EVANGELISM: Media outlets accused of propaganda and perpetuating a misleading narrative
Visiting preacher Michael Job denies claims that he has been ordered deported by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i
By Jonathan Teikan
A section of the clergy has come out to defend a preacher who “acted” as Jesus and described him as an “honest” man of God.
Evangelist Michael Job, founder of the Jesus Loves You Evangelistic Ministry, based in Orlando, Florida, US and an actor, was in Kiserian for a mega interdenominational crusade.
The event took place from July 26 to 28. The theme of the crusade was “souls’ harvest campaign”.
Photos of his entry into the town, and other visits, went viral on social media, and set tongues wagging with some commentators remarking in jest that, “Jesus has come too early, when we are not ready.”
Rose Kamau, a Facebook commentator said; “The Bible says Jesus [Christ] will come like a thief, this one comes openly — he must be a tourist.”
A post by T.G. Marigi says in part: “Religion has become crazy, preachers (fake) are taking advantage of the ignorant, gullible masses and draining them to the core. Apparently there has been a crusade in Kiserian the past week that was ending today. They were parading this man whom they are calling “Jesus” as a miracle worker, healer, and seer”.
He went on; “My poor people have bought it, I am told they are now flocking the said church in their numbers. Look at how they are using the man; did Jesus need that security? We need to seek true religion.”
However, Rev Chris Supeyo of the Dominion Chapel Ministries International refuted the claims saying, “The preacher has never claimed to be Jesus, it’s only that he has been acting in Jesus films.”
Reverend Supeyo added: “He is a well-known person, who has even been working closely with other prominent ministers of the gospel like Reinhard Bonnke of Christ For All Nations… throughout his preaching [at the Kiserian crusade], he only focused on salvation and indeed over 300 people turned to Jesus Christ.”
Over the same week, Dr Laanoi Parmuat, wife to County Speaker Johnson Osoi, led the preacher to Enkorika Secondary School, where, according to Supeyo, “he preached to thousands of students drawn from various schools.”
Separately, Bishop Henry Njenga of Kiserian Calvary Temple, who was one of the key organizers of the crusade, told Kajiado County News, “The man is sound, a very good Christian and has never called himself Jesus.”
Bishop Njenga blamed the many media outlets in Kenya, which he said work on propaganda, for the misleading narrative about the preacher.
“The people who are accusing the preacher of blasphemy, never approached us [his hosts] for a comment… at least I believe we are better placed to share the little knowledge we have about him from where people can judge,” said the clergy.
On July 29, Job wrote on his Facebook page: “Tonight’s last night of the Kiserian crusade was awesome! God’s Spirit came upon all of us. People surrendered their lives to Jesus, many people were healed, and God’s Spirit came upon us powerfully in worship. Over 300 souls were saved in Kiserian. Hallelujah! Thank you, Jesus, for your amazing grace!”
Meanwhile, amid claims that the Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i has ordered his deportation, he again took to social media to set the record straight.
“Hey guys! Just to let you know there have been many false “fake news” reports here in Kenya about me. I just did nine days of crusades in Ongata Rongai, Kitengela, and Kiserian, Kenya, where many people were saved and healed,” he wrote.
He further rubbished as “fake news” various reports circulating about him. “Some people, known as ‘internet trolls’, have made false reports about me claiming to be Jesus, Jesus’ second coming starting in Kenya, me being found and worshipped in churches, and me being deported with pastors from the country, all of which are ‘fake news’.”
The preacher said he was going on with his work without hindrance. “I am still here in Kenya, preaching in schools, and hundreds of children are making decisions for Jesus every day. This morning many students surrendered their lives to Jesus, and we are going to the next school right now. Thank you for praying for us, also please do not pay any attention to the ‘fake news’ or any attention to the media publications which posted these things.”