With the rise to prominence of Nigerian prophet TB Joshua, the issue of prophecy has been in the spotlight. James Chimpweya talks to Bishop Mark Kambalazaza, founder and general overseer of Charismatic Redeemed Ministries International, to find out more about prophecy.
What is prophecy?
Prophecy is hearing God speaking to you to be related to a concerned party. In prophecy, you donâ€™t talk about card, house or vehicle numbers, but serious issues that would help more people.
Who is a prophet?
A prophet is the messenger of God from heaven. A real prophet hears God speaking and relates the same in exact form received to the concerned people. Some of todayâ€™sâ€™ prophets are not real.
Has God spoken about Malawi?
Of course, God speaks to the Malawi nation, but the problem is that those concerned do not take the messages seriously. For example, God spoke to me about late president Bingu wa Mutharika and I phoned him for us to meet and relate the message, but was given a cold shoulder for two times. The first was about his first term. The other time was during the second term where he amassed massive votes. I had another message before the by- elections where his party lost in Zomba and Ndirande. All these appointments were shattered and none materialised. When things became sour, he spoke things that had angered God when he said he was not Jesus and I was told that he would not last. What I am trying to say is that government and church leaders serve same people and, as such, we should not fight but complement each other.
How should government and church leaders work?
We should be consulting each other in policy making for the betterment of the people we serve. When leaders disobey God, they fall and we are obliged to pray for our leaders.
As somebody who has clocked 20 years in the ministry with Jesus, what are your expectations?
We are expecting to work with government as partners and not enemies or competitors. The government and church leaders have to share their plans and ask the church to start praying for the implementation so that we work together. In Christianity, competition is dangerous.
What is are your future plans for your church?
We are expecting to open more schools across the country. We also want to reach out to many orphans for whom we pay school fees through the Charismatic Relief and Development of Malawi (CREDOM).
What do you rate as your achievements during the 20 years you have been in ministry?
Some of the achievements are: registration of the church, amazing growth of 4 000 church members at Ndirande Mount Zion as well as the number of congregations.