Prophet orders followers to divorce . . . More than hundred congregants desert church

04 Oct, 2019 - 00:10 0 Views
Prophet orders followers to divorce . . . More than hundred congregants desert church Philip Chipato

B-Metro

Danisa Masuku

A BISHOP with Word Apostolic Church in Mahatshula North, Bulawayo has been accused of wrecking church members’ marriages by ordering married congregants to divorce their partners who would have stopped coming to church.

It is alleged Bishop Philip Chipato, who also doubles up as a prophet, encouraged married male congregants to divorce their wives who no longer attend church services. 

A pastor who requested anonymity said Chipato ran a series of sermons and lessons castigating married female congregants who had somehow stopped coming to church.   

It is further said as a result Bishop Chipato reportedly ordered one of his pastors, Cleopas Midzi, to divorce his wife Vimbai Denhere who had stopped attending  church services.

“Vimbai stopped coming to church and after about two weeks Bishop Chipato  started to teach a series of lessons demonising married partners who would have stopped coming to church. He also  ran a series of sermons preaching against such truant members while encouraging their partners to divorce them,”said a  source.

An elder of the church who requested anonymity said as a result Midzi divorced his wife.

“(Cleopas) Midzi had to divorce his wife Vimbai and is cohabiting with Felistas Manase. As a result the issue caused a lot of uproar in the church. Some members  had to pull out of the church and so far up to 100  members have deserted the church over time as they felt the issue had a potential of wrecking their marriages or creating rifts  in their marriages,” said the  source.

Contacted for a comment Vimbai said: “I stopped going to that church (Word Apostolic Church) because I did not like  the things that were done at that church. His teachings were not in conformity with the word of God. After a month Chipato influenced my husband (Midzi) to divorce me and left me with two children and he is not taking care of them.”

An elder who only identified himself as Moyo said Bishop Chipato would prophesy  matching an elder whose wife would not be coming to church with one of the female congregants.

“He would say to a married elder whose wife is no longer attending church services  that he (Chipato) saw a partner in the spirit  and the elder has to divorce his wife and  marry that partner,” said Moyo.

After spirited efforts to get a comment  from Bishop Chipato, he only said: “There  is nothing like that.”

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