Pastor Mbenga, lead pastor at the Victorious Pentecostal Assembly in Gorton
The lead pastor of the Victorious Pentecostal Assembly Manchester has defended selling supermarket blackcurrant juice and olive oil as a cancer cure – claiming the mixture does heal serious illnesses.
An M.E.N. investigation discovered Pastor Mbenga selling a bottle of blackcurrant juice and olive oil for £14 – more than double their price on supermarket shelves.
When confronted by the M.E.N. outside the church on Hyde Road, Gorton, the pastor defended the practice but said he was not aware the church was breaking the law under the Cancer Act 1939.
He said: "It is the word of God, it is in the scriptures that God can heal these illnesses and that is the message we are passing on to people.
"I wasn’t aware of that law, but we live in a free society and if this is what people believe then people should be free to believe in it and carry out their faith.
"We have seen divine intervention in the past where people have been healed of terrible diseases and believe that God has the supernatural power to bring about miracles.
"This is what we believe and we are just trying to help people, trying to help them live a better life by giving them the power through God to make changes in their lives. We are not hurting anyone."
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