By Chris Zumani Zimba
In most modern Christian churches headed by Pentecostal and Evangelical pastors, prophets, preachers, papas, evangelists, reverends, bishops and apostles, faithful and zealous congregants are made to contribute and pay through their noise and skin different forms of financial contributions and material donations. Many Christians in South Africa, Zambia, Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe, DR Congo, Angola, Ghana, Togo, Namibia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania or Lesotho agree to this hypothesis as they are truly familiar with the gospel of ‘working’ for the church and paying Gold what belongs to God by and through Men of Gold. Some common forms of payments include: (1) Tenth-10% of one’s weekly/monthly income; (2) Church Offering; (3) Special Offering; (4) Pastor Offering Basket; (5) Church Building Offering; (6) Special Miracles Offering; (7) Church Pledges; (8) Buying Anointing oil/water; (9) Special Interactions with Pastor Meeting Fees; (10) Pastor VIP Travel or Flights Offering, etc.
And what is the deal for many African church members praying and fasting for their Men of God or Gold? In many places, while many church members have remained poor (of course some have prospered for different reasons that may or may not be spiritual) and some are still believing God for financial breakthrough and miracle prosperity, many leading Men of God have become heavy tycoons, wealth pastors or ‘Men of Gold’ for God. For example, in South Africa today, renowned wealth Malawian prophet, Major One Shepard Bushiri and his Prophetess Wife are in police custody for different money laundering charges and illegal smuggling of gold-the Man and Woman of God being arrested for Gold. Well, I am finalizing a book on the above hypothetical title and hope to publish it very soon or anytime this year.
This is a big academic book and constitute 15 chapters, very critical and detailed to the born in terms of research. It covers crucial themes such as how and why traditional Africa could have developed better and faster without Christianity or Islam; how and why the Quran has enslaved the Middle East; how the Bible has chained Sub Sahara Africans into superstition and poverty; the Bible and Quran as sources of many perpetual wars, conflicts and political instability; to how the ungodly Chinese are on the right path to conquer the world while the unreligious NOMADIC States are ranked most happy and stable states in the world among many other sub titles. You are free to contact me if you want to be part of this project in one way of another.
Chris Zumani Zimba is a prolific Political Scientist, Analyst, Author, Blogger, PhD Scholar, Researcher and Consultant. Besides being the CEO and Managing Consultant at Chrizzima Democracy University (CDU) in Zambia, he analyses African politics weekly on Voice of the Cape Radio, South Africa every Wednesday at 16:20hours CAT. So far, he has authored more than 10 political and academic books as well as published over 100 well researched articles. Sometimes, he lectures Political Science-Part Time with University of Zambia (UNZA) and University of Lusaka (UNILUS) outside his usual commitments.