Former president Frederick Chiluba has said the Bible allows him to
fight back those people that fight him and that those denouncing him are poking
God's eye. And Chiluba denounced the Dutch, Danish and Americans for embracing
homosexuality and warned Zambians against allowing donors to pollute Zambia with
their dirty money.
Officiating at the launch of Save Rural Africa
Foundation (SARAF) founded and headed by chief Chipepo of Siavonga district in
Southern Province in Lusaka on Friday, Chiluba quoted biblical examples
justifying that Christians must fight back using the same means that their
enemies were using.
"Somebody was telling [me] the other day, 'no even if
you are insulted don't speak back, keep quiet'. I said, 'where in the Bible have
they said so? Where? Where have they told you?' If Moses did not speak to
Pharaoh, the Israelites would have still been in bondage. God didn't tell Moses,
go and stand. He said, 'go and tell him!' Speak! You have to speak to the
enemy," Chiluba said. "If the enemy uses the voice, use your voice back. If King
David did not speak back to Goliath, that is why those other Israelites were
shrinking and shivering because they didn't know how to fight the enemy. You
don't fight the enemy in silence. Speak out in the name of Jesus. You know what
Jesus told King Herald when he was talking nonsense, He said 'go and tell that
fox, he should keep quiet.' It was Jesus the Lord Himself. Talk back to the
Chiluba warned that people denouncing him were poking God's
"When a nation brings itself to God then God will bring honour and
glory to that nation and her people. Isaiah 22:24 and also the Lord said. You
know this declaration [of Zambia as a Christian nation] I feel extremely
confident wherever I go, wherever I am, even if I am alone, I know I am not
alone. Why? Because I am assured that I did the right thing and I don't care
whether they are looking at me cruelly, I know I am very firm," Chiluba said.
"Don't underrate my power because it's neither by power but by the Holy Spirit.
So if you continue to throw stones at one who declared Zambia a Christian
nation, you are poking at God's eye. I am the apple of His eye."
confessed that even before he left office, he knew that he would experience the
problems he had been through after leaving office.
"Zambia is a nation
truly under God. Some of you don't understand to be truly under God; practically
I do. I knew before, during and after I left office what my wife and I have gone
through. Last [Thursday] night we had another meeting with prophet [Phillip]
Banda from South Africa, he made a wonderful statement. He said, 'you see, if
you are not encountering difficulties in this world, if the devil is not
fighting you, it means you are moving with him in the same direction.' The devil
hardly fights those he moves with. He fights those who move against him. Praise
the Lord! Hallelujah!" Chiluba said. "I am a new pastor, I am just graduating.
Oh! I am now preaching the gospel. We must not allow anybody to fool around with
us. Whereas we may not use our palm to smack them, we have to smack them with
the gospel. There is firepower in the gospel. I am waiting for my church to open
its doors please."
Chiluba urged Zambians to be ready to fight donors
that brought "dirty" money to pollute Zambia.
"Because we are under the
covenant, there is no way even if they bring dirty money to pollute our land to
destroy our children, we will call upon the name of the Lord," he
He said South Africa was given dirty money to include the rights of
homosexuals and prostitutes in that country's Constitution.
"A few months
back, my wife and I watched a presentation in South Africa of an organisation
which has been formed to protect the rights of prostitutes. Why did that come
about? I was told by one South African brother that on their way towards the
inauguration of their constitution they were given aid, money and they were
told, 'if you embrace the rights of the individual, liberty of everybody
including prostitutes and allow for homosexuals and lesbian marriages, we will
give you this money'. We politicians face a lot of difficulties," Chiluba
explained. "Today as I talk to you, I am sure you are aware that many states in
America have now legislated for homosexual marriages. Men marrying men and you
know what the Bible says. But they have been allowed legally to do so. In
Scandinavia, particularly in The Netherlands, in Denmark if you preach against
homosexual life you will be taken to court and this is the truth. So why am I
saying this? Yes! We have the Bibles. We are taking the Bibles into the
villages. In fact in my opinion we may not encounter many problems in the
villages. The problem will be right here in towns."
Chiluba said Zambians
must have their eyes open against European countries and the US.
the battle is not as small as it sounds. Why? You may remember that the first
country in Africa to gain independence is Ghana and this was 1957. What did
Europe and America do when they realised that Africa had freed herself from the
yoke of imperialism? The European met in 1957, that same year Ghana became
independent, they met in Rome [in Italy] and thrashed out the paper they called
the charter of Rome. That was intended to plan, not for Africa or with Africa
but to plan against Africa in my opinion," Chiluba said. "Whereas before then
Africa, Zambia could go and borrow from one country in Europe if the other
country could not accept, Zambia could go to another country, borrow money and
come back and conduct her business. Europeans realised that an independent
Africa determines its own destiny, Europe will lose out. So they came up with
that Rome charter in 1957, which has now turned into EU [European Union] that
was the forerunner to EC and the now EU."
Chiluba said developed
countries were holding African countries to ransom.
"Now we are held to
ransom by these countries and when they talk about aid, it is aid with a lot of
strings," Chiluba said. "Even some brothers and sisters, who may even be members
of parliament, didn't you hear one member of parliament in a European country
going to church. He goes to make an offering and when he comes back he goes to
claim his money from Parliament. So who gave money to God? Parliament or
himself? This is happening today. It is happening and this same man may come
thinking he knows God so well that he doesn't have to spend money on God, he can
ask Parliament to do it for himself. There is no commitment, no devotion,
nothing to God."
Chiluba said the Christian values that the Europeans and
Americans talked about were no longer existent.
"We have better values
here. We respect God here. We respect God with all our souls and strengths, with
all our love and let us not depend on the outside world to come and pollute the
values that we have about our God," Chiluba said. "There is a lot to do and a
lot for us to protect especially our children and their children after us. The
Bible says, 'hold on to that which you have.' America was founded on Christian
principles but today they have stopped the Bible from being read in school. They
are not holding on to that which they have. They have lost their first
Chiluba observed that the world was bad nowadays.
president, I can only tell you that you are great men and women of God. We are
living in very difficult times not only our friends in South Africa accepted
that which they didn't want and implemented in their constitution the rights of
the devil. This may be slowly coming but we must watch out. There have been
attempts in this country to put the same right in the constitution. We have to
be wide awake and particularly if our children understand fully what this means
to them and those after them, then we will have a firm [and] strong foundation,"
Chiluba said. "I therefore, your royal highness, men and women of God on behalf
of my wife because the two of us agreed to come and participate, on her behalf I
want to take this opportunity to thank the almighty God and appreciate the
founder of SARAF chief Chipepo of Siavonga for conceiving the idea of this
Chiluba prayed for and poured anointing oil on chief
And chief Chipepo urged Zambians against insulting their leaders
at whatever level.
The mission of SARAF is to take the gospel of Jesus
Christ to rural areas of Africa.