Religion & Society Blog

What prosperity teachers will never tell you

January 5, 2015
A GREAT friend of mine once said, “if you get into a country where people wear shoes on the head, you will have an impossible time convincing them that shoes are for the feet’; this is ten times true of the situation obtaining in Christianity today. It has become a ...

PHD disaster: The paradox of ‘healing institutions’

December 1, 2014
The unrelenting economic crises in most African states have created a fertile ground for the exploitation of gullible yet innocent people who, instead of focusing on the God of men, are focusing on the ‘men of GOD.’  DAYS after the deaths of eleven people in a stampede at the Prophetic ...

Millionaire prophets and Zanu PF: A symbiotic relationship

November 5, 2014
RECENT public utterances by Emmanuel Makandiwa of the United Family International Church, backed fellow charismatic preacher, Walter Magaya of theProphetic Healing and Deliverance Church, purported to be a holy vision opposed to mass action against the establishment cannot and should not go unchallenged, for it sets a bad precedent in the fight ...

Prophets: can a million people be wrong?

October 15, 2014
Bishop Noah Pashapa, a well-known cleric, was savagely attacked recently for his article, “How to identify fake prophets.” Pashapa wrote: “In our times, members have to pay something to see the prophet and are either spiritually threatened, emotionally blackmailed or psychologically bullied to purchase prayed–over church merchandise such as bangles, ...

Religion vs development:

October 15, 2014
The high density suburb of Budiriro 4, in Harare, is one area which is developing very fast, with Central African Building Society (CABS) visible with its low income housing project. The development was welcomed by many as it meant a number of people would have a roof over their heads, ...

Religion not a means to oppress the vulnerable

October 12, 2014
Religion is defined by the Concise English Dictionary as, “the belief in and worship of a supernatural controlling power, especially a personal god or gods.” Religion entails faithfulness to a given set of principles. Most people have real strong attachments to their religious beliefs and any attempt to take them ...

Churches against taxation

October 10, 2014
It is very clear and simple that all churches that exist in Zimbabwe are built on Zimbabwean land. All church goers whether Christians, Moslems or Islams walk or drive to their respective churches on government roads. As a result I don’t see any reason for churches to be exempted from ...

Is training necessary for church leaders?

September 29, 2014
The leader of any team, department, or organization has great impact on the results and effectiveness of the people he leads. The leader sets the example that everyone follows. As the leader goes, so the followers go. The leader needs to be properly trained in order to model good leadership. ...

Why women are easily abused in church

August 25, 2014
So many stories have been written on abuse in churches but what is clear is that the majority of those abused are women. Stories have been written of women who seek the services of prophets and church leaders but then end up being abused. Of late is the story of ...

Is the church’s abstinence message still applicable?

August 21, 2014
In Zimbabwe a largely Christian community, institutions tasked with maintaining the moral fiber including the church and some parents are still rigid and preaching abstinence before marriage to fight HIV/Aids thereby denying young people information on safe sex and sexual reproductive health. According to the ‘Zimbabwe Global AIDS Response Progress ...
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