How confusing that Christians are on the extreme on miracles and misinterpreting the whole concept of miracles. The southern African region is hit by church activities that are confusing to any observer, Christians included. South Africa and Swaziland have increasing number of counts for church Pastors (commonly known as Prophets) that successfully command their church members to do unbecoming activities during church services. These include the command to eat grass, leaves and even sleep in church. The Times of Swaziland has today published an article of a Pastor in Swaziland by the name Nkosingiphile Dlamini who prides himself to have commanded his congregants to do some of the unexpected in church.
Tricky as it is, these Prophets claim to be frequently chatting with God on what will happen next and what they have to do in church. Interviewed on Swazi TV, the Prophet declared that He wont stop because these are instructions he gets from God. He confirmed that God told Him that he must give the congregants some petrol in the near future, which will taste like good food according to individual desires in their mouths.
This is a clear sight that Jesus Christ return is close. It calls for every believer, non believers alike, to take the courage to ask God direct about these things and never rely on somebody else’s wisdom.
I second a response that appeared on the Letter to the Editor section of the Times of Swaziland by one Pastor who calls himself Celani Mhlanga from Mbabane. It reads as follows:
I would like to respond to the article which appeared in the Times of Swaziland dated 29 April, titled ‘I will make them drink petrol’. It is high time we call Nkosingiphile Dlamini to order as a Christian community.
What he is doing is very wrong, misleading and unGodly. In Matthew 24:11, Jesus warned that in the last days many false prophets shall arise, and shall deceive many. Matthew 24:24: “For there shall arise a false christ and false prophets and they shall show great signs and wonders; so much that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect”.
Nkosingiphile, you have elevated yourself to the position of God by allowing your followers to refer to you as God on earth. When you arrive at church, a red carpet is rolled out for you and you are escorted and worshipped like a god. You perform miracles that make the people fear and idolise you.
You have been making people eat grass, fall asleep, get drunk, etc, and then you tell them that Jesus also changed water to wine and also walked on water. In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul spoke about the different gifts of the spirit, among which are the performing of miracles. He said the gifts were to be used to edify or build the body of Christ (the church). Now, how do your so-called miracles edify the church?
Secondly, the gifts of the spirit are for meeting needs in the church. Jesus changed water into wine, but it was because the wine in the wedding got finished before the wedding party was over (John 2:3). In John 16:16-19 Jesus walked on the water but not for the fun of it – he needed to get to his disciples who had left ahead of him to get to Capernaum. So again, there was a need here Mr Nkosingiphile.
Your miracles do not fit into the aforementioned categories and hence they are no different from magic performances. I have had the privilege of watching one of your videos and I have witnessed the power of hypnosis at work. Your followers are made to believe they are sheep and they start to jump around making sheep sounds, before running out to eat grass. You also hypnotise your followers into a deep sleep in the middle of a service.
That is why all your miracles glorify you and not God (Yahweh). You have to stop now. Lastly, I would like to send a warning to the church to stop running after miracles because, in 2 Corinthians 11:14, the Bible says Satan transforms himself into an angel of light.
It is possible for false prophets to perform miracles and that is why Jesus said in Matthew 7:22-23: “Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord have we not prophesied in your name? And in your name cast out demons? And in your name done many wonderful things? And then I will say unto them, I never knew you: depart from me you workers of iniquity’.”
I encourage all born-again Christians to read the Bible and know the truth, so as to avoid being deceived by these so-called prophets labagcwele live lonkhe. All they are after is your money and there is no truth in what they say or do. Run away from them.
Pastor Celani Mhlanga, Mbabane Yes, the call is for one to talk direct with God and take the appropriate action. I guess the government has to do something as well just like the Zimbabwe government did on Pastor Gumbura’s case.