BY KEDIBONE MOLAETSI
Mahikeng Ministers Fellowship (MMF) in the North West slammed the actions of a Daveyton pastor, Prophet Theo Bongani Maseko of the Breath of Christ Ministries for allegedly making his congregants to drink a vehicle engine cleaning fluid during a sermon describing them as atrocious and outrageously wicked.
Chairperson of an Interdenominational Fellowship of Pastors, Zandisile Mpame said: “It is about time for the church of Jesus Christ to take a stance and say, not in our name. Charlatans that are misrepresenting the Kingdom of God through abuse of our people’s belief systems and their so-called miracles that are not supported by the Word of God must be dealt with accordingly.”
Mpame called on the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to act against occultism and charlatans that are involved in human rights abuses.
“We do not need draconian laws or imposed structures to deal with a handful of individuals that are an embarrassment that is giving Christianity and an overwhelming majority of upright servants of God a bad name but consistent and firm implementation of the existing legal framework and adequate acts that are available to deal with the impostors,” he said.
Mpame highlighted that charlatans are giving traction to processes that might ultimately lead to the persecution of the church.
“The history of the church is replete with examples that prove that once regimes involve themselves with where and how people worship though direct or indirect control, persecution follows,” he said.
Meanwhile, MMF has mobilised fraternal associations and individual church leaders to participate in the provincial consultative engagement to consolidate submissions towards the Hate Speech Bill and the Commission for Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Religious, Cultural and Linguistic Communities (CRL) Report on Commercialization of Religion.
“The Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, John Jeffrey will be the keynote speaker at the event and engage with those in attendance on the objective of the draft Hate Speech Bill which church leaders are concerned might declare quoting of certain Bible verses unlawful.
“Church leaders from various denominations across the province and representatives from other provinces are expected are being part of the engagement to commence at 9:30 at Mocoseng Sundown Resort in Mahikeng on Saturday,” Mpame said.