'Bizarre practices' of pastors under spotlight

What is the attraction of churches that encourage congregants to drink petrol, nibble on snakes and get kicked and stood on? Checkpoint investigates. Video: eNCA
What is the attraction of churches that encourage congregants to drink petrol, nibble on snakes and get kicked and stood on? Checkpoint investigates. Video: eNCA
What is the attraction of churches that encourage congregants to drink petrol, nibble on snakes and get kicked and stood on? Checkpoint investigates. Video: eNCA
Johannesburg, 16 July 2015 - A pastor could face charges after feeding snakes to members of his congregation. The SPCA says it's investigating, and has expressed concern for both the animals and the people.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Council of Churches (SACC) says it’s alarmed at practices of some churches.

SACC convened a meeting on Thursday to discuss the practices and ’the escalation of the bizarre practices of some pastors in the name of Christ'. 

"The SACC has received numerous complaints and calls from exasperated people for intervention regarding certain unconventional practices by some pastors. This follows reports and video clips that tell of goings on in churches in Soshanguve, where Pastor Lesego Daniels, of Rabboni Ministries and his protege Pastor Penuel Mnguni of The End Times of Ministries are said to be making devotees drink petrol, eat grass, eat snakes and rats in the name of salvation in Christ," Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana, SACC acting general secretary.

The organisation added that it has written to the Human Rights Commission to launch a probe into the churches.

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