The general president for Southern African Assemblies of God Alliance (SAAGA) Reverend Dr Gordon Lebelo said he is worried about high numbers of false prophets who have commercialised churches.
Speaking during the official opening of Gaborone Assemblies of God new sanctuary, Lebelo said some people are using the name of God to enrich themselves. The construction cost of the sanctuary stood at P 15 million upon completion. The building will accommodate 800 people though it had initially wanted to accommodate 1,200 people.
“The church is a place to worship not a business place. Some false prophets are swindling poor people their last money to prophesise them. This is tarnishing churches. The prophesy from God will never be paid for, even a prayer. It’s time our churches stand up and criticise some of these things. I urge Assemblies of God pastors not to practise such. The new sanctuary should be the house of the Lord, not a place where money is made,” Lebelo said.
He said their church should be a church of prophetic truth and hope of the hopeless.
Lebelo said Christians have misrepresented God by things they do. He continued, “I urge people to be vigilant and be careful that they fall into the hands of the false .prophets. Know the word
Officially opening the sanctuary, former President Ian Khama noted that Assemblies of God in Botswana was started by evangelistic campaigns in Gaborone and Lobatse in May 1963.
“The purpose of the evangelistic campaigns was to win men, women and children to Christ. The church took the earliest opportunity it got in the 1970s to donate generously to the building of Serowe clinic and built a primary in Sefhophe. The school was later handed to government. The church has experienced phenomenal growth and its presence is spread throughout the country,” Khama said.
Khama urged Assemblies of God church members and leaders to be the conscience of the nation guiding and making the nation aware of acts, tendencies and inclinations that may expose the nation to danger or adverse criticism. He encouraged them to pray for all men especially national leadership and evangelise to lead people to Christ, build them in the faith and disciple them to become loyal citizens who will contribute to the social, economic, spiritual and political welfare of the nation.