Controversial Pentecostal ‘pastorpreneur’ Hastings Salanje has admitted that he is being “rude” on social media by flaunting his home, posh cars and also challenge anyone who could find a pastor that is filthy rich like him.
Pastor Salanje, a Malawian but now living in South Africa from where he runs his God Chapel International church in Johannesburg, ( he used to run in Malawi the Wells of Revival Ministries ), has become a social media sensation, by boasting on Facebook that no other man of God has his collection of cars and ostentatious wealth.
Salanje told Malawi Capital FM’s ‘Straight Talk’ popular interview programme on Thursday evening that he has no apologies to make for bragging about his wealth on Facebook.
Presenter Rhodes Msonkho in his no-hold-barred style of questioning, pressed Salanje whether he knows that he is displaying arrogance.
“Yeah, its rudeness,” replied Salanje then laughed briefly in an interview which was conducted on telephone and monitored by Nyasa Times through Capital FM live internet streaming on Thursday, June 11, 2015.
“Sometimes we men of God we must be rude. If people are taking things of God for granted, we must be rude,” he stressed.
Unlike most clergymen, Pastor Salanje does not use the social media platform to share scriptures or reach out to his followers but rather uses it to brag and show off his riches.
During the ‘Straight Talk’ interview, Salanje explained that he uses his Facebook page to post images of his expensive cars and upmarket mansion as a “testimony” of the God’s blessings to him.
“The page belongs to me and it’s me I am posting the pictures, they are testimonies,” said Salanje.
“When we are in churches we preach that God is going to bless us. When it happens, we comeback to testify. I am testifying, it’s not a strange thing,” explained Salanje.
“I have demonstrated the good of God in many areas like in miracles and blessings,” he added.
“I am posting what God is doing to me, “stressed the pastor.
His bragging has gained him a lot of criticism and Salanje branded his critics as “jealousy” people.
He said: “Jealousy can make someone not to be happy.”
Salanje was quizzed on assertions that he is a member of a satanic cult.
“I am not satanic. Even when I was in Malawi they were calling me Satanic,” Salanje said.
Pressed to disclose his source of the income, the Pastor said apart from his ministering, he has a solar system company in South Africa.
Quizzed on what he meant in a post on his Facebook page which stated that he was “embarrassingly blessed”, Salanje claimed it was written by his son, saying he meant God has embraced them with wealth.
“People can say embarrassingly or embraced, its same thing. God has blessed us,” said Salanje.
He said on Straight Talk that he was visited by an Angel who communicated that God was happy with him and he will be blessed, insisting that whatever he is showing off is a testimony of his blessings from God.
“A testimony is a testimony, it doesn’t matter where you can testify. It can be on TV or Facebook,” said Salanje.
He also said there many people using Facebook to show off.
“People post so many things on Facebook,” he noted.
Asked if he can assist most of the impoverished Malawians from his blessings, Salanje claimed he has already given out five top of the range cars and money to people but declined to name them.
“It will be an insult to the people I have given the cars t[If I were to disclose their identities],” he said, adding “I am yet to do more.”
He also expressed rage on Malawians for character assassination when they see someone doing well.
“I don’t need Malawians – they are calling me Satanic. I don’t need you. I am doing it alone with my God and am achieving things, I only need God,” he said, sounding furious.
“Many Malawians who are making noise are frustrated. They are calling men of God Satanists. They smeared Prophet Bushiri but he is doing great here in South Africa drawing crowds [sharing the Gospel],” he said.
The radio host also asked Salanje to comment on his claims that Apostle Enesia Chitheka’s illness is a punishment from God.
Salanje maintained that Chitheka snatched another woman’s husband and rebelled against her father as such God decided to punish her.
“No apologies on that statement,” he said.
Salanje hinted that he plans to go and live in United States of America but will never return to reside in Malawi.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :