Noteworthy news: South African prophet proclaims Doom cures Aids and Cancer
A video of the 24-year old Prophet Lethebo Rabalago spraying an insecticide called Doom onto people's faces went viral this week.
Prophet Lethebo Rabalago is one of the pastors of the Mount Zion General Assembly Church in Limpopo, South Africa. During interviews with journalists of various newspapers and broadcast mediums, the prophet confirmed using Doom to heal people.
“God uses anything to heal the sick and Doom is no exception,” he alleged. "We are glorifying God. We want God to be seen. We are saying with God anything is possible."
"In the book of Genesis the spirit of God was hovering over the water. [Therefore] everything here on Earth belongs to God. Petrol belongs to God. Doom belongs to God."
The church's staff insisted that Doom is just a name, and it can be used as a healing product.
Prophet Lethebo Rabalago is the son of Pastor Lesego Daniel - the pastor who made headlines in 2014 when he ordered his congregation to eat grass.
Prophet Rabalago has become the hero of his rural community -
As he works miracles, Prophet Rabalago has become the hero of his rural community.
His congregants claim that he had already healed some infected with HIV, irregular menstrual cycles, epilepsy, ulcers, to mention only a few.
“I spent two weeks in bed without walking, talking, drinking and eating after the doctor diagnosed me with an ulcer,” said one of the pastor’s followers, Jeanet Maroga. “The pastor only took Doom from his car and sprayed in my mouth and my face and I rose with jubilation and praised the Lord because I was a totally new person.”
The 29-year-old Brenda Lesetja said that a single prayer of Rabalago made her debt for a refrigerator “disappear”. She said she could pay only three of the twenty-four installments, and on the day the shop’s officials came to fetch the refrigerator, they said her debt had been scrapped.
Betty Mashadu, a middle-aged woman who had no water in her borehole now has a flood of water from the same dry borehole after she followed Rabalago’s instructions.
Rabalago is neither the first nor the last of religious leaders using unconventional methods in their efforts to heal people. Others have made their people eat rats, snakes, grass, and even petrol.
Apostle Phillip Sithole made his congregation chew on electric wires
The 25-year-old Apostle Phillip Sithole, known as Hephzibah, made his congregation chew on electric wires. This is supposed to be an ‘act of faith’, or rather a test of one’s faith. If one’s faith is strong enough, one will not be electrified when touching a live electrical wire, he alleged.
This apostle also claimed to turn water into wine. He asked a man to drink the water he had turned into wine, and the man instantly got drunk.
Phillip Sithole, too, was trained by the Doom Prophet's father, Pastor Lesego Daniel - the pastor who ordered his congregation to eat grass.
Paseka Motsoeneng, the self-proclaimed Pastor Mboro, has bought himself a BMW i8 worth two million rand. He is the founder of the Incredible Happenings Church.
Paseka explained that God has rewarded him for all the work he does for the poor.
"The Bible says, those who take care of the poor, will be lifted up by Jesus. I've been helping the poor. God is rewarding me with a BMW i8."
He recently denied all allegations that he went to heaven and that he is now selling the 'selfies' he has taken in heaven with his Samsung S6i.
In April 2016 Pastor Mboro had to be evicted by the Red Ants from a building which he has been using as a church. A Python skin, a baboon hand and photo editing software were part of the goods removed from the premises, as well as half edited pictures of him in the clouds.
A criminal charge has been filed by the CRL Rights Commission against this pastor for failure to disclose his church's audited financial statements.
Reactions to the Prophet of Doom's doings -
PS: Tiger Brands manufactures Doom.
Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities, Mr Edward Mafadza, called on people who had problems with the pastor’s practices to come forward. He said action against the pastor is difficult to take as no current legislation protects people from becoming willing victims of religious practitioners.
This commission is still busy investigating complaints from the SA Council of Churches against pastors Lesego Daniel of Rabboni Ministries who made his congregants drink petrol, and Pebuel Mnguni who made his congregants eat snake and rat.
The chairperson of the commission, Thoko Nonhle Mkhwanazi-Xaluva, said in a preliminary report released in October 2016 that the CRL recommended a peer review mechanism to curb these kind of instances. This commission will then have authority to scrap pastors who profess to be Christians but go against Bible practices from the role. The commission also recommended that all pastors have a license before they can operate as pastors.
Religious leaders have until end of February 2017 to comment on this document, after which a final report will be released and sent to Parliament for promulgation.
The Limpopo Health Department has advised congregants of the Mount Zion General Assembly Church to seek medical care if they were sprayed with Doom. The department said Lethebo is preying on vulnerable people, and it will ask the prophet to go for involuntary psychiatric assessment. “Our public health specialist is available to assist all those congregants who will want to come,” said MEC Dr. Phophi Ramathumba.
How insecticide can harm humans
The active ingredient in Doom is pyrethroid - a chemical that interferes with an insect’s nervous system. It first paralyzes an insect, and then kills it.
Harmful effects of pesticide on humans -
• Inhalation exposure (when you inhale a pesticide)
The entire respiratory system can be burned by some pesticides, making it difficult to breathe. Some pesticides may not harm the respiratory system, but are carried quickly in the blood throughout the body where it can cause severe damage.
• Ocular exposure (when you get a pesticide in your eyes)
In the eyes it can cause severe irritation, and temporary or permanent blindness. Some pesticides may not irritate the eyes, but pass through the eyes into the body.
• Dermal exposure (when you get a pesticide on your skin)
Pesticides may cause the skin to itch, blister, crack, or change color. Some pesticides can pass through the skin and damage nerves, blood vessels and tissue.
Signs and Symptoms of Harmful Effects
Nausea, vomiting, headache, fainting, redness of skin, blisters, burns on skin, swelling, stinging sensations, burns in eyes, nose, mouth, and throat, excessive sweating, chills, thirst, chest pains, difficult breathing, cramps in your muscles, aches all over your body, are all signs and symptoms of harmful effects caused by insecticides.
People having these signs and symptoms should seek emergency medical treatment as soon as possible. Recommended first aid embraces among other artificial respiration if the victim is not breathing.
General comments on controversial methods of healing -
"Really, our black people don't listen and learn. These charlatans (false pastors/prophets) are not from God. Read your bible in the book of Revelations. Our people are blind but the Bible says many people will be deceived. That's true!" (DEN MIKE)
"Nonsense! These people don’t even deserve to be called Christians." (SONWABILE NOMNGANGA)
"If people want to be fooled then let it be.... The Word of GOD says in the end many false prophets will rise, but we must see to it that we do not get deceived. Some people are following these demon possessed pastors blindly!" (CHRISTINA SETLOBOKO)
"This is a sign. For the true church of Jesus Christ it’s time to get ready and prepare ourselves for the 2nd coming of our Lord!!! THESE THINGS MUST HAPPEN THEN THE END WILL COME!!! Pity many souls will be lost through these false prophet/liars and deceivers BUT their reward is at hand with our Master very soon!!!" (JOSEPH MHLANGA)
"This is magic, seriously! These people work together on these scams." (SPEECH KONDLO)
“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; in so much that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” - Mat 24:24. “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” - 1 John 4:1-6." (LINDZ PETRO)
"We Africans! Why are we so blind not seeing these false prophets and pastors? Open your eyes please and just stay away from these barbaric, heartless pastors." (MAMOSA MOTSOENENG)
"It’s not only blacks or Africans who believe in these things, a group of 900 people killed themselves in the U.S because their pastor told them the gates to heaven were open. Stop coloring this it happens everywhere we just have to be careful not to be victims." (MOSZES MOKGADI)
"I don’t know whether I should carry on going to church or sit and pray in my house. This is a disgrace!" (DUDUZILE MHLAMBI)
"South Africans are no longer interested in the word of GOD, but only in miracles!" (NOKUTHULA ZONDO)
"South Africans are desperate for fame and wealth, that's why they just fall for these false things especially our sisters." (SIPHO PHAKATHI)
(I refrain from posting comments made by white South Africans, as they could be labeled as 'racist'.)
The opinion of an owfma-sa
"What next?" was about the only thought in my mind when I learned about the latest doings of self-proclaimed pastors and prophets.
I am still not over the hullabaloo about the death and promised resurrection of a pastor I once personally knew in his capacity as the father of two of our music students. This very charismatic pastor believed with all of his being that he was a reincarnation of Jesus and that he would resurrect three days after his death.
After his death he was laid out in his church, exposed to the members of his congregation. Everybody waited in anticipation for the miracle to happen. Sadly, the pastor had to be buried on the fifth day as he was repelling his beloveds with the distinctive odor of death.
What makes some people so vulnerable and even stupid under the influence of a charismatic preacher?
Scientists claim that religion is a way of satisfying one or more of sixteen basic human desires. According to Professor Steven Reiss, a psychologist at Ohio State University, these desires include: to satisfy one's curiosity, to be accepted, to belong to a family/group, to be honored, to satisfy idealism, to be independent, to have order in one’s life, to enjoy physical activity, to have power, to find romance, to save one’s soul and body from eternal death, to have social contact, to have status, to enjoy tranquility, to eat, and to take revenge.
Religion is not about knowledge per se, alleged David Rand at Yale University’s Human Cooperation Laboratory, “It’s more about what type of critical thinking you’re prone to do.”
My article, ‘Con artists troubled with Narcissistic Personality Disorder’ may also shed light on the doings of some gospel preachers.
This is but only my personal thoughts about so-called pastors and prophets and their victims, and who am I after all? Keep in mind that an owfma-sa is an ordinary white middle-aged female living in South Africa. Her opinions are totally powerless.
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