An Offensive Bible Word

A revolution broke lose at the Durban University of Technology: Indumiso Campus where brother Gary and I (Lungisa) were invited to a launch of a faith based Non Profit Organization (NPO) called Ahava More Ministries.

In less than two months ago, while we were preaching in Church Street, we met a young man by the name of Bakwena Monaheng who was encouraged by our preaching. He told us that he would be launching an NPO which will reach out to the poor/needy with the gospel by means of meeting their physical needs.

Today (October 6, 2012) was the day of launching that NPO. We arrived late, (seeing we are born and bred in Africa) and we discovered that the program had not yet started (thanks to african time keeping). Eventually the program started somewhere around 12pm instead of 11am. When it was time for the preaching of the Word, some lady whose name I couldn’t quite catch [only the title “Teacher”] stood up to preach.

After she finished speaking, the next item on the program was for a pastor of one of the local churches to do a prayer for students who will be writing their year-end exams as from next Monday. He identified himself as Pastor Mdluli. He addressed “Teacher” the lady who was preaching, “My sister thank you very much, may God bless you and help you grow and expand your ministry”. While Mdluli was talking, my brother Gary, interrupted with a question, “is the lady a teacher here? Is she a pastor?” I couldn’t quite hear the response but brother carried on and said, “God spoke to me too from his word that if I love him I should keep his commandments. And here is one of his commands in 1 Timothy 2:12-15, “12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. 15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.” the qualification of an elder or a bishop is that he must be the husband of one wife not a wife of one husband.”

Mdluli then said, “We can discuss that.” and brother Gary reply, “This is not the time and place.” Mdluli carried on to thank the lady that was preaching. And said we must be careful when reading the bible because there are things which we should take literally and some have a hidden message. He read Psalm 90:1-2 and spoke on it, some of the words he said was, “by creating things God did not prove that He is God.” I wondered on that because when we look at creation and the arrangement thereof, we see that indeed God is God.

He then reverted onto speaking about woman preaching saying, “if men are not serving, then God will raise women to preach” and then referred to the story of Deborah in the book of judges to validate his point. I then interrupted him, “Excuse me man of God, could you please carry on and do the prayer and then outside we can discuss the matter at hand. These are theological issues that would need to be dealt with else where, for the sake of this event” He replied, “I am just clarifying somethings because these people here will get confused”

He then called another pastor who was with him (Pastor Mfeka) to come and pray. Next item on the program was Rev Monaheng, who was to give a vote of thanks. He said, “I would like to declare in front of everybody that “Teacher” is in fact the teacher, if anyone is upset by this, I’ll be here until tomorrow and I will prove scripturally what I have just said” and then there was clapping of hands. He carried on to declare that his son, Bakwena, is a prophet of God. After that, he laid hands on “Teacher” and Bakwena to anoint them as according to his declaration.

I saw first hand people rejecting, ignoring and violating God’s word in a church environment, even though they were explicitly warned. Anyway God was glorified!!!

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