South African news channel, SABC1, has done an investigative report on Pastor Alph Lukau and Alleluia Ministries International (AMI), the church where a man named “Elliot” was allegedly raised from the dead on February 24, 2019.
Although the incident has gone viral, with many mocking it, many others still believe in Lukau’s integrity and that the “miracle” was real.
“To use that vulnerability for any kind of religious gain, which is false, I quite frankly think is criminal,” said Bishop Paul Verryn, who is with the Methodist Church of Southern Africa.
What Was The “Miracle”?
The entire AMI service that concerns the alleged miracle is recorded and available to watch on YouTube here. In the middle of the service, a woman approaches Lukau, telling him that people on their way to Zimbabwe have just driven a hearse by the church when they saw the fingers of the corpse in it beginning to move.
Lukau leaves the stage and goes outside to meet people claiming to be Elliot’s friends and family members. After a covered coffin containing Elliot is pulled out of the hearse and opened, Lukau asks what happened to him.
A woman claiming to be his landlord says she saw Elliot die in front of her that past Friday. A man claiming to be his brother says the “body” came from a mortuary.
Everything about the scenario implies that Elliot has been dead, even though he is obviously breathing while he is lying in the coffin, something Lukau even mentions at one point. It’s also unclear how anyone could have seen Elliot’s fingers moving before the hearse arrived at the church since the coffin had been covered.
After questioning those who brought Elliot, Lukau lays his hands on him and tells him, “Rise up!” Elliot then sits up and gets out of the coffin to much jubilation from the church attendees.
Since the alleged miracle occurred, AMI has denied that Lukau ever claimed to have performed a resurrection, despite the fact that later in the service (at 2:11:45 in the video) as Elliot is walking around in an apparent daze, Lukau says, “The dead man is alive. The coffin is empty.”
Arguing this was not intended to be presented as a resurrection ignores a host of glaring facts that AMI and Pastor Lukau have not yet accounted for.
What SABC1’s Investigation Found?
SABC1 talked to several people who claim that AMI pays people to act as though they have disabilities and then pretend to be healed from them. One woman named Samantha Revesai says she went to AMI one morning for prayer because she was discouraged from being out of work for a long time.
When people at the church found out she needed money, they told her to come back to the church the next week.
When Revesai returned, she was given two papers, one claiming she had been HIV positive and another saying that she was now negative, something that was announced before hundreds of people that morning. Revesai denies ever having been HIV positive and says the church gave her money for saying that she was healed from the virus.
A man named Blessing Kwemelao, who was interviewed in the report, says that he recruited people on behalf of AMI to participate in fake miracles.
He would tell them that what he wanted them to do was easy and that the pastor would do all the talking for them. Kwemelao says three to four teams at the church recruited and trained people for this purpose.
He claims that those helping to orchestrate each “miracle” would send texts with instructions to the actors telling them what to do. For example, a woman might be told to pretend she couldn’t hear anything and then scream and say, “I can hear!”
One woman interviewed in SABC1’s report says the church won’t recruit people from South Africa because South Africans can easily be traced, but the church will recruit Zimbabweans living in South Africa, who are “untraceable.”
What About Elliot?
According to Elliot’s employer, Vincent Amoretti, Elliot’s coworkers say he has done other “stints” for the church where he has pretended to be healed by miracles.
SABC1’s reporter visited Elliott’s home on the east side of Pretoria where his neighbors (many of whom chose to remain anonymous) say the “resurrection” was a lie to make money. They expressed their anger at an incident they believe trivializes the grief of those who have actually lost loved ones.
One member of the community says that the woman in the video is not Elliot’s landlord and that in fact no one in the neighborhood even has a landlord.
Elliot’s friend “Paul” claims he last saw him on Thursday, the 21st, the day before he supposedly died. Elliott was not sick and did not die, says Paul. Rather, he was acting in order to “make ends meet.”
SABC1 also found that no medical teams in the province got a call about a death case on the Friday Elliott allegedly died. There was no autopsy report or certificate of death, and none of the funeral homes connected with the incident saw his body.
AMI Claims Innocence
AMI has maintained that it was not dishonest in the matter of the supposed resurrection and that it does not orchestrate fake miracles.
Busi Gaca, a spokesperson for AMI, told SABC1, “So anybody to then allege that the miracles we see, whether it’s in the church or on the street, are either staged or people are paid for, I think that’s ridiculous.” If they were staged, she says, then people would be praying to a powerless God.
AMI has posted images on its Facebook page of documents from its attorneys stating that SABC1 did not give the church a fair opportunity to appear on the report or to defend itself.
The church apparently urged the news channel to pull the program. In the comments on the post, many criticized Lukau, but many also defended him. One woman wrote, “If people believe that My Father Alph Lukau bought some people to fake miracles, then they should also believe that some people can be bought to lie about Pastor Alpha.
Plz leave Pastor Alph alone, we didn’t force people to become member of AMI or follow Pastor Alph. WE LOVE U PAPA.”
In the report, one church member says he is so convinced that the miracle occurred he would stake his life on it: “If that wasn’t real, I am not real.”
‘Competition of Gimmicks’
Bishop Malusi Mpumiwana, the General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches, says that fraudulent miracles are happening more and more often in the country and that it’s almost like there is a “competition of gimmicks” going on.
Bishop Musa Sono of Grace Bible Church says that while resurrection is possible, churches like AMI are taking advantage of people: “It affects people’s beliefs in what is authentically God’s word, and people end up not being sure, even when they see authentic things.”
Culled from www.churchleaders.com
[FL news] Three Persons was kidnapped in ondo
Three Persons was kidnapped in ondo
Three persons, who were on transit on Auga-Ise Akoko road in Akoko North-East Local Government Area of Ondo State, were over the weekend kidnapped.
It was gathered that two vehicles, a Toyota Corolla car and a Mitsubushi pick-up whose occupants were going for a ceremony at Ikare-Akoko, were waylaid by gunmen who abducted three of the passengers.
According to some of the residents of Auga-Akoko where the incident happened, they said kidnappings along Auga-Ise road of Akoko North-East Local Government Area, which had been a thing of past, had suddenly resurfaced with the latest abduction.
Narrating the incident, a source stated that the three victims, who are males were abducted on the same spot where the wife of the Alauga of Auga, Olori Agunloye and her driver, were kidnapped last year.
He added that among those kidnapped was the head of the family travelling in the Corolla car.
According to him, the hoodlums released the wife and his two children to inform their people of the kidnap in order to look for ransom.
In his reaction, the Alauga of Auga, Oba Samuel Agunloye, advised that in order to stop the scourge, there must be an Army formation, as well as constant police patrol in the area.
The monarch disclosed that Ipele-Isua Auga-Akunu-Kabba federal highway needed to be rehabilitated for free flow of vehicles.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Femi Joseph, said investigation had begun to arrest the hoodlums and secure the release of the captives.
Meanwhile, the kidnappers are yet to establish contact with the families of the victims.
Graphic : Four Beheaded In Rivers Cult Clash
Four suspected cultists have been beheaded
in the supremacy battle between two rival
cult groups in Rivers State.
The clash started, last night, between
Iceland and Deybam cult groups in Ovogo
and Rumuji communities.
- The heads of the victims were seen
scattered all over the area when indigenes
woke up today.
Man Sets Neighbour’s Car Ablaze After The Wife Refused To Sleep With Him In Lagos
A 21-year-old carpenter, Nojeem, who
allegedly set his neighbour’s car ablaze over
his wife’s refusal to accept his sexual
advance, on Wednesday appeared in an Ikeja
The police charged Nojeem, who lives in
Ayobo-Ipaja in Lagos State, with two counts
of breach of peace and arson.
The Prosecution Counsel, Sergeant Michael
Unah, the defendant allegedly set a
Mitsubishi GDI Space Wagon valued at
N500,000, the property of one Mr Abubakar
Unah told the court that the defendant
committed the offence on March 15, at 3
a.m. at Ayobo-Ipaja, a Lagos suburb.
He said the defendant conducted himself in
a manner likely to cause a breach of peace
by unlawfully demanding s-x from the
complainant’s wife when he was on a night
shift at work.
“The defendant knocked on the
complainant’s door in the middle of the night
and demanded s-x from the complainant’s
“The defendant claimed he saw the
complainant’s wife in his dream having
sexual intercourse with him and approached
her to let them have the s-x in real life.
“The wife declined and in the process, the
defendant angrily set the complainant’s car
on fire,” the prosecutor said.
The offence, he added, contravened the
provisions of sections 168 and 342 (b) of the
Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015,
NAN reports that breach of peace attracts
six months jail term while arson provides life
imprisonment if found convicted.
Chief Magistrate A.A. Fashola admitted to
the defendant to bail in the sum of N100,000
bail with two sureties in like sum.
Fashola ordered that the sureties must be
gainfully employed with an evidence of two
years tax payment to the Lagos State
Government and have their addresses
verified by the court.
He adjourned the case until May 9 for
Check this: Davido Buys Bracelet Worth Millions For Chioma
Davido has acquired an expensive luxury jewelleryyet again for his lover; Chioma.
Both are in Dubai having a good time, spending a lot of money and doing a public show of their love to further send haters to doom. Davido took Chioma to a store and graced her hands already full of expensive jewellery with another blissful one that is worth a fortune. See videobelow:
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Davido while as an aspiring superstar has once revealed his dreams of taking his girlfriend on a shopping spree to the best of fashion stores spread across the world. That revelation was made in a short documentary of about 8 years ago when he was preparing for his album launch ceremony. He disclosed he would take his girlfriend out and spend a fortune on her, so we guess this settles the reason why he spoils Chioma so much with gifts.
PDP Looting Govt Properties In Imo – Okorocha Claims
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has accused the State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of embarking on a looting spree, ahead of the May 2019, inauguration.
This was made known on Friday, in a press release signed by Sam Onwuemeodo, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Okorocha.
The statement reads in full:
“We want to inform the general public and Imo people in particular, that the members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the State, have embarked on systematic and violent looting of properties owned by the State, and brought or installed by Governor Rochas Okorocha. In doing that, they have adopted various unconventional tactics.
“They have removed most of the solar street lights and other beauteous installations in the State capital. They have removed expensive seats kept in public buildings. They have also begun to snatch official cars, especially from the women appointees. And they operate mostly at night.
“They have formed themselves into Property Recovery Committees and Task Forces, and they claim to have been set up and inaugurated by Chief Emeka Ihedioha, who was declared winner of the March 9, 2019, Governorship election in the State.
“And they have continued to accuse the outgoing government of looting. And in doing that, they have not been able to associate any government functionary with any of their false claims or show evidence of their claims.
“We have also been informed that they clashed with one of the Contractors, over some construction materials at the Heroes Square, when they prevented the Contractor from conveying the materials to his site and had tried to move the materials, but the Contractor resisted them.
“The PDP members have not changed and will never change, with their awkward attitude this time. The irony also is that, in doing these absurd things, they do not care how the generality of Imo people feel. This is regrettable.”
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