Evangelist Zinyongo condemns mock weddings, sell of ‘holy anointing oil’

Lilongwe-based preacher, Evangelist Richard Zinyongo has openly condemned some of the criteria’s that Christian churches use to generate funds including mock weddings, trophies, selling of anointing  materials, prophesies and auctioning of items in prayer houses, saying these have paralyzed the core function of the church and that they are not biblical.

Evangelist Richard Zinyongo

According to Zinyongo, the current church systems has produced thieves and corrupt Christians in the name of prosperity teachings and that many pastors have blessed corrupt money and they love corrupt Christians because they give money more than anybody does in the church.

In an interview with Nysa Times,  Zinyongo said it is a very pathetic that most of the so-called men of God, Pastors, Bishops, Prophets, Apostles and Reverends joined the ministry to enrich themselves not to win lost souls.

“Immorality is so high in churches because of fake Pastors, Bishops, Prophets, Evangelists and Apostles who have not helped the government in perfecting the current generation.

“Most of the churches are just religious social gathering not a place to worship God. There is a need of a quick church reformation,” he said

On his recent Facebook post,  Zinyongo argued that instead of focusing much on preaching the gospel, churches are giving more attention to fundraising, something that doesn’t even benefit the poor but church infrastructures and some pastors who take that as their only source of income.

“Apart from government reformations, we also need to go into the church with reformations, our churches are rotten, people are purifying sins, this is bad and it needs to stop”, he said

The post however steered debate among many people who have conflicting ideas on the matter. Some are in agreement and others are in disagreement.

One David Kawanga wrote “All these fundraising gimmicks in the church symbolize the rottenness of our spirituality it  was not meant to be like this”.

Evangelist Mike Lulanga also concurred with Kawanga saying most churches are focusing much on generating funds from members than teaching the real Gospel.

“The time and attention given to fundraising is more than the time given for worship, this is something that needs to be checked. We are more into finances than worship and the church is slowly turning into a business and fashion center,” he said.

However, Malason Kachipanda said he doesn’t see any problems with mock weddings and trophies describing them as extra-biblical creative way of persuading Christians to give.

“I’d think of these activities as extra-biblical creative way of persuading people to give. Giving in post reformation dispensation has been a hurdle to many Christians all over the world regardless of the contexts. I personally don’t believe a mock wedding or trophy competitions done in good faith is a sin.

“If the church is to avoid this kind of giving then we need more teachings to our congregants on cheerful giving which is not easy. Just my independent thoughts, “he said

Nettie Chibambo Mtsuko also gave a direct shot saying “It’s good that you have recognized this, I personally don’t like this in churches and you have been championing the same at Msonkhamanja. I hope you will bring change now. We need people like you.

Apart from preaching in various secondary schools and colleges, Zinyongo is also known as a musician.

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Chiwoko
Chiwoko
1 month ago

I was a believer in my youth now I am no longer although I grew up in a very religious family. I have been very disappointed with the way the new pastors and prophet skim people of their long earned cash to enrich themselves. Can someone tell me the reason why there are so many churches these days with their own pastors and prophets other than to enrich themselves with the tithe or contributions they demand from their congregations. When I was growing up there were only a few churches; Roman catholic, CCAP, Anglican, Seventh Day Adventist and Assemblies of… Read more »

Royal Jelly
Royal Jelly
1 month ago

WE ONLY NEED TO KNOW GOD’S GRACE Ro. 3:19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Ro. 3:20 Therefore no-one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin. Ro. 3:21 But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. Ro. 3:22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ… Read more »

PASTOR HAPPY SAMUEL
PASTOR HAPPY SAMUEL
1 month ago

Evangelist Zinyongo please refrain from JUDGING Your fellow men of God. Let The one who called each one of us to ministry be our judge. If I may ask you evangelist to point out one such congregation in particular you will be lost for words. So please if God called you Evangelist Zinyongo Please sir concentrate on your ministry. God will give you a crown depending on your performance in your ministry bear in mind that the body of Christ has many parts and operate differently. Do u want all Churches to be administered in your way? Evangelist Zinyongo please… Read more »

Chukambiri
Chukambiri
1 month ago

Beneficiary samasowa, the evengelist is saying the truth . Can you please give us verses in support of your argument. Material messages cannot lead us to heaven pastor!!

PASTOR HAPPY SAMUEL
PASTOR HAPPY SAMUEL
1 month ago
Reply to  Chukambiri

Mr Chukambiri ,thank you sir for your request for a verse i should support my argument sir and the following are my supporting verses: ACTS 1 VERSE 1-5 The fact that Ananias and wife Sapphira had sold there field so as to later give the proceeds to the church should open up our minds to say there must have been a need in the body of Christ – The Church. So the administration at that time in that church must have called for pledges from the church members and it so happened that this family must have volunteered to sell… Read more »

Chukambiri
Chukambiri
1 month ago

You mean material messages should dominate salvation messages as it is happening in most churches including yours? Do you know that real christians are after salvation messages nowadays because we are in the last days? Jesus is more important than money. It is better for a poor chritian to go to heaven than to be a millionaire and go to hell. Money is a blessing from God. Muyambe mwathanga ufumu wake ndipo zina zonse zizakusatirani. If you have Jesus, money will follow you and if you have money Jesus cannot follow. If you are a true pastor, am pleading with… Read more »

Chukambiri
Chukambiri
1 month ago

Truth pains pastor, material messages will not lead us to heaven pastor

Luka
Luka
1 month ago

You are missing Zinyongo’s point. He is suggesting that not everyone who claims to be a man of God was called by God. Some were called by Greed. The pastors, prophets and preachers of prosperity perform within the tradition of the sing’angas who sell charms to promote wealth. Instead of sharing the Good News with everyone, they sell it for their own profit. Mark 10: 23-25 states the Christian message clearly: ‘Jesus looked round and said to his disciples, “With what difficulty will those who have money enter into the Kingdom of God!” His disciples were amazed at his words.… Read more »

Chukambiri
Chukambiri
1 month ago

You are very right evengelist, for example CCAP, they are practicing what is called ” CHURCH BANK” by which members contributes money to the grouping and lend them out on interest inside their churches so close the pulpit and even reverends are members of these groupings. They share interests at the end of the year. Let us call these churches Lost Christian Gathering, beecause a church can not allow their members to be acting against the word of God. A church has now become a profit making organization not a sacred or a Holy place. For example proverbs 28: 8-9… Read more »

Munthu mulala
Munthu mulala
1 month ago
Reply to  Chukambiri

Eish mpaka Church Bank ndiye zafikapotu

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
1 month ago

Bushiri.

che nnungu
1 month ago

At first I thought he is Chimulilenji”s brother. But yes your views are very correct man of God

Charles
Charles
1 month ago

I do not give my hard earned money to any church. [email protected]

Ngombwax
Ngombwax
1 month ago

I had no idea that preachers like these still exist. All I heard were stories about the crooked Bushiri.

By the way, what the heck are mock weddings??

Mahatma
Mahatma
1 month ago

Is he related to chimulilenji?

SPIRITUAL WATCHER.
SPIRITUAL WATCHER.
1 month ago

This admonition has come at the right time. Prophets, pastors, evangelists and bishops are mercilessly ripping off congregants’ hard earned money in the name of partnerships, tithe, sowing seeds, offering of Joseph, offering of Deborah blablablah. In fact the church is no longer the House of God but it has become a den of thieves. Apart firm this, the church has become Sodom and Gommorah where people can fornicate and commit all sorts if abominable sins without conscious. This is why Jesus whipped people in the temple and turned the tables of money changers and cleansed it. The church of… Read more »

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