Prophet Passion Java has been blasted by fellow church leaders over his love for dancehall music as well as his lifestyle of showing off his possessions on social media platforms.
The controversial prophet recently signed dancehall artiste Enzo Ishall in his newly formed music label called Passion Java records where he is set to sign many other dancehall musicians.
Apart from his love for Zim Dancehall music, the youthful prophet has also been criticized for recently showing off on social media his new Lamborghini vehicle that he bought a week ago.
Bible scholar and president of impact Trust Elias Chakabatwa said Prophet Passion Java should repent from his ways.
“Jesus Christ is the model and epitome of Christian leadership, His exemplary behaviour when he was here on Earth should be a model for all time, serious Christian leaders.
“He was humble and not pompous. He did not boast about his material possessions neither did any of the Apostles of Jesus declare publicly that they had so many donkeys or cattle and so many acres of land which was then a measure of wealth in those days.
“People misquote the verse and misinterpret the scripture which says “do not judge…’ the Bible is a clear yardstick for discerning some so-called “prophets” who are nothing but novices seeking relevance and significance in the name of God!
“Jesus said in Mathew 7:16 you shall know them by their fruit, a quick exegesis of this clearly shows that one can tell whether someone is fake or real by their character and behaviour.
“Yes, you can’t then write someone off from salvation yet you can tell that what the person is doing is not in tandem with the Scriptures.
“There are many gospel artistes who are gifted and anointed seeking help to reach out to people with their music and they are struggling yet someone in the name of prophet goes all the way to sponsor a singer who is propagating profanity eg Magate song!
“Prophet Passion Java needs to recognize that the Kingdom of God operates on the principle of discipline and meekness without these you become statistics.
“He comes out in the media boasting about his cars and the amount of money he has may God help us all there is a challenge here.
“It seems there is an emptiness in his life crying for recognition, this is not good for Christian testimony.
“What is the difference between him and the people who do not believe in Christ who boasts about their mighty and wealth?
“Everything that Christians acquire according to the Bible God is the one who gives them the power to acquire them and these possessions are not to satisfy personal ego and bigotry but to advance the kingdom of God.
“Charisma without character is dangerous in the spiritual things, one can be charismatic and be at the forefront of a religious movement but lacking character.
“It will be a question of time before they are exposed, pride goes before a fall and God exalts the humble.
“Prophet Passion needs to understand that God gives all of us an opportunity to mend our ways but if we don’t we will come into direct confrontation with God in which the pride will be undone.
“He needs to seek God and ask for forgiveness concerning his actions which are not incongruent with Christian ethos.
“He has been exposing himself and the cravings within him by going public and supporting things which are anti-gospel so to speak.
“He is also exhibiting high levels of arrogance and pride which is not a good thing for those who purport to be ambassadors of Christ.
“Gift can take you up but it is the character that will keep you on the cutting edge.
“May God help us all to realize that no one who ever boasted of their piety or who displayed a haughty spirit achieved much.
“The way up in the kingdom is down it is a paradox, He needs mature Christians to mentor him and speak into his life so that he doesn’t become statistics because of arrogance, He needs someone who will walk with him and counsel him,” said Chakabatwa.
Prophet Jason Jones of Word in you Ministries blamed immaturity as the root problem for prophet Passion’s behaviour.
“In Zimbabwe, I would like to believe that Prophet Passion is one of our Christian leaders who can teach the word in a way that is easy to understand.
“He prophetic gift is also something that we cannot take away from him however I would like to say that Christians need to be patient with him.
“Prophet Passion is still young and I am sure there are so many things that he is doing now which he shall stop doing as he matures,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Kingdom Embassy issued a statement describing attacks of their leader as a form of persecution that they are experiencing as a church.
“We are being attacked as a Ministry, instead of people to appreciate social responsibility programs our man of God is doing there are actually persecuting us.
“Pastors have stopped preaching about Jesus Christ on their pulpits and they are now attacking our prophet.
“Prophet Passion is a blessed man, recently he bought a Lamborghini and he has also entered a deal with Gucci when we publicize those things our aim is to show what God can do.
“In every church, there is a segment for testimonies, so what is wrong if our man of God testifies using social media platform?” Reads the church statement.H-Metro
Tawanda Mambo (Saintfloew)goes to SA for rehab
Zimbabwean rapper Saintfloew is looking to kick his drug addiction once and for all and has reportedly flown out to South Africa where he is going to receive rehabilitation services.
In an interview with Star FM’s Ollah 7 last week, Saintfloew admitted that he was taking drugs, although he was in the process of trying to quit. He refused to admit whether he had been taking the dreaded crystal meth, known popularly as Guka or Dombo.
I cannot confirm the allegations and I cannot say anything about them, so I am not confirming anything and I am not talking about anything. But what I am saying is we came out from the wrong way, a lot happens here in Chitown (Chitungwiza) and I took multiple drugs.
I am still working on quitting taking some of the things. I am not confirming anything but all I can say is there are some drugs that I am trying to stop,” he said.
Saintfloew also revealed that his drug addiction had little to do with the music industry.
It is not like the pressures of music cause artists to take drugs, but before we became artists, we had nothing to do and we had all the time to take drugs. Now if it is regret or moving on, that is what I am working on,” he said
In an interview with H-Metro before the rapper’s departure to South Africa, Saintfloew’s mother, Ebenezer Mambo said that her son’s struggles with drugs were linked to a tough upbringing. She said the musician lost his father at the age of two.
We lost his father when they were still very young and there was no man in the house to whip my son into line. I tried my best to give him a life, but there are some times when a father is needed in the upbringing of children.
I have never doubted my son’s intelligence, but I was worried when he continued pursuing music. He ended up taking drugs and it pains me a lot,” she said.
Mambo praised Nash Paints Group executive chairman, Tinashe Mutarisi, who convinced Saintfloew to go for rehab in SA, for helping her son get back on track.
“I am humbled that good people still exist as is the case with Mr Tinashe Mutarisi. I think he was sent by God to save my son from abusing drugs.
“Like the biblical Moses, Mutarisi has just done the best for my family and I hope my son will come back from South Africa a changed man,” she said.
Khanyi Mbau, Kudzai Mushonga are back together again
There are indications that the on-and-off romantic relationship between Khanyi Mbau and Kudzai Mushonga has heated up once more. The couple recently shared pictures of themselves getting cosy on their Instagram pages. One of the photos shows them snuggled up in each other’s arms on a yacht in Dubai, where Mushonga resides. In the caption, they wrote, “We might bend, but won’t break.”
Although Mbau has been in South Africa for work, she is a resident of Dubai and shares a home with Kudzai Mushonga, a Zimbabwean businessman. In another post, the couple is seen toasting with red roses in hand. Mushonga wrote, “Forever us my baby @mbaureloaded. I love you.”
In May, the couple’s relationship status was the subject of speculation after they deleted all posts of each other from their social media accounts. This came after Kudzai Mushonga was rumoured to be romantically involved with Vanja Vicentijevic.
The couple has been in the news before when Mushonga publicly expressed concern about Mbau’s whereabouts after she went missing in Dubai. It was later discovered that Mbau had returned to South Africa without informing Mushonga.
SABC cancels 7de Laan after 23 years
SABC 2 and Danie Odendaal Productions have announced that after 23 years on air, the popular soapie 7de Laan will come to an end at the conclusion of season 24. The last episode will air on December 26, 2023. The SABC did not provide a reason for the show’s cancellation but stated that it will not be recommissioned for another season after season 24 ends. 7de Laan has been a beloved show since its first broadcast on April 4, 2000.
The show has been a success, spawning roadshows and cookbooks, and creating household names out of numerous actors. Despite the cast and crew being saddened by the news, they expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to produce a show that has touched millions of South Africans. The SABC has been having financial difficulties and has been in negotiations with various production companies, including Danie Odendaal Productions, for several months.