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Resolve differences internally, church leaders urged

ALFRED MUMBA, Lusaka
The Independent Church of Zambia (ICOZ) has called on church leaders of affiliate churches to dialogue among themselves before calling for the organisation’s intervention in settling differences.
ICOZ chairman Bishop David Masupa said it has become common for churches to seek guidance from his office even over issues that respective leaders can ably resolve.
He said this last Sunday when he restored Lusaka-based Prophet Bishop Haggai Mumba of Rehoboth Naphtali M’kaddesh Ministries in Lusaka. Bishop Mumba was barred from preaching following allegations of ritual sexual affairs with some church members, false prophesy and Satanism.
Bishop Masupa urged congregants to work with their respective church leaders to ensure that their pastors are meeting expectations in preaching the word of God.
He said that a lot of church members have been flocking to his offices with reports about their pastors’ alleged misconduct, but said these should be addressed by church leaders before they were brought to the attention of ICOZ.
“Each church has leaders. Leaders are the ones making decisions for the church’s affairs. Therefore, if members have problems with their pastor, it is the duty of the leaders to solve the problems, and not rush to ICOZ for intervention,” said Bishop Masupa.
He urged churches to unite and work with their pastors in preaching the word of God and not fault-find.
Bishop Masupa said his organisation will continue working with affiliate churches to ensure that churches continue to be places for spiritual help.
And a representative from the Registrar of Society Akan Daka said the society will ensure that all churches work according to what they were registered for.



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