NEVERS Mumba and his International Fellowship for Christian Churches (IFCC) counterpart president Simon Chihana are lost souls that the church should pray for because they adopted a sacrilegious role of being merchants of hate and virulent speech against President Edgar Lungu, Evangelical Youth Alliance (EYA) has said.
And EYA said it would be important for the new ministry which will look at religious issues in Zambia to come up with a yardstick on the kind of people who should be allowed to run religious institutions because there was abuse on to the church as some people were using it to peddle their personal agendas.
EYA executive director Moses Lungu told the Daily Nation that it was sad that two clergymen had taken a full political stance as evidenced by their continued attacks on President Lungu while holding on the church thereby taking advantage of their religious following.
Rev. Moses charged that the duo had diverted from their calling and that were busy insulting Lungu, who had not retaliated but had just ignored all their attacks.
He said Dr. Mumba, had made a desperate decision to enter politics out of bitterness and had lost it completely because he did not know which way to take after being stripped of the MMD presidency.
He said Dr. Mumba was abusing the charismatic voice that God had given him to preach to the people by entangling himself in politics and venting his anger on people who had not offended him in any way yet still holding on the church.
“Dr. Mumba is a clear case of Jonah in the Bible because right now he is a clergyman in troubled waters and unless the church prays for him, he may die out of the church because he has decided to run away from the fold through bitterness and now the bitterness has continued because he has seen his political fortunes dwindling hence his anger on innocent people like President Lungu.
“This is why him and his counterpart Bishop Chihana have openly come out to declare their political ambition and are taking turns in insulting President Lungu yet they still want to hold on to the church. The two are lost souls which the church should pray for because they adopted a sacrilegious role of being merchants of hate and virulent speech against those in power,” Rev. Lungu said.
And Rev. Lungu said it would be important for the new ministry which will look at religious issues in Zambia to come up with a yardstick on what kind of people should be allowed to run religious institutions because there was abuse on the church as some people were using it to peddle their personal agendas.
He said the ministry should be able to curb high levels of abuse of the church by some individuals who had personal interests.
“When God decides to use you as his vessel, it is important that the loyalty of the disciples who are following you is not diverted from God to you. Unfortunately, the church today is suffering high levels of abuse where the leaders are entitled to a lot of benefits at the expense of competing challenges within the congregation and these are some of the issues the new ministry should address,” he said.