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Archbishop EMM Mureri Speech: 2017 General Conference

Program Director,

Vhavenda King, Toni Peter Mphephu Ramabulana,

Your Majesties present here,

General Secretary of the Governing Party, the ANC, Mr Gwede Mantashe, who is amongst us,

Executive Mayors and Mayors from Local Municipalities,

Politicians in general,

Chairperson of the House of Traditional Leaders of Vhembe Region, Chief VP Kutama,

Leaders of different churches,

Members of the Media,

Esteemed Guests,

Members of the United African Apostolic Church,

 

Let me start by greeting you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ; May Peace be unto you all.

 

Program Director,

In the book of Romans, Chapter 1 verse 8-12: First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you 10 in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you. 11 I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— 12 that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith”.

I also wish to supplement this scripture with another one on the book of Colossians, chapter 3 verse 12 -16, which reads, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts”.

 

Members of the UAAC,

Serving the church requires Team Work. It needs working together; the Youth, Women and the entire church structure at large.

I am pleased with the Youth Brigade’s efforts of establishing UAAC branches at institutions of Higher and Further Learning such as University of Venda, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences, Vaal University of Technology and others.

 The Bible says, in the Book of Revelations, Chapter 3 verse 11 – 12, “I am coming, hold fast to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will never again leave it. Upon him I will write the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God (the new Jerusalem that comes down out of heaven from My God), and My new name”.

 

 UAAC Members,

I also wish to express my gratitude for the advisory role that Old Women are playing amongst Younger Women which reduces domestic disputes in families. The scriptures in the book of Titus Chapter 2 verse 3, says, “Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good”

 

UAAC Members,

I also note the good work that is executed by Prayer warriors and Prophets in our church. You are following biblical teaching that stipulates that any congregation without a Prophet is dead, because a Prophet is the heartbeat of the congregation.

However, I wish to warn you against practices that demean GOD’s Name.

I also wish to stress that you must keep away from reprehensible acts of committing ritual murders because the power of prayer does not come from such practices, but from earnest prayer that is done in seclusion, preferably in mountains.

 

UAAC members,

To all District Councilors, I say, do not change our doctrine as set down by my Grandfather, founder of the church, Bishop PM Mureri. In the book of Job, Chapter 8 verse 8-9, the scripture says, “Ask the former generation and find out what their ancestors learned, for we were born only yesterday and know nothing, and our days on earth are but a shadow”.

 

UAAC Members,  

I also wish to appreciate the role played by our Inspectors who are encouraging cleanliness at church.

The Whole Congregation is conspicuously exquisite due the splendid work of Inspectors who constantly ensure that cleanliness prevails amongst church members.

As the Scriptures have stipulated in the book of 2nd Corinthians Chapter 8 verse 21, “For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man”.

 

Program Director,

Our country is under siege of Crime, an alien practice in our land, South Africa.

As I address you now, residents of Tshitavha, at Sambandou Village, are still startled by the illegal exhumation of graves where remains or body parts are removed.

I am saying this because one of our own members was also affected by this appalling practice. We also learnt of incidents of cannibalism in KwaZulu Natal Province.

We are grateful to the Police for arresting the suspects in these cases.

I also wish express my dismay at Political killings in KwaZulu Natal Province as well as political assassinations in our neighboring country of Lesotho.

 

Program Director,

As church members, let us submit to our Traditional Leaders because they are GOD‘s Servants as they were also appointed by him.

Traditional Leaders also serve to preserve our culture. We need to acknowledge that as September is Heritage Month.

As the Leader of the UAAC, I encourage all UAAC followers to submit to our Traditional Leadership because we as a church obtain building sites from them as they are the owners of land.

 I salute the vision of our King, His Majesty, TP Mphephu Ramabulana, for encouraging positive health styles amongst his people by organizing and leading Fun Walks where people sweat it out for better health.

 I therefore implore you, UAAC members, to join the King’s Vision.

 

Program Director,

December 2017 is the most important month in the South African political landscape. I say this because, the Governing Party, the ANC, will be hosting an Elective Conference.

 As the UAAC Leader, I wish the ANC well and also pledge to pray that the elections be held in peace and harmony.

 So that they elect a Leadership that is beyond reproach.

 May the elections be free and fair.

 If that does not ensue, you will be regressing. In book of 1st Thessalonians Chapter 2 verse 2, the scripture says, “As you are aware, we had already endured suffering and shameful treatment in Philippi. But in the face of strong opposition, we were bold in our God to speak the gospel of God to you”.

We do not wish to backslide to the suffering as stated in the scripture.

 

Program Director,

The Vuwani region is still engaged in a demarcation dispute. I implore the Government, Vuwani residents and Traditional Leadership to invest in a dialogue to resolve the standoff so that school children may return to school, workers also go to work unhindered and harmony be restored in the whole region.

 

UAAC Members,

I conclude by encouraging you to love each other as fellow members because Love comes from GOD as GOD himself is Love.

The Bible says GOD does not acknowledge a person who does not have Love. When the Bible says we should love our neighbors as we love ourselves, it actually insinuates that a person with Love may not inflict harm on a fellow human being.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year; take care of yourselves as you engage in the festive mood.

 

Take care of each other, love each other, with grace, be of humble hearts, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another.

 

Travel safely UAAC members, we shall meet next year if GOD so wishes.

 

I thank you!!

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