ARE THEY TRUE PROPHETS?

 The question that has not only chucked a lay man void of knowledge and understanding, but has brought immense confusion and bitter debates in Zimbabwean Christendom. Even the Pentecostal fathers are caught in web of dissenting views over the famous and controversial men of the cloth…

by Reinhard Ncube |@ReinhardNcube

Scrolling down through a social media page, are all insults, blasphemies, arguments, squabbles and justifications, some are slandering, others defending and a few negotiating. The topic of debate is whether the so-called men of the cloth (Emmanuel Makandiwa, Walter Magaya and Eurbet Angel Madzanire) are true prophets or colossal imposters.

From left: Prophet Walter Magaya, Uebert Angel and Emmanuel Makandiwa. Image Credit-nehandaradio
From left: Prophet Walter Magaya, Uebert Angel and Emmanuel Makandiwa. Image Credit-nehandaradio

The topic has brought immense confusion and bitter debates in Zimbabwean Christendom. Are they true prophets? This is the question that has not only chucked a lay man void of knowledge and understanding, even the Pentecostal fathers are caught in web of dissenting views over the famous and controversial trio, some authenticating them as Biblical Elijah’s of our time and the other faction rendering them as Satanists, thieves, magicians and performers of false miracles.

Many at times I have been very hesitant and careful not to comment slanderously on things I lack knowledge and understanding on. The bible renders such who speak evil of things they cannot affirm as “natural brute beasts” (2Peter 2:12). However, I have decided to answer the question from an objective and biblical stand point.

False and true prophets have long existed side by side since the days of Moses in the bible, where the man of God competed and contested with the Egyptian magicians. The bible states and shows from the Old Testament (OT) to the New Testament (NT) that even false prophets can perform and work miracles.

Here are points to note when distinguishing between a true servant of God and a false one.

  1. Never judge a prophet by miracles he performs but weigh everything by the word of God, be it the word of prophecy he or she is giving. I grew up in the rural areas where Zionist or cult churches are popular; one thing I noted from the Zionist prophets is that their prophecies impart fear of evil. True prophecies edify, encourage, guide, rebuke and warn, they lead men to the fear of God, repentance, acknowledgement and glorifying of God.

When it comes to miracles, signs and wonders, the argument is that the bible does not designate miracles as real or false. It actually gives a blank cheque when it says those who believe shall do even more miracles than those which Jesus did. Furthermore,  it continues to say that nothing is impossible with God and to him that believes. Therefore if all things are possible it simple means God can even give miracle money and many more strange things. On the other hand I had also to consider and appreciate the existence and reality of magic. During my primary school days, I used to attend magic shows and one of the things that perplexed my mind is the fact that magicians are also able to make “miracle money”.

Coming to what is called deep or forensic prophecies as the emergent Pentecostals will want to call it, it baffled my mind to learn that Buddhist seers are able to hold your hand and tell you your biography and everything you know about yourself even as the contemporary prophets do. After pondering on all these things that non-Christians are able to do I concluded by saying that we cannot judge or prove prophets as of God by the extra-ordinary things they do only.

  1. A prophet of God exists to give glory to God and not to amass glory to him There for any prophet who seeks glory is not of God, prophets who want men to bow for them no matter how they want to justify themselves they are not true prophets, Its funny to see a man standing or just seating throughout the worship or prayer sessions only to kneel and fall down before a man. In Acts 10:25 Peter refused that Cornelius should fall before him, Paul and Barnabas rent their clothes when the people of Lystra worshiped them. It’s only prophets who prophesy for fame and money that applauds people for worshipping mankind. However a man of God does not becomes false because he has money or is rich, money does not define godliness or ungodliness. As far as having your ten dollar note does not make you evil what makes you think that having a million of ten dollar notes makes one a child of devil.
  1. Prophets are distinguished by the doctrines they teach. Nowadays the doctrine of anointing water and oil is prevalent both in the apostolic and Pentecostal sects .The use of water to exorcise spirits used to be a mapostori (white garment churches) practice but it has now penetrated deep into the Pentecostals. The use of water as a doctrine or tradition is absolutely unbiblical. Jesus did not say in bottled water shall they cast out devils but in his name. When the apostles went about preaching they were casting out devils and healing the sick in the name of Jesus and not with bottled water. Though Peter used his shadow and Paul his handkerchief it never became an established daily practise or doctrine. What the bible simple shows in those passages is the power and the grace of God that was present to heal the sick and deliver the oppressed. Otherwise the use of water as a form of cleansing and exorcising spirits is a common practise among ancestral worshippers and cultic people.
  1. Mathew 7:15, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?” Every fruit bearing tree is named after its fruits, so are men. Some people call it judging but I call it facts. I only call a spade by its name and not the other way around. What do you call men of God who rape women, abuse children and make merchandise of poor citizens?. There are times and seasons where every man’s works are exposed to be tasted before the sun. This is where you will begin to read in newspapers about prophets rapping, committing fraud and involved in sex scandals.
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OF SELF BELIEF

…Instead of blaming your parents on how they failed you on what you wanted to do, why not focus on how best you can equip yourself for life…

By Thembinkosi Sayi|@Teesayie
Self belief is a necessity for us all. It is so important that it holds the key to success for an individual and a nation. To believe means confidence in self. There are many things that have not been done or tried simply because people lacked belief. It is for this reason that some say that failure is a sign of trial. On a road to success, belief is the foundation.

According to Mark Tyrrell, many fail to believe in themselves because others did not. So having said that, do not wait for someone`s approval in that you want to achieve. Take a step, boldly with the intent of achieving. Discouragement might flock in from others but be still looking forward to what you want to attain. Discouragement is a sign that you moving the right path because it is absent in the ways of the idle.
Be careful of being failed by others like Barnabas Sibanda, a man from Mpopoma who had invented his own helicopter. He failed to stand the criticism he faced and his dream perished. Discouragement should enforce your noble thoughts.

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Eleanor Roosevelt argues that nobody makes you feel inferior without your consent. This means that for every failure you ought not to blame anyone but yourself. You hold your own destiny. Life is not about excuses and taking responsible of action, picking yourself up and moving on is the principle. Blaming others will not accomplish your dream but rather blinkers.

For example, instead of blaming your parents on how they failed you in life on what you wanted to do because of this and that, why not focus on how best you can equip yourself for life. Life will still need you and thus you have to live by other means.

In self belief, bold decisions are made. Belief requires faith rather than sight. What you see is not what you perceive you do not need belief in doing something common. Think big. Look for what you can do something uncommon but sound and worth the effort.

Fight against all odds. If others have done it before then you can as well do it. Look at Strive Masiyiwa; he faced lot of opposition before he finally got a license. Where would Zimbabwe be without Econet? Think of all the employees. You can make a difference.

It awaits us as Zimbabweans to believe in ourselves even if the government and anyone else do not. Come up with ideas that will take the nation forward. Remember self belief is learnable. We can all be flexible and change, even fly.

Top TV-shows you should be watching right now (but probably aren’t)

by Farai Kwesha | @FatsoRai
To say that I’m a TV-fanatic would be the understatement of the century. I live, eat, breathe television, and with good reason – there are just so many good shows on to suit every taste, mood, and atmosphere. (Uses and gratifications and all). I concede to the fact that being glued to your couch is not exactly the most admirable lifestyle choice, but the same goes for a lot of things too – but I digress. Here is my list of the top five shows you can binge on today, and not feel guilty.
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine Cast
5. Brooklyn Nine-nine – I had my reservations about this one at first because I had only ever encountered Andy Samberg on a couple of Saturday Night Live skits (which weren’t all that funny), and in The lonely Island music videos. Two seasons later, I’m a bonafide Brooklyn Nine-nine loyalist. (I must have watched every episode in the first season at least three times). The show follows a team of detectives at NYPD’s 99th precinct and a newly appointed captain. If you want a good laugh, then this one should definitely be on your must-watch list.
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4. How to get away with murder – If you love Scandal (or any Shonda Rhimes production for that matter), then you’ll LOVE How to get away with murder. Oscar nominated actress, Viola Davis stars as Annalise Keating, a criminal defense lawyer and law professor, who selects a group of students from her class to work for her firm. However, as the story progresses, the students and Annalise reluctantly get tied into a murder plot. Enough said.
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Cast of The Originals
3. The Originals – This spinoff from The Vampire Diaries, is infinitely darker, more dramatic, and mature than its source material, and that makes for great television. Niklaus, Elijah, and Rebekah Mickaelson are the original vampire family, from which the predatory species was sired. Set in the New Orleans French Quarter, The Mikaelsons are confronted with a coven of determined witches, a tyrannical vampire ruler, and cursed werewolves – and that’s just the first season. The show benefits from the talented cast that includes Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Phoebe Tonkin, and Claire Holt.
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2. House of Cards – When we last saw Frank Underwood, he had just been sworn in as the (spoiler). House of Cards is one of the most gripping shows you can watch right now, and stars Kevin Spacey which should be all the persuasion you need to watch the show. As a Netflix original, complete seasons are made available for streaming all at once, so right now you can binge on all three seasons.
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1. Orphan Black – This show has benefited immensely from the cult-following that it has quickly garnered. Two-time Critics’ Choice Award winner, Tatiana Maslany, is hands down the best actress on television right now. Sarah Manning (Maslany), witnesses a woman jumping in front of a train – but here’s the rub, the woman looks EXACTLY like her. After stealing the woman’s identity, Sarah uncovers a clone conspiracy which sets her on a path to find answers.

Let’s pray.

Well we thought we should reblog this even if its on our webpage as RSS. #Sundayvibes #Letuspray. #verseoftheday
2 Peter 3 v9
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

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One of those days, when the words cannot come out. When am not sure I can write. When I know what I know but do not know how to let you know I know it. When I feel like a little Joyce Meyer, wanting to share the goodness of God, which comes along with laughter in any season.

So because I cannot really write today; I am sharing a video by Hope Masike, Huyai Tinamate (come let us pray). It explores the binary opposites in our existence, the evil and good. The fact that light overcomes darkness, light is walking with God, in prayer. My friends will say it’s high culture. An attempt at a dichotomy of what is less and what is more. It probably is, but its also arguably popular culture-to those that have a culture of worship. Enjoy:

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BEiNG TANAKA : Episode 3

#beingtanaka ep 3: just for u to relieve exam stress this weekend. Awesome reading!!! https://campusmoments.wordpress.com/fiction-series-being-tanaka/being-tanaka-episode-three/