Battle for supremacy among modern day prophets rages

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HARARE — In Zimbabwe, a battle for supremacy is raging among the charismatic and fairly young modern day prophets who have sent shockwaves within the religious circles in this predominantly Christian Southern African country.

Byron Mutingwende

These prophets include Emmanuel Makandiwa of the United Family International Church, Walter Magaya of Prophetic and Healing Deliverance church and Eubert Angel of Spirit Embassy church.

These prophets perform some breathtaking miracles. The list also includes Passion Java of Kingdom Embassy, Tavonga Vutabwashe of Heartfelt International Ministries and Adventure Mutepfa of Revival Centre World Ministry.

The questions that lingers in the minds of most Christians revolve on why most of these local prophets have spiritual fathers from West African nations like Ghana and Nigeria. People interviewed by this paper want to understand the background and scope of this phenomenon.

Emmanuel Makandiwa argues that the “spiritual father” concept in Christianity has been practised ever since the Biblical era right through to the black evangelists from the Zionist and Apostolic sects in Zimbabwe.

“In the Old Testament, Elijah was Elisha’s spiritual father. In the New Testament, Apostle Paul was Timothy’s spiritual father. The spiritual fathers served the purpose of instructing their subordinates on prayer, interpretation of prophecy and good conduct among other things,” Makandiwa said.

The evangelist was a pastor of Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) in Zimbabwe until about 2008 when he started an interdenominational church in Harare.

Within that church was the late Pastor Phanuel Dzangara Chiweshe who played an important role in the spiritual growth of Makandiwa.

Chiweshe also groomed Reverend Oliver Chipunza of Interdenominational School of Deliverance and the late Langton Kupara of AFM.

Chipunza revealed that he was mentored by the late Chiweshe both as a Christian youth and pastor.

“I was a youth leader and he mentored me into what I am today. He used to come for crusades in Highfield with Reverend Power Mutsvene and we used to emulate him,” Chipunza said.

Pastor Ezekiel Guti of Zimbabwe Assemblies of God Africa (ZAOGA) is also regarded by many local pastors as a spiritual mentor and father. He mentored Pastor Majoro, the founder of Faith World Ministries who also happens to be a successful television evangelist and spiritual leader.

On the other hand, Bishop Mike Muwani of Bible Believing Church also regards Guti as his spiritual father. However, Angel and Makandiwa have now turned to a Ghanaian prophet, Victor Kusi Boateng as their spiritual father. Magaya of PHD Ministries claims Temitope Balogun Joshua is his spiritual father.

All these prophets perform breathtaking miracles and they openly declare that they were groomed by these West African pastors whom they look up to as their spiritual fathers.

In a research paper entitled Prophets, Profits and The Bible edited by Ezra Chitando, Masiiwa Ragies Gunda and Joachim Kugler, Obvious Vengeyi in an essay on Zimbabwean Pentecostal prophets critiques miracles performed by these modern day prophets.

“In media terminology, stories about their exploits could be regarded as the most trending. And their popularity is increasing by the day.

Generating much interest is their claim to perform ‘extra-ordinary’ miracles such as filling pockets, wallets and hands of believers with bank notes and gold nuggets.

“After prayer, followers open their eyes only to find their pockets and wallets full of money and gold nuggets in their palms. These prophets claim to heal any kind of sickness such as cancer, HIV, Aids and even raise the dead. In full view of their congregations, some have caused people to instantly stop smoking, instantly lose weight up to 30kgs, and instantly grow full teeth that had long fallen,” Vengeyi writes.

He added that the prophets usually confound their congregations by telling them their house numbers, cellphone numbers, Identity Numbers (IDs), car registration numbers and the colours of undergarments their followers would be wearing.

“Of what use or benefit is the prophecy on such trivial matters? How does one’s undergarment help in changing his or her life predicaments?

Obviously people are fooled by these prophets because they lack understanding of Christianity and the word of God. These modern day preachers are mere money spinners,” fumed Bishop Mike Muwani, leader and founder of Bible Believing Church.

Other “extraordinary” miracles performed by these prophets include children being born only after three days or just hours of conception and increasing fuel in cars instead of it getting used up as one drives. They also specialise in making accurate predictions of events.

Vengeyi said these miracles follow closely those performed by West African Pentecostal prophets such as T.B. Joshua of Synagogue Church of All Nations, Pastor Chris Ayakhilome of Christ Embassy (both of Nigeria) and Victor Kusi Boateng of Ghana who is Makandiwa’s spiritual mentor, Godfather.

He said the miracles and the doctrine of prosperity, which is the anchor of their preaching are not entirely unknown in Zimbabwe and in Africa at large.

“They have been heard of; even in the history of Christianity such events and teachings are not new. In fact, in the Bible, working miracles seems to be one of the preoccupations of Israelite prophets, especially pre-classical ones . . . Jesus in the New Testament is also depicted as one who performed similar miracles.

“Zimbabwean prophets have therefore sought to closely follow these great Old Testament prophetic figures and Jesus. Their interest is to re-live, to re-enact the biblical times. In other words, they seek to dramatise what they read in the Bible.”

As background, Vengeyi says Zimbabwe has always been inundated with stories of miracle workers, who perform miracles similar to the ones these great men of God performed, from time to time.

He said prophets in African Initiated Churches and traditional healers are known to perform such miracles.

Followers of Prophet E.H. Guti and wife prophetess Eunor of Zimbabwe Assemblies of God Africa Forward in Faith (ZAOGA-FIF), Andrew Wutawunashe and wife, prophetess Ruth of Family of God Church (FOG) and Matthias and Mildred of Matthias and Mildred Church have also claimed that their leaders perform such miracles.

He said the popularity of such individuals never reached that of Makandiwa, Vutabwashe and Angel, who attract around 45 000 followers every Sunday service. “This has never happened in the history of Christianity in Zimbabwe. People flock from as far as Malawi, South Africa, Zambia, and Mozambique to be ‘ministered’ to by these prophets.”

51 COMMENTS

  1. let GOD use HIS servants as HE wishes . i am surprised when drunkards and prostitutes try to analyse spiritual things . for your own information Moses was a prophet who raised a snake among st the Israeli congregants . we can not exhaust GOD , HE wyz bringeth a new thing every season

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  5. @goodchildturnbad u ar sayin th truth i knw thos west African countries ar good at juju so if thos pastors ar behind tht surely one day they wil be regreting

  6. These prophets are tsikamutndas who have rebranded themselves havings seen where the money is. You cant even compare them with biblical prophets like Elijah, Isaiah let alone Jesus. These never took gifts from people after healing or prophesying. About Jesus the bible says; Luk 9:58 And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. Jesus never owned any type of property but today’s prophets are millionaires. THey are worshipping someone who Jesus refused to worship, the devil. This is what he said to Jesus: Mat 4:9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Let us not be fooled, even satan can perform miracles. Jesus says; Mat 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
    Mat 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. Rev 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
    Rev 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. Rev_16:14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

  7. zvaMwari hazvina mari mukati kana kunze. No such thing as a spiritual father. Only Father in heaven. The rest we all equal. Look what happened to magaya and the dancing queen. What happened btwn Jesus and the harlot. Spot the difference? Of course you dont. Im wasting my time. Kudenga kunoendwa neminamato saka mweya waMwari kana uchinge wouya hauuye saMakandiwa, wakapfeka suit. Ndapedza.

  8. Musanyeperane vese vana Makandiwa nevamwe vake are just religious demons versing the word.Vachatsvairwa ne image of the beast which is (wcc) World Council of Churches.Remember 666 is on the move.

  9. What a father means. It someone who mentors you , feeds you, protect you etc, like on Elija and Elisha. So the thing is you cant chose a father.

  10. Handione difference pakati pemaprophets aya nemunhu anofamba pawaya. vese ma magicians. U will never be happy nemari inongonyuka muhomwe ndisina kuishandira.

  11. unbelievers will always be full of excuses, even Jesus himself was murdered because people couldnt face the truth

    • My friend, Jesus was not murdered. Jesus was sent here to die for us. It was God’s plan that Jesus be crucified for our sins, so we should actually salute those who carried out the crucification because they were following God’s instructions. Are you saying God is a murderer?

    • Iwe Tatenda,remember, zvaJesu was meant to be,its said it was meant to pass and also they will be a rise in false prophets who will do miracles and wonders in the lords name and the bible advocates us to be on the look out of these men.And here we are, they are mushrooming in numbers.If they are that powerful why is Africa still riddle with poverty,hunger,wars and dieases?
      nxaaa mhani use your common senses, and hide behind the true God.

  12. Jealous jealous pple of Zw. Bible says kwazomuka rudzi rusingazive Mwari zvaitwa naMwari zvinonzi ndiSatan. To them devil is more powerful than God rudzi rusingazivi Mwari. Devil is happy hearing a christian attacking another christian most of these critics are church goers. They even believe. the media coz its their source of information. They are blinded to the point of even forgetting that even if God uses them, devil will raise other pple to criticize them. Last but not certainly least, can a satanist teach the love of God, forgiveness, giving, the blood of Jesus, Jesus the Savior etc like what the man of God are doing. Zw think again dont be counted among the RUDZI RUSINGAZIVI MWARI people. We love u TRUE Prophets of God.

  13. The bible also talks about FALSE TEACHERS but no one is talking about them. Devil is a bit clever he uses FALSE teachers to attack the Prophets Of God. Rudzi rusingazivi Mwari. Varume rovai shoko riperekedzwe neminana. Just imagine nyoka yebronze iya yakaitwa naMoses dai yakaitwa muchurch muHarare imo muzere vasingatende. No wonder why the bible says U are in error for u do not know the scriptures and the power of God.

  14. @tatenda i agree with you to some extent,its human nature to doubt things they do not understand for sure.but im sceptical when it comes to believing these morden day prophets for the reason that they seem to think that a lot of money is a sign of great faith.fact is there are lots who do not believe in GOD or any other supernatural power but they probably the richest.the second problem i have with these guys is the very high level of PRIDE that resides in these “man of GOD”

    • We have our beautiful daughtor with a femur challenge.Was prayed for and mother believed she was healed but alas,the situation remains.There are some blind foldings to their followers.This is my practical experience.Handisi kushora vanhu ava, asi isu taida kubatsirwawo pamwana zvikaramba.As i write she is in pain.Mwari atinziore ngoni.

  15. How come we never heard or saw any miracle-performing pastors during white rule? There is now a surge in the proliferation of miracle-performing pastors in the last 5 – 10 years. Which breathtaking miracles are they performing? Why are they performing these breathtaking miracles? Are they the modern Jesuses because from the Bible only Jesus was supposed to perform miracles? What are scientists saying about these miracles? Is there any scientific logic to these miracles? There is a scientific principle (Antoine Lavoisier’s) that matter is neither created or destroyed. Energy can be neither created nor destroyed, but can change form. The total mass of the reactants or starting materials must be equal to the mass of the products. An important idea in ancient Greek philosophy was that “Nothing comes from nothing”. If a pastor performs a miracle then it is contrary to scientific principles – this pastor is creating matter and energy. I do not find and conceivable explanation to pastors performing miracles.

  16. How come we never heard or saw any miracle-performing pastors during white rule? There is now a surge in the proliferation of miracle-performing pastors in the last 5 – 10 years. Which breathtaking miracles are they performing? Why are they performing these breathtaking miracles? Are they the modern Jesuses because from the Bible only Jesus was supposed to perform miracles? What are scientists saying about these miracles? Is there any scientific logic to these miracles? There is a scientific principle (Antoine Lavoisier’s) that matter is neither created or destroyed. Energy can be neither created nor destroyed, but can change form. The total ma*s of the reactants or starting materials must be equal to the ma*s of the products. An important idea in ancient Greek philosophy was that “Nothing comes from nothing”. If a pastor performs a miracle then it is contrary to scientific principles – this pastor is creating matter and energy. I do not find and conceivable explanation to pastors performing miracles.

    • Honaiwo benzi iri rinonzi Musona iri? Ndiyani akati Jesus is the only one who is supposed to do miracles. Which bible are you refering to? What do you think the bible means when it says greater things than these shall yee do? Saka Mwari wedu anoitei kana musingatendi zvirikuitwa nemuporofita?

      • Musatukane.Hazviratidzi kuda kuziva humwari hechokwadi.The Bible talks of maprofets enhema,ndizvo zvacho saka munotsamwirei kana usiri mumwe wacho

  17. children don’t choose fathers, they never migrate to be born elsewhere only those with questionable characters will choose expatriate fathers. A father is one Ahoi has seen your salvation not middlemen waylaying unsuspecting believers, I doubt very much these cronies

  18. Aaah tingaudzwawo nemi here. Ko inga wani vadzimai vari kuchema nemi kwenyu kumba. Wakambonzwa musatanist ano teacher nezve forgiveness, salvation, love of God, giving, Jesus as Saviour etc. We love u Prophets of God. Rovai shoko rigoperekedzwa neminana.

  19. These so called prophets are megicians who recite bible verses. They do not have, like the bible prophets, a call, commision and a message from God. They are possesed and used by the same same miracle working demons that work in whithdoctors, megicians and soothsayers. They preach purely for money. Surely can a serious person say Makandiwa and Engel are prophets?

  20. Robert if these prophets are all that you claim they are, can you tell us where to find those that are not what you claim they are. Please tell us where to find those that are not possessed. those that have commission, call and message from God. You seem to know how the prophets of the bible used to operate. We had Moses who would separate the sea, he would change a rod into a snake, he caused plaguse. Elijah would call fire from heaven, Elisha made an axe to float on water, he would heal leprosy, he raised the dead, he multiplied oil. perhaps you ought to show us where to find prophets who are doing like Moses and Elijah. And if possible, please ask them to come and exorcise the demons in prophet Makandiwa. Maybe your pastor can, so please ask him to pray for Makandiwa.

    Sei vanhu vachi marketer satan soo? Miracle yaitwa zvonzi mweya yetsvina.

  21. King Shango, ndizvo muporofita wemoto watinoziva wakavuya kuno kumarainiedu akafambatichimuwona isutikazo teverawo Harare kwaaizoridza semunhu mkuru mukuru wamaporoita oseomoto wakavuya kumarainiedu abva kwete kuwest Africa asiseri kuJamaica. Zvemanumber hazvina basa hanzi wide is the road that leads to destruction. Ini hangu handina nharo nayo statement yacho

  22. Shingirai Chirume (a.k.a. Emmanuel Mandiwa) and the likes of him are mere magicians and nothing else. They’re not Christians.

  23. People come out in droves where there is perceived excitement and thrills. EXPERIMENT: If you were to set up a large bar where whores are provided for free for every beer one buys,people will still crowd there in their thousands. Even flies crowd where there is exposed feacal waste,but that doesn’t mean its a delicacy and these so called ‘Super apostles’ have mastered this trick well.

  24. @musona, yhe lord raises prophets at certain context ,mwazha and masowe were raised during the white rule and tey prfmd breath tkn miracles, if u believe tht moses did a miracle bt u nvr saw hm why is it dffclt to believe prphts of zim, magic really thts what u call it , magic does nt heal cancer , if magic cld heal cancer and the stuffs like why cnt all the magicians be tkn and heal cancers and HIV.it is easy tobelieve in Science thn in prophets scientist leaves a lot to be desired as such prophecy has fulfilled sch issues, the bible u use hs a error cz nt only jesus cld prfm mircls the lykes of peter ,paul & elijah also did, nt all the pple’cn afford medicl expenses bt prophts of’zim hve hlpd’sch people, rambai mkdro maprophets.

  25. No servant is greater than his master, If they persecuted Jesus Christ definitely the same measure shall be done to the present teachers and prophets. Your understanding is limited to what you are exposed to, if it be science hence theories of the carnal man and if it be the good teachings of the word hence an unlimited power of Jesus Christ. GOD CAN DO ANYTHING AND I MEAN ANYTHING. Do not limit God in your life my dear brothers and sisters. Will continue to love and pray for you that one day you will be enlightened. I believe in miracles and the prophetic because my creation is a result of such. STAY BLESSED………

    • Rj, your conviction is right but must not limit your understanding and assessment of fake undertakings from people who claim to be God’s people.

  26. Seems like our society is breakin apart when it comes to religous beliefs… Ths is tha only story that has gathered up mre than 30comments. Musaita mafeelings pachitendero

  27. People of God, stop persecuting each other, who are you to judge. If all these people are not send by God…Remember when the High Priests wanted to punish the apostles ,Acts 5:34: But one of them, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, who was a teacher of the Law and was highly respected by all the people, stood up in the Council. He ordered the apostles to be taken out for a while, and then he said to the Council, “Fellow Israelites, be careful what you do to these men. You remember that Theudas appeared some time ago, claiming to be somebody great, and about four hundred men joined him. But he was killed, all his followers were scattered, and his movement died out. After that, Judas the Galilean appeared during the time of the census; he drew a crowd after him, but he also was killed, and all his followers were scattered. And so, in this case, I tell you, do not take any action against these men. Leave them alone! If what they have planned and done is of human origin, it will disappear, but if it comes from God, you cannot possibly defeat them. You could find yourselves fighting against God!”

    Those who have ears will hear, stop saying things you do not know and have no authority over.

  28. i feel sorry for the people under ‘Bishop’ Mike Muwani, that man can’t hear from God i can see. How can yu lead a congregation when yu dont believe in the prophetic. every human being is a product of prophecy, we cant do without the prophetic. Why Bishop are yiou shortening your days on earth, God does not tolerate such nonsense

  29. a man of God speaking against another man of God. if you will truely sent buy God, go and deliver those who were not sent

  30. Hapana kana competition apa. Basa raMwari iguru vashandi vatori vashoma. Zvino iwe unoda kuswero teedza kuti uyu baba vake ndeava zvineyi newe.Iye zvino satani arikutoshandisawo mapepa iwaya neTV dzenyu idzodzi kuita basa rake. Basa ngarishandwe ivo vamunoti maporofita enhema haasi kuparidza Jesu here? Hakuna vanhu varikutendeuka here vagamuchira Jesu? Saka munoreva here kuti vese vagamuchidzwa Jesu nekutendeutswa nevanhu vamuri kureva havaendi kudenga here kana kuti havana kutendeuka?

  31. I DON’T JUDGE THESE PROPHETS. BUT MY QUESTION IS WHY GOING TO GHANA AND NIGERIA?? WHAT IS IT?? WE MUST ALL REMEMBER THAT JESUS SAID IN THE LAST DAYS SOME WILL HEAL AND PERFORM
    MIRACLES IN HIS NAME BUT RISIRI SIMBA RAJEHOVHA!

    ON TOP OF THAT THERE IS PRAYER AND FASTING! ARE WE DOING IT?

    BUT TELL ME IF I GO TO CHURCH ON SUNDAY, AT THE END OF THE SERVICE THERE IS MONEY IN MY POCKET, MY FUEL TANK IS FULL! THINK DEEPLY KANA NDIWE!

  32. There is no serious Bible believer that doesn’t know that Makandiwa and team are devil preachers. They preach what the people’s itching ears want to hear. What a defiled generation we now live in. Those of you who claim these to be genuine, can you please give us an example of anyone who was born disabled who has been healed of it? Just one person. Lies, lies, lies, that’s what it is.

  33. @ Vashe, please learn to comment after listening to the person’s teachings first,Prophet Makandiwa preaches what is good to our ears yes but he also always highlight that there are conditions for us to get those things, which is to shun away from sin, so i don’t know why you think he should teach us what we don’t want to hear, if you are going to church to be taught what you don’t want then that’s your own formular of worshipping which is driven by FEAR but as for me and my family we are for Prosperity Gospel because we understand that God did not create us to suffer but to dominate on this earth

  34. If the prophets are after money aah endaka unotanga yako church uitewo mari. National Stadium iripo iyo or Rufaro stadium iripo. The truth is all these critics know for sure kuti varume ava vanhu vaMwari ende zviri kuitwa ndezvaMwari. I believe that ” to the fake everything is fake. And to those attacking prosperity they were lied to by their master. devil that church is business ” . Imagine Mwari vachifiririra kuita zvinhu vanhu vari kuti zvaitwa naSatan. Hey hey hey.

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