Money and fame driving force behind 'miracle' pastors: Baptist reverend

15 July 2015 - eNCA Commentator Angelo Fick and the leader of the Baptist Convention of South Africa, Reverend Thembelani Jentile join us now to help us make sense of this growing trend of 'radical displays of faith' in churches in South Africa. Video: eNCA

JOHANNESBURG - The leader of the Baptist Convention of South Africa Reverend Thembelani Jentile told eNCA that making congregants eat snakes has nothing to do with the power of God, and is instead self serving.

"These boys are after money and fame, they want to be all over the media. It has nothing to do with God and improving people's spiritual lives," Jentile said.

He added that these churches are drawing a high number educated people.  

His comments came after congregants of the End Times Disciples Ministries in Soshanguve were made to eat snakes by the presiding pastor, Prophet Penuel Mnguni.

It's not the first time Mnguni has courted controversy. 

Earlier this year, he reportedly convinced members to remove their clothes while he sat on top of them and prayed. 

According to eNCA commentator Angelo Fick, there is a global movement of millenarianism that appeals to people because it meets complicated emotional and spiritual needs people have.

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