Briefly.co.za relives some of the most memorable and controversial stories involving pastors this year. These five stories rocked Mzansi.
Alph Lukau's resurrection debacle
Pastor Alph Lukau made a name for himself after exploits of his supposed resurrection went viral.
A video showed how Lukau prayed for a man named Elliot, who was said to be deceased.
After a few moments, Elliot miraculously rises from the dead, much to the amazement of the congregation.
Lukau received widespread criticism for the stunt and it later emerged that the man known as Elliot had been involved in a number of Lukau's other 'miracles'.
Jesus in Kenya
Many Africans were stunned to hear the story that Kenyan pastors had allegedly found the son of God and he decided to attend a sermon.
The story went viral, but it was subsequently reported that the man, Michael Job, was merely an evangelist from the United States.
Apparently the local pastors invited Job to their church and asked him to dress up as Jesus.
Congregation forced to eat dog meat
South Africans were fuming after they learnt of a local pastor who fed dog meat to his congregation.
Self-proclaimed pastor Veteran Peter from the Heaven on Earth Centre Ministries made the bizarre suggestion to his followers and claimed they would receive healing.
Pastor calls his sheep
A video showed people crawling behind their pastor as he called his 'sheep' and left social media users in disbelief.
South Africans questioned why Africans continuously fall victim to the lure of the self-proclaimed men of God.
Spitting in the name of God
Briefly.co.za also reported on another pastor who decided it fitting to spit in the faces of his congregation.
In the video footage that was shared, the religious leader can be seen spitting water into one woman's face.
One social media user remarked that even drunkards at a tavern show more respect for each other.
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