Snake pastors are fong kong

Snake pastors are fong kong
Published: 07 August 2015 (1097 Views)
South African Council of Churches (SACC) general secretary Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana said the 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.

"It is totally at odds with the Christian faith, it is not just unethical," he said.

"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."

Daily Sun reported that Mpumlwana said charismatic heretical leaders have misled people for centuries.

"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," Mpumlwana said.

"You can use that power positively or negatively."

One of the most recent cases was that of prophet Penuel Mnguni (23), who operates his End Times Ministries from a tent in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria.

He had his flock nibble on a snake, and bite off part of a rat’s tail.

Mnguni posted photos of some of his services, in which he made his congregants eat clothes and hair. He rode some of them like horses and made them strip naked.

Pastor Lesego Daniel, whose Rabboni Centre Ministries is based in Ga-Rankuwa, north of Pretoria, made his followers eat grass, claiming it would "bring them closer to God".

Mpumlwana said the idea of bringing together church leaders was to see and hear their reactions to those incidents.

"Do they feel that this is bringing the faith into disrepute, is there something that they can do together to make sure that this kind of thing does not spread? Clearly there is a need for some kind of regulation - and this we believe should be self-regulation," he said.

"We also believe there is a role for government to play, for example to protect them from harm. That's why we have appealed to the Human Rights Commission to go and investigate human rights violations in these places.

"We have got laws in the land that protect people, so it's not like we have to create new laws because there are churches. It doesn't matter in what name you do it, if you break the law, if you do something that is at odds with the spirit of our Constitution, the state should act on those issues."

The SACC did not invite those pastors to the meeting as they had only invited those from organised structures.

The bishop said the SACC would consider creating a database of churches and their leaders.

"We must consider a kind of a process to build internal self-regulation where we need to bring together all the structures," he said.

These structures would then determine codes for pastors on how to conduct themselves.


- Daily Sun

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