of Israel only one prophet spoke directly with God but any other prophet got God’s message through dreams or visions( Numbers 12 vs 6-8) Deutronomy 34 vs10-12. THus prophets of God are not regional because they represent the owner of the universe so their message has to be known throughout the whole world e.g. Isiah prophesied thousands of years ago but we still have his message because God made sure that his message would be kept in posterity. Vaporofita vaMwari mashoko avo ese akanyorwa pasi kuti agozivisa vanhu nzira yeruponeso. So if there is a prophet of God today, it means that whatever he says is a new word that God did not reveal to Isiah or himself in Jesus or any other prophet and it needs to be written to be used by generations to come. That would then mean that Revelations is not yet closed and there is some staff that needs to be added. So someone has to delete revelations 22 vs 19. And I do not know how God would judge those who died before the emrgence of this particular prophet because they would say if we had heard his message we could have repented. Where does that leave us? It leaves us with one answer sadly for those that are fanatics : We nolonger have prophets because Jesus revealed evreything and nothing more needs to be revealed that will help people on the way to salvation. That is why Ephesians says the foundation below us is the apostles and prophets who had to first lay down the word that would then be used by those who believe. Accordingly whether there is miracle money or not, we don’t have any prophet of God but all those athat are purporting to be are wolves in sheep skin. I will come back with the second part of being a christian and know most people are going to be scared and would hate the message because it will destroy institutions that they have invested heavily in.

    • Mapfumo :Dai Mwari akatanga newe tisina nebhaibhiri where are you getting this theory ,it dosent even fall into the category of revelation..Joel 2:28 and acts 2 :17 ;1 timothy4:14 the last 3 verses i have mentioned are in the new testament wazwa! saka hameno kuty tsvina dzaiurikuzvishusha nekunyora idzi urikudzionepi

  3. You miss the point, the Bible is the standard of the christian faith, any departure from that is condemned , as for your scripture quote you are right in this case the master is actually satan and the servants are makandiwa and Angel. Jesus called them brood of vipers-these pretenders and con-artists, giving false hope to people by claiming worthless miracles that are pure fiction is a sad story for the christian church in Zimbabwe.Show me one person who took a gold sample dropped in the service, -loose weight haa-you idiot, nobody needs more weight than skinny Angel himself.my question is IF THIS IS TRUE THAT THEY MAKE MONEY, WHY DO THEY STILL KEEP ON COLLECTING OFFERINGS ?-you look like a journalist and yet you are deceived enough not to ask yourself that question.They dangle fake hope and collect the real green buck.The funny thing is unbelievers are never easily cheated by such because posturing , hypocrisy is their league , but dump-head , deceived , born -again fools LIKE YOU falls for every joker ¬tricks.

    • greg howel :why do we have to show you gold samples,? are you employed to approve miracles if it is so by who?why do you want to give your self qualifications you dont have ..and why would the early apostles continue to collect offerings yet Jesus perfomed miracle money previously if you are saying miracle money should replace offerings,,wakuda kutozviita foromani wamMwari ka iwe..by the way you are minister of what??you comment on things you dont understand just like a Hwindi(tout) criticising a pilot,,,, i guess the devil lied to you that you the minister of miracle administration..A miracle remains a miracle even if dont believe for your own information Makandiwa and Angel wont even know you dont believe …

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