- Bishop Tsietsi Makiti founded the Gabola church which allows congregants to drink alcohol during service
- Other religious leaders say Bishop Makiti based his church on certain parts of the Bible
- The Bishop claims God has given his blessing to the church
The founding father of the Gabola Church Bishop Tsietsi Makiti has been criticised by other religious leaders. His critics say that he founded his church on only certain parts of the Bible while ignoring other parts.
The Gabola Church was started by Bishop Makiti about five months ago. Since it’s the church inception gone against almost every notion and rule of what a traditional church should be. The church does not have a permanent home but rather travels to different taverns in the Evaton area.
The word Gabola means to take a sip or a gulp. Congregants are permitted to drink their favourite alcoholic beverage during service but their drinks have to be blessed by Bishop Makiti. The faithful are inducted into the church by being baptised in their preferred drink.
Bishop Makiti says the purpose of the church is to provide a service for those people in society who are shunned by regular churches because they drink alcohol.
Briefly.co.za learned from Dailysun.co.za that Bishop Makiti has dismissed the criticism levelled at him and said that God had given his blessing to the Gabola Church. He went on to say that he did not mind criticism if it was fair but he would not be bothered by silly allegations.
“At least we don’t give our congregants dangerous substances to eat or drink or spray poison in their faces, “he said.
He says the church is growing from strength to strength because God likes the work which they are doing. Bishop Makiti says he preaches from different parts of the Bible each week and says each part of the holy book is equally important.
Bishop Makiti opened the second branch of the church in Bloemfontein two weeks ago and claims that he is constantly being asked by people around the country to open branches in their area.
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