'Touch not my anointed'

HARARE - Recent reports that a South African preacher Lethebo Rabalago sprayed a pesticide (doom) to gullible congregants claiming that it has a healing effect has divided opinion among local preachers, with some defending his act while others described it as a desperate move to get popularity.

Bright Light Prophetic Deliverance Ministries founder Bright Chikomo defended the “Doom Prophet” that the act was a total demonstration of power.

“When a poison comes to the hand of the man of God, it ceases to be toxic as it has the blessing from above.

“I confirm the act was a total demonstration of God’s power, I don’t see error but the manifestation of God’s word. We are not pastors who will join the world and fight against the mystery of God,” he said.

“Criticism is not our portion, as long we are here we will stand for this mystery, no one will stop it because we hear from God not from any religious acts.

“So the main purpose of a miracle is to prove something but not the miracle itself since there is no guideline anywhere as to what kind of miracle should be performed.

“Moses turned a rod into a snake (Exodus 7:10), Elisha made bitter water sweet by pouring salt (2Kings 2:19)  also made an iron head float (2 Kings 6:1-7).”

“Commenting on the issue, founder and leader of the Glen View-based Goodness and Mercy Ministries Tapiwa Freddy said: “God can give different instructions to different ‘prophets’. However, the Word of God is the final authority.

“Spraying congregants with Doom is questionable; hence this man of God must be treated with maximum skepticism. At the same time, we cannot judge him. In my own analysis, the Doom issue ends up benefitting the manufacturer of the product while putting the lives of congregants at risk.”

As the majority of gullible Christians fear to question modern day preachers because they fear to touch God’s anointed men, this has led some preachers to abuse unassuming congregants basing on the controversial biblical verse.

Late last year, social media platforms including Facebook were awash with pictures depicting a man believed to be a pastor kissing the buttocks of  a “desperate” group of naked women bent on a beach. The women were anticipating a breakthrough in life; they wanted life partners (marriages) so the act was to ensure a speedy fulfilment of their desires.

The act left social media audiences shell shocked.

In another case of a religious leader operating beyond limits is when a Zimbabwe preacher based in the Diaspora Walter Masocha made headlines in international newspapers after literally forcing women in his church to worship the ground he walked on.

A disappointed member of Masocha’s church — Agape for All Nations Church based in Sterling in the United Kingdom — narrated how the “man of God” enjoyed being surrounded by women he called Daddy’s Dancing Girls and would present them flannels soaked in his sweat as gifts.

Masocha was sentenced after being convicted of two sex charges and pictures of the desperate women were shown during his trial.

The ‘man-of-cloth’ was reportedly habitually inviting women worshippers to private “surgeries” held in his bedroom but banned their husbands from attending.

A controversial South African pastor, Lesego Daniel, never ceases to amaze the world, he made his congregants drink petrol claiming it can miraculously turn into pineapple juice and the leader of the Rabboni Centre Ministries near Pretoria, is the same pastor who convinced his flock to eat or graze grass in anticipation of a “breakthrough” in life.

 Uebert Angel also shocked the world when he posted a picture of him and a man who was believed by many to be Jesus on his Instagram account.

The picture depicts a “bloody” and “dejected” looking “Jesus” sitting next to Prophet Angel and seemingly receiving guidance from the charismatic preacher.

The picture angered many Christians who widely believe that humans need Jesus more which is in contrary to the picture which shows the opposite.

Angels’ picture portrayed Jesus as a pathetic, weak man against a self-assured, healthier Prophet Angel who seems to be showing him the way by reading him some scriptures from the Bible.

Back home again, another controversial cleric Robert Martin Gumbura — founder of Independent End Time Message Church — whose dream was of having 100 children is currently serving a 40-year-jail sentence following his conviction on four counts of rape and contravening the Censorship Act.

In passing sentence, the magistrate described Gumbura as a “wolf in a sheep skin” who preyed on girls and women to gain sexual favours.

Comments (4)

Dear Christians, I clearly understand what was meant in the Bible where it says touch not the anointed ones. It referred to genuine men and women of God. But most of the Prophets of today are not genuine by my own judgment. Most of the prophets are just taking chance of the economic hardships experienced in most African Countries. By not trying to be a racist, have you compared number of The so called Miracle churches in Africa and other continents or countries. In Africa if I am correct it is not all countries into these problematic miracles. Mainly it is Nigeria, Gana, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya where you hear of these Miracle issues. To prove my point you find most of the God Fathers for the Miracle Leaders in Southern Africa are either in Nigeria or Ghana. My billion dollar question will be is God only concentrating in these two countries or the other way are the people in Nigeria and Ghana the most Holy ones in the Continent. Why are most Miracle Leaders are black people? Hope I have not offended anyone. Last point is why is it that most followers of these Miracle leaders are women?

Tulisile - 5 December 2016

spraying doom on people ahahahahha. this article made me laugh lol.

Young Zimbo - 6 December 2016

Kkkk, annointed to spray doom, then it turns into medicine? Kkkk, Hudofo hunotsamwisa kwazvo.

teak - 7 December 2016

ZIMBABWE HAS TURNED INTO A NATION OF MADMEN AND FOOLS

steve blomefield - 8 December 2016

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