Last year, South African Pastor, Alph Lukau of Alleluia Ministries International was said to have raised the dead outside his church as people looked on. Apart from his flashy lifestyle, the “man of God” has in the past located cheating husbands in his church.
The man who was apparently being expatriated to Zimbabwe had his relatives and landlady pass by the church. He was still in the hearse when one of the church members shouted “Pastor, something is happening outside.”
Lukau quickly left the church but urged the congregants to continue praying for their miracles.
Once he was outside, he ordered that the “dead man” is taken out of the hearse and on to a table. Still in the coffin, the man dressed in all white was laid on the table as the man of God prayed for him.
According to the “deceased’s” landlady, he died on Friday after coughing for a long while. They took him to the hospital but could not be admitted because he did not have with him the “right papers”. He passed on.
The controversial man of God started praying for the man who then starts breathing. Moments later, Lukau instructs the “corpse” to rise from the dead.
He helps the now resurrected man sit up and with the help of ushers, takes him out of the coffin and into the church where they feed him.
The coffin is placed at the altar as are wheelchairs taken from people who after receiving their miracle had started walking.
However, he is said to have come out with the truth. He said he regrets the incident as the man was already alive when he arrived at the church.
Speaking to Gauteng broadcaster Power FM’s Power Drive host Thabiso Tema, Lukau said he was busy with a sermon on Sunday when he was interrupted and told that a person in a coffin had been brought to the church.
“Before entering the premises of the church, the coffin began to shake, meaning the person was alive,” Lukau explained. “I am really sorry for the misrepresentation of facts, the man was not dead and has never been in the mortuary as we earlier said”,
When asked by the host why the man had been brought to the church in the first place, Lukau said: “I am not sure if I can make a statement that he was brought to me. We are the house of God and I’m just a pastor serving in the house of the Lord. But I am sorry that we didn’t tell people the truth in the first place”, he said.
Lukau said the man was brought to the church by his family, who believed that something would happen if he was prayed for.
He added that further questions about why the man was brought to the church would be better answered by the man’s family.
“I think that they brought the person to church because they believed that God had the ability to resurrect the person. but still, our brother was alive even before brought to church and we really apologize for not telling the truth in the first place,” Lukau said.
In light of this, a group of funeral directors in South Africa have promised to sue him.
The funeral companies say they were manipulated into being involved. Kingdom Blue, Kings & Queens Funeral Services, and Black Phoenix told local media that church representatives tricked them in different ways.
“Alleged family members of the deceased,” told the Kings & Queens Funeral Services they had had a “dispute with a different funeral service provider”.
The customers also allegedly placed “Black Phoenix stickers on their private car” to look credible to Kings & Queens Funeral Services when they went to hire a hearse from them.
The coffin, the funeral directors say, was acquired from Kingdom Blue. The spectacle, seen outside Pastor Lukau’s church near Johannesburg, has been ridiculed and condemned by many.
“There are no such things as miracles,” the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Rights Commission) told South Africa’s national broadcaster.
“They are made up to try to get money from the hopelessness of our people.”
What are your thoughts on this type of men of God?