CONTROVERSIAL evangelist Pastor Augustine Yiga has sensationally claimed Pastor Aloysius Bugingo uses cooking oil instead of olive oil at his church.
In the Bible olive oil is mentioned several times. Olive oil was an important part of Jewish culture because of its many uses.
It was used as anointing oil (Exodus 30:23–25) and as part of the grain offerings (Leviticus 2:1–10).
Kings were anointed with olive oil as a sign that they were chosen by God to rule (1 Samuel 16:1). As an important ingredient in the recipe for anointing oil, olive oil was used to sanctify priests (Exodus 29:7) and the tabernacle and all its furnishings (Exodus 40:9). Olive oil was also used in cooking.
Because of its centrality to much of Jewish life, olive oil was sometimes used as a symbol of richness, joy, and health (Jeremiah 31:12; Hebrews 1:9). Times of judgment were described as a season when “the olive oil fails” (Joel 1:10).
Olive oil can also be seen as a symbol of the Holy Spirit (or possibly of faith).
During one of his sermons at his Kawala based Revival Christian Church, pastor Yiga claimedBugingo dupes his followers by sprinkling cooking oil on them at his House of Prayer Ministries International located in Kikoni, Makerere.
He buys the cooking oil from Mukwano Industries, according to Yiga.
“He is lying to people. He uses cooking oil to dupe them into giving him money. Bugingo is a fake pastor,” Yiga told his congregation.
Pastor Yiga’s shock claim comes at a time when Pentecostal churches are under scrutiny by a section of Ugandans following Prophet Elvis Mbonye’s controversy last weekend.
Pastors Yiga and Bugingo have always attracted controversy wherever they go.
Recently, Bugingo became a topic when he allegedly ordered the burning of thousands of Holy Bibles he claimed were misleading.
On the other hand, Yiga’s misdemeanors are well documented. From accusations of sex offences like rape, defilement and many others, Yiga has also been accused of performing fake miracles among so many other crimes.
One concerned person noted: “All religious affiliations have their shortcomings and all doctrines are victims of rivalry both within and from the outside. However, the level of intrigue and comedy in these concocted religions (Balokore) is very unprecedented. They all have one cardinal principal, which is to siphon every penny from the very people who go their churches in search of refugee. Funny thing is that whenever they clash, they then begin spilling the secrets of their trade to the public. They’re worse than Kifeesi crew.”