Phala Prophet Rufus Phala, the Senior Pastor of the Ark Centre Ministry in Makgodu Village, Limpopo, South Africa stirred up controversy recently when he asked his members to drink bleach, which has been transformed into the Blood of Jesus.
The controversial Man of God told Daily Sun that he has the powers to change any toxic liquid into the Blood of Jesus.
“Yes, it was Jik before I made the declaration. But after I declared it to be the blood of Jesus Christ it means it’s no longer Jik so it won’t harm anyone who consumes it.”
He likened his act to the Bible, where Jesus gave his servants’ wine to drink but had said to them “this is my blood”.
Limpopo police spokesman Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said they had not received any complaints. He urged the affected congregants to come forward and open a case so cops could investigate.
Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva, chairwoman of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural‚ Religious and Linguistic Communities, told Daily Sun they condemned such acts in the strongest possible terms.
She said this was an act of people seeking popularity.
“A true man of God will not do such,” she said.
“We’ll be meeting with the religious umbrellas on Thursday to have a conversation about such acts. We want them to stand up and say, ‘Not in our God’s name’.”