PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says he is not ashamed to challenge the clergy that feel holier than others. President Lungu said having a big cathedral or a synagogue does not make some churches bigger than others. President Lungu said this at Christ the King International Church in Ndola’s Nkwazi township.
“I have been touched by the sermon this morning that we should worship God in truth and spirit. I will challenge the Zambian church, I am saying this because on 1st May 2019, during Labour Day celebration, as we were talking to each other with some labour leaders, one leader said the Church was not at the National Dialogue Forum, and I said which church? This is because some people think they are the church. The church is all of us who are believers in Christ,” President Lungu said.
“So those who think, those who want to talk to us because they are the church, we are in church here now, those gathered; one, two, three and four and ‘calling upon my name’ that is a church. I challenge those who think because they have ultra modern buildings, synagogues and cathedrals and believe they are the Church, they cannot be the Church, the church is all of us as a community.”
President Lungu said people should stop thinking holier than others.
“So let us stop feeling holier than others because you are in Kabushi, no! Even in Senior, Nkwazi you are the Church. I challenge those of the clergy who think are holier than others, let us all worship in truth and spirit.”
He said those that were angry with him should take him on.
“Those who are angry with me can take me on. There is no one who was…or and the Church in Zambia should start reflecting on the message today that we are one and should pray in spirit and truth,” he said.
He said those in big churches should not be declaring themselves as the church.
“The church through Jesus Christ resides in us. It does not reside in Nigeria. Let us believe in our Zambian church. It’s a shame that we go out, that in Zambia there is no faith. Religious faith is not growing in Zambia, look to yourselves and not others. Muleke fimano (stop that mannerism),” President Lungu said.
President Lungu then donated 1,000 bags of cement towards the construction of the Cathedral for Christ the King International Church.
Earlier, Christ the King International Church overseer Bishop Charles Mumba said his prophecy would not change even in 2021.
“It is only in Zambia where there is so much hatred. How do you prosper in a country of division? In a Christian nation, we should not find it difficult to talk to each other and solve issues. Some people go to Church yet they are the same people who are busy doing wrong things. Today, Sunday, politicians are in Church but immediately they leave church, they go and play evil. These ministers you have, some don’t mean well, some have their agenda. Don’t trust them but love them all. They will leave you for their agenda,” Bishop Mumba said.
“The prophecy that we gave in 2017 after the PF won the 2016 elections will not change even in 2021.”