This is an interesting topic that is being discussed a lot these days. I’m sure many people would love to share their stories about how they were taken for a ride by these fake prophets.
I personally don’t have much to to tell. I visited one such fake prophet’s church once and I noticed a lot of things that didn’t gel with my spirit and I never went back again.
Some of the things that I noticed were the attitude of the ushers and the so-called prophet, these people didn’t behave like men and women of God. They were utterly rude to the people who mostly were first time visitors!
If you asked about anything to these ushers, you were either rudely dismissed or just ignored.
Another thing I noticed was that while they had claimed that their church service begins at 9am on their broadcast, the service actually began between 1pm and 2pm till around 7pm, which to me, showed total disregard for the congregants, who had been there since the early hours of the morning (infact some of them had to queue outside on the streets from Friday evening just to be in the Main Hall on Sunday for the Sunday service!)
The other disturbing thing that I noticed was the selling of so-called spiritual products. The queues to tables, where these products were sold, were extremely long, yet these products were very expensive! 10ml bottle of oil was R50 while 20ml of spray oil was R100, a 50ml of water in a box was R50! These were just a few of the products that were being sold, including printed scarves, printed folders, printed stickers, printed t-shirts. They all had the prophet’s picture or his name printed on them. Even his pictures were for sale!
The prices of these products were just outrageous considering that most people who attended that church were the poorest of the poor! I personally, know one guy who lost his job while attending this church and he has been unable to find another job for the past 4years, and yet he has each and every one of those spiritual products and he carries them around with him in his backpack wherever he goes, which is very sad.
However, the most disturbing part is that the one thing that had drawn people to this prophet’s church, his “accurate prophecies”, have been alleged to be fake! It has been alleged that he (the prophet) plants some of his disciples in the midst of the congregants so that they may either start the conversation with individual congregants or simply listen and record the conversations, then later they would take all the information they have collected to the “prophet”.
The prophet would in turn, use that information that was collected by his desciples and pretend to be prophesying to that certain individual who had been chosen to be prophesied at that moment.
When I heard about this alleged fake prophecies, it made sense, because watching this prophet on TV, I always wondered as to why does it take him more than an hour to prophesy one person, yet he has thousands of congregants who are expecting to be prophesied as well!
I guess when you have to study the information and try to remember everything by heart, it’s hard to remember information of more than one person.
That was my experience of visiting a fake prophet’s church, but I can assure you, there are people who have many juicer stories to tell about these fake prophets.
Nokuthula G. Dlamini
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