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Posted by: Dave the Atheist ( )
Date: April 16, 2023 05:07PM

Headline: "Cult Members Found Starved to Death in Forest After Fasting for Jesus"

"Four people have died and 11 others are in hospital in Kilifi, Kenya, after starving themselves to see Jesus on the alleged orders of their preacher, according to reports. Three of those in hospital are in a critical condition.

Police in Nairobi attempted to rescue the suspected religious cult members from a forest where they were starving themselves on April 13, according to a Capital News report.

Police have said the group had been brainwashed by the leader of the Good News International Church, Makenzie Nthenge, who is also known as Paul Makenzie Nthenge.

According to a report in the publication The Standard, in 2019 Nthenge said he would close down the church following multiple legal issues.

Some of the charges he faced included disobeying the law, religious incitement and indoctrination of children. He denied the charges.

Speaking to The Standard, he said: "The message has already been delivered and I am closing the ministry together with the TV station by the end of November."

Regarding the latest incident allegedly involving Nthenge, police said they received reports on Thursday that "there were ignorant citizens who were starving to death in pretext to meet Jesus after being brainwashed by suspect Makenzie Nthenge, a pastor of Good News International Church."

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Posted by: CrispingPin ( )
Date: April 16, 2023 05:16PM

If that is the Good News International Church, I certainly don’t want the bad news.

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Posted by: scaredhusband ( )
Date: April 16, 2023 05:28PM

That's certainly one way to see if there is Jesus in an afterlife.

My heart breaks for all those people and the families involved. </3

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Posted by: elderolddog ( )
Date: April 16, 2023 06:05PM

Paul is one hilarious guy, promising here in April to close down his operation by November!

"Officers, I'll stop robbing this bank by the end of the week, so if you could just back off in the interim..."

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Posted by: Lot's Wife ( )
Date: April 16, 2023 06:46PM

Prove me wrong.

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Posted by: [|] ( )
Date: April 16, 2023 07:18PM

I don't know that that is the most disturbing part of the story.

Later on there is this

"On March 23 Nthenge was arrested and accused of killing babies and burying them in shallow graves. He was released on a Kenyan SH1000,000 bond ($742).

According to a separate TUKO report, the pastor was also accused of brainwashing two parents into killing their two children to make them "heroes" in the eyes of God.

He then allegedly buried the two babies in a shallow grave in a place called Shakahola in Kilifi, according to the report.

The parents, who were identified as Isaac Ngala and Emily Kaunga, were also listed as suspects.

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Posted by: elderolddog ( )
Date: April 16, 2023 08:08PM

Again...  He's promised to wrap things up by November!!

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Posted by: Rubicon ( )
Date: April 17, 2023 01:36PM

That’s not fasting. That’s starvation. Actually short-term fasting has proven to be healthy. Want to lose weight? Give intermittent fasting a try.

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