‘Immoral pastors denting Church’s image’
Published On August 19, 2014 » 2291 Views» By Moses Kabaila Jr: Online Editor » Latest News, Stories
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THE Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) has condemned pastors allegedly conducting indecent exorcism acts and taking advantage of women.
ZEC secretary general Cleophas Lungu said it was extremely offensive for clergymen to be exposed in such dealings.
Fr Lungu expressed shock that media reports of pastors engaging in sexual misconducts had increased in the recent past.
“Clergy men are supposed to lead by example in portraying the life of Jesus to the people they are leading. Clergy men should show that we are working for God by living the life of Christ in everything we do to the people we lead to Christ,” Fr Lungu said.
He said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that despite being human and bound to make mistakes, clergymen should not take advantage of women and mislead them by engaging in undesirable acts.
He said it was important that the law took its course on those that were found guilty of such acts as they were denting the image of the Church.
Fr Lungu added that abiding by the Gospel message had been a constant call for the people leading others to Christ from which they could get instructions on how to lead believers.
“We understand clergy men are human, liable to make mistakes but this does not guarantee opportunities to take advantage of innocent lives who are innocently seeking help to be led to Christ,” he said.
Recently,  Police arrested a clergyman on the Copperbelt for allegedly having sex with nine girls in the name of casting out demons while another was arrested for attempting to rape a 19-year-old girl at a lodge on Kafue Road.

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