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The Ugandan government is trying to crack down on false prophets and con artists by passing legislation that would require a minister to have a theological degree from a recognized institution in order to lead a church. The proposed law would also require churches to be forthcoming with their finances. While some church leaders see this as a responsible move by the government, others, mostly in Pentecostal churches, see the move as the government overreaching into their work.
“Once God has called you, he has positioned you in that area to preach the word of God. You know by the Spirit what to tell to people. I don’t think you need to go and study to be a pastor or what,” Kezia Koburungi, a follower of Prophet Elvis Mbonye, told Deutsche Welle.
Policy - Pentecostal - Churches - Pastors - Training
The new policy would mostly affect Pentecostal churches, many of whose pastors and evangelists lack formal theological training. Other faith leaders in the country, including Muslim imams, Catholic priests, Seventh-day Adventist pastors, and ordained Pentecostal ministers will not be noticeably affected by the proposed law.
Amos Mugabi, a Pentecostal minister, says the policy represents Satan “fighting the church.” Mugabi points to the example of Jesus to rebuke the government’s proposed law: “We have great men in the Bible including Jesus Christ who preached the gospel, but they didn’t have a bachelor’s degree in theology. It’s time we all follow the Bible.”
Uganda - Minister - Ethics - Integrity - Religion
Uganda’s minister for ethics and integrity told Religion News the government is trying to save Ugandans from “being exploited by unscrupulous clerics.” The Rev. Simon Lokodo explains, “Some churches ask youth for money before they will pray for them to get jobs—this is against the word of God.”
The government is also concerned about so-called ministers staging miracles to take advantage of people. Their concern is not only limited to Christian-looking “ministries”...
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