Partial Sermon by Bishop O.T. Chipunza at the Ordination of Pastor Masawi

Theme: Season of Unparalleled Favour

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ABSTRACT: We have brothers that God called, who did not go through the process we are performing today, a tradition that is performed by churches that came before us – the tradition of officially ordaining church  ministers  according to God’s dictates, and according to the laws of our land.

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ALL demonic spirits from the ten provinces of this great country will now have another spiritual warrior (“mushungurudzi”).

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The devil took the church for granted as the current indigenous men and women of God were made to move around without spiritual covering so that whatever God deposited within them failed to outlive them.

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We were beaten to the game by the likes of William Booth, and we were also beaten by missionaries coming from overseas when they brought the gospel to Zimbabwe.

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They had spiritual covering, thus they did not encounter many hurdles here, and those that followed them into the church, did not have problems.

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That is why you find today that the Anglican Church is still standing very firm. That’s why you find that the Methodist Church is standing very firm.

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That’s why you also find that the Church of Christ is standing very firm. That’s why you find the Apostolic Faith Mission the great church I came from is standing today.

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Why is that so?

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It is because the church founders did not begin the work of God just because God had called them. The ministries that were put in them outlived them.

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I declare that this Church will outlive its founder. And today, we’re doing it in the land of Zimbabwe, the only land that we know of. We want to thank God that when He has raised men and women in Zimbabwe, they should have spiritual covering.

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John Graham Lake is dead. He is one of the founders of AFM the world over including the SADC and Central African regions; the European zone where he came from.

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He died long back but the church did not die with him.  We refuse to start things that have an immature end: something that is started today but ends with the founders.

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It must outlive him and go to future generations. Let the Church outlive its founders.

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John Wesley is dead, but I can see him smiling and saying, “Lord, you did not make me start something with a dead end. The work that you started is still progressing.”

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Listen to me; we reject the things of God started in Zimbabwe that end with one person. That’s why I am declaring right now that all the spiritual dark forces that are fighting against Zimbabwe, its economy, marriages and families – we now present another spiritual warrior.

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We want to thank God that when He has raised men and women in Zimbabwe, they should have covering.

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Therefore today, we are doing this in the name of Zimbabwe, the only land that we know, the only land that God is raising men and women.

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This church stand will eventually be too small. There are people that will come from afar. You cannot be a true and successful minister in a particular land, without acknowledging the national anthem of your particular land.

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People will flock from all four corners of Zimbabwe to come and look for the man and woman of God.

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As a Bishop, I look beyond your assembly. I look into all the provinces. The man and woman of God will minister in every province of Zimbabwe and when they do, demons must bow down; cancer must submit; the dead must be raised. Those that are suffering from the spirit of infirmity must be given their health and strength.

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We are ordaining other men and women of God, the way I was ordained by another man of God who has got churches throughout the world (Archbishop Ezekiel Guti of Zaoga FIF). Today, I am only duplicating what he has done to me, to another man of God who came to seek for spiritual covering.

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While he runs his own ministry, he is saying he needs this ministry to be fully recognised not only in the land of Zimbabwe, but in the spiritual realm.

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There is a time when demons say that Paul we know, Jesus we know but you sons of Sceva who are you?

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In this land, we have got so many sons of Sceva that are running around and putting the church into disrepute because of their character; because they are not covered.

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It is a very important office that I will ordain him into and then on the Easter Monday, I will hand him his ordination certificate, but tonight we want him to be recognised in the spiritual realm. We want to acknowledge that Zimbabwe is the only place where God is raising giants.

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Whoever comes to AFIM crying, must go back with a smile; whoever comes here childless, must go back with a child; whoever comes here without the knowledge of Jesus, and must go back after receiving Jesus as Lord.

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No demons will remain stubborn in the ten provinces of this great country. He is not going to preach in Harare only. He is going to go to all four corners of this great country.  You don’t go outside Zimbabwe before you have put a legacy in your own country.

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Your ministry is Action Family International Ministries. It was supposed to be Action Family in Zimbabwe, because, we first subdue the demonic spirits of our land.  Remember I am an Afro-centric Bishop.

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We are not preaching to whites here. We are ministering to people from Zvimba, Bindura, Checheche, Mutoko, Rusape, Hwedza, Matabeleland, etc. The man of God who pastors you must first of all be received/accepted in the spiritual realm of the land he is ministering. You hear me?

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Wherever he goes, he will plant a seed that survives. We don’t want churches limited to one section. It should spread.

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I once preached a sermon titled “Magariro akanaka” (How to live a good life).

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You don’t partake your blessings before you subdue the spiritual forces/territorial spirits.

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Our minister had just given himself a title. This is what youngsters do. They give themselves titles.

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There is no king or chief who ordains himself.  I come from a royal family (Chipunza chieftaincy).  I will not wake up one day and call myself Chief Chipunza. There is a day of inauguration.

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So, when he was calling himself Apostle (Masawi), well it was just a ploy so that you fear or respect him.

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Ask everyone who calls themselves  prophet who ordained them?  We have brothers that God called, who did not go through the process we are performing today, a tradition that is performed by churches that came before us – the tradition of officially ordaining church  ministers  according to God’s dictates, and according to the laws of our land.

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So, he had just given himself a title. I was also told that by the man of God (Baba Guti) who ordained me that I had given myself a title, so that I could move around. But now, you can walk freely.

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This Easter I tested the ordination I had. I did not gather people for a conference. Some churches gather people making them look like they own them. The ordained pastors I have here ran the whole Easter programme alone.  I was in Rusape marrying off my children.

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Everything was moving smoothly because the church has got a covering. You don’t worry about something that has a covering.  You are not fazed when a follower leaves the Church because God replaces, and because of the anointing.

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I want to acknowledge once again all the churches that have gone through this tradition whether its United Methodist Church, Reformed Church of Zimbabwe and the great church that I came from – AFM.

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They don’t release a pastor into full time ministry without ordaining. Whether it’s Zaoga FIF, they don’t release a pastor into full time ministry without being ordained.

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I don’t know what is happening in this great land, but we thank God that we will set the correct precedent.

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And (Apostle) Masawi, it’s not you who is going to shepherd them. It is going to be through God’s anointing that we will bestow on you, the gracious anointing that God gave me that will shepherd this flock.

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They don’t belong to you. They belong to the Most High God, the one who died for them, the one whom we are celebrating. He is risen!

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He is the one that ordains men and women into sacred offices.

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I know it’s not common to most of you, but we are ministering in Zimbabwe. The man and woman of God that we are going to ordain today, they are ministering to Zimbabweans.  They will be another powerhouse here. Let’s all stand up and acknowledge God’s mighty task before us in our land.

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Singing of the National Anthem

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Simudzai mureza wedu weZimbabwe
\nYakazvarwa nomoto weChimurenga;
\nNeropa zhinji ramagamba
\nTiidzivirire kumhandu dzose;
\nNgaikomborerwe nyika yeZimbabwe.
\nTarisai Zimbabwe nyika yakashongedzwa
\nNamakomo, nehova, zvinoyevedza
\nMvura ngainaye, minda ipe mbesa
\nVashandi vatuswe, ruzhinji rugutswe;
\nNgaikomborerwe nyika yeZimbabwe.
\nMwari ropafadzai nyika yeZimbabwe
\nNyika yamadzitateguru edu tose;
\nKubva Zambezi kusvika Limpopo,
\nNavatungamiri vave nenduramo;
\nNgaikomborerwe nyika yeZimbabwe.

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ENGLISH
O lift high the banner, the flag of Zimbabwe
\nThe symbol of freedom proclaiming victory;
\nWe praise our heroes’ sacrifice,
\nAnd vow to keep our land from foes;
\nAnd may the Almighty protect and bless our land.
\nO lovely Zimbabwe, so wondrously adorned
\nWith mountains, and rivers cascading, flowing free;
\nMay rain abound, and fertile fields;
\nMay we be fed, our labour blessed;
\nAnd may the Almighty protect and bless our land.
\nO God, we beseech Thee to bless our native land;
\nThe land of our fathers bestowed upon us all;
\nFrom Zambezi to Limpopo
\nMay leaders be exemplary;
\nAnd may the Almighty protect and bless our land.

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I shared with Apostle Masawi that God gave me a revelation where I saw the Zimbabwean flag hoisted, but the mast broke. Then I heard a voice saying, “Zimbabwe will never bow down to her enemies.”

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There are spiritual enemies that want Christians in Zimbabwe to suffer. From there, I saw water covering the whole map of Zimbabwe – from all corners of this great country.

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I declare today that ordained men and women of God start to speak favour into this country. Rivers of life will start to flow.

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Ordained men and women of God, start to speak into families! There is going to be healing in those families. There is going to be a revival and a restoration in our economy.

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I have known Apostle Masawi straight from Bible College. He did not break away like others who poach followers from other churches, instead of witnessing to their own.

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And, if you examine the current crop of indigenous pastors, they are not calling altar calls for people to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior. They are only talking about money and promising endless miracles: “Unoroorwa chete; Uchadhiraivha mota inoti, kwaziwai, makadii! Ndiri kuona waita mari yakakura kwazvo.” (No matter what, you will get married. You shall drive a posh car. I see you making lots of money…)

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God does not bless you with money before you get salvation. Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all else will be added unto thee…