These Christian cults in Nigeria and South Africa attract millions of followers because of the miracles and prophecies but over the years have been labeled as organizations that engage in extortion, fake miracles, abuse of the currency and even slamming their members to the ground in the name of deliverance.
A bizarre Christianity that focuses on televised miracles in crowded stadiums with many people seeking a better life amidst poverty and political instability.
See below a list of the most dangerous cults in African Christian history.
1. Chris Okafor
Chris Okafor is a Christian minister, televangelist, and faith healer. He is the leader and founder of Mountain Of Liberation and Miracle Ministry, also known as Liberation City. He shot fame in the story of the woman with her broken arm who was paid by the church to perform the stunt.
2. Odumeje, Lion himself
Prophet Chukwuemeka Odumeje, the ‘man of God’, comedian, and musician who calls himself “the liquid metal”, the fight, the lion, the Indaboski critised for slamming church to the ground for deliverance.
3. T.B. Joshua
Temitope Balogun Joshua, commonly referred to as T. B. Joshua, is a Nigerian charismatic pastor, televangelist and philanthropist. He is the leader and founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations, a Christian megachurch that runs the Emmanuel TV television station from Lagos.
4. Jeremiah Omoto Fufeyin
Nigeria based self-styled prophet Fufeyin has been criticized for his loud acts of charity, very public and showy focus on demons and “deliverance” in his ministry
5. Lesego Daniel
You may remember the January 2014 story of Pastor Lesego Daniel of Rabboni Centre Ministries who convinced his congregation that eating grass would “bring them closer to God“. Photos and videos of the grazing churchgoers were widely shared online.
6. Pastor Daniel
In September 2014, footage of Pastor Daniel feeding his congregation petrol that he claimed to have turned into pineapple juice was released. Members of the congregation said the liquid was sweet and one man reportedly claimed that despite “a lot of fumes” he did not experience “any side-effects”.
Self-proclaimed Prophet Lethebo Rabalago of the Mountzion General Assembly church in Limpopo sprayed the insecticide in his congregants’ faces claiming that it would “exorcise demons”. He was quickly dubbed the “Prophet Of Doom” on social media.
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