A Malawian man who claims to have gone to heaven has warned that the end is near and churches need to be alert.
Wellington Nagoma Phiri a resident of Manase, Blantyre congregates at St James CCAP in Zingwangwa, Blantyre. He claimed that he almost lost his life in 1999 on July 6, 11 and 13 due to sickness. In his unconscious state, he was taken to heaven. While there, he was shown two big holes; one deep and dark, the other had heavenly light.
“I was taken to heaven in spirit and the first place I visited was a big dark hole where people summersaulted and they would cry. Then I was taken to another big hole where naked bearded women were singing and preaching.
“Then God asked me what those holes meant, I said I did not know anything. He said the first dark hole was for those who died sinners while the other represented people who pretended to be worshipping with double standards. People are preaching and singing while naked and God asked me to preach to such people,” said Nagoma Phiri.
He said in 2010 he again fell into a comma for 10 days at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital after suffering from meningitis.
Nagoma Phiri said after these incidences he wanted to denounce his church membership but was told not to do so as God was already in his church.
“I was told that more people from the CCAP were going to eternal life unlike other churches,” he said.
Phiri said the coming of Jesus Christ was near and churches should wake up not to minister to people for their own gains but for the salvation of mankind because the world is in danger.
Nagoma Phiri is not the first to have had such near death experiences and claim to have been taken to heaven. Evangelist Linley Mbeta made similar claims in the 1980s and immediately became a woman of God. A man in South Africa also claimed the same and has even drawn a map of heaven.
Explaining the psychological meaning behind such revelations psychologist Dr Chiwoza Bandawe describes such experiences as â€˜near deathâ€™ experiences that occur due to peopleâ€™s beliefs and those preaching should be given some time and see their lifestyle afterwards to prove their claims.
“This is what we call near death experiences and should be treated like that. Of course we have had such reports that they wanted to cross a river and were chased back,” said Bandawe.
He said this happens due to oneâ€™s faith.