Prophet Edd Branson – Be Christ-like: Prophet Edd Branson of Jesus Generation International Ministries Church in Harare, Zimbabwe posed as a homeless man and tried to interact with congregants outside his church venue, before services one Sunday.
Prophet Edd Branson, who turned out in rags at his church was insolently cast aside by his congregants with the church security nearly manhandling him.
Members of the Jesus Generation International Ministries congregation Harare encountered someone they thought was a homeless man at church one Sunday.
What they did not know was the man was Prophet Edd Branson the leader of this vibrant prophetic Church. At least five elders of the church asked the incognito Prophet Edd to leave the church property and most were indifferent.
None of the congregants seemed to walk the bible talk as they diminished the seer to a non-entity and forced him to squat at the periphery, near the church while clad in threadbare clothes.
The tabloid further established that the church security personnel even wrestled the dissimulated Prophet Edd when he invaded the church and wandered towards the pulpit at Harare Agricultural Showgrounds.
Congregants also denigrated him uttering negative remarks as he made his way into the church.
Prophet Edd who arrived for church service ahead of his flock to see if there was anyone who would pay attention to a panhandler, told H-Metro that his intention was to examine maturity of the congregation, verify if they receive his sermons seriously or just come for deliverance.
Said Prophet Edd:
“After reading and studying a passage of scripture about love, God gave me grace to practically test the congregation and share a message that changes their lives.
Many people do not do what our lips confess and it is easy to confess love, without meaning it.
From the time you are born, your body is in a race to expire and the space between the time you were born and the day you will die is what God cares about.
How many lives have we touched? You are never too poor to be a blessing in somebody’s life.
In the present day, we have the Church but we no longer have the Disciples of Christ. People no longer have the love of Christ inside their hearts and are only after themselves not considering their neighbours and by coming in rags I wanted to test their faith and love.
It is very possible and very easy to entertain angels unknowingly and many times, we have come across angels sent by the Lord, but they were not packaged in the way we were expecting and we looked away, looking for a form that matches the picture in our heads. The church needs to repent.
We have people suffering every day but many want to please Prophets and pastors failing to pay attention to their neighbours.
If you can do it for the Prophet why can’t you do it for the person in the streets? You don’t need deliverance, healing or prophecy but need to repent and have the love of God in your heart.”
He said by coming dressed like a beggar many were disgusted, some spat before entering the church.
“Others were terrified and some of them didn’t even notice me expecting to see the Prophet on the altar but no, there I was. If they had stopped and blessed me, even with spare change, wouldn’t I have spoken a word into their life?
Blessed is the hand that gives than the one that receives. Learn to love truly, let the pains of your neighbour affect you and what you fail to do to the brothers and sisters, you have failed to do it to God.
When you refuse to give to the poor, you have refused to give unto God. When you spit at the dirty beggar, you have spat in the face of God!
For it is our responsibility to help these people, and to fail to do so is to fail the Lord your God! You do not need financial breakthrough!
“You need love and put your heart in order, going to church is not a ritual. Christianity is not just going to church every Sunday but a lifestyle and it is not opening and reading your Bible,”
said Prophet Edd.
Following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ should be more than just talk. It ought to be a lifestyle that others around you can love about you and share in.
Be a Christian all you want, but at least follow the teachings of Christ if you’re going to claim the title.
It is worth remembering what Jesus says in Matthew 25,
“I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me… I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.”
When we love others and engage in kindness and mercy, we, in turn, engage with the essence of God’s Kingdom. We actively bring heaven to earth.
And this joining of humanity and divinity brings along with it a profound sense of joy and belonging. Our highest ‘call’ has nothing to do with career and fame and fortune.
Weaved into us at the beginning was the ability to “do justly, love mercy, walk humbly”… We can never be fulfilled until we outwork the things we were designed to do.
Christian life is not just lip service
As the story goes in the book of Micah, the people paid lip service to God; their connection with Him was little more than ceremonial. They visited the temple, went through the motions, offered the sacrifices, did all the things, but left their hearts at home.
Have you ever lived like that?
It’s easy to slip into “life-by-numbers” and live like you’re checking things off on a list.
Attend the church activity? Check.
Sunday Church? Check.
Give offering? Check…
Be a good Christian? Check.
Don’t rock the boat? Check.
For most Christians it about ticking boxes and not offending the church leaders the pastors or prophet. However, Christianity should challenge us to be Christ- like.
Part of that challenge is for Christians to as themselves what would Christ do? How can you be of service to others?
Indeed, our goal should be to improve and change the lives of people as we live like Jesus.
As Christians, we should not look at the outside of others and make judgments. God looks inside at our heart and sees the truth.
I pray that we become more charitable, more loving, less judgmental and more Christ-like. Stay blessed.
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