JOHANNESBURG-FOLLOWERS of a self-styled prophet in South Africa defended him after pictures emerged showing him spraying congregants at his Mount Zion General Assembly (MZGA) church with the insect killer, Doom.
Surprise Mathe said she had been feeling pains in her stomach and waist before Lethebo Rabalago sprayed her with the aerosol at his church in Limpopo.
As the prophet sprayed Doom on her, she apparently received her healing and deliverance.
The prophet also sprayed Doom on her face to remove a rash. “He said ‘this rash is not supposed to be here’,” according to Mathe. “After a few minutes of being sprayed Doom on my face, rash slowly started to disappear. Give God the glory.”
Another post on Facebook by Eva Molokomme reads: “For six months, I have been having a headache. I also had painful legs. After the Prophet sprayed Doom on me, I became healed immediately. God is alive.”
Rabalago also dug in after his unusual healing techniques caused outrage on social media.
“Some people came with injuries but we sprayed them and they were healed,” Pastor Rabalago, 24, told the Times newspaper.
“No one inspired me. I just believe in God for anything.”
Rabalago — quickly dubbed the “Prophet of Doom”— said he was “glorifying God” by spraying his congregation.
“Everything here on Earth belongs to God. Petrol belongs to God. Doom belongs to God,” he said.
Brand Tigers, which manufactures the well-known household spray, issued a statement calling on Rabalago to halt his ritual healing, calling it “alarming and extremely concerning”.
“(We) want to make it very clear that it is unsafe to spray Doom Super Multi-Insect Killer… into people’s faces,” it said.
“The packaging has very clear instruction and health warnings for humans which must be adhered to.”
Brand Tigers added that anyone affected should wash their hands and face, avoid inhaling and seek medical attention.
Photographs from the MZGA showed several women, with their eyes tightly closed, being sprayed in the face by Rabalago.
Lethebo said his actions were anchored in Bible verses.
“Doom is just a name, but when you speak to it, it becomes a healing product, it does. People get healed and delivered through Doom. It is not by might nor by power, but by the Holy Spirit.
Through spraying the Doom, I anoint them,” Rabalago explained.
He quoted from the book of Mark 16:15-18: “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
“And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name, they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”