Controversial South African pastor Penuel Mnguni of End Times Disciples Ministries in Soshanguve has shocked many after saying he supports Lethabo Rabalago’s action of spraying his congregation with insecticide.
Rabalago, who was widely condemned on social platforms for his actions, claimed that the insecticide namely Doom “heals people with cancer, HIV or any other illness”.
Photos of the Doom-spraying at a Sunday service were shared on a Facebook account allegedly belonging to Prophet Lethebo Rabalago of Mount Zion General Assembly (MZGA).
In a number of posts‚ MZGA testified of those who had received healing from Rabalago’s method of spraying Doom on worshippers.
One photo was captioned: “Mrs Mitala. The prophet called sick people to come forward. She went to the forth and told the prophet that she suffers from ulcer. The prophet sprayed doom on her and she received her healing and deliverance. We give God the glory!”
In another post MZGA said: “By my name‚ you shall drive out demons. By my name‚ you shall pick up snakes. Anything you touch‚ receives favour because of the anointing upon you. Doom is just a name‚ but when you speak to it to become a healing product‚ it does. People get healed and delivered through doom. It’s not by might nor by power‚ but by the Holy Spirit. We give God the glory!”
Rabalago told the BBC that he had sprayed the face of one woman because she had an eye infection and claimed the woman was “just fine because she believed in the power of God”.
Pastor Penuel Mnguni now says he sees no harm with what Rabalago did.
“I confirm that this is total demonstration of God’s power. I don’t see an error; I see the manifestation of God’s word. We are not pastors who will join the world and fight against the mystery of God. As long as we are here, we will stand for this mystery, no one will stop it because we hear from God not from any religious acts. My brother Prophet Lethebo, be strengthened. Go forward with the work of the Father. Do not go back, go on! To God be the glory!” said Mr Mnguni.
Mr Mnguni’s statement has provoked fury among sections of Christians, who took to his social media timeline to express their anger.
Christ’s Epistle Arthur Mothushi wrote: “We’ll never compromise our faith.”
Johnico Remy Mobembo said: “Dear pastor or prophet, please you and I know that the Lord is not to be mocked. The Lord doesn’t need dangerous stuff to heal. He does His work how He wants and to whomever He wants. Preach the word stop all this inhuman and ungodly practices.”
Pastor Penuel Mnguni has in the past hogged media headlines for all the wrong reasons – from making his congregation eat dead snakes, telling them the snakes would morph into chocolates to stepping on his congregation.
The dissatisfaction with Rabalago’s actions comes just a day after Doom manufacturer, Tiger Brands, condemned him for spraying his congregation with the insecticide.
“We find this practice alarming and extremely concerning‚ and want to make it very clear that it is unsafe to spray any Doom or any aerosol onto people’s faces. Doom has been formulated to kill specific insects which are detailed on the cans‚ and the packaging has very clear warnings which must be adhered to. Using this product for purposes other than what it is intended for poses risks and is therefore dangerous.
“Tiger Brands is in the process of contacting the prophet to ask him to refrain from such practice‚” the company said in a statement as reported by Times Live.