Charismatic preachers: Healers or charlatans?

2014-09-17 17:40

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The building collapse at Nigerian prophet TB Joshua’s church has put charismatic preachers under the spotlight. City Press takes a look at some of the preachers who draw as much praise as criticism for their work.

TB Joshua is well known for his prophecies. The Nigerian faith healer is said to have had a vision of the Malaysian MH370 plane crash months before the airplane disappeared. The Boston Marathon bombing and Michael Jackson’s death are among the few international incidents he is said to have predicted. Picture: Reg Caldecott/Beeld

Bishop Hamilton Nala’s (left) healing powers came under scrutiny when he claimed his holy water cured HIV/Aids. Some of his followers in KwaZulu-Natal testified that the holy water did work, but Aids activists were not convinced. Picture: Daily Sun

Pastor Paseka "Mboro" Motshweneng has been known to heal women with sexual problems in full view of the congregation during his sermons. Picture: Jan Right/ Daily Sun

Pastor Lesego Daniel rose to fame when his congregation was made to eat grass during his sermons in Limpopo. People were said to have flocked to his church after his unconventional methods made the news.

Benny Hinn became popular when, in one of his sermons, he made congregants hit the floor as part of his healing methods.

Moses Shongwe had people talking when he told his community in rural KwaZulu-Natal that he was a reincarnation of Jesus Christ. Some community members reportedly donated the little money they had to Shongwe. Footage embedded from eNCA You Tube channel.

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