A controversial South African pastor, who gave his church members Jik bleach to drink during a church service has spoken out to defend his action.

Pastor Ruffus Phala, of Ark Centre Ministry told Daily Sun he could turn the Jik into the blood of Jesus.

Christ's blood

He said what his members were drinking wasn’t Jik but Jesus Christ’s blood.

“Yes, it was Jik before I made the declaration. But after I declared it to be the blood of Jesus Christ it means it’s no longer Jik so it won’t harm anyone who consumes it.''

Bible

He said what he did was similar to what happened in the Bible, where Jesus gave his servants’ wine to drink but had said to them “this is my blood”