A Facebook page shows a South African preacher spraying members of his congregation with what is alleged to be insect killer Doom in order to heal them.
The preacher, Lethebo Rabalago who calls himself a prophet runs a charismatic church from South Africa’s Limpopo province.
On the Mountzion General Assembly's Facebook page - purporting to be the church's official page, Rabalago claims the insect killer spray Doom has healing powers and has been spraying it on his congregation.
A post on the page regarding this practice states: “The Prophet commands demon to enter into people bodies so that they can manifest, for demons need flesh in order for them to operate. He begins to speak to demons in order to address problems we face each day. He then drives them out of their bodies to free the people. You are annointed to cause demons to speak even when they don't want to.".
An image that has been shared over 2000 times shows the man spraying what appears to be the Doom insecticide in a woman's face. The photo is accompanied by the following: “The Prophet called sick people to come foward. She went to the forth and told the Prophet that she suffers from ulcer. The Prophet sprayed doom on her and she recived her healing and and deliverance. We give God the glory!” The [unedited] post said.
In another post, showing a man being sprayed near his eyes, it was written: "Doom is just a name, but when you speak to it to become a healing product, it does.
People get healed and delivered through doom. Its not by might nor by power, but by the HolySpirit."
The Facebook page also contains testimonies of people who claim to have been healed by Rabalago, and many graphic photos of injuries and skin disorders.
However, on the 'Doom' posts, most comments ridicule what they see.
They also condemn Rabalago for being a false prophet.
“How can ppl be so gullible? I honestly dont jnderstand it. Surely they know that it's Doom...and have used it to kill bugs before,” one person commented.
“I cannot believe that this is being allowed. This is going on for how long now...the law don't need anyone to come forth with a complaint, they could have locked up this so called pastor long time....all the evidence plastered on the news. This is abuse!! What are they waiting for? I'm sure they enjoy "people" making a mockery of themselves...and us,” said another.
“You are a charlatan. Spraying people with Doom can kill them,” one commented added.
Many commenters have outlined the dire heath risks of inhaling or having skin in contact with insect sprays.