Friday, September 10, 2010

Jesus-was-HIV-positive statement misleading

With the world's attention fixed on Terry Jones and his plans to burn the Holy Quran tomorrow as part of commemorating the 9/11 attacks, another controversial preacher has almost slipped past our noses without us taking much notice of him and his controversial sermon.

The more alert of you however will have read or heard about Reverend Xola Skosana from Khayelitsha, near Cape Town, South Africa who has claimed that Jesus was HIV positive. It still baffles me where on earth this theologically and historically lame theory comes from but there it is folks; something none of you ever thought you would live to hear come out of the mouth of a preacher.

While I concede that one had to be present at the sermon to get the context of that statement, I see it as a dangerous statement to make. Even if the Reverend did not mean it literally, but meant to say that Jesus Christ is alive in everyone, even in HIV-positive people, such a statement is subject to great distortion and misunderstanding. Some are adamant that that he was referring to the Biblical verses in Isaiah which say that Christ bore all our sicknesses and burdens at the cross. They say that Skosana believes therefore that Jesus became HIV-positive when he went to the cross.

I guess only those that attend the Charismatic Way of Life Church will know what their preacher really meant by the statement. Some spheres of the Christian community are already crying heresy and my humble advice is that this man of the pulpit must apologise for the fact that his statement has been misleading and offensive to many.

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