A pastor in Zimbabwe who tried to walk on water like Jesus Christ did died after he got eaten by three crocodiles at the Crocodile River while his congregants watched.
On May 13, Saint of the Last Days Church pastor Jonathan Mthethwa tried to show his congregants what a biblical miracle looked like by imitating Jesus Christ's feat of walking on water. Unfortunately, he drowned in the White River Mpumalanga (Crocodile River) and his church members saw how three crocodiles ate him, Information Nigeria details.
"The pastor taught us about faith on Sunday last week. He promised he would demonstrate his faith to us today, but he unfortunately ended up drowning and getting eaten by 3 large crocodiles in front of us," church member Deacon Nkosi said. "We still don't understand how this happened because he fasted and prayed the whole week."
The Zimbabwean pastor reportedly ventured into the crocodile-infested river and tried to ascend when he was already 30 meters below the surface. However, the three large crocodiles appeared and began chomping on him.
Nkosi said the pastor was gone in a couple of minutes. They only saw his sandals and underwear floating in the river when the crocodiles had finished feasting on the pastor. Emergency crew arrived at the scene 30 minutes after the incident, but there was nothing they could do since Pastor Mthethwa was already dead.
This is not the first time that a pastor died while trying to imitate Jesus' miracle of walking on water. In September, NAIJ reported that Pastor Franck Kabele drowned to death in a beach in Libreville, Gabon while attempting to reenact the miracle in front of his congregation.
Pastor Kabele reportedly told his church members that he received a revelation that he could do what Jesus did if he had enough faith. He took his congregation to the beach and announced that he would cross the water by foot. He drowned immediately when he stepped into the water.