One of South African’s most talked about prophets, Shepherd Bushiri, has been featured by British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The interview took place in Bushiri’s church complex in Pretoria, South Africa.
During the interview, the prophet who is known for his claims of performing miracles such as curing HIV and making the blind see revealed that he knows that a lot of people believe he is a scam artist but he doesn’t care.
He said: "My ministry is not for everyone, it is for those who have faith," he tells me. "I'm just a messenger of God's work. God heals people in our meetings. One time I got doctors here in Pretoria to bring patients with HIV - they tested them before to show they are HIV, I prayed for them and again afterwards and now they were HIV-negative."
The prophet who is known for his vast wealth stated that his success should inspire people to be great, after he was asked what he thinks about people who question how he amassed his wealth.
He said: "My success should inspire people to be entrepreneurs. I am a businessman and that is separate from being a prophet. My prosperity is from private businesses. Such questions are not asked from leaders of white churches but when an African man prospers, and then it's a problem."
"How is selling merchandise in my church different to the Catholic church selling a rosary and the UK churches selling the bible? It's not fair."
Bushiri further added that he doesn’t believe a man of God should live a modest life because he or she is a pastor.
BBC asked: "What about the idea that a man of God should live a modest life?"
The prophet replied: "No, my prosperity is an inspiration for my followers - they think if God can do it for me, He can do it for them. If they believed there is anything wrong, they wouldn't be following me."
According to BBC, there is no readily available record of Bushiri’s net worth but he is known to have interests in several mines and owns four private planes and a number of hotels through his investment company, Shepherd Bushiri Investments.
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