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Lost in translation [Part 1]

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Bishop Eric Mosimanegape
The leader of the Mercy City Church based in Molepolole disclaims from the onset that he prefers not to comment on another man of God. He emphasises that it is important for his fellow workers in the vineyard to focus the people on the word of God.

He agrees that indeed miracles can happen, but it is important to know the word of God. His concern is that the gospel has been diverted to focus on individuals and the church as compared to the word of God and the bible.

He emphasises that churches should go back to the concept of bible studies so people can know God and his teachings so they are able to repent and go back to Christ.  

Apostle Bagwasi Bagwasi
Bagwasi is the leader of the Victory Fellowship World Outreach Centre based in Gaborone. He concurs with Mosimanegape and admits that the image of the church has changed from what it used to be. According to him, the change is due to the loss of the core message that used to be there.

Bagwasi observes that when the message changes people also change. The bible is not against prosperity, however prosperity does not only refer to tangible things and prosperity of wealth is not the core message. If you preach ‘prosperity’ things that attract people chances are you will miss out on the core message of the bible which is the ‘Cross of Jesus’.

There is life after death, heaven and hell. That is why Jesus preached repentance. You need to change your ways and your life and your perception of God. If Jesus was to walk into a church he would ask, do you have an eternal life? Are you saved? That is the core issue.

His other concern is the escalating use of ‘water and oils’ together with the prophecies which do not relate to eternity. Traditional doctors no longer have roles in society.

Bishop Oreeditse Kgotla
The head of the Highway of Holiness Embassy in Kanye says the change of the image of the church has been caused by various reasons; people no longer seek God.

People don’t seek spiritual things; they want material things. People are looking for immediate gratification. For us to be strong as people we need to be strong in faith.

There is nothing wrong with praying and waiting for God to respond. People call themselves Baruti but they are merely cashing in on the desperation of other people. The church is no longer taken as the bible dictates.

Go nna moruti ke kgwebo. People are going to church to buy and sell. People are going to church every day but they are not born again.

Bishop Percival Mtetwa
He is the author of a book titled, ‘Money issues and the church’. He starts by asking when we say ‘church’ is that the definition of the Lord? A church is not only an organisation registered at home affairs.

Church refers to the followers of the Lord. Jesus has said it before why call me Lord, when you do not do what I tell you? You need to grow spiritually so you can have a relationship with God. There is a ‘false’ church which is visible everywhere. It goes back to leadership, using manmade approaches to issues. Believe and trust God to heal you.

At the same time some people God never heals and we have to come to that maturity as the church. We are no longer able to differentiate between what is of God, and what is not of God. We are very gullible as Batswana, due to poverty and illnesses.

People are desperate. ‘Your mother is a woman. Yes, man of God’. People want anyone who says I have something for you. But that is the bait to lure you into the trap. How can you pay to receive prayer and healing or deliverance that is not biblical? So many gimmicks are being used.

We have nothing against young pastors, we are not jealous. And yes, some of them are truly anointed by God.

Reverend Dr. John Philip
Philip runs the Botswana Bible Training Institution. He states that the biblical standard as set by the bible is that Christ is the head of the church. He who wants to be great amongst you must be your servant. Every church leader knows that Christ was a man who performed miracles, who could walk on water, yet Christ was able to ride a donkey. That is the standard.

When is a gift a gift from God? There are gifts that are not from God. The church should not be taken to be beyond the life of an ordinary person. Any moruti wanting to live lavishly, how is he going to reach the poor and ordinary?

Being a moruti is a servant-hood that cannot be changed into anything else. The lavish lifestyle is out. It is in contradiction with the scripture.

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VACANCY: President of the UDC

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Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) President, Advocate Sidney Pilane says Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) does not have a President.

He revealed this week that UDC leader, Advocate Duma Boko was given the leadership of the coalition on a temporary arrangement. Advocate Pilane who was addressing the media this week, following the expulsion of his party from the UDC stated that in the buildup to 2014 general elections it was agreed that Advocate Boko should be presidential candidate for UDC, an arrangement that ended at the time when the UDC lost the 2014 general elections.

“It was decided that Botswana National Front (BNF) should be given the presidency so that Advocate Boko could be our presidential candidate. The late Gomolemo Motswaledi of BMD was to be his running mate. We made this arrangement in preparation to taking over state power.

So, all that has passed, we contested and lost so it is all in the past,” said the BMD leader. He stated that constitutionally, the UDC has no president because the president has to be elected during the UDC elective congress. Advocate Pilane pointed out that UDC according to the Constitution should hold its congress every three (3) years.

He stated that even all the members of UDC National Executive Committee have to be elected at the congress and as it stands, “there is no president or Vice Presidents because they were not voted into those positions.”

Advocate Pilane said instead of building the UDC brand their colleagues at Botswana Congress Party (BCP) and Botswana National Front have resorted to petty issues. He told the media that the leadership of the two parties have taught their members to insult BMD leadership and its members on social media and any other forum.

He had no kind words for the BCP, calling the party a divisive party that thrives on insults and divisive tendencies. He said the BCP leadership had encouraged its foot soldiers to use social media to insult him and members of the BMD.

According to Advocate Pilane, these are some of the things that have made the two parties remain in opposition for far too long without even coming close to toppling the ruling party. He described them as dishonest people who will plunge the country into chaos and that is why Batswana do not want to give them power.

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VIDEO: A Gaborone hotel Prophet caught in the act

Yvonne Mooka

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In a matter that closely resembles that of a South African Cabinet Minister, Melusi Gigaba’s masturbating video clip, a visiting Zimbabwean Prophet, Ronald El Melchizedek of Altar of Grace this week denied that he has been sending nudes to church sisters and demanding same from them.

In fact, the ‘man of God’ has earned himself the name, ‘Botswana’s Omotoso’ by girls that allege he has sexually exploited them. Pastor Timothy Omotoso is a Nigerian clergyman accused of sexually exploiting over 30 young girls from his church in South Africa.

“He is an Omotoso and even though they hide it at his church, some of us have received messages from him asking for our nudes. Actually, he has asked for my nudes several times,” says one church sister.

The Midweek Sun has gotten hold of a 34 seconds video clip of the youthful prophet playing with his manhood. Looking like he is in a hotel room, the man stands fully naked in a muted video that, depicts him speaking and teasing the recipient. In a standing position, he starts off by caressing his manhood, giving it a close up and ends up lying on the bed, facing up.

At least three young women say they received the video from the prophet and that he usually asks for nudes from them. One of them actually says he has been pestering her, demanding to have sex with her. “He likes to send me messages of how horny he is for me. But again, he likes asking for nudes from women.

Even married women at his church have fallen victims of his sexual harassment. I left the church because he disgusted me by doing such things yet calling himself a man of God,” she says.

The woman however says that Melchizedek, a Zimbabwean who holds services at Gaborone Hotel when he is in the country, is a man of accurate prophecies. “He moves mightily in the prophetic but he likes harassing church sisters. It is known in his church. He is married but controlled by the spirit of lust,” she says.

The Prophet responds
Melchidezek told The Midweek Sun that he was aware of the video of him doing the rounds through WhatsApp, but was quick to label the whole thing a scam.“Yes we are aware. Those are scammers from Benin who hacked into my wife’s Facebook account and phone and stole our videos and pictures. So they wanted to blackmail us and we refused, that is why they are doing that.

It is just an effort to harm the work of God but God is in control,” he told The Midweek Sun. He would not be drawn into responding to, or even discussing the allegations levelled against him by church sisters, but instead gave this reporter a mobile number of a person he said was his wife.

The said woman confirmed that the video was posted by scammers. “That was done by scammers. We have reported them to Benin police,” she said. She however would not give the name of the police station nor go into further details.

This incident follows on last week’s revelations reported by this publication, where several girls spoke anonymously about pastors, prophets and ‘men of God’who were using them sexually in church. Many were uncomfortable to reveal their names, forcing this paper to also conceal the identies of the accused churches and pastors involved in the dirty acts in the name of God.

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