Self-styled pastor Christ Penelope, who founded Seven Fold Holy Spirit Ministries, reportedly farts on his congregants as a healing process that cures all spiritual and physical problems.
The pastor from Giyani, Limpopo, gained viral attention after a photo of him sitting on a congregant’s face and allegedly farting made the rounds on social media.
“He was reportedly passing the Holy Spirit on them. He even claims that his ‘wind’ is ‘anointed and instantly performs miracles’,”
However, the pastor has defended himself saying it is the demonstration of God’s power after he was accused of hiding behind religion to perpetuate his disgraceful actions.
In an interview with Drum, Penelope said his unorthodox, and stinky healing ritual is a demonstration of God’s power.
He claims that he is following the divine example of putting people in need of a miracle into a deep sleep before giving them the healing they need.
"It started with Master Jesus when he stepped on Peter. It is the demonstration of God's power. Just like God made Adam go into a deep sleep, it is a similar thing. God did anything with the body of Adam while he was on the ground in deep sleep. He was not feeling anything," Penelope told Drum.
Christ Penelope was accused of farting on congregants during his church service.
When Drum reached out to the Limpopo pastor for an explanation, he denied passing wind. The SevenFold Holy Spirit Ministries leader said he’s demonstrating God’s power, not farting.
Christ Penelope admits he sits on people’s faces and steps on them as they lie flat on the floor but he says it’s nothing new in the church.
“It is the demonstration of God’s power. Just like God made Adam go into a deep sleep – it is a similar thing. God did anything with the body of Adam while he was on the ground in deep sleep. He was not feeling anything,” the pastor says.
“When someone is in a deep sleep you can do anything with the body – you can even drive a car over it or stand on them. It is God. The Bible doesn’t say anything about Adam saying, ‘God, you are hurting me’.”
Likewise, Christ Penelope says his congregants feel nothing when they are pinned on the ground.
“When they wake up from the deep sleep, they will tell you that they didn’t feel anything. It is showing the power of God and those who needed healing are healed afterwards and others get to manifest at that moment,” he tells us.
When he stands on congregants, the pastor says it shows the power of God.
He says it’s important that the fart be near the person’s nostrils so that the “healing power” can enter the body and do its work.
After stepping or sitting on the congregants whilst they are in “deep sleep”, Penelope claims when the congregants wake up, they say they didn’t feel anything.
The man of the cloth said that people who are sick are healed after his fart ritual.
The church leader says the criticism doesn’t worry him.
“It doesn’t even bring hurt to me when people speak lies about you. Remember when people try to tarnish your image, that is when He shows his glory.”
His church in Siyandhani Village, Giyani, has been “winning souls and protecting the innocent” since 2016, he tells us.
It’s not the first time he has been in the news. A couple of years ago he made headlines for anointing his congregation with condom oil and claiming the Holy Spirit had instructed him to let the congregants eat tetrapodophis, which is an extinct four-legged snake.
Christ Penelope says he is the spiritual son of another controversial church leader – Professor Lesego Daniel of Rabboni Centre Ministries. This was the man who made church members drink petrol and eat grass and millipedes.
Despite his detractors, he insists he will continue to do what he does.
“As long as souls are won into the kingdom,” he says. “He who sits on the throne laughs at his enemies.”