Zimbabwean pastor arrested for selling “tickets to heaven”

The Pastor and his wife scammed people into buying $500 tickets that shall get them into the gates of heaven, with no judgment – Photo compiled by Egypt Today/Mohamed Zain

 

CAIRO – 8 July 2018: Pastor Tito Watts, a Zimbabwe based clergyman, and his wife, Amanda, were arrested for selling “tickets to heaven.”

According to the police, the Pastor and his wife scammed people into buying $500 tickets that shall get them into the gates of heaven, with no judgment.

“I do not care what people or the police are saying about me, I am being persecuted because of doing the work of God,” the Pastor said according to Zimbabwean news outlets.

“Jesus Christ appeared to me and gave me the tickets made of pure gold so that I can sell to people who want salvation,” he added.

News reports claimed thousands of people are protesting the pastor’s arrest; they called on the police to release him immediately.

Watts told those who sought salvation that the tickets were made from solid gold and each ticket reserved the buyer a place in heaven.

Police reports said that the tickets are actually made of gold-coated wood with “Ticket to Heaven… Admit One” written over it.

 

Just wanted to go to space and smoke rock cocaine!

According to Inside Story, this was Watt’s police statement:

“I don’t care what the police say. The tickets are solid gold… it ain’t cut up two by fours I spray painted gold. And it was Jesus who give them to me behind the KFC and said to sell them so I could get me some money to go to outer space. I met an alien named Stevie who said if I got the cash together he’d take me and my wife on his flying saucer to his planet that’s made entirely of crack cocaine. You can smoke all the crack cocaine there you want… totally free. So, try to send an innocent man to jail and see what happens. You should arrest Jesus because he’s the one that gave me the golden tickets and said to sell them. I’m willing to wear a wire and set Jesus up…[sic]”

The wife, Amanda Watts, said the following in her police statement:

”We just wanted to leave earth and go to space and smoke rock cocaine. I didn’t do nothing. Tito sold the golden tickets to heaven. I just watched.[sic]”


Police said they confiscated over $10,000 in cash, five crack pipes and a baby alligator, Inside Story reported.

However, this is not the first time that Tito and Amanda ever hit the news, as in 2015, Del Woodcock, a customer who bought a ticket from the couple for $99.95, knew he was scammed after discovering that he only bought a wooden ticket.

“They said it was solid gold,” Woodcock said. “I don’t know what gold looks like. How was I to know it was spray painted wood? I want my $99.95 back and I hope Tito and Amanda Watts get the death penalty for what they done. They deserve it.”

Another pastor in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, Pastor Paul Sanyangore performed his services with “Papa God” on the phone; he just popped out his phone and called “Heaven”.

Sanyangore also claimed via his Facebook page that he can walk on water, and that he walked on the water of his pool, where he organizes baptism sessions for members of his congregation.

 

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South Africa’s ‘Doom Pastor’ found guilty of assault

Lethebo Rabalago (not shown here) claims Doom insecticide can heal people with cancer and HIV

 

A South African self-styled prophet who sprayed his followers with the insecticide, Doom, has been found guilty of assault, local media report.

Lethebo Rabalago – widely known as the Doom Pastor – was also found guilty of contravening the Agricultural Stock Remedies Act, a court ruling said.

Rabalago claims the insect repellent he used in 2016 could heal cancer and HIV.

A sentence is yet to be handed down after the verdict by Mookgopong Magistrates Court in Limpopo province.

On Friday, magistrate Frans Mahodi told the court the state had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt that the five people who laid assault charges were violated, South Africa’s national broadcaster SABC reports.

The magistrate said the fact that the complainants “were sprayed on their faces with Doom makes this offence [the] worst of its kind”.

He also revealed some of them had suffered “detrimental side effects… like coughing for more than seven months” after the incident.

Rabalago – who run the Mount Zion General Assembly – was arrested after it emerged he had used the product to “cure” his followers of various ailments in 2016.

The pastor claims afflicted church members have been delivered after being sprayed with the insecticide

 

In photos circulating on social media, he was seen spraying the insecticide directly into the eyes and various body parts of his congregants. 

At the time, he told the BBC’s Nomsa Maseko in Johannesburg he had sprayed the face of one woman because she had an eye infection and claimed the woman was “just fine because she believed in the power of God”.

Rabalago’s case had been delayed on a number of occasions, most recently when his lawyer forgot his glasses.

South Africa has seen a wave of incidents where church members have been subjected to unorthodox rituals which purportedly healed them of various ailments. 

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The dangers of worshipping some South African preachers:

Lethebo Rabalago, Mount Zion General Assembly

  • Posted a photo on Facebook which showed what looked like a large speaker on top of a person lying face-up on the ground
  • In another photo, he is seen sitting on the speaker while a person remains underneath
  • In 2016, he is photographed spraying insecticide into the faces of his followers, saying it will heal them

Lesego Daniel, Rabboni Ministries 

  • The self-styled prophet in Pretoria instructed members of his congregation to drink petrol
  • In 2014, Facebook images on the church’s website also showed his followers eating grass and flowers on his orders 

Penuel Mnguni, End Times Disciples Ministries

  • Dubbed “snake pastor” by local media
  • The 25-year-old “man of God” reportedly started his church 2014 after training under Lesego Daniel.
  • In 2015, Facebook images showed the self-proclaimed prophet feeding his members stones which he claimed to have turned into bread
  • That same year, other images emerged of him feeding his followers snakes and rats , which they claimed had been turned into chocolate
  • He has since been chased out of the Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, where his church was located

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