A pastor in South Africa has created social media buzz for his unconventional way of “healing” his followers by reportedly farting on people’s faces to cure all spiritual and physical problems.
Pastor Christ Penelope of Seven-Fold Holy Spirit Ministries in Siyandini Village in Giyani, Limpopo, South Africa is known for farting on his congregants as a means of “healing” and “blessing” them.
An attendee visiting the church complained, “When we come to church it’s because we need prayers, not to be farted on.” However, Pastor Penelope has defended his methods, insisting that he is simply 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. The Bible doesn’t say anything about Adam saying ‘God, you are hurting me’,” the pastor told South African magazine Drum.
According to the pastor, farting near the person’s nostrils is important so that the “healing power” can enter the body to do its work.
He said, “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. 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.”
Surprisingly, many people wait up to two months to meet him to get farted on. Some even collect his farts in containers.
However, all pastors do not agree with Pastor Penelope’s method of healing.
Pastor Jacob Sibiya from Kagiso told South African newspaper Daily Sun, “This is wrong. Nowhere does God say sit on people and they will be healed. Pastors should practice what’s in the Bible, not what they think is in there.”
Bishop Miso Mabunda from Meadowlands agreed, saying, “These are exactly the deeds the Bible warned us against. It said that at the end of the world, there’d be people who’d do things that will shock us. My advice will be for people to make their ways right with the Lord for the end is near.”
Pastor Penelope reacted to criticism and said, “I don’t fart on people – I heal people.”