SA “pastor” under fire over grass-eating followers
Pretoria – A South African church leader has come under fire after reports that he made members of his congregation eat grass.
Pastor Lesego Daniel, who is based in Garankuwa, north of Pretoria, told dozens of followers to eat grass because “it will bring them closer to God”.
Daniel made headlines globally after images were shown of his followers laying down in a field and furiously munching grass. Further images were then shown of some followers vomiting.
The news has been carried by UK media and many South African organisations.
People were apparently been drawn to the pastor’s church, Rabboni Centre Ministries, after it was claimed that he performed miracles.
One of Daniel’s followers, Doreen Kgatle, says she had a stroke two years ago and could not walk but since eating the grass she regained the strength in her legs.
But many people have started questioning Daniel’s credentials and complained on the ministry’s Facebook page.
A woman eats grass at the Rabboni Centre Ministries Church in South Africa.
Pastor Lesego Daniel (with mic) of South Africa’s Rabboni Centre Ministries walks on congregants he commanded to go to sleep.
“No man of God would tell the people of his flock to eat grass… this man is not of God, run away as far as you can from him and his teachings,” said one user.
“Did you yourself taste that grass? Why feed it to your congregation? This is purely abuse of power and betraying God’s word!” says another.
Daniel has not responded to the complaints or queries but some of his followers have come to his defence.
“I don’t care wat peaple say even my family members come nd intimidate me but i stand firm in the word of God nd tell them this is my pastor sent to me nd the nations by God to God be the Glory [sic],” said one church member.
Congregants of the Rabboni Centre Ministries in South Africa react to eating ‘healing’ grass.
Above Photo with this written “This will give you wings of a giant eagle, so you will be taken out brought to God Himself. When that happens, you are with God inheriting the earth. Seeing what is happening with your life, shall be a testament, as you came not ordinary but with eagles wings.”
Here is an extract from the Rabboni Centre Ministries from a sermon by Daniel, and note, the discerning believer will clearly pick up on how Scripture is twisted and contorted to tickle the ears of the hearers .
(Let this month of fasting be the development of our Spirit where we are even prepared for the year. Fast in Spirit and in truth not with your mind)
If you keep the law, you don’t experience Christ and fullness of Him
Colossians 2:6-15 (beware here meaning, they came and preached a different gospel. You start well then along the way, tradition of man *bad company corrupts* and now you don’t experience Christ. It is difficult to change a man doctrinated by a man. There’s law that comes from man and becomes his tradition. Do not be slaves of men.
We need the fullness of God as Christians, as we might find ourselves not having the fullness of Him and principalities dealing with you. You might find yourself doing Isaiah 28 – plough, level and at the end having no seed. This means you fast but receiving nothing, no results.)
John 1:16 so, out of His fullness we receive, imagine if you make it a lifestyle, you will always receive. John 10 –“I’ve come that you may have life in abundance” so out of that abundance, you receive. Ephesians 3 – He is able to do exceedingly above all that we ask or think abundantly according to the power that works in us.” Here, thieves have no chance to intervene because you receive in His fullness.
Ephesians 1:18-20 – in His fullness, you get to experience, touch that which you understand, your eyes flooded with light. It’s painful to serve without eyes flooded with light because it’s easy for you to follow tradition. And you cannot correct and lead others while you have your own speck.
Back to Colossians 2: 10 (In His fullness, you are able to please God in all things. Even you too, they must be afraid of your name though you make yourself low *humble yourself* you are lifted. It is good to be circumcised by Christ. He says; “I’ve come to blind those who claim to see and open the eyes of those who don’t see” The blind man was saved (circumcised) by his confession when he said Jesus opened my eyes, I was blind. Just like Zechariah, “Oh Lord, I don’t know, You know.” That’s a confession.
If someone doesn’t believe in the work of God, where then is the spiritual circumcision? Many are struggling with breakthrough because there’s something against you – law. Tablets of stones = Law. When the devil tempted Jesus, Jesus said; “Men cannot live on bread alone but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God” meaning, the food – the Word.
Galatians 6:11-18 (Most people want to be accepted by people. They run away from persecution (God’s fullness) but Paul said, “I delight in persecution…”
Circumcision of the flesh is pleasing people, making impressions.
Never please any man and don’t be afraid to be persecuted. Don’t depend on anyone to connect you, depend on Christ and they will come to you because of the power of God. Be connected from above, the glory of Jesus Christ.
Verse 17 – this is extreme, you touch me, is like you touch Christ. This is more than; “touch not the oil and the wine”. Here, we find the marks of Jesus Christ. So, the brand marks of Jesus Christ are in you after those persecutions and God cannot release you without those brand marks.
What does the Bible say about wolves such as Lesego Daniel infiltrating the Church ?
For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Jude 1:4 KJV)
False prophets are cunning infiltrators. Jude identifies apostate preachers as men who slither into churches “in unawares.” Their plan is to subtly infiltrate the kingdom of Christ. The Greek verb translated “crept” is never used anywhere else in the New Testament. It is a very rare word that has to do with cunning speech and clever debaters.
For instance, the word is used in extrabiblical literature in a legal sense to speak of someone who pleads a case very cleverly, with guile. It is used to represent a lawyer who plants a thought in the minds of a judge or a jury by trickery. It is used to describe a criminal who secretly slips back into the country after being exiled from it.
The word “crept’ means “entered in secretly.” That is precisely what false prophets do. Deceivers have a real problem with truthfulness, openness, and honesty. They never come in announcing, “I am a messenger of Satan, and I would like to join your church.” This word “crept” literally means, “to go down into and alongside.” False prophets go down into the church and get alongside believers. They pretend to believe; but they are Satan’s counterfeit prophets. As his servants, it is their determination to destroy the work of God. Such infiltration had already begun in Jude’s day. False prophets had moved into the church and were beginning to sow lies about who Christ is, what he has accomplished, and how he saves sinners. That form of attack is nothing new. It has gone on through the centuries, is still going on today, and will continue to go on until Christ comes again. The Puritan Thomas Manton wrote…
“When the Christian church began…there were adverse powers without ready to crush it, and Libertines who, like worms bred within the body, sought to devour the entrails and eat the very bowels of it. The first ringleader was Simon Magus, and there followed many…who, being once turned aside from the truth and the fellowship of the faithful, lost all awe of God, and were given up to a sottish judgment to believe all kinds of fables and fancies….In succeeding ages the devil hath often played over the old game, sometimes oppressing the church by the tyranny of pseudo-Christians…at other times corrupting the truth by error, or rendering it suspicious by the divisions about it. Heresies revolve as fashions, and in the course of a few years antiquated errors revive again.”
They are like those adversaries of Israel described in Ezra 4:2, who came to Zerubbabel saying, “Let us build with you: for we seek your God, as ye do; and we do sacrifice unto him,” though it was their intent to disrupt the work. They are like Simon Magus in Acts 8, who wanted to be baptized and acknowledged as a follower of Christ, though he was an enemy to Christ. Peter’s words have come to pass. — “There were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction” (2 Peter 2:1). ~ Don Fortner
Read the whole of Jude and see how these Wolves will be judged by our Almighty God.
Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied. Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage. But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
(Jude 1:1-25 KJV)
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
(Jude 1:21 KJV)
The Quoted article in News found here : http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/SA-pastor-under-fire-over-grass-eating-followers-20140113