By Cyrus Ombati
Some church leaders have criticised pastors alleged to be using commercial sex workers to declare false testimonies during church service.
New Life Pentecostal Church Bishop Dan Migosi and Community Church’s Sammy Ongondo said the government should take action against such individuals saying it taints the image of the Church.
His statement comes after NTV carried a story on how a pastor allegedly paid a commercial sex worker to feign her physical appearance and dupe the congregation about his miraculous ways of healing the lady.
“The church in Kenya is stable. It is only a few who are spoiling its name by their actions. They are doing wrong by the standards set because some of them are selling anointing oil which should not be for sale. Some have sold brooms, soil and stones in the church and some even sell water,” said Mr Migosi.
He appealed to the Government to deregister so called pastors whose aim is to benefit from the vulnerability of those who come to worship in their churches.
“If the Government can have mechanism of investigating some of the people around that pose as if they are doing miracles – since some of them are not registered – that would help the church. The pulpit has been played with by a few individuals and it is high time the church goes back to where it is supposed to be,” he stated.
“You should not be told that you should drink oil for you to get well. That oil that is sold to you has been bought here at the supermarket and then you are told that it has been imported from Israel,” said Mr Ongondo.
At the same time, Attorney General Githu Muigai warned that any church which engages in any illegal activity will be deregistered.
Muigai however pointed out that there needs to be hard evidence of an illegality taking place before any action is taken.
“We can revoke the registration of a church if it becomes involved in illegal or irregular activities but we must receive that complaint from somebody to cause us to commence an investigation,” he said.
He also revealed that where complaints have been received such churches have already been deregistered.