Zimbabwean security forces have arrested a clergyman on fraud charges for selling people thousands of tickets to “heaven”. The pastor, Tito Watts, along with his wife Amanda promoted and sold $500 “golden tickets”, claiming that were made of pure gold and would get their owner directly into heaven without fearing judgement. According to Zimbabwean media the pastor convinced people that Jesus had miraculously appeared to him to personally hand down the tickets, which would guarantee anyone, including sinners, could be spared from hell.

“Jesus Christ appeared to me and gave me the tickets made of pure gold so that I can sell to people who want salvation”, Watts said as he pleaded for his innocence and claimed persecution.

The pastor proved popular with his followers, as thousands of them took to the street demanding he be freed. The pastor’s wife Amanda meanwhile denied any charges, saying that she was not directly involved in the scam as she only watched her husband sell the tickets. The Kingdom of God suffereth violence and the schemers taketh by force- Revised Edition. Men of the God across Africa have been known to perform a number of heinous acts which they perceive as means to seek divine power but to a normal person, it doubles up as madness.

African pastors particularly from Kenya, Zimbabwe and South Africa have a knack for not only entertaining, but also raising serious questions to modern religion. The pastor from Zimbabwe became an online sensation when it emerged he was selling tickets to heaven to congregants who somehow felt they might not make the cut to the ‘promised land’.

Police had to intervene and nab the pastor who claimed to have been personally informed by Jesus to offer heavy sinners a chance at salvation through the tickets. “I don’t care what people or the police are saying about me, I am being persecuted because of doing the work of God. Jesus Christ appeared to me and gave me the tickets made of pure gold so that i can sell to people who want salvation” he defended himself in an interview.

According to reports, the pastor was arrested alongside his wife after he outrageously told thousands of congregants about his peculiar ‘encounter’ with Jesus. Earlier another Zimbabwean pastor, Paul Sanyangore, claimed to have direct phone access heaven and personal contact with god.