Controversial prophet Bushiri focuses on abuse in one of his recently launched books

2018-11-14 15:20

Controversial self-styled prophet Shepherd Bushiri, who was recently accused of rape, touches on the subject in a book he has written.

In the book, titled Sleeping Near the Ark, Bushiri focuses on the scourge of abuse in South African churches. He was referring to the recent case where Nigerian pastor Timothy Omotoso, who faces 63 charges, from racketing to sexual assault and rape. 

The Malawi-born prophet, who is famously known as "Major One", wrote about the dire effects of the spirit of familiarity between a "spiritual father and his sons and daughters (congregants)".

"The church is supposed to be the solution to people. The church must not be a place of creating problems," Bushiri said. 

The Sowetan reported in April that a Pretoria woman opened a rape case against Bushiri but later withdrew it. The woman later claimed Bushiri's enemies coerced her into concocting the case against him.

READ: Poor attendance puts a damper on #FakeProphetsMustFall march

Sleeping Near The Ark is one of six books that were launched at an event at Emperors Palace on Tuesday night under the theme "Readers are leaders".

Hundreds of Bushiri's followers waited for the event from as early as 16:00. It eventually got under way at around 20:30. 

Among those who attended the event were diplomats from Ghana and Malawi, as well as pastors from various churches. 

Bushiri, 35, is the founder of Enlightened Christian Gathering.

The other titles of his books focus on issues around money and religion.

"In these books, I have sought to broadly go where no any other person has gone. I have revealed secrets that have made me this territorial commander in my walk with Jesus Christ as well as a pioneer in secrets of business…," Bushiri said during his address. 

Bushiri said he decided to publish the six books because he understood that people needed diversity in the information they wanted to obtain. 

"It's not every person who wants to read about prophetic ministry. Some like to read about business, some about their spiritual life…These books handle different issues and that is the reason we launched them in one go so that we touch different people, with different backgrounds," he said. 

Bushiri said that, although writing the books was "emotionally challenging", he was grateful that he finally had them published and hoped they would minister and change the lives of people. 

"It was quite overwhelming writing the books. Finally, I feel like the baby is born because it took me so much time to write these books," he added.

KEEP UPDATED on the latest news by subscribing to our FREE newsletter.

- FOLLOW News24 on Twitter

Read more on:    johannesburg  |  sexual abuse  |  religion
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Reporting Accountant

Cape Town
Network Finance Professional / Prudential
R310 000.00 - R360 000.00 Per Year

SQL Reporter

Cape Town
Communicate Cape Town IT
R10 000.00 - R12 000.00 Per Month

Cluster Financial Manager

Cape Town
Network Finance
R950 000.00 - R1 000 000.00 Per Year

Property [change area]

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.