A Zimbabwean church pastor, Jonathan Mthethwa, of the Saint of the Last Days church had been preaching to his congregation on the importance of faith. He decided that he should demonstrate how faith works for them and he took them to the river, where he would attempt to duplicate Jesus’ walking on water. Of course, he couldn’t really walk on water but instead was planning to walk across the river on foot.
Unfortunately, he never made it. He was attacked and eaten by three crocodiles. Maybe it wasn’t the best idea to use the Crocodile River for the demonstration. All that was left of him were his underwear and sandals, which floated to the surface. Faith needs to be tempered with a little common sense.
Jonathan Mthethwa of the Saint of the Last Days church brought his congregation to the area known locally as Crocodile River before attempting his biblical recreation.
According to witnesses, the pastor entered the water and waded out approximately 30 metres before attempting to make his way to the surface. Unfortunately for the pastor, three crocodiles pounced and devoured him.
Eyewitness Deacon Nkosi said: ‘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.
‘We still don’t understand how this happened because he fasted and prayed the whole week. They finished him in a couple of minutes.
‘All that was left of him when they finished eating him is a pair of sandals and his underwear floating above the water.’
By the time emergency services arrived at the scene, the pastor was already dead.