Television refuses to air pastor’s restoration of a believer’s tumescence—and its consequences

Talk about the secularism of the media: here’s an example of a television station refusing to air an honest-go-God miracle, one reported in the story below (click on the screenshot) as well as at many other sites (e.g., here and here):

The pastor is Paseka Motsoeneng (born 1968), also known as “Prophet PFP Motsoeneng” or “Prophet Mboro”, a South African televangelist associated with Incredible Happenings Ministries in Katlehong, near Johannesburg.

The Prophet is known for his “miracle cures”, which sometimes stray into the realm of the salacious:

The newspaper reported that thousands of people had attended his service in Katlehong last week to witness his miraculous demon-banishing service which “resembled a porn movie”, rather than a religious service.

The self-styled prophet Motsoeneng put his fingers into the vaginas of two female congregants as part of a ritual to expel the demons that had allegedly possessed them.

Motsoeneng’s unorthodox demon-banishing methods, which may constitute indecent assault, alarmed other miracle-seekers who attended.

Sitting on the lap of a 17-year-old girl, Motsoeneng placed his hand on her head, and started praying for her.

Motsoeneng told the congregants her tummy had swelled up because some sorcerers had cast an evil spell on her.

As he was praying for her she collapsed. Motsoeneng then told the teenager to open her legs, which she did.

He then plunged his fingers into her vagina.

Well, that would be sexual assault in the U.S., but nothing happened to the pastor, who (unsurprisingly) lives quite well and drives fancy sports cars.

The latest antic, however, involves Motsoeneng “curing” a couple whose sex life was unsatisfactory as the husband suffered from erectile dysfunction.  As News@Last reports, the Prophet placed “hands” on the afflicted parts, cured the man, and he and his wife demonstrated the miracle:

[Prophet] Mboro confirmed that Joseph Chabangu and his wife Thabisile shocked him and his crew when they made love in front of them after he helped them regain their libido.

“Thabisile came to church a while ago and complained that although she was blessed with three children and recently got a promotion at work, she was sex-starved because her husband suffered from erectile dysfunction,” he said.

Mboro said Thabisile suspected that jealous people might have conjured up an evil spirit or cast a bad spell in their bedroom. “I went there and entered their bedroom and asked them to put their hands on their private parts. After that I prayed for them and the husband immediately regained his erection,” he said.

Mboro said he asked the couple, who was seated on the bed, to get under the sheets so he and his crew could film their “testimony” for the TV show.

. . . Mboro said they filmed the couple giving its “testimony” but blurred the part where their hands were playing with their private parts.

But, as the headline above reports, Soweto TV refused to air the sex act as “proof” of the Prophet’s power, and he’s kvetching big time:

Pastor Mboro has blurred out the sex for his TV show and claims the testimony of the couple is no more pornographic than other programs on the station. ‘Every weekend we watch movies which have episodes where people are shown having sex. Here there is no sex but they can’t show it. They have not shown two of my shows as a result of this dispute.’

‘My only concern is that I want the testimony to be aired. I told the camera crew to blur out the couple having sex but it is important that they (the couple) have the right to share their testimony.’

And, of course, to further enrich Mboro. Imagine the people who will come flocking to him, bearing donations, when they get wind of a man whose one-time ministrations permanently replace Viagra! Unsurprisingly, there’s far more than miracles involved here, for they’re connected to money—Mboro’s money. He’s a millionaire, importunes his congregation to give him dosh as a birthday present, and loves his fancy cars. Here he is in one; can anybody recognize the model?

Picture: Nhlanhla Phillips

You can see one of his houses in this article (he has four!) This is the one where he lives with his wife:

Apparently, miracle cures and invading women’s “biscuits” (his name for vaginas) has been a lucrative business. But this is just one of many Christian pastors who enrich themselves by at the expense their congregations. And it’s not, of course, limited to Africa.

Didn’t Jesus say something about the virtues of poverty?

h/t: Barry

40 Comments

  1. Randall Schenck
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    As we say here in the states, it is not a domestic model. Would this be the better nature of religion, I am not qualified to say. Possibly Roy Moore could better explain this version?

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted November 14, 2017 at 10:53 am | Permalink

      Ol’ Roy’s busy cruisin’ the mall for jailbait.

      His two-ton Decalogue doesn’t say nuthin’ ’bout “thy neighbor’s daughter.”

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted November 14, 2017 at 11:10 am | Permalink

        Yes Ol’ Roy never met this person, however he wrote a nice piece in her year book. He also failed (lied) in his earlier comment about always asking mom’s permission. Me thinks the republicans are losing that lov’in feeling.

  2. Posted November 14, 2017 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    His fingernails are scary.

    • Liz
      Posted November 14, 2017 at 10:05 am | Permalink

      Especially considering what he’s doing.

    • BJ
      Posted November 14, 2017 at 10:18 am | Permalink

      That was the first thing I noticed! Maybe he’s a guitar player? He’s definitely picking something with those talons.

  3. moleatthecounter
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    The car I think is a BMW i8 – a ‘plug-in hybrid sports’. Cost? As far as I am aware any US models will ‘start at’ about £135,000.

    So, one or two VERY generous parishioners methinks?!

    • Posted November 14, 2017 at 9:40 am | Permalink

      Yes it is an i8. At least he’ll save money of fuel!

      • Liz
        Posted November 14, 2017 at 10:07 am | Permalink

        That’s what I found, too. It might be an i8 Spyder.

  4. jaxkayaker
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Tell the good news, he is risen…

    • sshort
      Posted November 14, 2017 at 9:14 am | Permalink

      ohhhhhh…….. nice one.

    • Posted November 14, 2017 at 9:15 am | Permalink

      well-played!

    • David Coxill
      Posted November 14, 2017 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

      You mean he had an hand in helping the poor man with Brewers droop?

    • grasshopper
      Posted November 14, 2017 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

      Why else is Easter celebrated with reserrection? But I am just being satyrical.

    • Posted November 14, 2017 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

      🙂

  5. Craw
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Racquel Welch performed miracles on me when I was a teenager!

  6. Posted November 14, 2017 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    ‘Every weekend we watch movies which have episodes where people are shown having sex. Here there is no sex but they can’t show it. They have not shown two of my shows as a result of this dispute.’

    Gotta say I do agree with him on that. But in America he could probably get an network to air his show, or maybe even turn it into a series. Americans do love their televangelists.

    According to wiki, Popoff was collecting a comfortable $4 million per year, until Randi exposed him in1896. In 2003, his ministry received over $9.6 million, and in 2005, over $23 million. Financial data is not available *after* 2005, as Popoff Ministries “changed from a for-profit business to a religious organization in 2006, making it tax-exempt.”

  7. Saul Sorrell-Till
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    “The newspaper reported that thousands of people had attended his service in Katlehong last week to witness his miraculous demon-banishing service which “resembled a porn movie”, rather than a religious service.”

    What a creep. On the other hand I now have a new euphemism for masturbation – ‘banishing the demon’.

    • nicky
      Posted November 14, 2017 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

      Wasn’t there a story about Rustico driving the devil into the hell?

      • Saul Sorrell-Till
        Posted November 14, 2017 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

        Sorry to say IDK who/what Rustico is. But there’s no doubt that the whole area is ripe for euphemism-creation. ‘Exorcising bad spirits’ is another one. ‘Wrestling with my sins’ – there’s another. ‘Choking Satan’, ‘silencing the snake of temptation’, ‘taking communion with the little pink Pope’*, etc…

        If the religiously conservative could just realise how absurd their view of sex is, and maybe laugh a bit, the world would be a much healthier place.

        *I’m proud of that one.

        • Filippo
          Posted November 14, 2017 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

          Perhaps NY Times columnist Ross Douthat will deign to offer his pearls of wisdom on this fine Christian gentleman. Quite the good Catholic, Douthat was good to beat on the words “masturbation” and “onanism” in his op-ed slam of Hugh Hefner. (I remember years ago there was a marine electrical generator manufacturer, Onan. I gather that their sales were not negatively affected by that moniker.) I can’t hear too much from Douthat about Catholic priests’ raping children.

  8. Ken Kukec
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    And it shall ever after be known as “The Miracle of the Membrum Virile.”

    I suppose if Jesus could raise Lazarus …

    • Filippo
      Posted November 14, 2017 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

      Hitch quote: “When I discovered that my God-given male member was not going to give me any peace, I became resolved not to give it any rest.”

  9. Nell Whiteside
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    It riles me that poor people are divested of their meagre incomes by abominable televangelists like this one. Unfortunately they are rampant in Africa. Recently a local pastor was eaten by a crocodile while demonstrating that he could walk on water – like Jesus.

    Poetic justice perhaps?

    • Posted November 14, 2017 at 10:29 am | Permalink

      Do you think that rich people are making a more informed decision when they donate to the Catholic Church for example?

    • RPGNo1
      Posted November 14, 2017 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

      And a nominee for the Darwin Award.

  10. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    I can’t resist repeating the joke about the radio pastor who told families to lay their hand on the body part they wanted healed.
    The wife looks at her husband and says, “Honey, he’s trying to heal the sick, not raise the dead.”

  11. PatrickQ
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    Attention Sophisticated Theologians! Here are more of those believers that you claim don’t exist.

  12. Liz
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    I sort of want to make a 3-circle venn diagram with a prostitute, a sex surrogate, and this man. With colored pencils and everything.

  13. Dave B
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    Sounds like a typical religious cock-up

  14. Jenny Haniver
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    He hawks Holy Panties and Holy Viagra, too.

    I don’t know if this video –https://www.lindaikejisblog.com/2017/11/sa-pastor-mboro-prays-for-mans-penis-forces-him-to-have-sex-with-his-wife-on-live-tv-video-2.html — shows the couple in question above — there is no exposure or explicit sex, but it’s damned weird nonetheless.

    There’s another video of a girl who has stones taken out of her biscuit” — but it’s the usual cheap trick, and the “tricky” part isn’t even on camera.

    He’s also selling selfies he took while on visits to heaven.

    • Posted November 14, 2017 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

      Really? God’s not as stuck up as I thought he was!

  15. busterggi
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    There’s those who claim Jesus said poverty was a virtue but those same folks say Jesus lives in a heaven paved with gold ans encrusted with jewels – Jesus understands poverty like a Trump does.

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted November 14, 2017 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

      And Mother Teresa.

  16. Vaal
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like he’s providing some real *stiff* competition for other pastors. They better up their game.

    • Liz
      Posted November 14, 2017 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

      They better *up* their game.

  17. Craw
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    You know, this might not be a religious miracle. It might be levitation.

  18. Ken Kukec
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    Prophet Mboro can’t get his miracle cure up on Soweto TV?

    Don’t worry, minister, it happens to all guys at one time or another.

  19. Lee
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    “Didn’t Jesus say something about the virtues of poverty?”

    He said something very relevant about people like this “Prophet” and the appropriate application of millstones and depths of the sea.

  20. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    Who needs pastors? There’s any number of young ladies from Thailand who can do that trick. And they’re better-looking too. 😉

    cr


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