As the Shakahola cult incident comes to light, Pastor Paul Mackenzie’s teachings have raised questions, with some of his teachings violating human rights.
The pastor not only discouraged people from accessing health care, he also discouraged them from engaging in social activities such as watching football matches.
Relatives of some of Mackenzie’s followers have been sharing similar scripts of how their kin operated after joining the cult, where they burnt all their academic credentials and sold all property before allegedly donating to the church led by Mackenzie.
Pastor Mackenzie has been uploading his teachings from 2017, speaking to a full congregation that cheers him as he makes his announcement, some of which are based on the bible, other drawn from current affairs.
Mackenzie’s teaching seemed to have been instilling fear on his followers, using snippets from stories covered in News article to make a point of his teaching.
At some point, Mackenzie criticized the Kenyan constitution, saying it is satanic and urged his followers to oppose it.
He pointed out Article26(IV) of Kenya’s constitution, which talks about abortion. The article states: Abortion is permitted unless, in the opinion of a trained health professional, there is need for emergency treatment, or the life of the mother is in danger, or of permitted by any other written law.”
The pastor said that the constitution is allowing abortion, and told his followers that the law makers are keen on undermining the will of God in the country.
In another crusade in Malindi, the cleric said he was ready to go to jail for what he believed was preaching the gospel of Christ.
His declaration came after he was widely accused of leading his followers astray through his controversial teachings.
In his other teachings, Pastor Mackenzie claimed that the menstrual cycle that women experience is the work of the devil, claiming ‘periods is the devil sucking blood’. He urged his female followers to pray hard during this time so that they could skip the cycle.
He also made is followers believe that all disease could be cured through prayer and fasting, and not seeking medication.
Religious leaders including Nyeri Archdiocese Archbishop Anthony Muheria came out to strongly condemn the teachings by Mackenzie, urging members of Kenya to develop a critical mind and question some teachings by proclaimed leaders of religious groupings.
The President on Monday, likened Mackenzie to a terrorist saying he belongs to jail.
This comes after the number of bodies exhumed at Shakahola forest hit 73,with more believed to have died following the Mackenzie’s teachings.