“this pastor, Tim Omotoso, will come out of this saga as a better man of God. There is nothing exciting about what has happened to him. What he needs right now is our support and prayers.”
An evangelical defender of controversial pastor, Timothy Omotoso, who stands accused of molesting more than 30 young girls in South Africa; has sparked an ugly social media war with xenophobic tones.
Tay Martins, a Pretoria based Facebook user who originates from Ibadan, Nigeria, declared that “When a man of God stumbles, it is only in God’s interest that we rally round him in prayers to help him get back on his feet. Yes he has sinned like all has sinned. But I trust that what God is interested in right now is the redemption of his soul and also the uplifting of God’s entity -the church entrusted in his hand.”
The Nigerian national, Omotoso, is the leader of the Jesus Dominion International in Durban and was arrested this week after being exposed on a South African current affairs TV programme, Special Assignment. He is said to have lured vulnerable young girls who are members of his Church to his house under the pretext of facilitating redemption. He has been arrested and is facing a string of sexual assault and human trafficking related charges.
In his Facebook post Tay Martins adds that “… this pastor, Tim Omotoso, will come out of this saga as a better man of God. There is nothing exciting about what has happened to him. What he needs right now is our support and prayers. That may abundance of grace fall upon him and that he is forgiven of all his sins and that he finds divine strength to get back on his feet to the edification of Jesus and to the shame of the devil. Amen.”
The post was met with social media rage with many some condemning Martins and telling him to go back to Nigeria while others defended the Pastor.
The interaction is captured in the embedded screen-grabs.
Tay Martins appears to be no stranger to controversial views. His previous post appears to suggest Muslims who have become victims of Boko Haram’s terrorist activity in the North East of Nigeria deserved it. He wrote the following.
“When Boko Haram started their campaign of terror in North-East Nigeria, many Muslims turned a blind eye probably because they saw it as a movement against Christians and Western Values only. But like riding on the back of a tiger; you might soon be the next on the menu when there is no one else left for your beast to consume”
He adds “After Boko Haram terrorized by killing and displacing the Christians in its caliphate; its desire for terror still needs to be fed. But as there were no much Christians around to target, it soon turned its terror towards Muslims who thought they were exonerated. This is a good lesson for everyone including Christians: let us not judge or take matters into our hands or hate in return because vengeance is the Lord’s.