Prophet of Doom con­demned by lo­cal mu­si­cians

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LO­CAL gospel mu­si­cians have come out to con­demn a South African prophet who uses pes­ti­cide to heal, de­scrib­ing the prac­tice as care­less as it tar­nishes the name of Chris­tian­ity.

In pho­tos cir­cu­lat­ing on var­i­ous so­cial me­dia sites, Prophet Lethebo Ra­bal­ago, who runs the Mount Zion Gen­eral As­sem­bly in Lim­popo prov­ince, is seen spray­ing the in­sec­ti­cide di­rectly into the eyes and var­i­ous body parts of his con­gre­gants.

The 24-year-old prophet and mem­bers of his con­gre­ga­tion be­lieved that the “blessed” in­sect re­pel­lent, had heal­ing pow­ers, af­ter he had prayed over it.

The stunt was widely con­demned to the ex­tent that the man­u­fac­turer of Doom warned of the risks of spray­ing the sub­stance, while a govern­ment com­mis­sion urged any­one af­fected to lodge com­plaints.

In the wake of the “Prophet Doom” con­tro­versy which caused wide­spread out­rage, Zim­babwe’s gospel artistes are not amused with the prophet’s pre­ferred method of heal­ing, say­ing his ac­tions are mak­ing a mock­ery of God.

Apos­tle Tapera Chivaviro of the Ebenezer fame said he was shocked and dis­mayed upon see­ing the pic­tures on so­cial me­dia.

“This is a high level of ir­re­spon­si­bil­ity which is tar­nish­ing gen­uine men of God out there. Spray­ing mem­bers with an in­sec­ti­cide is def­i­nitely not it. Can some man of God go and teach them what it means to say Prophet of Doom. A lit­tle school­ing is needed for peo­ple to lead the peo­ple of God,” said Apos­tle Chivaviro.

An­other gospel artiste, Tatenda Ma­hachi, said he thought he had seen it all, but the pic­tures of the pas­tor left him speech­less.

“This is the worst form of de­cep­tion I’ve seen. I thought af­ter the snake pas­tor, the one who made peo­ple drink petrol or the one who made peo­ple eat grass, I had seen it all. Lo and be­hold to my sur­prise, some­one sprays a pes­ti­cide to heal,” said Ma­hachi.

Across the bor­der, the lo­cal celebs such as Boity and Unathi were also out in full force to con­demn the prophet and his deeds.

“It breaks my heart that our peo­ple are so des­per­ate for change, they’re eas­ily duped. Their vul­ner­a­bil­ity used against them. #Doom,” posted Boity.

Doom memes have also been cre­ated with peo­ple pok­ing fun at the pas­tor. Some memes are of pests celebrating that they will no longer be killed as peo­ple are now us­ing Doom to spray each other. Other memes show peo­ple spray­ing bank cards in the hope of re­ceiv­ing mir­a­cle money.

Not to be out­done was lo­cal co­me­dian – Comic Pas­tor who started a Doom chal­lenge where he urged his fol­low­ers to post pic­tures with the now fa­mous Doom pes­ti­cide.

Prophet Lethebo Ra­bal­ago spray­ing Doom on one of his con­gre­gants. Right: one of the memes do­ing rounds on so­cial me­dia

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