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

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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.

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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.

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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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