National 25.9.2014 04:27 pm

Pastor’s petrol performance may endanger congregation

During a recent Sunday service at Rabboni Center Ministries in Pretoria, pastor Lesego Daniel claimed he could turn petrol into pineapple juice and proceeded to allow members of the congregation to drink from a bottle that appeared to contain the flammable fuel.

His attempt to demonstrate his “miraculous” power (filmed and made public) in front of the congregation involved one of the church members pouring petrol into a basin and igniting it to prove that it’s flammable (and therefore not juice).

After that, the first demonstrator sips the “juice,” after which members of the congregation came forward, some dancing and moving around frantically as they gesture to have some of the liquid from the bottle given to them.

The first demonstrator was asked by the pastor how he felt, and in response he coughed before saying: “It has lot of fumes but I don’t have any side effects.”

Daniel, holding the bottle, then gives several members a sip and asks them if it’s nice.

The service which was held on 31 August 2014, was recorded and uploaded onto YouTube this week, with a cautionary warning saying; “the level of anointing is not the same. If you cannot turn water into wine please do not try this.”

According to MedlinePlus, a service of the U.S National Library of Medicine, the poisonous ingredients found in petroleum can be very harmful if consumed or inhaled.

The poisonous ingredient found in petrol is a class of chemicals called hydrocarbons.

Hydrocarbons contain only hydrogen and carbon. Other examples of hydrocarbons are benzene and methane.

If swallowed or inhaled symptoms can include the following: breathing difficulty, throat swelling, pain, vision loss, abdominal pain, vomiting (possibly with blood), collapse, low blood pressure, convulsions, depression, dizziness, a feeling of being drunk (euphoria) and seizures.

If petrol is swallowed it can cause serious harm according to MedlinePlus, it can cause damage to the linings of the mouth, throat, esophagus (food pipe), stomach, and intestines. If gasoline (petroleum) gets into the lungs (aspiration), serious and possibly permanent lung damage can occur.

It is advised that any person who has swallowed petroleum should seek medical attention as soon as possible as it is extremely dangerous.

Earlier this year, members of Daniel’s church ate grass having been told that it would rid them of their sins and heal them of any ailments they may have had.

Several attempts at contacting Daniel for comment proved unsuccessful.

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