South African pastor Xola Skosana had an admirable goal. He wanted to remove the stigma that HIV was God’s punishment on mankind. In his words…
Wherever you open the scriptures Jesus puts himself in the shoes of people who experience brokenness,' the Pastor told the BBC. 'Isaiah 53, for example, clearly paints a picture of Jesus who takes upon himself the infirmities and the brokenness of humanity.
'Of course, there's no scientific evidence that Jesus had the HI virus in his bloodstream. The best gift we can give to people who are HIV-positive is to help de-stigmatise Aids and create an environment where they know God is not against them, he's not ashamed of them.'
Can you guess who this pissed off? That’s right, other Christian pastors attacked as soon as his words were spoken. It’s called Christian love.
“The subject of my Jesus being HIV-positive is a scathing matter,' said another local pastor, Mike Bele.
'I believe no anointed leader with a sound mind about the scriptures and the role of Christ in our lives would deliberately drag the name of Christ to the ground.’
Pastor Skosana has a good heart and is trying to help. His delusion is no more disturbing than whole faith God in general delusion that powers the faithful.