The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Jesus Calls for Fishers of Men, Not of Money

opinion

Make belief remarks by clergy are coming fast, in all shapes, sizes and sounds. Like suitors kin on outmanoeuvring one another to a date, they are rattling gaffes from pulpits, knowingly in their hearts that all their geese are swans.

Never before has clergy ever soiled God as what is evidenced in most churches. Hard on the heels of the Anglican Church debacle is an outpouring of hogwash utterances of miracle gold and money.

As I see it, claims of divinely inspired wonders have reached bothersome proportions.

They have been taken a step too far that we can no longer afford to dismiss them as emanating from greenhorns failing to outgrow boyhood fantasies.

Posterity will censure us if we allow their cupidity to continue.

Sorcery, like abracadabra, is work of darkness; its being practiced in church disguised as miracles is reprehensible.

Zipping my mouth as interlopers usurp church reverence is unattainable.

I am infuriated by the proliferation of self-seekers masquerading as clergy.

Preying on the unsuspecting, they have the audacity to flaunt ill gotten wealth, gleefully glutting themselves with proceeds from ensnared flock.

There could be no nobler pursuit than to preserve hearth and alter. While I dig heels deep in defence of family stability, I likewise neither cower nor cumber from defending sanctity of churches.

It is with this conviction that I am sound in wind and limb to decontaminate the rot of wayward clergy.

As I gird my workman apparel to exterminate the untoward practice, I am aware that resistance is not only from the cunning clergy, but from some vanity congregants indoctrinated to feathering clergy's nests under the delusion of being obedient to God.

Once a slave habituates fetters, he becomes more daunting than his master as Moses learnt on leading Israelites to the Promised Land.

He was haunted more by his kith and kin, who had become accustomed to slavery toils in Egypt, than by Pharaoh.

Scornful eyes laity cast at me as I rein in on the abuse do not bother me; they are an occupational challenge suffice to be sidestepped as I unshackle congregants from bondage of cajoling clergy.

Undertakers uniquely blend with mourners. They wear sincerely sedated demure that it takes discernment to distinguish them from the bereaved. Their empathy is as soothing as mother's lullaby.

They empathise so as to earnestly dignify funerals. With no latent intent on ulterior motives, undertakers earn honest living from creating conducive environment for mourners to sombrely pay last respects to departed loved ones.

Contrary to undertakers who have genuine welfare of society at heart, clergy are duplicitous.

They regard congregants as cash cows, not as salvation seekers. Yet, Jesus called disciples to be fishers of men, not of money.

As I see it, clergy have covetously transformed themselves to unbridled fortune seekers.

Given their itchy palms, they cannot weave moral fabrics.

Their exodus from scriptural principle places me on frontal collision course with them.

I am agitated by their masking as bona fide clergy yet in fact they are true bred gold-diggers.

My heart bleeds at their degenerating to mere ill winds that blow nobody any good.

I lose appetite, weight and sleep over the fate of congregants who are deceived into believing that God's blessings are commensurate with one's payments into church coffers.

It is worthy my underscoring that I have no qualms with financial church support per se.

What I stand erect against is the appalling widespread practice by clergy-cum-buskers thriving on deceptive Biblical interpretations.

They straight facedly manipulate scripture to bait adherence.

Tithing and giving, in particular, are insidiously dramatised for self enrichment.

I tenaciously stand by my word that clergy insinuate themselves in ways that are tantamount to the crime of theft by false pretence.

Judas Iscariot, one of the initial dozen disciples, carried a purse.

His pervasive inclination towards money distinguished him from his colleagues.

His spirit is without doubt doubly evident in most current clergy.

My foretelling that Judas' demise awaits the debauched clergy is as self evident as balding.

As I see it, there is urgent need to protect congregants from hocus-pocus clergy who pride themselves in falsifying gospel for their own indulgencies.

Cyprian Muketiwa Ndawana is chief executive officer of Muketiwa Motivational Speaking Bureau {Pvt} Ltd, a public speaking coaching and motivational speaking company.

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