JOHANNESBURG- Tinyiko Masemola joined a church in Ekurhuleni hoping to receive prayers and find a job‚ but instead she was consumed by drama that left her faith in pieces.
She was taking part in a march by SA Human Rights Commission and the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural‚ Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL) in Braamfontein against false prophets.
She told her story about her pursuit of divine intervention, “He told me that the reason I am not getting a job is because the pastor of the church where I am is manipulating me to be spiritually bound. He said to me‚ ‘No matter where you go‚ you will never get a job‚”
“The pastor told me I need to divorce my husband because he is bad luck. He also told me that my mother-in-law is a witch. He made me buy oil. Every midnight‚ he would pray with me and I had to immerse my feet in the water and call him‚ with the oil also in the water‚ and we would pray. He told me that he is breaking the spirit that is making me not to get a job and caused bad luck for me‚”
“I was not aware what this was doing to me. You become so attached to these pastors and very obsessed … The unfortunate part about it is that you also have a very bad relationship with God. You end up thinking there is no God. There is no love. There is no solution in this world. Most of the people who went to the same church and underwent the same experience‚ they don’t go to church.”
“Today I don’t really go to church but I do believe in a god that is not yet properly defined to me because of the many churches that I have already been to‚ the many different doctrines and belief systems.”
Despite the constant rituals she did not get a job but instead the pastor moved into her house where she lived with her parents, the pastor wanted to start his own church as her family took him in.
She added, “He prayed for people in the garage and wanted me to help him while people are coming to be prayed for. I sort of became the wife while I was not his wife.”
She claims the pastor was not happy with the relationship she had with her husband,
“Unfortunately with these pastors‚ you are never at a point where you are fully healed. There’s always a problem that you are chasing to fix with them. You are always stuck.”
Masemola dad become very ill, leaving the pastor head of her house.
She was scheduled for the job interview, the pastor prophesied that she would not get the job, she did not get the job, that made her family and herself end the relationship with the pastor.
She eventually did find a job.
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