Society should understand that even in Churches, there are leaders who are “wolves in sheep’s clothing”, says Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) general secretary Suzanne Matale.
She has said that society should make informed decisions of which houses of worship they should join.
Reverend Matale was commenting on the detention of a Kitwe Bishop for allegedly having carnal knowledge of nine teenagers aged between 14 and 20.
She said CCZ had learnt with disbelief the conduct of a named church bishop who is alleged to have sexually abused the nine females in the name of exorcising ghosts.
Bishop Dominic Kanyika Nyundu of Holy Ghost Fire Ministries in Kitwe is alleged to have engaged nine of his female followers in sexual encounters at a former Kitwe City council farm across the Kafue River on the pretext of exorcising ghosts.
Rev Matale said the church has observed that there had been an increase in the number of people claiming to be men of God and using the name of God and authority they were entrusted with by members of their congregations to conduct outrageous activities such as taking advantage of innocent children and destroying their future.
“The detention of the so called bishop should be an eye opener to society to understand that we have “wolves in sheep’s clothing” and must make informed decisions of which houses of worship they should join. We urge the police to continue arresting, without delay, all perpetrators of all forms of sexual violence and other vices against humanity,” she said.
Rev Matale said church members should also ensure that they investigated the backgrounds of their pastors before they could trust them to preach the word of God.
She said it was the duty of parents to ensure that their children attended church services or meetings under strict supervision, adding that every citizen should ensure that they should not allow evil to take root in church and society.
“The church should be protected from bad elements and be allowed to remain a respected safe haven which offers solace and comfort to society which it has always done and this should remain so,” said Rev Matale.