A South African pastor, Christ Penelope, of Seven Fold Holy Spirit, has been called out for sitting on people’s faces and farting on them as a “blessed healing ritual”.
Penelope, who is from Giyani, Limpopo, again gained attention after pictures of him sitting on his congregants’ faces and allegedly farting on them during healing surfaced on social media.
According to reports, some of the congregants line up for the “sacred fart”, with some believing that they will be rich after the ritual.
It was also stated that some wait for up to two months to make the list.
However, Penelope has defended himself by saying that his unique style of healing was copied from Jesus Christ.
The cleric, who in an interview with Drum denied farting on his members, also said that he is demonstrating the power of God.
“It started with Master Jesus when he stepped on Peter. It is the demonstration of God’s power. Just like God made Adam go into a deep sleep – it is a similar thing. God did anything with the body of Adam while he was on the ground in deep sleep. He was not feeling anything.
“When someone is in a deep sleep you can do anything with the body ‘you can even drive a car over it or stand on them. It is God. The Bible doesn’t say anything about Adam saying, ‘God, you are hurting me’”, he stated.
He further disclosed that his congregants feel nothing when they are pinned on the ground.
He added that the criticism he has faced does not worry him.
“When they wake up from the deep sleep, they will tell you that they didn’t feel anything. It is showing the power of God and those who needed healing are healed afterwards and others get to manifest at that moment.
“It doesn’t even bring hurt to me when people speak lies about you. Remember when people try to tarnish your image, that is when He shows his glory.
“As long as souls are won into the kingdom. He who sits on the throne laughs at his enemies,” he said.
It is not the first time the pastor has been in the news.
He made the headlines a few years ago when he anointed his congregation with oil from condom.
He had also claimed that the Holy Spirit instructed him to feed his church members with tetrapodophis, an extinct four-legged snake.
Penelope also claimed to be the spiritual son of another controversial church leader, Lesego Daniel of Rabboni Centre Ministries, who made his church members drink petrol and eat grass and millipedes.