A SELF-styled prophet who claimed to bring a man back from the dead in a viral video stunt is being sued by a group of funeral directors in South Africa.
Footage shows Pastor Alph Lukau shouting “rise up” to a man lying down in a coffin who then jerks upright to cheers from worshippers.
Pastor Alph Lukau claimed to bring a man back from the dead in a viral video stunt
The supposedly ‘dead’ man was seen lying open-mouthed in the open coffin
The funeral companies say they were manipulated into being involved in the resurrection stunt which has now been ridiculed and condemned online.
They claim Lukau staged the spectacle to pressure locals into donating to his church near Johannesburg.
“There are no such things as miracles,” the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities told South Africa’s national broadcaster.
“They are made up to try to get money from the hopelessness of our people.”
Three funeral companies say their reputations have been damaged by the stunt after they hired out a hearse that was reportedly used by Lukau’s church, Alleluia Ministries International.
They say the group lied to the funeral companies in order to acquire the hearse and a coffin.
A joint statement from the companies on Monday said: “The funeral parlours herein were used individually and separately through various forms of misrepresentations to suit a particular outcome which at the time was unknown to the funeral parlours.
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“We wish to reiterate and assure the nation that we remain professional and legitimate in our operations and the events of the weekend have been reported to Jeppe police station for further investigations and our legal team is in the process of handling the matter appropriately.”
Alleluia Ministries has since told local news that Lukau didn’t actually raise the man from the dead and that he was “already alive” when he arrived.
The self-styled prophet shouted ‘rise up’ and the man jerked upright to cheers from worshippers