A South African church known as Gabola Church of International Ministries allows members to drink during sermon and also members are baptized using any beer of their choice. This has gone viral because of their unorthodox method of service.
The church was founded by 52-year-old Bishop Tsietsi Makiti and they hold their service at Freddy’s Tavern in Orange Farm, south of Joburg.
Their devotion starts at 11am and last till 3pm – but they don’t mind going on even longer.
Bishop Tsietsi defends his ideologies using a passage of the bible where Jesus turned water into wine
According to the bishop, people didn’t know what to do for fun, but when Jesus changed water into wine he prayed for it to stimulate their bodies.
He also claimed the church will help crime rates have reduced in the area because people who drink are happy people.
“So this church also prays for their drinks before they are served. With God in our taverns we would see crime being reduced and love and respect promoted. People who drink beer are happy and peaceful. This means they are living in the shadow of God.”
The owner of the tavern, Freddy Mathebula (53) said the church accommodated the rejects of communities.
“Since the church started, crime has been reduced and we have received a great response from the community.”
Jeffrey Mokoena (52) who belongs to the Gabola church said he is proud of his church
“The church makes me feel at home. I can’t see myself being a member of any other church,” he said proudly.