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Congregates Beware: How to Spot a 'Fake Prophet'

The rate at which the prophets are mushrooming has fueled speculation that some of these men of the cloth are not called by God.  And thes...

The rate at which the prophets are mushrooming has fueled speculation that some of these men of the cloth are not called by God. 

And these could be charlatans duping unsuspecting citizens of their hard-earned money through seeding, tithes and offerings.

Some Bible experts argue that in ancient days, God raised prophets for specific reasons. For instance, Moses was used by the Lord to deliver the children of Israel from Pharaoh’s bondage in Egypt.

It is not just in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Malawi, Nigeria and Ghana have their fair share of the prophets.

One thing many of them have in common is that they are all rising from relative poverty to stupendous wealth very quickly. Public transport is abandoned as they step into the finest SUVs and luxury sedans. 

How are they financing the lavish lifestyles? Does the title 'prophet' inherently carry with it financial blessings? A survey by The Sunday Mail Religion showed that the prophets operate in cities such as Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru and Mutare.

None of them are based in rural areas, which are serviced by traditional organisations like the Roman Catholic and Seventh-day Adventist churches.

The youthful prophets have also proved to be enterprising; selling all sorts of items such as “anointed” pens, condoms, soil, stickers, T-shirts and bricks.
How to Spot a fake Prophet
Family Worship Terbanacle Ministries International leader Prophet Ephias Jengeta conceded that the title “prophet” was strongly associated with money and fame.

But he defended the prophetic movement saying, “If you want to see a true prophet look at his lifestyle, it must preach more than words. I have been in this game for a while and I know that there are fake and genuine prophets.

“Unfortunately fake ones are dominating; people want to be associated with this title because it attracts people, fame and money. People should remember that at one time the sons of Sceva,” said Prophet Jengeta.

Rivers of Grace Ministries founder Prophet Gerald Makiriyado concurred.

“The fact that God called me into the ministry shows that even in our day God is still calling his people into ministry.”

However, Methodist Church in Zimbabwe education secretary Reverend Eliot Mashonganyika said Bible-based prophetic calling deflected attention from the prophet to Jesus Christ.

“True prophets of God point people to Jesus Christ not to themselves, materialism or to their healing powers. The central mission of the holy spirit is to elevate Jesus above everything else including prophets themselves because Christ in us is the hope of glory,” Rev Mashonganyika said.

SDA North Zimbabwe conference publishing director Pastor Sheppard Chibgwe shared the same sentiments, adding it was important for people to have a discerning spirit to test if a prophet was indeed from God.

He questioned why modern prophets claimed to have been sent by God yet they are violating His Commandments. 

“Most of them, we hear that they are on the police wanted list for rape, fraud, corruption and other crimes which contradict their teachings,” argued Pr Chibgwe.

Theologian Dr Innocent Sibanda said in view of an ugly picture brought about by the prophetic wave, traditional churches were in the process of restoring the true image of the church.

“They make the sheep have a false sense of safety in order to feed and feast on them. In short, false prophets prey on their followers for money. 

"They ask their members to pay something in order to be prayed for. Some even grade their followers into gold, silver, brass, iron and clay classes. This grading is based on how much one contributes to that ministry in tithe or offerings,” he said.

False prophets and sorcerers and all these funny characters now wear niece suits, read and preach from the bible and some are very rich. Some even make huge donations to charity. - The Sunday Mail 

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