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, who is calling for the broad-scale regulation of religion in SA, on Tuesday 22 November 2016.

Read the statement below or download a PDF here.

JOINT STATEMENT REPUDIATING UNLAWFUL ACTS CARRIED OUT IN THE NAME OF RELIGION

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

 (*The above list reflects the names of signatories as at 12 January 2017)

 

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