A South African pastor, Theo Bongani Maseko has joined the league of religious leaders who carry out deliverance through eccentric means.
Maseko, a pastor at Breath of Christ Ministry, makes use of engine cleaning fluid to “cast out disease and devils”.
“What I am holding now with my hand, is the fullness of Christ in this bottle. With this bottle you can empty HIV wards. You can cast out any disease and devils. By looking at this bottle you are now free! By touching it you are imparted with a strange anointing from above,” a post on the church’s Facebook page read.
“The fullness of Christ is in this bottle. Healing and strange deliverance #Mark 16: 17 -18,” another post read with pictures of the congregation attached to it.
Maseko confirmed to The Star, a South African newspaper, that he made congregants drink the chemical to demonstrate the power of God.
“When we pray over anything, its poison dies. So it can’t harm people. Nothing happened, no one has been to hospital,” he said, claiming that those who drank the engine cleaner had been “saved, healed and delivered”.
“Jesus spat on the ground and made mud. He took that mud and smeared it on the eyes of a blind man and, instantly, that blindness was healed,” he added.
Before now, some religious leaders have made headlines by using items like insecticide and disinfectants for deliverance sessions.