'Snake pastor' backtracks after confessing to TB Joshua about wrong interpretation of the Bible

A controversial minister from South Africa who is known as the "snake pastor" has backtracked after he sought deliverance from TB Joshua of the Synagogue Church of All Nations over what he said was a wrong interpretation of the Bible.

(REUTERS / Akintunde Akinleye)The front view of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, where a separate building of the church collapsed on Friday (not pictured), is seen in Ikotun-Egbe neighbourhood in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos, September 17, 2014.

On June 4, Pastor Penuel Mnguni of the End Times Disciples Ministries in South Africa visited TB Joshua's church in Nigeria and confessed that he was wrong in feeding his congregants live snakes. He admitted that he realized that he had misinterpreted the Bible after watching the Nigerian prophet on television and announced that he wanted deliverance, the Citizen details.

Pastor Mnguni previously made news after making his congregants eat live snakes, live rats, their own hair, and even underwear. There was a time when he locked a member inside a freezer for half an hour and drove over his congregants with a car. His controversial antics had landed him in jail, but he was later released.

The snake pastor told TB Joshua that he had wrongly interpreted Mark 16:16-18, which said those who believe in Jesus will not be harmed when they pick up snakes and ingest poison. He also cited Romans 14 which said believers with strong faith can eat anything.

"SPCA opened a case against me, I was arrested then I was released. I came to realise that what I was doing was not written in the Bible," Mnguni told the Nigerian prophet. "I started watching Emmanuel TV, listening to prophet TB Joshua, I came to realise that what I was doing was not scriptural. I came to realise that it's an attack. I came to TB Joshua to deliver me."

However, Pastor Mnguni backtracked from his confession when he returned to South Africa. He told reporters that TB Joshua forced him to make the confession because his ID and passport was confiscated, The Daily Post relays.

Mnguni said he only wanted to join the worship service in Nigeria, not seek deliverance, and that a woman beside him was dictating what they wanted him to say.

Despite the things that he said in front of TB Joshua and the people at the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Mnguni said he is still the snake pastor and that God has sent him to do the controversial things that he is doing.