I would love to appeal in my own little way to The families and relations of the martyrs who have taken offense at TB Joshua by reason of the building collapse, meting out threats of lawsuits and court injunctions. Please pause one moment and ask yourselves, is this what your deceased loved one would have done or gladly approved of if they were here present? Knowing the level of their devotion and commitment to the SCOAN? Will the departed soul of your beloved be united with you in this cause you now undertake against Joshua?
I learned of a man who is vehemently vexed to vendetta for his departed sister. To the one who has opened a website on this cause; your website is a desecration of the memory of your sister whom you claim to love, this is proven by the account of her life before her demise. If you really knew her as you claim, you would know that you have with a single action wiped off what was dearest and uppermost in her heart. With what frown she would look upon you from heaven above for working at cross purposes with her – She who strove to live in affection towards the prophet in order that both he may be comforted and that she may saved through his preaching.
Come to think of it, it is very unlikely that if your deceased love one had returned from the SCOAN with all round testimonies, you would have opened a website heralding the praise of God through the SCOAN. This fact alone exposes the hollowness of your “joshuamustaccountfordeaths” campaign, which is nothing but one of calumny. The entire catastrophe seems serviceable to you as just the right pretext for a premeditated move against Joshua, as it is to his ardent critics; a sordid fact that inadvertently numbers you in the bandwagon of those who delight in celebrating evil rather than good.
By saying TB Joshua must account for the deaths you directly accuse him as being responsible for the demise of the entirety of victims. The only way such accusation would hold sway is if it is proven that the collapse was caused by a structural failure resulting from shoddy construction or building overload. The coroners inquest set up to establish the cause and manner of the collapse is still underway, But do you really believe structural failure to be the cause of the collapse? Judging from the CCTV capture of the near symmetrical, rapid and total collapse of the building, do you in all honesty perceive absolutely no trace of sabotage?
There are a lot of things that could be said of you, but let’s highlight just one here. In your open letter to a South African Newspaper, you vociferously debunked the way TB Joshua tagged the victims as “martyrs of faith”, yet on your very own website you call them “Heroes and Heroines”. What sort of hypocrisy is this? What differentiates a martyr of faith from a hero? There are no greater heroes of faith than the martyrs of faith. They are basically synonyms so what is the problem? You have inadvertently provided evidence of your belief in the name martyr of faith by using the term hero. Yet you cloak and disguise it with tantrums and expect us to join you in a reckless path.
Some critics, like the vocal critic blog see this tragedy as the undoing of TB Joshua; they said in a comment that TB Joshua would not bounce back after this. Those who have suggested this have simply voiced out their ardent wish for TB Joshua. Everyone can tell that the SCOAN would weather this storm, the church still receives thousands of visitors, it is reported that even some of those who survived the collapse with injuries that were flown back to south Africa have returned to Nigeria to the SCOAN. They know in whom they have believed; His gospel through this Man is to them a faith not to be repented of, a cross not to be afraid of. Even if it means facing a life threatening situation, they would press a handful of this courage against their heart, and with its help, face life’s final deadline with confidence and boldness. How can those who are outside the light understand this? It is impossible. One blind from birth cannot tell how bright the sun is.
You seem to stand as a lone ranger, trying to open our eyes to what? what truth? That Joshua must account for what? Of what use is a blind man trying to show the way with a lamp knowing himself does not see with it? Your impatience in this matter cannot be excused. Believing in the resurrection of Christ, i also believe my loved one will again rise again. since i have this assurance as to the resurrection of the dead, grief on account of death is empty. Why? why should i grieve if i do not believe my loved one has perished? why should i bear impatiently the temporal withdrawal of one whom i believe will return? That which you think of as death is only a departure. Those who have gone before us in this tragedy are not to be mourned, though of course they may be longed for. But even that longing must be tempered with patience “lest we should grieve at the falling asleep of anyone, like the pagans who lack hope”. (1 Thess 4:13)
People die daily, they lose their lives through varying degrees of tragedies, from car accidents to plane crashes and terrorism, yet nobody ever really makes much news and noise over them. Why does TB Joshua’s case have to be different? Is it not clear that this is the handiwork of back-stabbers using the tragedy as an avenue for further barrage of criticism against Joshua?
Furthermore, in how many of these widespread tragedies have the ruling bodies offered reasonable support and relief for the grieving families as TB Joshua is recently doing? Offering R50000 per deceased person for the funeral arrangements and other cash gifts, supplies, groceries, scholarships for those left alive? Where would they have received such much needed help if not from the generous hands of TB Joshua? Yet someone who claims to be a believer is asking us to reject all of these and take up a lawsuit against the man of God with the secular authorities, even when the tragedy occurred due to no fault of his.
If any one of the victims families associates with you who attempts to rally us against Joshua, he himself is one of those who would waste the church and soil the precious memory of the departed beloved. For being with us as having suffered loss of relation, but not with us in judgment of the cause, you are against us and are much worse than the accusers outside who lost no relation in this tragedy, because with the seeming friendship of sharing the same wound with us, you seek to disperse us from the faith our departed heroes and heroines entrusted us. You cannot turn us out of what we have received, and what has been committed to us. Joshua is under attack, he is the real victim in this whole tragedy and we will not add to his pains because he who adds to his present grief has not received Christ who sent him and he who has not received Christ shall be regarded as having despised the Father, wherefore he shall be cast out of the good kingdom.