Lethebo Rabalago, who sprays his followers with Doom, a harmful insecticide, has been criticized by two church groups in South Africa.
According to San Diego Jewish World, the South African Council of Churches and the Freedom of Religion South Africa (FOR SA) have released statements urging the self-proclaimed Man of God to treat his congregation with dignity.
For SA, a group that represents 99 denominations and churches, issued a joint statement to the CRL Rights Commission, calling for the regulation of religion in the country on November 22, 2016.
"We, the undersigned churches and denominations, repudiate in the strongest possible terms both the claims and the unlawful actions of self-styled Prophet Lethebo Rabalago of the Mount Zion General Assembly in Limpopo.
While we believe that the Bible teaches that the Lord Jesus Christ healed people of all manner of diseases and ailments during His earthly ministry, He always did so in a way that protected their dignity as human beings made in the image of God. On no occasion did He act in a way that caused physical harm to people or further endangered their health. As such, these reported actions are completely contrary to both biblical teaching and practice.
Furthermore, spraying a known toxic liquid over another person, and thereby causing them physical harm, is both unlawful and illegal. We therefore call upon the Government to exercise its powers to ensure that this action is reported to the appropriate law enforcement authorities, to ensure that its perpetrator is prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
We also call upon the victims of these (and similar) acts to withdraw their support from those whose practices and teachings are in no way a reflection of true biblical Christianity," the statement read.
The statement from the South African Council of Churches, an umbrella body representing 36 churches and religious organizations, read: “There is rampant abuse of the religiosity of poor communities by unscrupulous Dooms day prophets that emerge either as poison practitioners or money-sucking extortionists, who prey on the faith of the desperate and the ignorant."
Rabalago, dubbed 'prophet of Doom', has also been criticised by the Tiger Brands, the makers of the insecticide.
Describing the use of Doom on human body parts as “alarming and extremely concerning,” the company's statement also said, “doom has been formulated to kill specific insects...Using this product for purposes other than what it is intended for poses health risks and is therefore dangerous."
The South African prophet is facing these attacks for spraying this harmful product in the faces, legs, hands and other body parts of his congregation.
Prophet Rabalago claims Doom can heal people with cancer, HIV and other illnesses, adding that, “God can do anything, God can use anything. If God can use oil, God can use water, God can use anything."