South African Council of Churches comes into action against pastors who force their congregation perform weird rituals.
According to details, reacting strongly to the increasing reports of bizarre practices observed in local churches the SA Council of Churches (SACC) has condemned all such pastors who make their congregations perform bizarre practices.
The SA Council of Churches (SACC) held a meeting to condemn such pastors while all church leaders discussed various options to withhold these practices. At this occasion, Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana general secretary of the SACC said, “so-called prophets and pastors who make their followers engage in bizarre activities, such as eating snakes or parts of rats, are heretics taking advantage of desperate people.”
A most recent case was that of a so-called ‘prophet’ Penuel Mnguni, who runs his End Times Ministries from a tent in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria. According to reports, he made his congregation nibble on a snake, and bite off part of a rat’s tail.
Soon after this he, photos of some of his services, in which he made his congregants eat clothes and hair. What is more, he rode some of them like horses and made them strip naked.
Another case reported was that of a Pastor Lesego Daniel. He runs Rabboni Centre Ministries which is based in Ga-Rankuwa, north of Pretoria. He purportedly made his followers eat grass, claiming it would “bring them closer to God.”
Bishop Mpumlwana said, “It is totally at odds with the Christian faith, it is not just unethical. There are people who are trying to make money off the desperation of people, and that is exactly why you need some sort of mechanism for serving a standard on how churches are run.”
“It happens everywhere; look at those Americans that committed mass suicide. If a person is charismatic and persuasive, they are able to make people do anything. Some of them are good at this. That’s why a good coach can make a weak team win,” he continued.
“We also believe there is a role for government to play, for example to protect them followers of the ‘heretical’ leaders from harm. That’s why we have appealed to the Human Rights Commission to go and investigate human rights violations in these places,” he added.