Meet the “Spirits of Faith Church” in South Africa, where worshippers are served alcohol and beer and even baptized with liquor.
• A church in South Africa receives mixed reactions after resorting to serving alcohol to congregants.
• The sacred baptism ritual usually conducted in holy waters now switched to alcohol anointing.
This unconventional approach has sparked both curiosity and controversy, shedding light on a different perspective of worship and spirituality.
The Spirits of Faith Church, located in a suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa, has gained notoriety for its distinctive approach to religious services.
Mabasa, a former bartender, has infused his passion for spirits into his spiritual vision. He believes that worship can be a joyful experience, often accompanied by alcohol.
Where Faith meets Booze
During services, congregants are served with alcohol and beer, believing that the communal sharing of booze enhances the bond among worshippers.
The church sees this as a way to connect with people from all walks of life, regardless of their socioeconomic status or past experiences.
“We believe in embracing life, and alcohol is part of life for many people. By incorporating it into our worship, we aim to break down barriers and create a welcoming environment for all,” justified Reverend Mabasa.
Baptism by Liquor!
One of the most striking rituals at the church is the unconventional baptism process. Instead of the traditional water baptism, Spirits of Faith Church practices “baptism by liquor.”
During this ceremony, new members are anointed with a small amount of alcohol, which symbolizes purification and rebirth.
Controversy and Criticism
Many traditional religious leaders and institutions have condemned the use of alcohol in worship, considering it blasphemous and inappropriate.
Critics argue that it sends the wrong message, as alcohol can lead to addiction and unholy behaviour.
What do you think? Is this a church service you would be willing to attend? Rudi Nyumbani.