Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Bringing Christianity Into Disrepute - Really?

Pastor Penuel Mnguni of the End Times Disciples Ministries
'Snake Pastor' feeds dog meat to congregants for communion | News24.

In a slight variation on the Catholic tradition of feeding congregants on pieces of wafer and telling them it's really a piece of real Jesus, a South African pastor has come up with a slightly more nutritious alternative. He feeds them pieces of dog. Admittedly dog meat he has turned into a tasty stew.

In fact, it's so tasty so he says, that it simply must be Jesus.

He has also been known to feed them snake, hair, cockroaches and rat.

Pastor Penuel Mnguni of the End Times Disciples Ministries explained:

[I]t is not what goes through the mouth that disqualifies us and defile us but what comes out of the mouth – The heart matters most than what decomposes (Food we eat) (sic). Christianity has shifted so much from time to time, however at End Times Disciples Ministries the move of God has been seen as many peoples faiths has also been challenged. From changing a snake to chocolate – to partaking octopus and frogs – a dog stew was prepared for the Church to partake as Holy Communion.

In a ritual that will be familiar to many Catholics, if not the actual words but in the principle of using magic words and hand movements to transubstantiate something into Jesus, he then said:

It is no longer a dog, it is the flesh of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I prayed for these bones, this is no longer a dog.

... anyone who is against this, is against the Lord.

[He then ritually ate some of the dog]

People will say the man of God is not eating the dog.

This is so nice.

He then appeared to make claims of magical medical cures:

Those who have sicknesses, HIV, overdue pregnancies, I pray. Here's the cross confronting your situation.

Those who have cancer spirit, here's the cross anointing that cancer.

Announcing their intention to take action to put a stop to Pastor Penuel Mnguni's activities, Pastor Giet Khoza of the National Religious Leaders Council said:

We call on our people to not be this gullible, clearly they are being taken advantage of.

Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva, head of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL) had previously condemned Mnguni in 2016 with:

He is bringing the religion into disrepute. We will be going to court to say he is making Christianity look like a joke.

Well, quite! What sensible religion could ever claim to be able to cure sickness with prayers and to be able to turn something into pieces of Jesus, ready to be eaten, with rituals and magic spells! The very idea is absurd and clearly makes a mockery of the whole religion thing.

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