Bo­gus pas­tors

The Star Early Edition - - FOOD VERVE -

YET AN­OTHER prophet of doom is dup­ing peo­ple into drink­ing poi­sonous sub­stances, say­ing they will be cured of their ail­ments. Davey­ton-based pas­tor Bon­gani Maseko re­cently made his con­gre­gants at the Breath of Christ Min­istries in Ekurhu­leni drink an en­gineclean­ing fluid, say­ing it has heal­ing prop­er­ties, and that he was demon­strat­ing the power of God.

This was not long af­ter an­other pas­tor sprayed his con­gre­gants with an in­sec­ti­cide, claim­ing it had heal­ing pow­ers.

In­ci­dents like this, which follow sim­i­lar con­tro­ver­sial oc­cur­rences were peo­ple were made to eat grass, eat fel­low con­gre­gants’ hair or drink petrol, have elicited outrage, with many call­ing for mea­sures to be taken against such bo­gus pas­tors who make a quick buck out of peo­ple’s des­per­a­tion.

The des­per­ate con­gre­gants are hardly ever called out for their ig­no­rance. There is a verse in the Bi­ble that says “My peo­ple are de­stroyed for lack of knowl­edge, be­cause they have re­jected knowl­edge.” Yes, the pas­tors are in the wrong and the Chris­tian com­mu­nity need to act swiftly to de­fend their re­li­gion, as re­cently sug­gested by Com­mis­sion for the Pro­mo­tion and Pro­tec­tion of the Rights of Re­li­gious, Cul­tural and Lin­guis­tic Com­mu­ni­ties chair­per­son Thoko Mkhwanaz­iXaluva.

But peo­ple need to start tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity and start read­ing the same book that is be­ing used against them to chal­lenge these pas­tors.

Nowhere in the Bi­ble does it say sick peo­ple were fed petrol or made to eat grass and peo­ple’s hair. But when a per­son pitches a tent and pro­claims him­self a pas­tor, peo­ple flock to their church ser­vices with the hope of get­ting healed.

In his de­fence, Maseko quoted ran­dom bi­b­li­cal verses that had noth­ing to do with harm­ful con­coc­tions, so it’s strange that those be­ing fed these con­coc­tions don’t ques­tion him but sim­ply sub­mit to his un­ortho­dox ide­olo­gies.

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