Bishops Joshua Banda and Joe Imakando represents the old and tired religious system with nothing new to offer.
Sheppard Bushiri and other young preachers aka “prophets” represent something new and fresh. It may not be “real”. It may actually be fake. But it’s evident that people are buying into whatever they are selling. That scares the Gehenna out of the old tired bishops.
The young guys have tapped into the social media frenzy. They portray success. The faced is on public display each time they step out.
You cannot serve young millennial Christians 1964 wine. You call it aged, they call it old and tired.
You call it mature and steady. They call it out of touch.
Before you know it, we will soon have a tv show called KEEPING UP WITH THE BUSHIRIS. These young guys FAKE or not are selling something young people are searching for.
Old guys cannot keep up, so they have decided to use governments in Africa to either stop or slow down these young people. Here is the problem. Government will only tag alone for as long as they see you as influential enough to help them win elections.
The Bushiris are controlling the bigger chunk of the money. TB Joshua is still scratching his head. He didn’t see it coming either. So much for prophecy.
Here is what I know. People’s spiritual needs are directly connected to their social and economic needs. As a pastor of an old church like the Bishops, you must evolve with time and plug into what’s trending and what’s relevant.
You may succeed in stoping young pastors from coming into Zambia. But their followers will still send them money through western union, mobile money etc. just come up with relevant messages and compete for the hearts and minds or the Christian fraternity. Alternatively retire….
By Francis Malama