Durban pastor boasts Hindu family conversion to Christianity sparks fury on social media

#DURBAN: Pastor Sam McWayne of the Harmony Centre which is described as a division of United Pentecostal Church Of South Africa has sparked rage from the Hindu community on social media.

McWayne took to Facebook on October 10 to share his joy at the conversion of a Hindu family to Christianity.

McWayne’s anti-Hindu sentiment was prevalent in the post as he described Hindu religious items as ‘stuff’ and went on to state that he was charged to ‘dispose of it.’

His post read,

“Tonight we had the greatest of pleasure to pray with a family that gave their heart to the Lord.

They packed boxes of “stuff” they use to worship and asked us to dispose of it. We dedicated the Home in Jesus Name.

After 47 years the Man of the home asked me to cut of the strings he had tied around his wrist cos he chose to follow Jesus for the rest of his life. We acted upon their confession and their submission to the Word of God.

He later emptied his wallet where he held onto souvenirs which he taught gave him protection but learnt that Jesus gives his Angels charge over us. We give all Glory to Jesus.”

Sam McWayne, Pastor

Social media users were of the view that any form of conversion is acceptable however for McWayne to relish the joy by sharing a post on social media was inciting hate-speech against both sides of the religious divide.

Sam McWayne Conversion Post 2
The post that stirred the controversy.

Mcwayne is also a member of the National Interfaith Council of South Africa, which is one of the religious bodies that turned out in solidarity in support of ousted and disgraced former South African president, Jacob Zuma.

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McWayne and the NICSA organization turned out in support for Zuma when he appeared at Durban High court on corruption charges.

McWayne and the NICSA organization turned out in support for Zuma when he appeared at Durban High court on corruption charges.
Image source: The Star, July 13, 2018

McWayne apologizes for his error but did he?

The pastor took to Facebook yesterday, October 14, 18 to clarify his religious stance and denies attacking the Hindu faith with his boastful post on October 10.

He stated,

May I firstly start by apologizing to all that have felt offended by my post on my wall. I am very sorry. The post had no insinuating thoughts, neither was I attacking any religious organization, again, if I have offended you or your family or your belief, I apologise. Only those who know me and my association across all denominations will really know what I stand for which is never to attack any religious body.”

Sam McWayne, Pastor

McWayne went on further to state, “the public does not know the truth or order of events.”

In his closing reference McWayne went on to say,

“May I leave you all with a powerful text from the Word of God. Matthew 5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.”

Sam McWayne, Pastor

You can read his full apology below

Image Source: Sam McWayne Facebook

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  1. Hinduism has come under attack since records can tell.

    This Pastor and many more to shall always aeek fame and glory in the stance and actions to gain recognition. I say if he thinks in this manner clearly he lacks humanitarian values, he has been brought up in a manner that has no humanitarian values he utterances clearly illustrated this.

    The Greatest leadership in the world respected all human beings irrespective of ethnic background,religion or sexual orientation.This Pastor is blinded by his negative thoughts and thinks stardom awaits him for his beliefs on Hinduism.

    I say good luck to you. I am waiting to see if you become the next Mr Mandela, Mahatma Ghandi or Dalai Lama.

  2. Its a choice people make to convert like wise i have many friends born Christians are now Hindus. Jesus was a Rishi and followed Hinduism.

  3. Look at the number of self appointed prophets, bishops and the like. A senior pastor told me that one can buy a qualification. Has it also not been prophesized that there will be many false prophets who we must be wary of. These are the demons

  4. If u not born of a jewish mother u not a jew.
    If u not an arab u not a moslem.
    If u r not from Constantinople u not a Christian.

    YESHUA, was not a Christian, nor was e born on the 25th, the letter j is only 500years old and he wrote or compiled the new testament.

    The old testament is filled with incest/rape/slavery/killing of homosexuals/adultery/occult/……

    Converts r the slave drivers of this money driven materialistic religion.
    The jews/Catholics & arabs really dont fight their battles, the converts do the dirty job of promoting/fighting their agenda.

    These so called pastors or sap (self appointed pastor) r conditioned/brainwashed at bible schools, if they do a theology degree/history of of comparative religions or took time to study the ancient history of ancient civilizations, they will have a better understanding why we r here.

    the world is not 6000 years old/adam was not the first human/ we lived as one with te elements.

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