Founder of Redeemed Presbyterian Church (RPC), Rev Chimwemwe Mhango, has dispelled reports among Christians that he and his followers rebelled against the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Livingstonia Synod, saying the synod actually booted them out.
“What you hear from people up north here say is like we are rebels. No! We didn’t rebel against the synod but they did not know how to handle us so they let us go,” said Mhango.
The Former Reverend of Livingstonia Synod was speaking on Sunday during the Commissioning of Redeemed Presbyterian Church Mzuzu Branch.
He said as a man of God, he could not just sit idle when he had the calling to found the Redeemed Presbyterian Church.
Rev Mhango added that the newly formed Redeemed Presbyterian Church (RPC) is not a replica or another CCAP Church but a unique new church.
“Yes, we came out of CCAP, but we are not a replica of CCAP or CCAP B. We are very much aware that there are some members who are joining RPC that do not come from CCAP but other denominations,” he said.
To demonstrate that they are drifting from CCAP, the church will be doing immersion and not sprinkling baptisms as is the case in CCAP.
While acknowledging it would not be easy for most people to leave CCAP as they have grown up there, Mhango claimed God told them to go in a different way.
“So we are not going to be Pentecostal or Presbyterians, but God is formulating something very unique. We will not stand against men of God but allow them to use their gifts,” he said.
According to Mhango, the founder of the church, its main objectives are to disseminate the gospel of Jesus Christ, strengthen families and assist the sick and the needy.
RPC has branches in Karonga, Mzuzu, Mzimba, Dowa, Ntchisi, Lilongwe, and Blantyre- Machinjiri.
Rev Chimwemwe Mhango was booted out from the Kanengo CCAP where he was ministering after he refused to be transferred to Euthini in Mzimba. This forced him to establish the Redeemed Presbyterian Church alongside some followers from Kanengo Congregation.