Bishop Mambo dares Govt over Universal Church

Lusaka, Nov 27, ZANIS – Church of God Immediate Past Regional Superintendent for Central Africa Bishop John Mambo has challenged Government and Church mother bodies in the country to seriously scrutinise the doctrines of the embattled Universal Church of the Kingdom of God – UCKG.

Bishop Mambo who was speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today advised that it is time fears and speculations of Satanism acts of the same church were brought to an end.

Bishop Mambo said what happened yesterday was just a warning of serious things to come saying Government was aware that there were many cult churches in the country but had done little to stop them.

He warned the Ministry of Home Affairs against applying lip services to the situation saying doing so would be endangering people’s peace.

He noted that if Zambia was to remain a Christian nation it must have doctrines that were biblical and that there should be a limit to freedom of expression.


He pointed out that the world was watching the country which is known for its peace saying it would not pay to witness any disturbance based on religion.

UCKG

Controverial movement, based in Brazil. UCKG – the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God – also uses the name “Stop Suffering.”

Promotes word-faith theology, with a particular emphasis on the seed-faith doctrine (i.e. if you want to receive money, healing or another blessing, you first must give or ‘sow’ money).

Since its theology and practices are far outside those of normal, biblical Christianity, this movement is considered to be, theologically, a cult of Christianity.

Bishop Mambo pointed out that the country should be careful because other countries have gone to war based on religion.

He called on Government to give a clear vision on the operations and existence of some churches in the country.


He explained that some sections of society pointed a finger at the former Republican President Frederick Chiluba when he banned the church saying people should now start examining why it happened that way.

He warned Zambians against accepting anything that came in the name of religion lest they endangered their lives.

The Bisho said Zambia has become a free for all country and warned that religion was something that should not be played with.

He said churches have different teachings but that if some teachings were not Godly they should be stopped with immediate effect.

Quoting from the Bible, Bishop Mambo said many people were coming in the name of God but that christians should be careful which church they went to.

A check by ZANIS at the Universal Church building on Katunjila Road found a handful of church members worshipping in the temple while onlookers peeped and passed funny comments.


Yesterday rioters pounced on the same church and smashed windows and damaged vehicles demanding the ban on the Church following allegations of satanic practices.

Confusion spread to the Church’s new Cathedral of Faith Building on Kafue Road where the rioters threatened to demolish the structure but police were deployed to the area firing gunshots to scare residents from the nearby compounds.

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