A pastor and his wife were arrested for allegedly selling golden tickets for $500 each to get into Heaven. Tito and Amanda Watts reportedly scammed several church members before getting caught. The tickets were supposed to get people into Heaven without facing judgments. Watts reportedly told those who sought salvation that the tickets were made from solid gold and each ticket reserved the buyer a place in Heaven.
Watts has reportedly told thousands of people that Jesus appeared before him and had miraculously given him the tickets. He then began selling the tickets for $500 apiece and said they would benefit everyone, especially the sinners. When the police arrested the pastor, Watts said he did not care about what the people or police said about him because he is doing the work of God. He added:
The tickets are solid gold… it ain’t cut up two by fours I spray painted gold. And it was Jesus who give them to me behind the KFC and said to sell them so I could get me some money to go to outer space. I met an alien named Stevie who said if I got the cash together he’d take me and my wife on his flying saucer to his planet that’s made entirely of crack cocaine. You can smoke all the crack cocaine there you want… totally free. So, try to send an innocent man to jail and see what happens. You should arrest Jesus because he’s the one that gave me the golden tickets and said to sell them. I’m willing to wear a wire and set Jesus up…
Police said they confiscated over $10,000 in cash, five crack pipes, and a baby alligator. Amanda told officers that they just wanted to leave earth and go to space and smoke rock cocaine. She also made it clear that she only watched her husband sell the tickets, but did not participate. However, this is not the first time that this couple made the news. In 2015, a customer named Del Woodcock bought a ticket from the couple for $99.95. He realized it was a scam after he discovered the ticket was actually a piece of wood. Woodcock said:
They said it was solid gold. I don’t know what gold looks like. How was I to know it was spray painted wood? I want my $99.95 back and I hope Tito and Amanda Watts get the death penalty for what they have done. They deserve it.
Woodcock was not surprised to learn that police reports said that the “golden” tickets were actually made of gold-coated wood with “Ticket to Heaven… Admit One” written on it. Ironically, the couple’s church members are calling for the pastor’s release. Protests from thousands of people are appearing in efforts to have the police free the pastor immediately. They do not believe his arrest is right because they are using their own money to buy salvation.
The main religion in Zimbabwe is Christianity and is practiced by over 70 percent of the country’s population. Despite practicing the Christian faith, the majority of the locals still adhere to and practice local and traditional religious beliefs from the old ancestors and tribes. As a result, many fall to the fate of cult influence.
Cults are led by powerful charismatic leaders who claim they have divine authority that legitimizes them to found a church and be a leader. Cult leaders usually convince their followers that they are messiahs, prophets or both. They claim they that are God’s representatives on earth, meaning, by implication, that questioning their orders is akin to questioning God. This is why they are so easily deceived.
Their victims, who are cult members, believe that by seeing the cult leader, they are seeing God. So every word he speaks is believed to be divine. For this cause, many of his followers will not question for fear of challenging the divine. Nevertheless, the pastor and his wife were arrested for selling golden tickets for $500 to get into Heaven.
Written by Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
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