- Gabola Church bishop will be ordained as "Pope of Africa"
- It's "the highest rank" in that church
- The church sparked debate over the use of alcohol during its "services"
Controversial Bishop Tsietsi Makiti of the Gabola Church is set to be ordained as "Pope of Africa" this weekend.
Briefly.co.za learned that the church will hold the ceremony in Evaton North, near Sebokeng, in the Vaal area.
According to the church's co-founder, Nigel Lehapa, this is the "highest rank within religion because of [Bishop Makiti's] popularity throughout the world and because he is now a professional."
The church sparked debate after images of Bishop Makiti preaching in a tavern full of alcohol went viral. The South African Council of Churches called Gabola Church "a disgrace to Christianity.
However, the church insists that it's targeting people who prefer listening to the word of God while indulging in their favourite alcoholic drinks.
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Speaking to Citizen.co.za, Lehapa said:
Our main branch is in Evaton North, and we drink hard liquor during the service. The service is held in the tavern owned by Pastor Freddie Mathebula, who takes over from the Bishop during the long services.
Yes, we read the Bible throughout, and we pray. I am the one who reads it if the patrons and the pastor and the Bishop need assistance. It is when I have had my favourite drink that I read passionately and quote verses.
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