|ZCC bishop warns church members|
|Saturday, 07 April 2012 21:01|
From Walter Mswazie, Mbungo in Masvingo
ZION Christian Church Bishop Dr Nehemiah Mutendi has warned church members
against aspiring for top positions, adding that they should respect present authority.
Presenting a sermon yesterday before a bumper crowd of over 60 000 congregants who are gathered for the church’s international Easter conference being held at the magnificent temple at ZCC Mbungo in Masvingo, Dr Mutendi said there were members who were positioning themselves for higher positions yet God would have given them relevant posts in life.
The conical-tower like temple was recently certified a religious shrine by the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry and is one of the tourist attractions in Masvingo province.
The conference is run under different themes that include: “Blood of Jesus’’, which was for the Good Friday and yesterday’s theme was, “Jesus in the underworld’’.
“Never aspire for top positions since this kind of attitude would lead you to be heathens and your position to heaven won’t be guaranteed. Church members should be content with the positions that God gave them instead of wanting other people’s positions.
The ZCC bishop urged his flock to respect their present leaders and never despise those that have authority over them. He said there is a lot of chaos caused by people who aspire for undue greatness.
He said Lucifer envied Jesus’ position and ended up falling from grace together with a third of the angels.
“Take heed of the advice that you are given by your church leaders. Submit yourself before your present leaders,’’ he said.
There are three main gatherings held at Mbungo and the Easter conference is the biggest of all the gatherings held in Masvingo under the ZCC banner.
A similar gathering is held at Defe in Gokwe South which is the church headquarters. This is where the church remembers Reverend Samuel Mutendi, the founding father of the church.
Rev Mutendi, who is the father of the present bishop, died on 20 July 1976.
The bishop will inspect parades of different church wings that include youth, women and men together with church elders before the main ceremony at around 8am.