South African Preacher Says Eating Grass Will Bring You Closer To God
One South African pastor is telling his congregation the secret to getting closer to God: chow down on some grass.
Pastor Lesego Daniel of Rabboni Centre Ministries instructs dozens of his followers to eat the grass growing at his ministry inÂ Garankuwa, saying it will help them “be closer to God.” Daniel apparently told followers that they can survive on anything they choose to eat.
Members of the congregation swear by his unorthodox methods.
“Yes, we eat grass and we’re proud of it because it demonstrates that, with God’s power, we can do anything,” Rosemary Phetha told Times Live. The 21-year-old saidÂ Daniel “turned me into a sheep and instructed me to eat grass,” a technique that healed a sore throat she had had for more than a year.
Doreen Kgatle, 27, agreed that the practice worked for her after she suffered a stroke. “I could not walk but soon after eating the grass, as the pastor had ordered, I started gaining strength and an hour later I could walk again,” she said.
Some controversialÂ photos from the congregation show followers happily becoming close to nature and stuffing their faces with grass, while other pictures show people clutching their stomachs and vomiting into buckets and toilets.
Daniel Performs More Miracles, According To Congregation
The so-called “miracle man” claims to be able to perform other feats such as speaking in tongues, casting out demons and hypnotizing people, according to the Examiner.
He demonstrated that last ability for Times Live.” He yelled “Sleep,” and six people immediately fell into a deep sleep. To show just how effective the trance is, he orders others to slap the individuals and walk on them, while they remain unresponsive. He awakened them several minutes later by yelling “Wake up.”
“You can leave them like this for six months,” he explained. “I love this, I don’t want to be bored. You can even make police go to sleep when they come to arrest you.”
Some are calling Daniel’s treatment of people “inhumane” and “shocking,” but his followers remain loyal.
Daniel even sells merchandise to help people when they’re not at church. He sells “miracle” bumper stickers and calendars alongside “anointing oil” said to possess special powers.