22 June 2016
NOT so long ago, this article was headlined â€œshame of a prophet,â€ as it commented on a story headlined â€œProphet jailed over rape,â€ â€“ of a so called prophet from an apostolic sect who raped a 21-year-old woman who had sought his services before being jailed for 12 years.
The story was about a prophet who shamelessly told the woman that she was possessed and he needed her blood for cleansing purposes and the blood was supposed to be drawn after she had sexual intercourse with him. He asked the woman to have sex with him so that they could get the blood they needed for the cleansing.
The woman refused to have sex with the fake prophet but he eventually raped her.
Today Wednesday) we have a similar story of an apostle who has been for raping one of his minor congregates in a parked car in Granary.
The Apostle was arrested after allegedly making false prophecies to her saying she was set to undergo a bad luck spell if she refused to have sexual intercourse with him before ellegedly eventually raping her.
The story lines are always the same but if we keep letting our minors attend these now-popular all-night church prayers, we may live to regret it as parents.
However, whilst it is good to keep our daughters safe and informed, the blame for all rape cases can only be on the evil men the perpetrate the crime. And top among these devils are religious leaders.
Whilst sexual abuse â€“ especially of minors â€“ is a heinous and deplorable crime that should be condemned from all angles, the crime becomes worse when committed by people who are in positions of trust.
Most sexual abuse crimes against minors are committed by people in these positions and many times the perpetrators are well known to the victims.
However, positions of trust and influence go a level deeper when the person is a religious leader.
Many current religious leaders are treated like demi gods, respected even more than parents and or marriage mates. Even the parents respect these religious leaders to the extent of putting their daughtersâ€™ trust in them, no matter the circumstances.
These people can easily influence people to do anything and using their power and influence to sexually abuse their followers â€“ a sick way to treat people who look up to you â€“ is one of the evil things religion has been used to foster.
Many religious or traditional leaders are taking advantage of their power and influence over people to sexually abuse their followers or clients.
People who do that do not deserve the titles healer, pastor, reverend etc. They are in fact the opposite of what those titles imply.
You are not a healer if you destroy women and girls by sexually abusing them. You are no evangelist or man of the cloth when you maim the very people you are supposed to minister to, going against the very dictates of the God you claim to worship.