Rev. Njohi a pastor of the Lords Propeller Redemption Church in Nairobi, Kenya forbid his members to wear underwear. Yep, you heard me, NO UNDIES! His reasoning you ask? Well let me explain, he stated that people need to be“free in body and spirit so that they can receive Christ” wearing underwear wouldn’t allow“Christ to enter their lives fully.” Did I mention that the people he was referring to are the female members only? I suppose the male members have no problem receiving salvation with their underwear on. Rev. (sorry, I just can’t) Mr. Njohi informed the women that if they were to return with underwear on there would be consequences. As if that wasn’t enough, the good Pastor also instructed them to inform their daughters to follow suit as well. In case you’re curious, many of the women were obedient and complied with such a ridiculous request.
Ya want more? How about clothing optional? Um huh, if you have a need to be foot loose and fancy free, Ivor, Virginia is where you want to head. When you get there ask the locals how to get to the Whitetail Chapel and if they aren’t sure, just ask for the church with the naked people. The Whitetail Chapel is at a nudist resort, when you get there you’ll get to meet Pastor Allen Parker in all his glory (pun intended). Mr. Parker believes that since God made us this way it can’t be wrong. He stated“some of the biggest moments in Jesus’ life he was naked”, explaining that those times were Jesus’ birth, crucifixion and when he arose leaving his clothes in the tomb. To each his own but no thank you please.
I’m sure some of you may have heard about the Pastor of Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name in Kentucky who died from a snake bite. Pentecostal Pastor Jamie Coots who stared in the reality show Snake Salvation believed poisonous snakes would not harm believers as long as they are anointed by God. The show documented Pastor Coots explaining about other snake bites that he sustained as well as the loss of a finger and how his life was spared by God. Witnessing others, including his best friend die from snake handling did not deter his belief in worshiping with snakes. His belief in serpent handling was so strong that he refused medical treatment that could have saved his life. His son who now carries the torch and continues to serpent handle believes that it simply was Gods will that his father died. I think that theory is a contradiction. Maybe they should tweak their tradition. God wants us to be faithful but he doesn’t want us to be foolish.
One more, one more, last one, I promise. Let’s go back to Africa. South African Pastor Lesego Daniels pearls of wisdom to his congregation is to EAT Grass, GRASS like a lawn grass! The Rabboni Centre Ministries in Garankuwa apparently considers grass-eating a nutritional part of having a spiritual healthy diet. The claim is that it will “bring their followers closer to God” and cure ailments. Daniels goes so far as to gloat about his control over these vulnerable sheep. This ritual literally make his members sick. But they don’t seem to mind because they just keep on grazing away. His response to the fact that people are getting sick is simply that“God is at work.” Should this man be leading anyone to righteousness, I say Neahhh!
So, Do We Really Care? I think we should. Everyone has a right to believe what they want, and practice that belief in whatever way they want. But some of these rituals being done in the name of God in my opinion are questionable and they prey on the weak-minded, spiritually and emotionally broken. For years people have tailored the Bible to support their messages or point of view despite how it affects others, which is the problem. If it were me I would put on some underwear, put down the snakes, stop chomping on grass and open up the Bible and read it for myself to confirm or at the least better understand theses practices that I’m being told to participate in.