He is described by some as a fiery character, some say he is opinionated and speaks it like it is.
But, Apostle Chiwenga is a preacher who is now exhibiting anger and envy. He has attacked and besmirched just about all other preachers but himself. Apostle Chiwega in his street sermons has portrayed himself as the only true preacher out of Zimbabwe, the only man to teach truth and thus, he has spoken against every prominent preacher and has been consistent in his insults on other preachers. One then wonders why? Is this his core message?
What causes conflict between preachers? It is usually ministry based. It is easy for a preacher to believe that his ministry is more important than the cause itself. In other words, a pastor or preacher can be guilty of thinking that his ministry is the cause rather than being a part of the cause.
When that happens jealousy, envy, bitterness and other sinful attitudes can come into the life of a preacher. These attitudes can infect his spirit and make him think he must fight other ministries in order to protect or even advance his own. Someone has to advise Apostle Chiwengwa and help him stay focused on preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ minus the personal attacks on other preachers. If a butcher Shop believes it sells fresh meat then it needs not waste time explaining how other butchers are selling tomatoes instead of meat. Just preach the gospel as is Apostle Chiwengwa. There is no need to get personal with attacks on other preachers.
Perhaps reading this particular verse book of James would help us out on this one. “From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?”
The Book of James is one of the most practical books in all of the New Testament. Some have compared it to the Old Testament book of Proverbs in its practicality. When James wrote these words he was writing them to believers, anticipating the fact that there were going to be conflicts among them.
Preachers are also believers, so there is no reason to believe that preachers are exempt from the truth of this passage. In fact, sometimes preachers are the most guilty of fighting and warring among one another. ￼ Apostle Chiwengwa recently lost his wife in a tragic accident and perhaps he is still grieving and now finds comfort in using the pulpit to vent his frustrations and anger by insulting other preachers. Commenting on his recent outburst on a video in which Apostle Chiwengwa insulted Prophet Uebert Angel one viewer said.
“I think this guy is still grieving . He has unresolved issues pain and bitterness . When you preach from a place of hurt and you haven’t healed it shows . He should allow God to heal his heart and have time to recover from the tragic loss that he experienced. It’s not right use the pulpit for that.” The viewer went on to quote the following
“It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice,”
Philippians 1:15-18 NIV
Indeed, when it comes to how Christians speak, “tone matters” and it is important to disagree “in love” because “words can wound”. Apostle Chiwengwa may be basking in the glory of praise from his well wishers but he is not going about this in the spirit of love and even his supporters know this.
As a Christian you may disagree with the way Uebert Angel is proclaiming the gospel, you may not like how Ezekiel Guti has been championing Christianity, may hate the lifestyle and teachings of Emmanuel Makandiwa but common courtesy if observed will inform you that theirs is not an appeal for power or position, it is a request for the gospel of Jesus Christ to be taken seriously; for all of us to recognize their unique calling. Respect and common courtesy should be the dialect of the church. Yet Apostle Chiwengwa seems to find comfort in hurling insults left, right and centre.
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The reality is that Apostle Chiwenga’s comments on other preachers reflects a real lack of humility, a lack of brokenness, a lack of just love and compassion.
Personally I think that as Christians we don’t have to compromise the truth to exhibit love and compassion, and to season our words with grace.