Pastor Baruti Kasongo (also known as Léonard Barutti Kasongo) is the pastor of Baruti Tabernacle, a large message church (in all likelihood, the largest church in the message with a congregation of about 12,000 people) in the city of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He has spoken in many message churches in North America, including Cloverdale Bibleway.
False report of a miraculous healing
We received the following report on Facebook from someone referring to themselves as Christian Ngoy:
We asked for the name of the Bishop so we could follow up and determine whether there was actually a healing that occured. Certainly, if there was an acutally healing by a blind man receiving his sight, and a non-message Bishop, this would be monumental news.
Not surprisingly, no information regarding the name was forthcoming so we have come to the conclusion that the report was fake. We are prepared to report the healing of this Bishop as and when we can have a conversation with him to determine that, in fact, he was blind and has been healed.
Other reasons to believe Pastor Baruti is a fraud
What kind of Christian would name a church after himself? Need we say more? Isn't this an example of narcissism to the extreme?
Baruti Kasongo in North Carolina
Atapis Ngyamba is a message pastor in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is originally from the Congo. His wife is the daughter of Baruti Kasongo
The pictures on the right are from a visit that Baruti Kasongo made to Charlotte to minister at the church where his son-in-law is the pastor.
It is normal practice for the people in North Carolina to roll out the red carpet for Baruti Kasongo (literally!). In the picture above he is being delivered to his adoring fans in a Rolls Royce limousine. His daughter and her husband, the pastor of the church, are also picture showing off in front of the Rolls Royce.
It is clear that, according to scripture, Atapis Ngyamba is not qualified as a pastor in any kind of Christian church:
Is this conduct what Peter was speaking of in 2 Peter 2:1-3?
Paul also warns of this behavior in 1 Tim. 6:3-5: