Most active Christians base their lives on the Bible. We believe that the Bible is God’s Word and that it is therefore authoritative for us in matters of faith and practice. This week I spoke to a young lady that was considering leaving Christianity completely.
I asked why her answer was heart breaking. She said, “Christians allow evil and wicked things to happen in their midst if the foul things are perpetrated by church leaders everyone looks away, and shun you for crying out against a church leader and quote a barrage of verses that basically tell you that you cannot accuse the man of God, but the man of God is violating my dignity is that scriptural is that permitted in Christianity?” I asked her to explain what she meant, and she said, “I have gone to two different Prophetic churches and in the first church it was the Prophet himself that pestered me for nude pictures via social media and requested that I send videos of me masturbating this is a well-respected Prophet with a big church.” She said.
The young lady wondered why it was that these so-called-man of God would behave in such a morally despicable way? Why do they have such disregard for the Bible, why such disdain for the church? And why treat the office of your calling with such impertinence?
She narrated how even at her new church she observed that the leader, another Prophet, also does the exact same thing. “I went to a different church because the abuse at my old church was never ending but I quickly discovered that these prophetic churches are the same they twist scripture to threaten the abused, they make you feel worthless and they find ways to justify their evil and lurid acts using/abusing scripture.”
Most of the congregates don’t always see or know of what the leaders are doing and most don’t know that the leaders are sexual perverts with serious predator instinct to pounce on unsuspecting girls for their sexual pleasure. Seriously there needs to be a sex rehab for some of these prophets, this is a serious issue the obsession is astounding. The only other logical explanation would be that these are ritualistic rites that need to be performed to access power to perform signs and wonders. Else what is this all? (the rumour mill is swelling with stories of some of these prophets asking young ladies to film themselves masturbating and send nude pictures to these perverted prophets and pastors) young ladies beware don’t be used in spiritual rituals. Careful what you send on social media in these private chats.
“I want to leave Christianity and these prophetic churches completely the Bible has no power to stop these prophets. They have it so twisted to suit their evil ways. What’s the point of such churches if not a place for these prophets to do business and pick up girls for sexual abuse or whatever rituals?” The young lady lamented.
I sat there with this young lady speechless for a while as I tried to digest the words that she had spoken. Truth is most if not all of these sexual predator Prophets and pastors have mastered the art of intimidation and perfected the art of scripture twisting. However, as Abraham Lincoln once said
“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”
There is hope, the #TouchMeNot Movement are on the road to expose all these evil doers who are trying to hide behind the Bible to facilitate their lurid sexual behaviours. But I say this is not going to go unchallenged. I Gloria Gudza, the female general of God, stand to fight this wickedness and I will not stop. I will name them these abusers one by one and expose this evil. This week I am warning Harare based Prophet Marimo. Way too many women have cried enough tears. Stop your nonsense. (Healing Ministries International) #TouchMeNot movement is watching you.
To those affected by these evil doers those in the same predicament as the young lady that I was speaking to I want you to never lose faith in God. Never lose hope in Christ Jesus. Hold on to the word of God the Holy Bible.
The Bible indicates the great truths of who God is, how we can relate to him, how we can understand ourselves and the world. In short, the Bible contains the words of life. Believers use it to guide them in discerning God’s will, from the monumental to the mundane. We read it to gain hope as well as to glean truth. It affects our beliefs, attitudes, and behaviour. In short, the Bible is our pipeline to heaven: without it, we are adrift, unprotected in a hostile place. So, again I say to all those who find themselves in a difficult situation like the young lady to whom I spoke. Hold on to Christianity hold on to the bible read it to yourself and seek revelation from the Holy Spirit. Never depend on interpretation from these so-called prophets for they will mislead you.
One of the curious phenomena of recent times is how Christians have been using the Bible. Rather than recognize that it is a book made up of 66 books, each written to a specific people for a specific reason, we tend to wrench verses right out of their contexts because the words agree with what we already believe. Sometimes believers say silly things like, “God gave me a verse today.” What’s wrong with that? Two things: First, this approach to Scripture does not honour the divine authorship of Scripture. God gave the verse at least 2 millennia ago. You may have discovered it today, but it’s been there all along. To say that God gave a verse today is really an existential statement, as though the Bible didn’t become alive until we read it a certain way. Revelation of additional scripture has ceased. There is no word coming to add more to the existing 66 books of the Bible.
These prophets no matter how anointed you think they are have no power to restructure or reword the Bible. This manner of speaking almost sounds as if revelation continues. But the work of the Spirit today is decidedly not on the cognitive level: he is not bringing us new revelation to add to the Bible. His work in relation to the Bible is primarily in the realm of conviction: he helps to drive home the message of the Bible, once it is properly understood. Second, this approach (i.e., the “God gave me a verse today” approach) to Scripture does not honour the human authorship of the Bible. When Paul wrote to the Galatians, he wrote a coherent, holistic message. He never intended for someone a couple millennia later to rip verses out of their context and wield them any way they so choose! Certainly, we have a right to quote verses of Scripture; but we do not have a right to ignore the context, or to make them say what the language cannot say. Otherwise, someone could come along and say, “Judas hanged himself”; “Go and do likewise”! Hence, one reason for the abuse of Scripture is due to a lack of respect for the Bible as a divine and human work. In this approach it becomes a magical incantation book–almost a book of unconnected fortune cookie sayings!
Another reason for Scripture twisting is simple dishonesty. Peter reminds his audience that Paul wrote things that are hard to understand, which the unstable and wicked twist to their own destruction (2 Peter 3:15-16). I’m afraid that this approach to Scripture represents the attitude of far too many Christians today.
We cannot always understand the reasons why some pastor and prophets use the Bible in a way it was never intended to be used. But we do have the responsibility to be good stewards of the Word. Should not our attitude be the same as the Bereans? When the Bereans heard the gospel that Paul preached, Luke tells us that they were more noble-minded than the Thessalonians because they received the things that Paul said with joy, but also searched the Scriptures to check him out (Acts 17:11)! We should listen to the Word being taught with a critical ear and a smile on our face.
Let me leave you with some of the scriptures that are often abused and twisted.
Psalm 105:15 – “Do not touch My anointed ones And do My prophets no harm.”
This verse is in a Psalm that recounts the marvellous protection that God showed to the Patriarchs, the Hebrews, Moses, etc. in the context of the patriarchal narratives of the first five books of the Bible. Verse 5 recounts the protection that these people receive from kings and other rulers who might try to harm them. False teachers use this to suggest that they are such “patriarchal” and leadership types, and should thus be especially, divinely protected from EVERYONE. When they cite this verse, they also present themselves as being very, very threatening to other leaders, such as government authorities, other church leaders, etc., and are in need of divine protection as they conduct their “prophetic” ministries, etc.
Cursing the false teacher: Exodus 22:28 “You shall not curse God, nor curse a ruler of your people. = false teachers often view criticism and challenge from their followers as a type of cursing.
Of course, in applying this verse to themselves, they are implicitly claiming to be “rulers,” a very powerful, unbiblical assertion! In reality most of the “cursing” done against false teachers is in private, in the innermost chambers of the wounded hearts of their followers.
Blessing/Cursing the false teacher: Genesis 12:3 And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed. = false teachers have used this verse to suggest that they, as men who are favoured by God (as Abraham was) are sources of either blessing, or cursing, depending on their followers’ treatment of them. To be generally well-disposed towards the false teacher will bring blessing, as will any gift or support given to him. To act/think/speak against the false teacher, well…you get the idea.