“So this congregation likewise petitions God for their beverages previously they are served.
“With God in our bars we would see wrongdoing being decreased and cherish and respect promoted,” he said.
“Individuals who drink lager are upbeat and quiet. This implies they are living in the shadow of God.”
Their devotion starts at 11am and they don’t finish until 3pm – but they don’t mind going on even longer.
From the pastor to the bishop of the two-month-old Gabola Church of International Ministries, and to members of the congregation, one cold beer after another is handed out.
Members are baptised with their choice of alcohol. Gabola Church congregants drink together during the church services.
Bishop Tsietsi Makiti (52) is the founder of the church in South Africa. He started the church in a tavern, and it now has five hundred members.
The church accommodates people who are not welcome at other churches. When Daily Sun visited the church, the bishop was quenching his thirst with his drink and praying with members who were also drinking.
Makiti said when Jesus came to his followers, alcohol changed everything.
The owner of the tavern, Freddy Mathebula (53) said the church accommodated the rejects of communities.
“Since the church started, crime has been reduced and we have received a great response from the community.”
Makiti says he wants to expand his preaching to other taverns and start more churches. Jeffrey Mokoena (52) belongs to the Gabola church.
“The church makes me feel at home. I can’t see myself being a member of any other church,” he said proudly.
Michael Motsepe (29) said: “As a young person who likes his beer I feel uncomfortable in other churches.
“But when I’m here I can drink. God is everywhere, even in taverns.”
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