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Pastor Alph Lukau’s supporters dismiss criticism over ‘resurrection’

A video of pastor Alph Lukau emerged on social media in which a man dressed in a silky white suite can be seen sitting up in a coffin after being resurrected.

The 'miracle' performed at Alleluia Ministries International. Picture: Alph Lukau.

JOHANNESBURG - Some worshippers at the Alleluia Ministries International have dismissed criticism of its pastor who tried to convince the congregation that he resurrected a man from the dead, insisting it takes faith to understand what happened.

A video of pastor Alph Lukau emerged on social media in which a man dressed in a silky white suite can be seen sitting up in a coffin, much to the amazement of some and the amusement of others.

Lukau was earlier seen leaving the church accompanied by his wife in a Land Rover followed by his entourage of men in a Mercedes-Benz.

A woman who says she visited the church from London spoke to Eyewitness News about what she saw on Sunday.

She says a true miracle took place and only believers who have faith will understand.

“That’s because they are not Christian, they don’t believe in miracles. Even Jesus Christ when he was resurrected people didn’t believe. Jesus said you will do more than what I did.”

At the same time, the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities will be investigating the incident.

CRL Rights Commission says the investigation is necessary to ensure churchgoers are not taken for a ride.

LAWS TO REGULATE THE RELIGIOUS SECTOR

The CRL Commission says it will continue to fight to have regulatory laws passed in order to hold religious practitioners responsible for their actions.

The commission says it’s not been in touch with the Alleluia International Ministries yet, but investigations are underway after its pastor tried to convince his congregation that he had resurrected a dead man on Sunday.

CRL chairperson Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva says the religious sector remains one of the most unregulated in South Africa.

She says the commission is mandated to ensure that in the next five years, religious leaders are monitored.

“It’s a profession; doctors are controlled by the Professional Council, and nurses by the Nursing Council. Everyone has someone who controls them.”

She says there is no place where victims in the religious sector can report abuse.

“While that continues, they continue raping more and more women, while we dilly-dally, talk and argue about freedom of religion.”

She says the case of Timothy Omotoso, who is currently on trial for rape and human trafficking, is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to unscrupulous religious leaders.

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