Enlighten Christian Gathering (ECG) church Communication Director Ephraim Nyirenda has defended Prophet Shepherd Bushiri’s plea calling for congregants to directly deposit offerings into church bank account following suspension of prayers.

Over the weekend social media was awash with a video clip showing Prophet Bushiri asking his followers not to let the devil defeat them by not doing the word of God which include paying to the House of God.

The youthful man of God, advised his congregants not to mind what people will say regarding the message of paying offering, tithe, seeds etc.
Bushiri’s plea has attracted mixed reactions with many questioning the offerings plea.

Writing on his official facebook, Nyondo trashed the accusations.

Below is Nyondo’s statement on Bushiri’s offerings plea;

I hate to say it, but, with each passing day, it is becoming evident that when Prophet Shepherd Bushiri coughs, right away, expect whirlwind from social media carpers.

It has become a tradition, something predictable, we are used to it, we don’t lose even a stint of our good breath, but listen to this:
You see, in the wake of COVID-19 epidemic and governments restricting huge gatherings, most churches, across the world, suspended their physical attendances for services and resorted to online.

In fact, ECG South Africa was among the first to announce the suspension, following which the leadership of the church made a bold statement to all ECG branches in the 25 countries where we operate to adhere to respective set government guidelines in response to COVID-19.

In this digital age, going online is only an epochal innovation to prayer, a statement that, against all odds, humans are a religious lot and no pandemic can take away their relationship with God.

In fact, in going online, nothing about the organization of the church has changed; it’s only the medium of reach which has changed—the church still remains an organization, supported by its members, followers and well-wishers to stand and function on its own.

We all know, of course, that every church, as an organization, has recurring costs—salaries, bills, etc—that are supposed to be met for it to function effectively. These costs, in every church, are met by contributions from willing members, followers and well-wishers voluntarily. We all know that, every church does that and, even with COVID-19, they are doing that—it’s nothing unusual.

So what is this fuss about Prophet Bushiri reminding willing members, followers and well-wishers of the ECG to, as usual, voluntarily contribute to the everyday running of their organization?

Some of these fusses, yes these barks, do not tell us anything about Prophet Bushiri; rather, they just tell us more about the deepest obsession and hatred these social media carpers have against a man of God they so dearly want, but always failing, to bring down.

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