Churches condemn actions of “Prophet of Doom”

Prophet Lethebo Rabalago sprays a congregant with insecticide (PHOTO: Dispatch Live).

Originally published in For SA.

Following news reports of a pastor who sprays his congregants with insecticide, claiming that it will heal them of their sicknesses, a group of 99 major denominations and churches in South Africa have issued a Joint Statement repudiating the actions of this self-styled “Prophet of Doom”.

Freedom of Religion South Africa (FOR SA) delivered the Joint Statement to the CRL Rights Commission, which is calling for the broad-scale regulation of religion in SA, on Tuesday November 22 2016.

The statement reads:We, the undersigned churches and denominations, repudiate in the strongest possible terms both the claims and the unlawful actions of self-styled Prophet Lethebo Rabalago of the Mount Zion General Assembly in Limpopo.

“While we believe that the Bible teaches that the Lord Jesus Christ healed people of all manner of diseases and ailments during His earthly ministry, He always did so in a way that protected their dignity as human beings made in the image of God.

“On no occasion did He act in a way that caused physical harm to people or further endangered their health.  As such, these reported actions are completely contrary to both biblical teaching and practice.

“Furthermore, spraying a known toxic liquid over another person, and thereby causing them physical harm, is both unlawful and illegal.  We therefore call upon the Government to exercise its powers to ensure that this action is reported to the appropriate law enforcement authorities, to ensure that its perpetrator is prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

“We also call upon the victims of these (and similar) acts to withdraw their support from those whose practices and teachings are in no way a reflection of true biblical Christianity.

Signed by the Denominations and Churches listed below: 

  1. African Independent Churches’ Development Programmedu (AICDPedu), representing Counsel of African Instituted Churches (CAIC)
  2. Apostolic Faith Mission of SA (AFM)
  3. AFM, Calvinia
  4. The Alliance of Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches in South Africa, with its 1000 member Churches (APCCSA)
  5. Assemblies of God (AOG)
  6. Assemblies of God, Kwa Thema
  7. Baptist Union of Southern Africa
  8. Bloemfontein Ministers Fraternal BMF
  9. The Brook Tabernacle
  10. Builders in the Spirit Ministries
  11. Cape Synod, Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA)
  12. Cedar Branch Church, Port Elizabeth
  13. Central Community Fellowship
  14. The Centre for Public Witness
  15. Christ Church Tygerberg
  16. Christian Family Church, Pretoria East
  17. Christian Life Ministries, Edgemead
  18. Christian Revival Church (CRC)
  19. Church of England in South Africa (REACH SA)
  20. The Church of Pentecost, SA
  21. Church of the Nations
  22. Church on the Way AOG, Summerstrand
  23. Common Ground Church
  24. Cornerstone Church, Johannesburg
  25. Cornerstone Community Church, Durban
  26. Damascus Road Ministries
  27. Doxa Deo
  28. The Dutch Reformed Church
  29. Dutch Reformed Church in the Eastern Cape
  30. El Bethel Ministry
  31. Evangelical Bible Church, Ennerdale
  32. Evangelical Bible Church, Florida
  33. Evangelical Bible Church of Southern Africa (Greenhaven) and Evangelical Bible College
  34. Evangelical Bible Church of Southern Africa (EBCOSA), Port Elizabeth
  35. Evangelical Bible College, Strandfontein
  36. Everynation Churches in SA
  37. Fellowship of Community Churches
  38. Forward in Faith Church in RSA
  39. Fountain Scroll Ministry
  40. Fountain Vineyard Christian Fellowship, Port Elizabeth
  41. Freedom of Religion South Africa (FOR SA)
  42. GFL Ministries, Roodepoort
  43. The Global Reconciliation Church, Bloemfontein
  44. God’s Tabernacle Christian Family Church
  45. Grace Evangelical Bible Church, Lotus River
  46. Glory Life Church
  47. Grahamstown Christian Centre
  48. Hatfield Christian Church North
  49. Haenertsburg Christian Church
  50. Harvest Celebrations Church, Bloemfontein
  51. Harvest Christian Church, Port Elizabeth
  52. Hebron Community Church, Port Elizabeth
  53. Heron Bridge Community Church
  54. Higher Life Centre
  55. International Ministers Fellowship (SA Chapter)
  56. Iron Sharpening Iron Ministry
  57. Jesus Calls Worship Centre, Randburg
  58. Joshua Generation Church
  59. Kairos cfci Kyalami
  60. Karoo Community Church, Graaff-Reinet
  61. KCF Church
  62. Kingdom Citizenship Agency
  63. Kingdom House of Dominion
  64. KZN Church Leaders Council
  65. Lighthouse Ministries
  66. Light the Fire Ministries
  67. Limpopo Pastors Forum
  68. Living Waters Church, Sabie
  69. Maranatha Community Church
  70. The Methodist Church of Southern Africa
  71. Midrand Eastrand Ministerial Forum
  72. Montrose Park Bible Church
  73. Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk van Afrika (NHKA)
  74. New Covenant Church Midvaal
  75. Nico Claassen Global Outreach
  76. Northcliff Union Church
  77. Oasis in Christ Ministries
  78. Peniel Outreach International
  79. The Pentecostal Protestant Church
  80. Pillars of Fire Ministries
  81. Port Alfred Baptist Church
  82. Povertybreaker Prayer Academy
  83. The River Church, East London
  84. Restore-A-Nation
  85. The SA Council for the Protection and Promotion of Religious Rights and Freedoms (CRRF)
  86. Sedgefield Christian Church
  87. Sola 5
  88. St Francis Xavier Anglican Church, Kabega Park
  89. St Katharines Anglican Church
  90. Truevine Family of Churches
  91. Turn2God Ministries
  92. Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa, Central Cape Presbytery
  93. Valley of Miracles Ministry International
  94. Victory Ministries International
  95. Vineyard Churches SA
  96. Word Center Ministries
  97. Word Center Ministry, De Deur
  98. Word Centre Ministries, Ekurhuleni
  99. Zoe Bible Church”

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