BRAAMFONTEIN – A group of independent churches is becoming increasingly concerned by the influence of false churches in South Africa.
Religious leaders argue that these institutions have flooded South Africa and are a danger to people who are desperate to change their lives.
Church leaders formed the South African Union Council of Independent Churches (SAUCIC) in Braamontein, Johannesbug on Saturday in an effort to regulate these alternative places of worship.
Fourteen church federations make up the council which will guide parishioners, and wipe out self-proclaimed prophets like Penuel Mnguni.
The head of the End Times Disciples Ministries in Soshanguve, has made headlines for instructing his congregants to eat live snakes and rodents.
The church’s tent was recently destroyed by members of the Economic Freedom Fighters.
Mnguni has now reportedly moved his church services to a school where he is allegedly making congregants speak Chinese.
President of the SAUCIC Bishop Modiri Patrick Shole says false prophets like Mnguni are especially dangerous.
“They don’t have qualifications, they don’t have a calling, they just copy it from the TV and the Internet and use other ministers. That’s how they operate,” he said.
The council wants all independent churches to register with them to ensure they’re led by qualified pastors.
“We’re not saying we’re going to discard them, we’re saying that we are going to have a dialogue with them and try to bring them into the kingdom of God,” said Prophet Favou Stephens, secretary general of the SAUCIC.