Caller Nkanyesa phoned Xolani Gwala to talk about her experience at the Rivers Church service yesterday morning.
She says during his sermon, Pastor Andre said he does not understand why people want white South African to leave the country, because they contribute so much. She says he then went on to say that the reason white people have money, is because they work for it.
André and Wilma Olivier have been the pastors of the Rivers Sandton campus. On the Church's website, it says they have grown Rivers from a church of 70 into a church of thousands and are responsible for the vision, values and culture of the multi-campus church.
There has been a big reaction on social media.
I think a lot of what has been said on social media is a bit of an exaggeration, but it was very unsavoury as well.— Nkanyesa, caller
She says he did not call black people lazy directly, but the undertone of his sermon was very offensive.
He realised when half the congregation did not clap that they were not happy with what he said, she added.
Nkanyesa says she will be looking for a new church to attend.
I was actually at church this Sunday and I have to say some of the things that were said didn't quite sit right with me #riverschurch— PalesaMokhele (@Thee_Palesa) June 27, 2016
what happened at #RiversChurch ? Why are Black folk surprised at racism in church/the bible. You do know how Christianity got here right?— Sebenzile Nkambule (@SebeNkambule) June 27, 2016
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