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“Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. You shall know them by their fruits”– Mathew 17:16-17.

The cat is out of the bag. Not all pastors get their powers from God, but many get fame and wealth from dark forces. The Times of Eswatini recently reported that two renowned South African tinyanga are in the country to, among other things, assist prominent pastors revive their powers. The duo made braven declarations that they came all the way from Jozini, ‘Kamhlabuyalingana, eButhonga, ezweni labathakathi’ to attend to their clients in Eswatini, a majority of whom are pastors who lead prominent churches. They said they came at the insistence of pastors ‘ukuzobaphakamisa namabandla abo’. According to your publication the duo even brandished pictures of some of the pastors, which are believed to have been taken at their headquarters at ‘ezweni labathakathi’. One of the pictures according to the publication shows a client of the duo carrying a snake.

Some of these false prophets show great signs and wonders, so much that they deceive staunch christians, including high profile figures in this country. They transform themselves into the apostles of Christ while they serve their own bellies and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. A Ghanaian pastor once claimed he has performed more miracles than Jesus, while some Zimbabwean pastors made headlines for blessing condoms, talking to God on cellphones, and even for selling tickets to Heaven.Some churches even sell various ‘good luck’ or ‘faith’ products that have been prayed over and blessed by the pastor, such as ‘holy’ water, oil or vaseline. In some instances, prayers and blessings are sold, with people being asked to pay large amounts of money before a prayer or blessing is said over them. At E5 000 a ticket, women who would like to get married are encouraged to attend a conference where the pastor would anoint their ring finger and Mr Right will appear in just three months!
Jesus must be coming back soon. As the Holy book says in 1 John 4:1-6: “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God because many false prophets are gone out into the world”. I therefore urge emaSwati to be aware of false prophets, who come in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

But take heart my beloved brothers and sisters, for judgment awaits these false prophets who are misleading the nation and the devil that deceived them will be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace. Meanwhile, I urge government to come up with consumer protection laws to protect Emaswati from these false prophets because pastors are not above the law. We are all equal before the law. Everyone lives under the rule of law and the law applies equally to all. Some of these fake pastors are even brazen enough to use church offerings to advertise miracle services. The regulatory body responsible for regulating advertising should make sure that all advertising is legal, honest, decent and truthful, with a sense of responsibility towards the people exposed thereto, so that no advertisement may abuse the trust, gullibility, lack of knowledge and/or experience people exposed to it.

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