The recent “resurrection” of a man named “Elliot” at the Alleluia Ministries by pastor Alph Lukau has sparked a #ResurrectionChallenge on social media in which users are having a go at recreating the infamous scene that has been viewed thousands of times over the past 24 hours.
In a statement on Monday, the parlor where the body had initially reported to have been kept, Kings and Queens Funeral Services, distanced itself from the supposed resurrection.
They denied that the man’s body had ever been in their care or that he had ever even been dead, to begin with.
They said that they had been approached by “alleged family members of the deceased” who had told them they had encountered a dispute with a different funeral service provider and wanted to use their transport services, which the company agreed to.
During the “miracle”, the family alleged they had wanted to take the corpse to Zimbabwe. A woman shouted that they’d noticed the man beginning to move at the funeral parlor.
According to the deceased’s supposed landlord, the man had previously gotten sick and started “coughing a lot” on Friday.
“We took him to the hospital and they said they could not help him because he did not have papers, so we took him to the doctor and he died there,” she claimed.
The family then claimed they took the body to the mortuary, where it was kept until Sunday.
The supposed deceased was then taken to the infamous Pastor Alph Lukau who proceeded in resurrecting the dead man using his ‘supernatural powers’ on Sunday in Johannesburg.
In the viral video, Elliot is seen lying in a coffin, dressed in a white suit, white shoes and white gloves and surrounded by his supposedly inconsolable family who claim he had been dead for three days.
In the presence of an audience, the Pastor prays and touches the body of the man, after which he rises from the coffin, mouth agape and eyes wide open as he tries to take in his surroundings.
This is not the first time the pastor made headlines, in 2014 the City of Johannesburg obtained an interdict ordering a halt to construction activity at the Alleluia Ministries International church in Lyndhurst.
He also held a conference for women seeking marriage proposals in 2016, charging them R5,000 to anoint their ring fingers.
Another video shows the ‘resurrected’ man having his first meal.
In response to this viral video one tweep started the Resurrection Challenge by posting a video of a man imitating the resurrection. The resurrection has also received criticism from social media users as they accuse Lukau of his miracle being staged and that there was nothing remotely real about it. However, social media users have once again found a way to highlight the humor in the situation by creating miracles of their own with #ResurrectionChallenge in addition to questioning the resurectee’s acting skills.