A Copperbelt based Pastor prefers politicians to fellow men of God to officiate at his church events. he says “it is better to invite a politician to a church event who can contribute money than a Bishop who may not even know the price of cement.” SOME Lusaka clergymen have condemned a statement made by a named pastor of Luanshya’s Mpatamatu area that “it is better to invite a politician to a church event who can contribute money than a Bishop who may not even know the price of cement.”
Muvi TV on Monday 24th August 2015 carried a story that a Copperbelt based Pastor preferred politicians to fellow men of God to officiate at his church events.
Pastor Abraham Mwamba of World Touch Ministries International in Luanshya’s Mpatamatu area is alleged to have said this on Sunday (August 23, 2015) when Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili, who is also Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services donated musical instruments to the Pastor’s Church.
Commenting on the statement in an interview with the Lusaka Star, University of Zambia (UNZA) Seventh Day Adventist church pastor, Evans Manjimela expressed his disappointment over the alleged statement adding that such sentiments should never be made by a man of God.
He explained that people attend church services in search for salvation and not material gains.
“We should not begin to prefer who should attend church and who should not as Jesus came to save all sinners, regardless of their social standings. The church is primarily for people to get closer to God and not for any other reason,” Pastor Manjimela elaborated. “People are not saved because they have more money than others, we are saved by Grace and not by works.”
Meanwhile Church of God Bishop, John Maambo wondered how such sentiments could be made by someone who called himself a man of God.
He said the statement made by the Luanshya Clergy was uncalled for, further advising Church Leaders not to involve Politics in the operations of the Church.
“Pastors should not look down on others because they are in high authority. Instead, they should act responsibly as leaders.
“If people have money to give to the church, they should go ahead and do so but if they do not have, they should not be condemned. We have all been blessed in different ways,” Pastor Manjimela lamented.