In Tyrone this week: the prosperity gospel of ‘healer’ ‘Apostle’ Grace Lubega

Matthew 24:24: “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”

One of the leading lights in the Ugandan prosperity gospel movement, an ‘Apostle’ Grace Lubega (a man) was in Northern Ireland this week.

He dropped in to Fintona, of all places, and performed, for that is what it was, for two nights at the Ecclesville Centre on Monday and Tuesday, 2-3 July.

‘Apostle’ Grace Lubega has shot to prominence this past couple of years, having previously been employed in a bank in his homeland.

Targeting primarily young people, as most of the practitioners of the charismatic movement tend to do (such as the Vineyard Church, Emmanuel Church and Rev John Dickinson’s Carnmoney Presbyterian Church), ‘Apostle’ Grace Lubega has made a name for himself in the universities of Uganda.

On a website called ‘Campus Eye’, there is a gushing report on ‘Apostle’ Grace Lubega, whose ministry is called Phaneroo (meaning “making manifest”).

It tells us that ‘Apostle’ Grace Lubega claims he felt God calling him to “begin a fellowship targeting young people and answer the questions that Jesus left unanswered”.

What a blasphemous statement for him to make, as well as profoundly arrogant to claim he’s there to fill in the gaps Jesus accidentally left at His ascension.

This is a claim of some new revelation, but the Bible clearly tells us we have a full revelation within the Scriptures, God’s inspired, inerrant Word.

Revelation 22:18 says: “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book”.

If there is anything we do not know, it is because Jesus has decided, in His all-knowing power, to keep it from us. He wasn’t waiting 2,000 years for ‘Apostle’ Grace Lubega to come along and fill in the blanks.

When the true Apostles asked Jesus just before His ascension when He would return, Christ told them they weren’t to know the time or date.

Acts 1:6-7 says: “When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.”

‘Apostle’ Grace Lubega, as already stated, is a prosperity preacher.

The article we have previously referred to unwittingly reveals this.

It says: “In his latest Mercedes-Benz, ‘Apostle’ Grace Lubega makes no apologies for this. He says God has called everyone to be rich and have a taste of heaven on earth. He proclaims that he can never die of disease neither accident.”

Uganda is not a country noted for its wealth, yet ‘Apostle’ Grace Lubega swans around in a fancy car telling his followers they are going to be rich too, if they just keep following him because, after all, he is the man of God, isn’t he?

It is a rather enticing prospect in a country which has suffered economically for decades, particularly to the young, who understandably would want to have a more prosperous life than their parents did, to have a man telling you that by listening to his notions, cloaked by religion, you will be wealthy.

The Bible does not promise wealth to followers of Christ.

Proverbs 23:4 tells us to: “Labour not to be rich”.

Hebrews 13:5: “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

God should be enough for us. If God chooses to bless us with great wealth, as he did with Solomon, then very well, but it ought not to be our primary target.

And what did Solomon conclude of this wealth? We are told in Ecclesiastes 5:10,15: “He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity. As he came forth of his mother’s womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand.”

‘Apostle’ Grace Lubega is encouraging his young followers to chase after that which does not profit.

The true Christian has a far greater reward awaiting them in heaven.

1 Peter 1:3-4: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you”.

The goods of this world lose their value, they fade away, they age, rot and decay, but not so on the golden streets of heaven where there are riches unimaginable and eternal.

Back to this ‘Campus Eye’ article, which says that “whatever Phaneroo is doing, it ought to keep doing it”.

The title of this article is: “Apostle Grace Lubega: The Phaneroo Man Leading Ugandan Campus Babes To God”.

It certainly is an unusual title, and why “Campus Babes” are being prioritised over all others is somewhat confusing.

The article says the “Phaneroo Fellowship is a revolution taking over the whole of Uganda, but especially the Ugandan campus girls.

“Every Thursday, the most beautiful girls around Ugandan campuses are seen strolling towards the MTN Arena in Lugogo for the Phaneroo Fellowship.”

Why should it be particularly desirable that young, attractive women should follow ‘Apostle’ Grace Lubega? What’s wrong with the “least beautiful” girls, if they are highlighting the “most beautiful” girls, though surely this is a subjective matter.

What’s wrong with the young men at university, at all levels of aesthetic appeal to those of the opposite gender?

The Bible doesn’t say that personal beauty is an end in itself.

1 Timothy 2:9-10: “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.”

A Christian woman should be more focused on good works than good looks, and certainly not looking to be described as a “babe”.

This just serves to highlight the superficiality of the craze surrounding ‘Apostle’ Grace Lubega.

And what does his website say of him?

This is an extract of his own testimony. It says: “His message is the very substance of what he has experienced and of the places that he has walked in and by the spirit. He teaches divine healing and demonstrates divine healing; he teaches divine providence and demonstrates divine providence; he teaches supernatural expansion and growth of ministry and demonstrated how a ministry supernaturally grows and expands; he teaches the supernatural walk of the Christian. He is the message that he teaches.”

It really is a load of nonsense and doesn’t amount to a hill of beans.

Surely his message should be of the saving power of Jesus Christ. It should be of salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. It should be about what Christ has done, not “the very substance of what he has experienced”.

As for his ‘healing’, he claims that: “Tumours have disappeared, broken bones restored and deaf ears opened.”

Of course, there is no evidence offered of these cures, and his claim to be able to offer healing comes without Scriptural warrant.

Illness is a part of life, for the Christian and for those who are unsaved.

Quite often God uses this as a way of drawing us closer to him.

Hebrews 12:5-11 says: “And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.”

God doesn’t promise healing from illness. Illness is a symptom of sin, brought about by the fall of man. Indeed, Paul didn’t receive healing from God, despite earnestly praying for it.

2 Corinthians 12:7-9: “And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

God’s glory can be shown through our infirmities.

We understand there were several hundred in attendance in Fintona each night earlier this week and Fintona Presbyterian Church foolishly helped advertise it on its facebook page.

If you were in attendance at this event, please bear in mind the absolute absence of Scriptural warrant for ‘Apostle’ Grace Lubega’s ministry and reject his shameful prosperity gospel.

And if you know anyone who was in attendance or is perhaps an admirer of this character, please share this with them to warn them of the deceit he is propagating.

Rather than looking to a man full of his own notions, look to God and the Bible for a sure word as to how we are to worship Him.

14 thoughts on “In Tyrone this week: the prosperity gospel of ‘healer’ ‘Apostle’ Grace Lubega”

      1. By the way when Jesus died,our sin was all put on him. The Bible says that the chastisement of our peace was upon him…then he defeated death that’s why he resurrected.The bible in the books of Acts says God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and he went about healing those who were oppressed by the devil(by diseases,suffering) because God was with him. The same bible says God performed many miracles by the hand of Paul. So my dear Jesus reigns and healing still happens because Jesus delivered is from disease.otherwise it wouldn’t happen.sto fighting men who show you what Jesus did by the power of the holy spirit and read your Bible

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    1. This is a slightly confusing message Dan. Are you encouraging us to keep highlighting those who have departed from God’s Word or are you encouraging us to continue doing what you consider to be wrong? If you want someone to continue in what you perceive to be sin then that is a very strange position to adopt.

      You are correct that God is the judge of all men and that’s why this page is dedicated to calling for faithfulness to God’s Word so the judgment passed on men and women is that of being a good and faithful servant, rather than being told to depart into outer darkness.

      As for the “unfairness” – much of what we wrote is simply what he has written about himself and what his fans have written about him. It is then set in a Biblical light and we repeat what God has to say. We have ourselves written rather little about him.

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  1. We love Apostle Grace Lubega and believe in God almighty.Apostle Grace Lubega’s message entails the grace of God.The New Testament time is under the priesthood of Jesus and Jesus is the person of Grace. His death and resurrection shows the grace of God toward mankind by which we were all saved. So preaching the message of God’s grace is not wrong at all besides the teaching from Apostle Grace shows you what Jesus did for us and the authority he gave to a believer.Jesus tells us in mark 16:17-18 how a believer should live that they must cast out demons,heal the sick,speak in tongues…further more The bible tells us that God had blessed the church with Teachers, Apostles,prophets,healers,…for the edification of the church so if you are against all that I feel you are falling short of what calls you and using carnal feebles to tarnish a man who is teaching the message of God means you are fighting God. Jesusbtells the Pharisees if you call yourselves children of Abraham,yet Abraham saw my day and rejoiced but instead you are fighting what he rejoiced about then you are lying to yourselves.if you fight Apostle Grace because of the message he is delivering them it means you would fight Andrew Wommack, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome,Pastor Robert Kayanja,among others. I wouldn’t know which God you believe then.

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    1. Hi Angie,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Your defence of ‘Apostle’ Grace Lubega is understandable if you attend meetings he holds and it certainly would appear he is a charismatic figure.

      However, we didn’t see you actually responding to the thrust of our article.

      You attempt to deflect by making points we don’t disagree with, nor did we express disagreement with them in our article.

      For example, nobody said it was wrong to preach of God’s grace. However, according to your hero’s website, his message is “the very substance of what he has experienced”. That’s vague to say the least.

      We didn’t even mention speaking in tongues but now you mention it we will stress that tongues wasn’t a load of unintelligible gibberish spouted by dupes writhing around on the floor, it was simply God enabling every man, woman and child to be able to hear the gospel message being preached in their own language as the Apostles spoke.

      Acts 2:3-8: “And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?”

      The passage you refer to in Mark also says that “if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them”.

      As Christians, we certainly don’t think it a symptom of a lack of faith to avoid drinking a bottle of bleach.

      Those particular gifts were for the Apostles at that time to spread the Word of God throughout the world. That age is long over.

      You haven’t addressed our core point in the article – that of the prosperity preaching.

      We have quoted a gushing article about ‘Apostle’ Grace Lubega saying that he says God has called everyone to be rich. Do you believe that? Is it a lack of faith which prevents all Christians from owning mansions? Jesus Himself was totally unconcerned with material gain.

      As for the other key point of the ‘Campus Eye’ article to which we referred – what of the focus on “campus babes”.

      Perhaps you would be included in that? Regardless of whether you are or not, is that an appropriate way to refer to anyone, let alone professing Christians? Why should ‘Apostle’ Grace Lubega be more interested in “campus babes” than anyone else? He certainly seems sufficiently interested in them for it to be considered noteworthy in that article.

      In relation to the comments about the other pastors you named, we don’t know them, but we concern ourselves with what the Bible says first and foremost, not what men (or women) say it says, like your bald assertion in your second comment that Jesus delivered us from sickness. That being so, why do Christians die of cancer or other unpleasant illnesses?

      One final observation on ‘Apostle’ Grace Lubega.

      We are told this in John 3:31-32, when John the Baptist speaks of Christ.

      It says: “He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all. And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth”.

      We compare what John the Baptist said of Christ with what ‘Apostle’ Grace Lubega says of himself.

      Speaking of himself, ‘Apostle’ Grace Lubega says: “His message is the very substance of what he has experienced and of the places that he has walked in and by the spirit. He is the message that he teaches.”

      We would say that any reasonable observer could see this for what it is.

      Matthew 24:24: “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”

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    2. Thank you Angie, 1 John 3:14…. “For WE KNOW that we have PASSED FROM DEATH TO LIFE, because we LOVED THE BRETHREN”. ………

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  2. I am from Uganda. Its a great shame that you can think like that about a man of God. Am a student at one of the universities in Uganda, seeing the great transformation in our institutions, am really greatful to God for Apostle Grace. And actually you talking about the Platform “campus bee”, that’s the way they always bring out there news, its a youth platform. Feel free to research
    more about that platform. I can surely see that your main focus was theme campus babes, really in all things. Anyway Highest chances, I think you have hardly listened to even 10% of his sermons, surely how will you know what he preaches and gage it rightly. Just as you cannot know what is in the Bible until you read it yourself. Remember, even God’s prophets where rejected. I would advise you to be positive always, look at things with love, stop competition, it only break God’s church…. Above all Pray for enlightenment before you post some of these things. Seek knowledge and focus on what God thinks of his people, not what you feel. God bless you

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    1. Hi Cissie,

      Thanks for contacting us and also for clearly indicating that the message from Ulster has reached Uganda, and indeed its further education institutions. It is just a shame that our article has not had the desired effect on you Cissie.

      What you are saying is up to yourself, but it scrupulously avoids addressing in any meaningful way anything we have said.

      ‘Apostle’ Grace Lubega has said that “God has called everyone to be rich”. That is quite plainly a lie, though ‘Apostle’ Grace himself seems to be doing alright financially.

      As for the website, we were quoting ‘Campus Eye’, not ‘Campus Bee’, though that is scarcely relevant. Perhaps they are operated by the same people, but it really doesn’t matter.

      You are very dismissive of the, at best, infantile ‘campus babes’ nonsense. We see no reason why anyone serious about their Christianity should want to be defined in such a way. It is also strange that anyone’s ministry should be focused on attracting attractive young females above any other demographic.

      As for not listening to 10% of his sermons, we would say that we wouldn’t have listened to even 10% of the sermons of any minister, much less one who preaches a prosperity gospel.

      “Being positive always” is hardly a scriptural concept – did God stay “positive” when He couldn’t find a righteous man other than Lot in Sodom and Gomorrah? Did He stay positive when king after king of Israel rebelled against Him? Of course not.

      And we would suggest you perhaps have a closer look at God’s Word and pray that you will be enlightened as to the true nature of ‘Apostle’ Grace’s ministry.

      Perhaps you could address what was actually the main thrust of the article, which is his prosperity gospel.

      What we write is nothing about what we feel, it’s about what God says in His Word.

      It is ironic that you should say about what we feel when it is the ministry of ‘Apostle’ Grace Lubega which appeals to sense and it is only through lack of knowledge that one can be taken in by characters like him.

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