IN PICTURES: From Doom to Rattex - 5 pastors turning Communion wine into noxious substances
Controversial South African pastors have made headlines around the world and what started as a congregation eating grass has in just two years escalated to congregants seemingly willingly taking sips of a Rattex concoction.
Pastors have really outdone one another in the name of healing and deliverance. Let's take a look at five infamous‚ "inventive" pastors:
1) Grass Pastor
2014 - Under the instruction of Pastor Lesego Daniel of Rabboni Centre Ministries‚ dozens of followers dropped to the floor to eat the grass at his ministry in Garankuwa‚ north of Pretoria‚ after being told it will "bring them closer to God".
Members of the Rabboni Centre Ministries, under 'miracle man' pastor Lesego Daniel, eat grass as part of a ritual to show that humans can be controlled by the spirit of God. Photo: Supplied
2) Snake and petrol pastor
2015 - Prophet Penuel Mnguni of the End Times Disciples Ministries in Soshanguve‚ Pretoria‚ had his congregants eating snakes.
Mnguni was arrested after the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals laid charges against him for allegedly making congregants eat snakes. He was released after paying R1‚000 bail.
He later claimed to turn rocks into bread and snakes into chocolate‚ which he feeds to his congregation.
Prophet Penuel Mnguni feeds a congregant a snake. Photo: End of Time Ministries via Facebook
3) Doom Pastor
November 2016 - Lethebo Rabalago‚ of the Mount Zion General Assembly‚ in Limpopo‚ openly posted photographs on his Facebook page of him spraying congregants with Doom Super Multi Insect Killer to cure various ailments.
Prophet Lethebo Rabalago sprays Doom on a congregant. Photo: Mount Zion General Assembly via Facebook
4) Engine cleaner
January 2017 - Prophet Bongani Maseko of Daveyton's Breath of Christ Ministries is making his congregation drink a dubious fluid.
Pictures on the church's Facebook page showed members of the church consuming contents of a black bottle with words 'Formula A'. Contents in the bottle have been said to be that of an engine cleaning fluid.
Prophet Bongani Maseko of Daveyton's Breath of Christ Ministries makes his congregants drink vehicle engine cleaning fluid. Photo: Breath of Christ Ministries via Facebook
February 2017 - Pastor Light Monyeki of the Grace Living Hope Ministries is the latest to introduce a bizarre method of healing. He has apparently taken a lead from nyaope smokers and been mixing Rattex with water and offering it to his congregants.
Pastor Light Monyeki feeding a congregant the mixture of water and 'Rattex'. Photo: Grace Living Hope Ministries via Facebook