SA Pastor, Bongani Maseko has made headlines claiming he heals his congregants with engine cleaning fluid.
With South African Pastors, you never know what other stunt could be pulled in the name of healing.
Some have fed their followers with grasses and snakes and quite recently one of them introduced the “Doom” healing where his congregants received healing after he sprayed insecticides on several parts of their bodies.
Pastor Bongani, when asked about the series of other healing escapades by other SA pastors, said he could only see the work of God
“I see God in them, I see Christ in them, and I cannot approve or disapprove what is of God. Let God approve.”
In his case he says he also drank of the engine fluid which tasted like honey. He says there was no harm in what he was doing especially since there has been no complaints but testimonies from his members.
“When we pray over anything, its poison dies. So it can’t harm people. Nothing happened, no one has been to hospital.”
Pastor Bongani Maseko went further by comparing himself with Jesus and defending his actions with the scriptures.
“Jesus spat on the ground and made mud. He took that mud and smeared it on the eyes of a blind man and, instantly, that blindness was healed.”
“Mark 16 v 17-18 says ‘in My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover’.”
Once again Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva, the Commission for Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Religious, Cultural and Linguistic Communities (CRL) chairperson has condemned the “reckless” healing act.
She has called for religious leaders to be regulated and practicing pastors to be licensed.
“These pastors keep upping the stakes, very soon something bad will happen and we don’t want it to get to that point.” She said. Then she added, “A lot of people are going to die one of these days; we are fortunate that has not happened. A lot of people’s lives are at risk here.”