A South African church is trending on social media after reportedly ordering church members to kiss each other during a sermon.
Social media reports suggested the pastor ordered the congregation to turn “and kiss your neighbour and say come home with me…Hallellujah”.
Hope Restoration Ministries (HRM), the church in question, was founded 2001 in Chloorkop, Kempton Park by Pastors Siphiwe and Phindile Mathebula.
The two senior pastors preach to one of largest gatherings in South Africa.
While responding to the viral photo of people kissing, the church said those involved were married couples attending the church’s Valentine’s Day ‘Spice Up Your Marriage’ sermon on February 14, 2020.
“We’re aware of this image circulating with wrong messages. We are a church that believes in strong marriages being the foundation of strong communities,” the pastors said in a statement.
“This photo was taken during our #ValentinesDay “Spice Up Your Marriage” event. The event was attended by married couples only.”
Hope Restoration Ministries is a church for all ages, groups, races and cultures.
It is a church that does not discriminate and where everybody, irrespective of their background or religious inclination is welcome to fellowship at.
It has six campuses in Gauteng. They are in Chloorkop, Tembisa, Roodepoort, Midrand, Ivory Park and Springs.
Siphiwe Christopher Mathebula said he received the vision for HRM in 1995 while he was still as student Pastor at the Cape College of Theology.
God instructed him to restore hope to His people.
In January 2001, after serving as an Assistant Pastor for 5 years and a member of the Baptist Community Church for 13 years, Siphiwe and Phindile started HRM.
HRM has established several dynamic ministries that are designed to reach, touch and restore lives around the world.