AFRICANGLOBE – A preacher has encouraged his congregation to eat grass to ‘be closer to God’.
South African pastor Lesego Daniel, who practices at the Rabboni Centre in Garankuwa, north of Tshwane, allegedly then stamped and kicked his followers at his service this week.
The controversial cleric has conducted a series of outrageous acts in the name of religion, but members of his congregation were quick to defend his methods.
Yet social media users were more critical, calling his latest controversial command ‘crazy’ after he posted the pictures, and images of him appearing to step on the crowd and people being sick, on Facebook.
Previously he has told large crowds to fall asleep on his command and attempted to heal a woman from a ‘demonic’ pregnancy.
Defending their pastor to the Times Live, members of the congregation explained why they followed his instructions.
Unisa law student Rosemary Phetha, 21, said: “Yes, we eat grass and we’re proud of it beacuse it demonstrates that, with God’s power, we can do anything.”
She claimed that eating grass healed a sore throat that she had been battling for more than a year.
Her testimony was shared by stroke victim and 27-year-old Doreen Kgatle, from Garankuwa.
She said: “I could not walk but soon after eating the grass, as the pastor had ordered, I started gaining strength and an hour later I could walk again.”
Meanwhile Facebook user Melvin Jeddy Bowtie wrote: “I’ve seen a lot of crazy things but this here aint funny. .. This man has turned people into goats man!
David K Carr added: “They have crossed the line of sanity to stupidity. All we can do is to pray.”
By: Chloe Glover
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