We first came across Victorious Pentecostal Assembly (VPA) back in October when Ofcom ruled against Believe TV. Here’s the original complaint naming VPA:
A complainant alerted Ofcom to two alleged claims of serious illnesses being cured. These were broadcast on Believe TV on 25 June 2011. The claims were included in a programme which lasted around 20 minutes promoting the work of the church known as the Victorious Pentecostal Assembly (“VPA”). The claims appeared as onscreen text while images of the pastor of VPA, Alex Omokodu, were shown giving “healing” to followers at the church. The onscreen text claims referred to by the complainant were shown on the bottom third of the screen in white lettering on a black background: “HIV IS HEALED” and “CANCER IS HEALED”.
This complaint came against the backdrop of the harrowing story of three people in London with HIV dying after they stopped taking life saving drugs on the advice of their Evangelical Christian pastors.
Today brings fresh revelations of the same nature relating to Victorious Pentecostal Assembly:
Cancer and HIV patients have been told to buy bottles of ordinary blackcurrent squash and olive oil for £14 by a church claiming the blessed goods are a ‘miracle cure’ for their illnesses.
The Victorious Pentecostal Assembly (VPA) sells the over-inflated goods with the claim that once blessed by a pastor they can cure a host of serious health conditions.
Undercover reporters found members of the VPA congregation in Manchester were told that if a terminally-ill person drank a mixture of the specially blessed litre of squash and 500ml bottle of olive oil, which were being sold at double their real value, their ailments would disappear.
A church leader who identified himself as Pastor Mbenga also claimed to have previously cured diabetes and a brain tumour using the concoction.
He said the mixture would ‘do what no man can do’ through divine intervention and guaranteed the cancer would be cured.
‘God will take over with divine intervention and the cancer will disappear,’ Pastor Mbenga told the reporters from Manchester Evening News.
The church’s founder, Pastor Alex Omokudu, who lives in a £1.8million mansion in Hornchurch, Essex, has also regularly appeared in television adverts claiming, ‘doctors do not have the answer – we have got the answer. We have got the answer to healing’.
The products sell in several supermarkets for less than £6.
Now a cancer charity has warned the practice is deliberately targeting the vulnerable and could stop patients from seeking proper medical treatment.
These charlatans and snake oil peddlers may indeed profit in this life off the desperate misery of the vulnerable, but rest assured, there is a special place of darkness in hell reserved for these evil bastards.