Written by: DR Daniel Mvula Shimunza
The Church of God in Christ cannot be a cadrerised entity, for any politician or government.
There is quest for abused power that is so desperate in some politicians, who think that, they can use the eternal Church of Christ, for temporal political cadrerisation. So they move about in Churches, not to worship with sincere hearts, but as a political gimmick to get votes, yet their hearts are far away from God and true worship.
Therefore, those spiritually corrupt in hearts in power mistakenly think that, they can use the Church like a prostitute to stay in power, but if the Church refuses to toll their line, they can change like clothes, to “New formations” to their advantage. When the old leaders resist this temptation against cadrerisation, they then turn to “New leaders” as their allies within the Church, as their new cadres, while they discard and demonize the others, divisively. The Church of God, will never be cadrerised, not even by the Ministry of Religious Affairs, and National Guidance. We shall all die, while the Church continues. It was there since it’s inception before we were all born. Lessons from history are instructive in this regard:
1. BEWARE OF POLITICAL ZEALOTS LIKE JUDAS.
Judas the betrayer of the Son of God , Jesus Christ, was a political zealot. These were one of the most sophisticated assassins of antiquity for the zeal of Zionism, as a political formation to free Jews from Colonizers like Rome.
Today zealots like Judas corruptly want to cadrerise the Church by corrupting her with money, so as to support their cause. With 30 pieces of Silver , these betray the cause of Christ, by corruption as politicians in their insatiable zeal for power.
2. HERODIANS AS POLITICAL LEADERS .
HERODIANS were known for their political dynasty of political formation in the early part of the Church to be adversarial to godly leadership of the Apostles of Christ. Herod killed John the Baptist for rebuking him for Committing adultery, with his brother’s wife. In Acts 12, Another Herod killed James, and was ready to kill Apostle Peter on Easter, but the Church Prayed earnestly until Peter was released from prison.
Later on, this wicked Herod demanded worship as a god in sacrilege, thereupon God’s Angel struck him dead, in full view of all his cadres. Politicians must fear God, never to persecute those who pray and serve God in truth, and Spirit, or reduce them to Caderism, for their wicked corrupt political agendas. We must fear God in Zambia. God is calling for sincere authentic politicians , who are not going to deceive God’s people again. Beware of deceptive political decievers, who roam around Churches for votes only!
3. THE ROMANS AND CEASAR AUGUSTUS AGAINST THE CHURCH.
The reputable mighty Ceasar Augustus, with colonies around the known world, sought to confine the Church, as a cadre of Rome. This could not work, for the Church could not be reduced to Rome’s deceptive political reforms in policy , to use the Church as a cadrerised entity. The more they persecuted the Church, the more it grew and Rome perished eventually, while the Church endured until now.
The seperation of State and Church, came about in the A. D.1500s, with the Protestant Reformation of Luther and later Calvin, because one Emperor sought for political mileage to, cadrerise the Church, but failed lamentably. Many of the Lord’s Apostles died at the hands of the Romans in persecution. Even the consequent counter -reformation failed to date to stop the Church or caderise her.
That is why the Protestant Reformation, of the 1500s, reacting to the wrong quest by Rome for Church – state unification, came up with the clear doctrine of seperation of Church and State. This is a functional separation, not loyalty to the same God, but does not in any way mean Christians or clergy cannot be involved in national politics, or governance. To argue for such a position is hypocritical, and limits those called therein, to make a contribution, for the transformation of many in the nation.
For instance, Why then is the Queen of England, the Head of the Anglican Church? Why then does the Roman Catholic Church have Embassies world wide, with Apostolic naunsuls, who present credentials in every country on earth? When Pentecostals join politics, we want to stop them, even if they are called therein? The Church cannot be caderised, not even by those clergy, who are called in politics. It is above partisan politics, for God must be supreme in our democracy, as a nation.
4. PILATE COULD NOT CADRERISE JESUS CHRIST.
The gospel narratives of the passion of Christ, includes the popular interrogation of Jesus of Nazareth by PILATE, who was governor on behalf of Rome. Jesus retorted to his incessant questions that his Kingdom was not to establish at that time his earthly kingdom, which is still to come, but to redeem us from sin at the cross as a priority.
In other words, Jesus was above Pilate, and the entire Roman political formation, and machinery , except he was by God’s will willing to subordinate or condenscend to die for the lost many. Angels could have rescued him from death , and persecution, but HE chose to die in our place.
The point really is that no one, or any government can cadrerise God’s Church, it must remain above partisan politics in any nation on earth, notwithstanding those called within it.
5. FAULTY INTERPRETATION OF THE NEW TESTAMENT REGARDING THE CHURCH AND POLITICAL LEADERSHIP.
The faulty Hermeneutics of Interpretations of the New Testament passages, must be corrected. 1 Timothy 2: 1-7, that believers must only just be praying for those in authority, in order to have peace , must be read with other passages not in isolation. Scripture is very consistent, and is not contradictory of itself at any material time. Romans 13, states that all power is of God, and we are to submit to government authority , as Ministers of God, must be read in tandem with other passages that regulate despotic and unjust world rulers.
Despotism , is not God’s ordination, but man’s abuse of power. God consistently demands justice in leadership. The assumption of these passages, is that those in authority must be righteous too as in proverbs 29: 2. When the righteous rule the people rejoice. Those who have received Christ, are righteous by grace through faith, and rule in earthly governments God’s way, if so called. Righteousness exalts a nation, sin is a reproach to any people . The Bible testified of how Christians must relate with ungodly, or despotic governments too, not that God endorses their wicked corrupt rule, but that Believers must be positioned to continue their work in such an environ of a State abuse or corruption as the Early Romans .
6. BRITAIN AND AMERICA’ S GODLY FOUNDATIONS FAULTED.
Every Nation must by their founders, as Fathers seek to know the redemptive purpose of God for its people. Zambia named from Zambezi River ( river of Zambi ( God), entails the land of the river of God. I believe from my research that Britain was establish by God, as a missionary nation , until they corrupted themselves with Colonialism and the slave trade , then they lost their redemptive purpose. This led to the pilgrimages, of the founding fathers of America, not to remain under corrupted monarchies for want of religious freedoms. They left Britain to found the Newfoundland of Americas , seeking for religious freedom from the monarchy. America started with, “in God we trust “ on their global currency, until they started secularising God out of their democracy, and lost their redemptive purpose too. However, she remains the greatest support of global missions in the world today.
7. ISRAEL AS THE NAVEL OF GOD’S COVENANT ON EARTH AS OUR EXAMPLE AS A NATION.
Our covenant with God, as a Christian Nation must compel us , not to sacrifice our diplomatic relations with Israel, with nations that hate and curse God’s covenant with Abraham the founding father of Israel as a nation, as seen in Genesis 12:1-4. Whoever blessed Israel, is blessed in the covenant, whoever curses Israel is cursed. This is crucial that an embassy of Israel must be opened in Zambia.
Our political leaders, who lack this knowledge have compromised our diplomatic foreign policy, with nations that sponsor terror against Israel , sadly against God’s plan. President Donald Trump as controversial as many percieve him, on Israel he has gotten it right than the liberal democrats , with a one – state solution. God loves all , including the Palestinians, but the promise to Abraham of the land of Israel , was with Isaac , not Ishmael.
Conclusively, the Church cannot be caderised by any human governments, or politicians, in any nation. The State cannot regulate the Church, but the other way round . Not all that is called Church is Church today , but again our constitution provides no place for any government to regulate any person’s freedoms of; conscience, assembly, and worship. This can be challenged in any competent Court in Zambia. Christianity is not by coercion, but a willing faith by persuasion , and appeal to men’s will and consciences, not coercion, or remote control. As God in his supremacy appeals to men’s will , so does democracy in a Christian nation appeal to the freedoms of choice and personal volition. The God of the State, is also the God of the Church. Zambia must develop to ultimate development as a First World State , by the Church raising authentic transformative leadership.
DR Daniel Mvula Shimunza
MOVEMENT FOR NATIONAL TRANSFORMATION ( MNT)
FOR FIRST WORLD ZAMBIA IDEOLOGY
AND 2021 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE.