Muchinga Province Permanent Secretary Jobbicks Kalumba has advised the church body to strictly adhere to the principles and teachings of God.
Dr Kalumba has also appealed to the Church not to focus on prosperity gospel by indulging in any form of Satanism acts in order to attract members to their churches.
The Permanent Secretary who said this in Chinsali yesterday during an ordination ceremony for ministers of the gospel under the Deliverance Ministries Antioch Church added that it is unfortunate that the church is being invaded by fake pastors who are focusing on prosperity gospel for selfish gains.
Dr. Kalumba said that as government considers the church as its partner in national development, the latter should therefore regulate itself by strictly following the principles and teachings of God.
The five newly ordained pastors were Pastors Brian Chali, George Mumba, Henry Sinkala, Erick Kaluba and Chilufya Kalumba.
And Deliverance Ministries Antioch Church General Overseer Bishop Tobias Mulenga appealed to government to come up with proper regulations on the mushrooming of what he termed as “ fake pastors “ in the country.
Government should come up with measures that will demand required professional qualifications of preaching the word of God in order to avoid the increasing number of fake clergyman, he said.
Bishop Mulenga who was speaking at the same function complained that some clergy have even gone to the extent of using magic and witchcraft so as to lure more members in their respective churches.
He charged that preaching the word of God should be coupled with a calling from God adding that entering the ministry should be by choice with the right intention.
Many clergymen in Zambia enter ministries only with academic qualifications in the religious field without having proper understanding of word thereby, misleading the people, he said
He further lamented that government should come up with proper measures on assessing clergyman before they are ordained in various ministries.