- Rufus Phala, aka “Advocate General Prophet”, has managed to make headlines again
- This time after he gave his congregation Jik to drink, which he claims he turned into the blood of Jesus Christ
- However, doctors slammed his method of preaching, adding the chemical fluid should not be consumed by humans
The prophet, who preaches at the Limpopo based church, Ark Centre Ministry, was photographed giving his congregation Jik to drink.
However, the self-proclaimed man of God told the Daily Sun it was not Jik the congregation was drinking, but the blood of Jesus.
Briefly.co.za learned Phala admitted it was Jik, but added after he made a declaration during the sermon, the chemical fluid turned into the blood of the Saviour.
“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 was quoted saying.
According to a Facebook post by Esther Meshoe, the Prophet allegedly told his congregation they would be healed if they drank the "blood of Jesus".
Other reports suggested Phala made his congregation drink the Jik as a sign of faith, but Phala linked the incident to where Jesus gave his servants’ wine to drink and told them "this is my blood”.
Phala's methods in church was criticised by medical practitioners, who dubbed the consumption of Jik as life threatening.
“When this chemical is consumed it will undoubtedly cause corrosion of the oesophagus (the pipe that takes food to the stomach) and ultimately the stomach, too," Dr Mabowa Makhomisane said.
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