Pastor Danie Slabbert dies: prayer for resurrection called-off [UPDATED REPORT]

Pastor Danie Slabbert and his wife, Odette.
Pastor Danie Slabbert and his wife, Odette.

Pastor Danie Slabbert, renowned South African revivalist and pastor of The River Church Cape Town passed away yesterday morning after ministering live at a TBN recording at The River Church East London.

According to Pastors Andre and Jenny Roebert, founders and senior Pastors of The River Church Ministries, hundreds of people had given their lives to the Lord during the live broadcast service minutes before he collapsed in the pastors lounge, suffering from what appears to be a heart attack.

The church leader’s wife, Pastor Odette Hayward Slabbert, originally responded by calling together an army of intercessors to pray for her beloved husband’s resurrection. However, late this afternoon, Leon du Preez, founder of Encounter Ministries International, announced that after two days of fervent prayer, the family is at peace that ‘Dr Danie is in his element, the glory of God, and does not want to come back’.

Du Preez’ statement, posted on Facebook, reads: “We would just like to inform everyone that Dr Danie Slabbert passed on to be with the Lord yesterday morning. His family and spiritual sons were praying fervently for two days and experienced a tremendous anointing and presence of God, unlike felt before, but Gods peace entered into the room today and assured his family and loved ones that Dr Danie is in his element, the glory of God, and does not want to come back. He was a father of revival in this nation, and all that knew him, knew that he ran flat out with the torch of fire in one hand and the harvester sickle in the other, and did the work of 10 people at once! He surely received many many rewards in heaven. His legacy and work in this nation and around the world will reverberate and will be carried on through his family, his sons and those he raised up! We would like to thank EVERYONE involved, from prayers, to phone calls, to your love and support, those who flew in and drove in. Your presence was surely felt. We would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts! This is a time to celebrate the life of one who gave his all for the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory! The information on the celebration/memorial service will be advertised soon. We love u all!”

In a facebook post after landing in East London yesterday, Pastor Odette posted a message on Facebook calling for prayer for her husband’s resurrection. Her message reads: “We rule through Christ over death and hell! We need to bind that spirit of death and hell and call Danie back! God does not take his children by attacks… God can protect and resurrect but someone must exercise that authority.”

She also urged everyone to continue to pray resurrection prayers as the family and spiritual sons pray over his body in the morgue. Churches, friends and followers united across the country and many committed themselves to pray throughout the night with the hope of raise the pastor back to life. Many supporters left messages of faith on the pastor’s Face Book wall declaring life into his body, refusing to accept his death. Friends of the family even asked that messages of condolences and sympathy be ceased and encouraged everyone to rather stand in agreement that he will be raised from the dead.

In an earlier post today, Pastor Odette called on family, friends and colleagues to stand in agreement with a group that was going to  pray at 10am today for Slabbert’s resurrection. She also asked for prayer for their daughters, Adonia, and Amarissa, 7, Pastor Danie Slabbert was ordained under Revival Ministries International and received his Honorary Doctorate in Divinity from The River Bible Institute. He came to know the fire of God during a revival meeting with Dr Rodney Howard-Brown at Word of Faith Christian Centre in Port Elizabeth in 1990. Pastor Slabbert was also the Director and Founder of Glory Invasion Ministries based in Cape Town, South Africa.


  1. My sympothies and prayers to the berieved.
    He will only be resurrected when Christs returns (1 Thess. 4:13-18).

    “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgement.” – Hebrew 9:27

    That is Gods sovereign will and nothing can interfere with it; not even our faith.
    This is the problem that the “Word of Faith” movement will always encounter, faith without Gods will is useless.
    Placing your faith in faith is idolitary because the object of your faith is not God but your faith.
    It is not our faith that works but God who does the work through the faith He gives believers.
    He even works towards the faithless and let’s the sun rise on the just and unjust.

    • THis precious man of God has gone to be with The Lord and the first comments we see here from this article are criticisim and judgment on the methods the family and other believers have tried as an act of faith based on the word of God. Please… It’s a shame to read this at this time and very more shameful to blame it on the word of faith movement… If you know these folks personally then judge the motives for yourself. This man has given his life for the gospel to his last breath and has a family that loves The Lord and consistently gives there time for others as Jesus commands. Lay of the critical, judgmental, disrespectful comments and if they can’t be contained blog about it on your own page if it means so much. Have respect for this man and his family. Have some fear of God too..

  2. I do not think it is heresy when you want to resurrect someone. People that do that is following their Saviour. Jesus resurrected a close friend Lazarus and the widow of Nain’s son (breadwinner). These are just a few examples of what our Saviour did. I believe though you only attempt to resurrect someone when you have a direct instruction from the Ruach. Shalom ….

  3. According to the Bible it is possible for man to raise the dead by prayer. It has been done by humans before but I doubt whether the Word of Faith movement has abundant faith in God to bring this about. Because of the weak faith of the modern church this hasn’t happened in the last 2000 years.

    Jesus has empowered us with the following instruction:
    Mat 10:8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.

    1Ki 17:21 Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried to the LORD, “O LORD my God, let this boy’s life return to him!”
    1Ki 17:22 The LORD heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived.

    2Ki 4:34 Then he got on the bed and lay upon the boy, mouth to mouth, eyes to eyes, hands to hands. As he stretched himself out upon him, the boy’s body grew warm.
    2Ki 4:35 Elisha turned away and walked back and forth in the room and then got on the bed and stretched out upon him once more. The boy sneezed seven times and opened his eyes.

    Peter Raise a female frm the Dead:
    Act 9:40 Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up.

    Paul prays Eutychus back to life:
    Act 20:9 Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead.
    Act 20:10 Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “He’s alive!”

  4. Hi its really a tragedy. ..God has really used Ps Dannie.
    I watched him yesterday preach….. what an awesome word.
    I am a leader at Durban Christian Centre and recently he preached at our conference. He has been such a blessing to us.
    I pray strength over his family and friends.
    There are some things we dont understand but in moments like this all we can do is rest in Jesus and know ” that all things( the good, the bad and the ugly) work for good to them that luv the a
    We are praying for you guys.

    Vikesh, Geraldene and Hannah Hope.
    Durban Christian Centre ,

    • Ei Madoda. . . haibo! Look: it is ONLY the Lord JSESUS CHRIST who CAN and does raise the dead! He said so (Jn 5:21). But are we listening? Is there someone listening to Him? If He has not said ‘raise so and so ‘ we should NOT be presumptous and try to do what He has NOT commanded. We must listen, hear, obey. . .and miracles follow. Otherwise. . .oh bantu! The Lord said “My sheep hear My voice. . .”(Jn 10:27). There is need to repent from the attitude of presumptous prayer.Our Lord’s example was that “The Son can do nothing of Himself but what He sees the Father do. . . I can of My own do nothing. . . “(Jn 5:21,30) So how did He raise the dead? Read the rest of those verse.. . oh and many more: He listened to the Father – He obeyed.

  5. Hi Gilbert and Theo I have a few questions for both of you.

    1) Do you believe that Antarctica exists?

    If your answer is yes, then explain to me why you say yes?

    If your explanation includes the following… a friend told me, I saw a picture, I saw a video on television then this leads to my next question…

    2) How can you believe what your friend said was true, or the picture or the video on the Tv, if you have never been to Antarctica and saw it with your own eyes?

    In the same way have you ever been to a live meeting or a assembly where you have seen someone successfully resurrected from the dead, after having the assurance that the person was dead to begin with?

    Have you ever successfully resurrected a person from the dead?

    And if you wondered why I don’t ask for any evidence… it is because I know there is no evidence.

    • “this hasn’t happened in the last 2000 years”.

      Jean I have copied the above from the end of my first paragraph.

      “this hasn’t happened in the last 2000 years.”

      Isn’t that clear enough, or are there any change that you might think that I am older than 2000 years or else how can you ask me whether I have witnessed it.

      I did say that it happened in Biblical times that humans did bring the dead back to life and I did also say that it did not happened in the last 2000 years and I have quoted the scriptures where Humans has raised the dead back to life

      For the record I believe that the Bible is true and the infallible word of God.

      I have clearly stated in my original post that it did not happened during the past 2000 years and I don’t think it will happen this time around…. but how do you connect the fact that you don’t read well to a correlation to Antarctica

      I you believe that it did not happened during the past 2000 years then we are in agreement

      …….. Read well

    • …. And for the record I can truly say that Antarctica does exist because the Lord has made it possible for me to be part of an expedition to Antarctica…
      If you haven’t been so fortunate to have been on an expedition to Antarctica then I assume you can’t say with certainty that Antarctica does exist…..

      …… Antarctica does exist and among being a lifelong desire to visit Antarctica I now realise that a futher reason why the Lord has made it possible for me to go there is to be able to answer you an emphatically Yes, Antarctica does exist for I have seen it with my own eyes. Thank You Lord!!!!

      My name is closely connected to Photography in Antarctica. Do a Google search for yourself

    • Jean, I totally agree with you. I knew Danie and his late brother, Jacques very well, their late father, Daan Slabbert as well….even preached to the “poor” people with them at the start of Danie’s “career.” Good old days in Despatch of all places. The death of any person is a human tragedy, but a scientific fact. With all respect to the loved ones…..Danie did not decide not to come back after you prayed for so many hours, he did not “come back” for one reason only….He is DEAD and if life after death is real, it is now my turn not to request evidence….WHY?….I know there is no such evidence available and when you have the proof(scientific), feel free to inform me. If faith is seen as proof, every religion in the world will have to be the true religion and we all know that’s not possible. Thinking of Odette and the rest of the family in this time.

    • Well said Jean! Im really irritated with some christians and their commends. They only asked for prayers, not sermons from the unbelievers in miracles. I choose who I ask for prayer, because of the sin of unbelief going around – and unfortunately it is in a religion that is all about miracles. The reason why people don’t believe in miracles and the resurrection fact is because of “religious spirits”. I can name two preachers out of many that raised numerous dead people with evidence …. Andrew Wommack and TB Joshua and there are many more. In my own family two nephews were supernaturally brought back to life after death. Im sorry but I see to many miracles not to believe in miracles. The spirit doesn’t make sense, and if He still does and you want to explain Him rather be quite and read your Bible and pray with prayer request as brothers and sisters, then have a look in your life, because I can promise you nothing compares to losing a son or daughter or father and they open their eyes again after going through the valley of death. It is because of religious snobs that the world don’t come to repent because there is no works in their faith!!!! They have nothing to show for their faith, except the easy way out which is the saying.. “your time is your time”. It is pathetic. It is nothing like Jesus. How can anyone say pastor Danie wouldn’t be raised! Is it really Christians saying it? It is like saying “I don’t believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit”. Danie himself raised people from the dead. Im sorry but I can’t understand the “Snobs” of Christianity. I must deal weekly with people not want to get saved because of these people and their poor spiritual sight. I hope they will take the verse about “…Faith is nothing without works” also as serious as the verses they twist because they are scared to go to mortuaries due to lack of faith… Geeze, before you commend on these articles, go read your BIBLE…and please don’t send me scripture to back your pathetic sight of the realm of spiritual actions! Jean thank you for being a true child of the most High God representing Him the right way! I should rather stay of these sites….

  6. I truly hope that these silly arguments won’t be seen by any non Christians because it is not bringing any glory to God.

  7. I extend condolences to Pastor Odette and Pastor Danie’s family. I never knew Danie but can see that he served God and people well. I also honour Pastor Odette and others for acting according to their faith when they prayed for Danie’s resurrection. We know that the children of God differ substantially on many matters. But we are all adopted into the same glorious family through the blood of Jesus.

  8. God is omniscient;He knows the end from the beginning. Those who need answers should ask Him?

  9. Does God raise the dead? Yes He does and still does it today and not only 2000 years ago. Do we need evidence to believe this? No we don’t but it does exist anyway. A pastor by the name of Daniel Ekechukwu from Nigeria was raised by Reinhard Bonnke and his story was even published in Charisma News. There are reports of numerous resurrections by Heidi Baker who is missionary to Mozambique. CBN network reports 53 resurrections. Check the report here:
    So what if we don’t believe in the veracity of these claims? It is not what you and I believe but what the word says. Jesus said in Matthew 10:8, “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”
    If we are able to heal the sick then we should be able to raise the dead. Do we even believe that the sick can be healed or have we rationalized everything? I once prayed for a person who was blind and he immediately received his sight but must I produce evidence for this for a sceptical church? Why must I limit my faith based on someone’s limited experience and selective reading of the Scriptures?
    Having lost her husband and the father of her children, Odette has nothing to lose by praying for a resurrection. If Danie doesn’t rise that’s fine but what if he did. Why miss the opportunity because of being afraid of losing face to an unbelieving church?
    The silly arguments we make and the boxing of people into camps like ‘word of faith movement’ doesn’t change the fact that the world is in desperate need of the supernatural. Our arguments and theology has not changed the world but God’s power can. Let’s not think everything is academic.

    • Bro Afrika. . you are right: prayer works! No: God works. Prayer is nota monologue. . . like a shoping list. No: listen first. . . listen to the Lord. Today (Ps 95:7. . Hebr 3:7,13,15) Listen. . hear obey the Lord! He is Lord and MUST be listened to and obeyed.Whatever He says :do.

  10. Luchae Williams we request that the comments section of this artical be removed. We do not want any negativity. Thanks

    • Hi Louise. We allow readers to express their views freely in our comments section. I do, however appeal to our readers to exercise graciousness and sensitivity when commenting. (EDITOR)

  11. Our prayers are with the family..peace in JESUS name

  12. Absolutely! The family’s grief is within reason but our response should not taint that fact that our “God reigns supreme” in every situation and His will “super naturally” prevail,always.

  13. This comment has been removed — as it disregards my request (see above) for sensitivity and graciousness in responses to this report. [EDITOR]

  14. My condolences to the family and to those he inspired in Jesus’s name. My appeal to all who differ….we will always differ but this should never be an obstacle to unity as Christians. We are all sinners and can never claim superiority of any sort over anyone. As Christians we all have two things in common 1. We are all sinners and 2. We are all saved from our sin by the grace of our Lord. It is His grace which we have accepted that binds us as Christ’s Church and that which we must celebrate. To argue, criticise and differ so publicly does not glorify Jesus in any way. We can teach and guide but never judge.

  15. the fire of God was egnited within me after the message pst D preached on his home going day. i am forever changed. that message of being love has helped me in this week, as i was challenged to be just that, Love. thank you Jesus.RIP Pst D. I extend condolences to Pastor Odette and Pastor Danie’s family. The joy of the Lord is your strenght. Amen

  16. I did not know this man or his ministry but extend my condolences to his family.

    I do not wish to enter this debate but in the past few weeks we’ve heard of the passing away of 2 men, the followers of whom have tried to raise again from the dead, but not by the instruction of God, or else quite clearly Kobus and Danie would once again be with us. So, the question then is whether or not we are hearing God speak???

    Is God able to raise up a man from the grave? Absolutely, or else He would not be God.

    My problem then is not with God but with men and some of the unbiblical statements made, and I quote…..
    ‘Dr Danie is in his element, the glory of God, and does not want to come back’.

    Ecclesiastes 8:5 Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man’s heart discerneth both time and judgment.
    6 Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him.
    7 For he knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be?
    8 There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.

    Verse 8 tells us that no man can retain his spirit in the day of death so, even if Danie wanted to come back, it is not in his power to do so!

    In fact, it is ONLY Jesus who had power to lay down His life and then take it up again (John 10:17-18)

    Secondly, I would like scripture to support the doctrine behind this statement please….
    “We rule through Christ over death and hell! We need to bind that spirit of death and hell and call Danie back! God does not take his children by attacks… God can protect and resurrect but someone must exercise that authority.”

    I in turn will provide several scriptures to refute these statements and others which clearly state that CHRIST alone holds the keys of death, hell and the grave.

    From comments above there are more than 2 sides to this debate and many opinions with few scriptures to support so I will not add fuel to the fire but simply ask that we apply a basic principle when reading scripture:
    Text – Co-text – Context or in plain language…. any text, not read with it’s co-text, not read in context, is a pretext!

    PLEASE sheepeople, go back and study scripture as declarations of God and not explanations of man!

  17. My sincere condolence to all relatives and friends of Past Slabbert.My prayer is,that God strenghten thee in these difficult times.

  18. May God’s peace which surpasses all understanding be with us all. In Jesus’ mighty name I plead. Amen

  19. I wish the Body of Christ would act like it should. After going through what this dear family are going through just three years ago, losing my husband and our church losing their pastor, knowing that the Word talks about raising the dead, and seeing it myself through my husbands ministry, as a wife and as a church you will do EVERYTHING you can and leave no stone unturned. Please have some respect for this family and stop it.

  20. Are the different interpretations of the word of God Bible not the sole reason that there are so many Chriatian Churches in the world? its the arrogance of those who display a holier than thou attitudes as demonstrated by the first ‘commenter’ that makes one sick! What about leaving judgement to God as the very bible instructs!

  21. I knew Pastor Danie because of his great works but never met him. I’m surprised and sad to hear he died 5 months ago! His soul rests in Christ his Master! There is nothing wrong praying for our loved ones to come back to life. I also heard Prophet TB. Joshua raised the dead in Jesus Name and many people approved. It also happened in Reihard Bonnke’s meeting in 2001, a man who spent 3 days in the mortuary came back to life. This was confirmed by many medical doctors and also many villagers and the police. And My own Sister in law was pronounced dead by a general hospital 31 Dec. 1993 but before burial she came back to life to reconcile people in conflict, she said to us she did not want to stay in this world of sufferings, after the glory she hd seen in Heaven. We burried her 2 Jan. 1994. That is what I WITNESSED.