Connect with us

News

“Pastors today are after money” – Rev. John Phillip

Published

on

One of the founding elders of the Christian faith in Botswana, Reverend John Phillip has spoken strongly against the love of money by most of the local pastors, saying they have forgotten to take care of the widows, orphans and less privileged members of the community. Rev.

Phillip was responding to a new book called Rich Preacher and The Poor Christian by Apostle Earnest Seakgosing, which was launched recently in Gaborone. Phillip told The Midweek Sun that the book exposes the greed of some local pastors who are preaching the wrong Gospel to get money from vulnerable people. “It’s an eye-opening book, and the author has balanced and articulated everything well. Contrary to what some false prophets say, blessings come from God and not from people giving them money,” he said.

He commended 41 year-old Seakgosing for his boldness in writing the book. “He has responded well to a given situation. It should have taken an organisation to respond to this situation, but he did. Just as banks speak against fraud Batswana should know that blessings are not bought. God gives his children with love,” he said. He added that modern pastors have strategised their sermons in such a way that they benefit money from the congregants. “They pray for you to get rich and come up with other ways to take your money again. We need to be wise. This book will help many people because it speaks nothing but the truth,” he said.

Describing the marks of false prophets, Seakgosing says that the devil does not come with horns and a bushy tail to deceive. He informs that false prophets and teachers usually will pick the most respected dress code which the God-sent usually wears. “If it is a white shirt with a white collar – that is what they will wear. When the fashion shifts to designer suits, they will be seen with such. They will do that and put a twist to it,” he says. He also warns that false prophets prophesy in the name of Jesus, to deceive people.

They also pretend to be used by the Holy Spirit, he says, citing 1 Kings 22:24 for reference. The other thing is that false prophets focus on themselves and not the people and constantly remind people that they (themselves) are in charge. “When they lead a congregation, they always remind everyone about their authority, but they don’t have Godly authority. They don’t like to be exposed.

These guys always demand loyalty. They teach people to be loyal to themselves than to God. Failure to be loyal to them, they call you rebellious and curse you,” he says, adding that their idea is to keep their loyal followers in total bondage and in fear of them. Seakgosing has observed that false teachers can run sermons on loyalty for months until their followers come crawling-literally on their knees to pledge their loyalty to them. “From these kinds, flee as far as you can child of God. They are starving wolves,” he cautions. His take is that people should start reading the Bible to avoid being manipulated with twisted scriptures.

‘They commercialise the Gospel.’According to the author, false prophets and teachers sell ‘something that has the anointing in it.’ An example is the anointing oils or anointed blankets so that when you wear them no witch can come near you. Or an alabaster perfume so that when you get into an interview, you will get the job faster. “Their altar calls are always about who wants to be a millionaire? Who wants more power? Who wants this and that?” he says. His observation is also that lovers of money parading as pastors only bless their funders. “I visited a church one day. When it was time for giving, they would separate offerings from tithes.

The pastor would dip his hands in the anointing oil and laid them on the tithers, stating that God should touch the hearts of those that did not tithe because they rob him,” he says, countering that God does not rob people and that pastors twist the Scriptures to make God appear like a mafia. Other pastors require money they call ‘a seed’ to be seen and accessed, says the author.

He also warns that false teachers speak vanities. For example, they tell you that if you sow a five-dollar seed, you will reap a five-dollar wife if that seed is being sown into marriage, and the same tactic is used on people who want cars and houses. False pastors also emphasise ‘payment’ for themselves than giving to God, according to the author. Their strategy here, he says, is that giving to the man of God, you will get blessed. He advises Christians to focus on God, informing that Christianity is not a religion but a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, who is the only mediator between God and man. The book is available at Lesedi Christian Centre.

Continue Reading
Comments

News

‘My life is a living hell’

Published

on

A Zimbabwean double amputee, Gift Ncube who received a lot of public sympathy after a farmer, Keitumetse Khunou shot him in 2013 over a payment dispute thereafter losing both arms, says that his life is a living hell.

This is because his former employer, Khonuo has not honoured terms of agreement to compensate him for his lost arms. As of September 2017, the two through their lawyers agreed on an out of court settlement in which Khonou undertook to give him 20 goats and eight heads of cattle to start a new life. Khunou, through his lawyers K. Sekgabo Attorneys further proposed to transfer his rights and title in respect of his only residential house consisting of a two-bedroom house, main house with two rooms, toilet bath and a kitchen situated at Radisele.

They also agreed that they were going to pay, Ncube a sum of P100 000, which was proposed to be paid on or before the end of May 2018. However, Ncube through his lawyers, Chibanda Makgelemele & Co said May was far and proposed end of February 2018, which was accepted.

At one point, the parties agreed to pay P125 000 from the initial P130 000 demanded by Ncube, but Khunou’s lawyers said he could pay him P22 000 per month commencing December 1, 2017.
Narrating his story, Ncube cut a frustrated figure. “I now knock on people’s doors, asking for money to buy food. This is not who I am and who I had thought I’d be at any point in my life. This man has destroyed my life and I’m finding it hard to accept that I don’t have my hands,” he said.

He stated that Khunou’s lawyers had told him that their client was not cooperative. “They even told me to seek the assistance of the media,” he said, adding that life is hard as he has a three year old daughter to look after.

As of May 7, 2018, the parties went to the High Court where there was also another settlement made regarding compensation. Khunou signed to give Ncube his plot in Radisele, with its two houses. The agreement was that should he fail to procure transfer of the property to Ncube through the Landboard, then he shall within six months of failure to procure transfer cause it to be sold at a price to be agreed by both parties and the proceeds shall be paid to Ncube.

The agreement also entailed eight cows and 20 goats, and P130 000 payment in installments of P5 470 per month commencing March 31, 2018 until May 1, 2020. The court papers have the certificate of Customary Court Grant, which is yet to be given to Ncube.

The shooting incident happened at Khunou’s ploughing field at Diphateng lands near Radisele where he had temporarily engaged Ncube to de-bush his field.Meanwhile, Ncube said he has opened an account with a local bank where he wanted to save money for Myo-electric prosthesis. Quotations from Gaborone Private Hospital show that he needs P172 500 to get it done. The system consists of wrist insert, wrist/elbow unit, functional hand, prosthetic glove, cable above elbow, harness above elbow and prosthetic sheath.

Khunou’s lawyer Kgololesego Segabo confirmed that there was a settlement agreed that was signed between his client and Ncube. “What is left is for my client to act on the agreement. He is in the process of mobilising resources to honour the agreement,” he said.

Continue Reading

News

G-west community reunion-walk a resounding success

Keletso Thobega

Published

on

Multitudes turned up for the Mosengwaketsi community walk and braai session this past Saturday in Gaborone West. The walk was held in the morning and was preceded by football games and a braai session that went on until late in the evening.

According to the event director Tshenolo Palai, the aim of the community day event was to revive community spirit and address crime and social ills. “The Mosengwaketsi community reunion will be held not only to create a platform to build unity but also address the social ill of passion killings,” he said.

Palai said that they had also invited health stakeholders for a wellness segment because they had realised that there are many health related conditions that affect the quality of people’s lives hence they had joined forces with religious organisations, the business community, neighbourhood outreach policing and other stakeholders in the area to encourage a culture of unity and create dialogue between all the parties.

He noted that they had wanted to create a relaxed environment conducive for different people to engage and strengthen their networks. He said they were also concerned with the high rate of crimes of passion in Botswana and also wanted to create a platform for both men and women to open up on issues that affect them because most people tend to be more relaxed in a social setting.

Continue Reading

Trending