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.