Though the  South African pastor who sprays his congregation with insecticide has been widely condemned, his congregation and members of his church in Limpopo have defended him for  spraying them with Doom pesticide as a “healing” technique.

The company that produces Doom warned of the risks of spraying the substance, while a government commission urged anyone affected to lodge complaints.

But the pastor defended his actions, saying that he is using unconventional methods to heal people.

Broadcaster SABC says it was invited to a session with self-proclaimed prophet Lethebo Rabalago at the Mountzion Assembly and saw Mr Rabalago spray both himself and worshippers.

During the visit, one worshipper praised the pastor and said he “stands tall before the Goliath of this world, the media”.

Mr Rabalago quoted the Bible and included a mention for Doom.

“Those who believe in my name they shall pick up snakes, they shall spray doom and it will not do anything to them, Mark 16,” SABC quoted him as saying.

A Facebook post containing pictures of a pastor spraying an insecticide on church members.