Religion & Society Blog

Bond Notes and the unavoidable need to debate Zimbabwe’s economic future

December 1, 2016
One of the hallmarks of good governance is good faith – leaders, and not just leaders, but good leaders, exist for the exclusive purpose of serving the best legitimate interests of the people, of the governed. And the best legitimate interests of the people are not incapable or impossible of ...

‘Prophecy’ or opportunism: Famous false prophecies of recent times

November 24, 2016
FOLLOWING: TB Joshua’s failed prediction on the US elections, like I forecasted, there were some sections who saddled themselves with the unenviable and onerous task of defending an indefensible gaffe. The supposed prophet is himself battling to spin his way out of the goof. That TB Joshua himself would spring ...

TB Joshua’s failed prediction exposes him as a false prophet

November 15, 2016
T.B Joshua must actually be thankful for the modern times we live in otherwise, in Biblical times; the penalty for being a false prophet was certain death. THE Bible is very clear: “When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not come to pass, ...

A closer look at the war between Vapostori and modern­day prophets

October 10, 2016
THIS article takes a closer look at the nasty religious war between Vapostori (white­garment sects) and modern­ day prophets known for affluence and profligacy. Is there a real difference between these two groups? Why do the latter ridicule the former? Writing in his stinging book, Marine Spirits 1, Walter Magaya ...

Where to now, Zimbabwe?

September 23, 2016
Beyond the ‘good’ charismatic pastor THE last 4 months in Zimbabwe can surely be characterized as an awakening of the Zimbabwean working class, as thousands of these citizens have taken to the streets, responding to Pastor Evan Mawarire’s call: “hatichatya” – we are not afraid. The #ThisFlag movement followed soon ...

Makandiwa’s errors, truth and false teachings

September 17, 2016
Discernment is a requirement and a responsibility for every Christian because failure to distinguish between truth and error leaves us subject to all manner of false teaching. False teaching then leads to an unbiblical mind-set, which results in unfruitful and disobedient living. “Do not believe every spirit, but test the ...

Religion as bait: What is in the name of a church?

September 14, 2016
The fanciful and suggestive naming of Christian churches in recent times with titles which do not recognize or at least draw from the founding principles of the early Christian church simply depicts a ploy to commercialize and exploit the Gospel for self-­gain and baiting the hook to suit the fish. ...

Clergymen, rape and political opponents

August 29, 2016
THE combination of clergymen, rape and political opponents is proving to be notoriously inseparable. For decades, it has been a case of the same story and a different day for the clergymen in Zimbabwe each time they are caught on the other side of Biblical instruction. On the one hand, ...

Why the church must campaign against the death penalty

August 15, 2016
“Nearly five years have gone after Zimbabwe adopted a new constitution yet there seems to be no finality on the matter of the death penalty.” VERY few things are probably as divisive as the subject of the death penalty; even the religious world is sharply divided on this issue. Almost ...

The 7 Pillars of Society Series and the Way Forward

July 27, 2016
What we sought to do through the series on the 7 Pillars of Society was to lay the foundation, and give context to our approach on national issues pertinent for the well-being of Zimbabwe. It is becoming apparent that the fault lines that polarised Zimbabweans to the 2008 climax are ...
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