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01/12/2013 00:00:00
by Learnmore Zuze
 
 
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 “The devil accomplishes more by imitation than by outright opposition.”

It is very sad when the State (an earthly institution) has to move in to protect Christians from their very leaders. Piece after piece I have written against the dangers of some modern church practices which tend to give undue spiritual authority to mortals. Such practices are rampant in Africa in general and Zimbabwe in particular. Today there is a new crop of Christian leaders who wield unbelievable influence over their subjects. Men who literary dictate the lives of their followers. In history, you may have heard of one David Koresh whose story is unbelievable as it is horrible.

Imagine a religious leader who defined baptism as sleeping with every woman who came to his church yet his members stuck with him. David Koresh goes down in history as one of the most evil yet influential cult figures who could successfully talk his followers into drinking poison. Today, our present world is faced with charismatic leaders in the mould of David Koresh though wearing the Christian garment. We are faced with men with silver tongues. Men who have complete mastery over their followers. These men place themselves in the place of GOD and yet remain popular with their followers who are willing to defend them even to death.

The incredible stories that dominated the local headlines this past week are clear testimony of what happens when mortals are given unquestioned and undue spiritual authority. It was reported that more than ten sexual offences where committed by men of the cloth within the space of a week. Early in the week, the nation woke up to the shocking news of a church leader who raped her female church members David Koresh-style by sweet talking them into believing that they would be blessed this way. This has even prompted calls for the government to move in to protect women and the nation at large from ravenous wolves in sheep’s skin.

 The nation was yet again to be shocked by the story of a pastor who repeatedly raped her maid and threatened her with death. More shock was to follow with news of the UK based Kenyan preacher who claims to have super powers to create babies from mothers without intercourse who was also arrested on multiple sexual offences involving female members of his church. It’s incredible when supposed custodians of morality and spirituality become the foremost actors in diabolical acts. The teachings of these charismatic leaders are charming, seductive and dangerous as they take advantage of their undiscerning audiences. They prey on hapless and all-believing Christians.



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The emergence of these influential leaders is not something new. They suppose godliness is a means to gain. Apostle Paul saw it coming hence he wrote with pain, “I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock” (Acts 20:29). The Lord Jesus Christ also spoke ahead of time and warned His followers, “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves (Matt. 7:15)

Throughout church history these warnings concerning professing Christian leaders who deceive even the elect have often been emphasized. It defies the mind indeed how the Christian church can be so easily deceived by the wisdom of words of these mortals? The truth of the matter is this: the devil has passed the stage where he openly fought the church. In the Dark Ages, the devil fought the church aggressively with thousands of Christians persecuted and murdered beginning with the first martyr Stephen. Recent events clearly indicate that the devil has shifted gears.

The devil is no longer fighting churches per se but he is joining them. The devil accomplishes more by imitation than by outright opposition. It is a new strategy which is being used on the undiscerning church with startling success. Most people do not have the sense to recognize the devil when he comes in Christian garments even when he picks verses from the Bible. These men give themselves religious titles which give them spiritual authority in a very ostentatious manner. Christianity has become the gateway to fame, wealth and beautiful women for these smooth talking and smartly dressed con men who abuse the Holy Book. It would also appear the followers themselves have actually become blind to reality. How else do you explain a church in which the leader sleeps with more than ten members with the full blessing of the church?

It is apparent that such men have very little to do with Christianity but are driven by hunger for power and wealth. These false ‘men of God’ will do anything to ensure their followers remain hoodwinked. Already they are trying to quash the noble idea of the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe (EFZ) to have religious organizations regulated to protect the public.  Jesus foretold these men in Matthew 7:15. Jesus gives a loud and clear warning to those who care to take heed. Jesus warns us about false prophets who are looking for prey. As usual their prey is made up of people who are unsuspecting, undefended and unprepared.

My brothers and sisters, the truth is discerned not by science or logic. Having a diploma or master’s degree in Theology does not make one a ‘man of God.’ Even an atheist can also hold a theological degree. False Christianity has been active since the first century. Peter noted, “There will be false teachers among you” (2 Peter 2:1-2).While Paul was still on this earth there were “many” who had turned from heavenly mindedness to earthly mindedness, having set their minds on the things of flesh (Romans 8:5) likewise, during Paul’s days there were already “so many, peddling the word of God” (2 Corinthians 2:17). These are those false Christians “who suppose that godliness is a means of gain” (1 Timothy 6:5

The Holy Spirit is all the believer needs (1 John 2:27).The believer does not need the supposed charismatic ‘man of God’ to run their lives or to make their lives happen. Jesus has paid the price for all the sweet things they promise you.

Watch out indeed, for the devil is speaking from the pulpit in Christian garments.

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