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Christian congregation eats grass to be ‘closer to God’

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Hoping to become “closer to God,” members of a Christian congregation in South Africa are eating grass.

Pastor Lesego Daniel of Rabboni Centre Ministries orders his congregation to eat the grass growing at his ministry in Garankuwa, north of Pretoria, telling his followers the act of eating grass will “bring them closer to God,” according to a report issued Jan. 10 by the Daily Mail.

Daniel is called “a miracle man” by his followers. The pastor claims he can cast out demons, is known to “speak in tongues,” and hypnotizes congregation members, putting them in a deep sleep.

The controversial pastor claims that humans can eat anything to feed their bodies and can survive on whatever they choose to eat.

Rosemary Phetha, a 21-year-old Unisa law student said "Yes, we eat grass and we're proud of it because it demonstrates that, with God's power, we can do anything." Phetha claims a sore throat she had been battling for more than a year was healed after Daniel "turned me into a sheep and instructed me to eat grass."

A similar testimony is shared by 27-year-old Doreen Kgatle, of Ga-rankuwa, who suffered a stroke two years ago: "I could not walk but soon after eating the grass, as the pastor had ordered, I started gaining strength and an hour later I could walk again," said Kgatle.

The pastor's actions, including walking on supposedly hypnotized members of the congregation during church services, have prompted a series of online complaints.

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