The rise and fame of false prophets have become a serious issue for African societies. In South Africa, protests have been held on the streets of Johannesburg against the rise in religious leaders claiming to be miracle workers.
The protesters, numbering about 50 held placards with messages condemning the so-called pastors, local media TimesLIVE reports.
A small group of people have gathered outside the Joburg Theatre to march against false prophets. “We need to take a stand,” a man holding a loudhailer says. @TeamNews24 pic.twitter.com/bCrI5cYg54
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A Malawian prophet, Shepherd Bushiri, one of the most prominent preachers in South Africa noted for claiming that he can walk on air has angered many of the protesters. This was after he headed to court to try to stop the march and have his name removed from the promotional material for the planned march by the protesters.
The organisers of the march, led by Martins Antonio on Wednesday handed in a memorandum of demands to the SA Human Rights Commission and the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural‚ Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL) in Braamfontein.
There has over the years been a huge growth of evangelistic and prophetic ministries in South Africa, with megachurches being established in the major cities.
But what is getting many people fuming now is the ridiculous behaviours being portrayed by some of these churches, where for instance congregants are asked to eat snakes, grass or drink petrol just to get closer to their Maker or have their problems solved. Some of these pastors have also been accused of sexually abusing their congregants.