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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Before Pastor Adeboye Claims This One...

Enoch Adeboye

Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, in Nigeria, in his usual manner released his 'prophecies' for the year 2016, and included in his list was the prediction that a new sexually transmitted disease would surface this year.
Just this morning, it was in the news that the Zika virus, which has been been declared a global public health emergency by the World Health Organization, WHO, had been possibly transmitted sexually between partners in the USA. One of the partners had just returned from Venezuela and the other, who had not been to any infected areas recently became infected.

I may be seen as jumping the gun here, but I am only pre-empting a scenario whereby Adeboye, or any member of his vast congregation would use this as proof of his 'prophecy' coming true. According to this report, and Wikipedia, a Colorado, USA, man had transmitted the Zika virus, via sex, to his wife in 2008, and this academic paper also documents a possible sexual transmission of the disease, in 2013, in Tahiti where the virus was isolated from a man's semen.

The virus is transmitted by mosquitoes, and in adults, about 20 per cent of those who are infected show symptoms. The brouhaha surrounding the virus, today, is due to its effects on unborn babies in whom it causes the condition microcephaly, characterized by an abnormally small head due to the brain being underdeveloped. More on the condition can be found here.

Mr Adeboye's prophecies, on even the slightest scrutiny, are nothing but speculations that anybody could come up with, and are easy reminders to the tactics used by fellow charlatans who claim to be psychics, mediums, and other such nonsense. And for a man who claims to be able to bypass medical science and heal all kinds of ailments, relying on the same medical science to discover a new sexually transmitted infection to prove his prophecy right seems kind of ironic.