Is TB Joshua not another religious fraudster?

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Prophet T.B. Joshua

Rejected for Christ. I live in the UK and have been following TB Joshua’s ministry for several years now. I cannot help noticing that many out there seem to mock SCOAN and rebuke his ministry. Am I surprised? No, not at all, as they did exactly the same to Jesus in His time. People accused Jesus of being both demonic (Matthew 12:22-32) and a fraudster (Luke 23:11).

It’s seems to be the way of the world. If people don’t understand something or can’t achieve it for themselves then they just have to tear it down. I’m a disabled middle-aged woman from the UK with a serious genetic disorder. I’ve never been able to travel to SCOAN in Lagos. I’ve never even met TB Joshua, so how can I be so certain that he really is a prophet of God? Some might say it’s just wishful thinking on my part. After all my son has inherited my disorder too, so maybe I just want to believe there is a cure out there for both of us? Some might even say I’m desperate enough to believe in anything. Actually, I’d say the opposite.

I wouldn’t risk putting all my hope in false promises. If anything, such claims might make someone like me even more wary, especially if I followed the negative feedback out there. It would just be cruel to give my son false hope. Yes, I am a Christian, but my son isn’t, so the last thing I’d want to do is let my son witness that my faith in a prophet of God is wrong. I also know that Jesus warned us to be wary of false prophets, those who come in sheep’s clothing but are in fact ravenous like wolves (Matthew 7:15-20). So why haven’t I joined the line of sceptic’s out there who believe that TB Joshua is just another religious fraudster, like so many before him? After all there are loads of fake ministries out there making tons of money out of people’s misery, so what makes TB Joshua any different? For one reason and one reason only. Jesus told us that we would recognise true prophets by their fruits, and that a bad tree only produces bad fruit whilst a good tree produces good fruit. (Matthew 7:16-18).

I used to be a children’s teacher before this illness stole my health. I would always teach the children to be willing to find things out for themselves and make up their own minds. I’d encourage them to explore the facts thoroughly before they blindly accepted the beliefs of others. So that’s exactly what I did with TB Joshua, and this is what I’ve discovered. TB Joshua comes from a very humble background. In fact, he is a very humble man. At his latest birthday celebrations, he denied that he was a celebrity. He had no desire to seek celebrity status. Instead he called himself “a man of the people”. Then he told the multitude that what would really please this “man of the people” would be if they were willing to share what they had (time, money and food) with those without them. Is that the language of a fraudster? When he first decided to build the Church of All Nations he got on his hands and knees and helped to build it, from the drains up. Is that the actions of a fraudster? The other day I watched one of his Youtube videos in amazement.

A pastor had come to the SCOAN church and admitted that he had told everyone in his own church that TB Joshua was a fraud, and to avoid SCOAN. That pastor had suffered greatly in his personal life, and on advice from another pastor, visited SCOAN to seek forgiveness. Would a pastor be willing to humiliate himself like that in front of the world (and his own parishioners), if it was just lying? And how did TB Joshua respond to this pastor? He called him a ‘friend and brother’ and reassured him that God had allowed it and forgave him fully. Is that the actions of a fraudster out for financial gain? Sadly, there are many out there today (including too many Christians), who mock his focus on demonic possessions and healing. Indeed, here in the UK, very few churches seem to include this topic in their ministry, even when they hold regular healing ministries. I know! I’ve done my research! Yet this is the part of his ministry that convinces me most.

TB Joshua ministry focuses on healing people from demonic oppression. Who else did that? Jesus of course! He took demons very seriously and confronted them eleven times in the bible. He was even visited by one himself at the start of His ministry (Matthew 4:1-11) He showed his apostles exactly how to confront demons, in the same way that TB Joshua confronts them today (Matthew 8;28-34). Of course, Jesus was accused of driving out demons through the power of demons within himself (Matthew 12;22-32) and was very unpopular with the churches of His time. Is this all sounding a little too familiar? TB Joshua’s ministry has been accused of manipulating the poor and dispossessed in society, yet isn’t that exactly the same type of people that Jesus worked with? Jesus recognised that the majority of those who had power, authority and comfort in society would not listen to Him or accept His message. So that’s why he worked mostly with the poor, the lonely and the suffering; those that society had rejected. He cared very deeply for such people, people like Mary Magdalene, the first person to recognise Him after he rose from the dead yet had been healed of seven demons by Jesus (Mark 16:9).

Demonic possession is one of the best kept secrets in modern Christianity today, as it no longer seems accepted by civilised” society today. Yet Jesus sent his apostles out with the authority to cast such demons out, just like TB Joshua does today (Mathew 10:1). Indeed, after the resurrection He told his apostles that one of signs of the Spirit would be the ability to cast out demons! “In my name they will drive out demons” (Mark 16:17). So why do Christians today choose to ignore this critical aspect of ministry and are so judgemental about TB Joshua’s work? The fact is even some of Jesus’s own disciples struggled with belief at times and had been unable to cast out a demon in a young boy (Mark 9:14-29). What did Jesus say about their failure at the time? “If you have the faith of a mustard seed…. nothing will be impossible for you” (Mark 9:14-29).

So, I just wonder what would happen if all those sceptics out there were willing to risk opening their minds and hearts to the teachings of Jesus instead? And no, to be absolutely clear, I’m not saying that JB Joshua is Jesus! I’m just saying that He is an obedient apostle who reflects what can be achieved when we are willing to fully submit ourselves fully to Jesus’s teachings. As Jesus so clearly reminds us “Everything is possible for one who has faith” (Luke 4:41). God bless your work. Mandy Edwards from England I would love to write more often for you.

By Mandy Edwards

3 thoughts on “Is TB Joshua not another religious fraudster?

  1. I am from the Solomon Islands, and I have been watching TB Joshua on Youtube for a year now. I also watch some of the African evangelists on Youtube. But to be honest I can attest to you all, that TB Joshua is so different from the others. He is full of anointing and has helped me in my search to understand better about life. Through TB Joshua’s teaching I now enjoy reading the Bible, unlike before. I saw the Bible as the key to living. It has the answers to all my problems, and TB Joshua has inspired me how to overcome those challenges.
    I shared the Youtube and SCOAN website with my work colleague, and although we are of different faith he has taken keen interest in following TB Joshua. We do not have Emmanuel TV in our country but we continue to enjoy watching SCOAN on Youtube and sharing them with families and friends.
    Thank you Prophet TB Joshua for the revelation that I would not have had from the Pastors of my church and Preachers of the Gospel.

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  2. Prophet TB Joshua and his Critics
    For many years now, say since around 2003, I have been following TB Joshua very keenly. I first got a glimpse of his ministry on a state “Christian Hour Sunday Evening Programme”. The programme is still ongoing for ministries that can’t yet afford to run their private stations like Emmanuel.tv that is now 13 years old. The Nigeria Federal Government at the time gave order to disallow the use of government television stations by ministries like TB Joshua showing miracles. Our impression at that time was that the order was meant to shut up Synagogue of TB Joshua. The organizations that were not disallowed by government of that day took it till date that they were the right ministries. By extension they thought that they were the ones “Preaching the True Gospel of Jesus Christ”. But for SCOAN, some of us believe, government opposition (that generated some public doubt in TB Joshua and his ministries) encouraged the birth of Emmanuel.tv that is now global. We thank God for using a supposed Christian Predident wrongly, but with hindknowledge in a way that gives more independence to the Church of Christ in Nigeria in broadcasting.
    Yes, many others out there seem to continue to mock SCOAN and rebuke it’s ministry for different other reasons, and this is no surprise. We are not even going to compare the present attacks on TB Joshua with the attacks to Jesus Christ and the massive persecution of the early Apostolic Church. It is of note nevertheless that the religeoius leaders did exactly the same to Jesus in His time. People accused Jesus of being both demonic (Matthew 12:22-32) and a fraudster (Luke 23:11). Yes they did and eventually led him in a cruel manner to the Cross, thinking they were fighting God’s battle.
    Jesus operated in a mono-ethnic and predominately Jewish population. Today the world has hundreds of religions each of which is on a mission of competition rather than seeking the Way and the Truth. This is saddly the current way of the world. If people don’t understand something or can’t achieve a TB Joshua standard for themselves then they just have to tear it down. This is more so in a present era of total impunity around the world and the spread of “Prosperity Gospel only”. No ministry wants to go near the demonic world where the End-time devilish anti-Christ forces have their home. They gloss over it, all in the pretext that “False Prophets and Teachers will arise in Later Days”. Others through their denominational doctrine disallow any manifestation of the Spirit at worship. Their prepared programme is a mere routine of one or two hours of “prayer, singing, dancing, sermon, tithes and offerings, then the grace, till next Sunday”. Anything contrary to this programne receives opposition, just like miracles on a Sabbath amounts to working. In fact we were expecting TB Joshua to conduct his recent Nazareth meeting starting it on a Saturday, but he started instead in a Sunday. Yet the Jews and Arabs were still skeptical of the mission of TB Joshua and his team.
    Individuals with one problem or the other can better associate with Jesus because He touches on them directly. Jesus said “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest”. Jesus gave the invitation but those making money from public infirmities turn round to oppose a ministry like SCOAN healing freely. Yes the poor of the society, disabled, demon possessed and the devil-chained-down, those who realise they have lost their way, and including others expecting the coming of Jesus Christ the King, all are coming to SCOAN to see Jesus. We are encouraging them to go. My concern right now is the capacity of SCOAN I estimated in 2012 to be only about 30,000. My other concern is “Just a one man of God” faced with a large crowd everyday. I saw it and felt for him. I’m getting so delighted now that many others, men and women, are coming up with great anointing. An additional test of a genuine prophet is the ability or gift of raising disciples. TB Joshua is doing that. Already some of his “first disciples” have joined the opposition forces and are publishing against their boss. Even within such publications the genuineness of TB Joshua and SCOAN becomes more obvious. Immagine one who worked ten years in SCOAN, saying miracles are fixed whereas people who just touched Emmanuel.tv in their homes have positive results. Christ is alive and working, and this is different from whether TB Joshua is a perfect man or not. You don’t wait till a Samson takes hold of whatever is the middle pillar of your faith and destroy you along with itself. Look for Jesus and SCOAN is a place you can find Jesus also. If you get your healing or any miracle whilst in UK, USA, Saudi Arabia, China, etc, come forward and say it as a witness that Jesus is alive. Mary saw Jesus after His resurrection and told others, and others likewise, then the Bible.
    We have to be desperate in our search for Jesus Christ because He holds the key of life, but we don’t have to be desperate because of our conditions. Established systems or religions would content with our faith and offering themsves as alternatives, but by reading our Bible and praying Jesus will reveal Himself and lead us aright. Incidentally I have found SCOAN as a training ground for Christian leaders, a place fora rethreat, a solution ground, of course a miracle centre, a reconciliation ground, and a place where all Christians and all faiths can meet.
    Prophet TB JOshua isn’t just humble but very accessible, and given some of us the opportunity to advise him, where there is a need. He is just like one of us but with a given special anointing. We are daily praying for him, just as we pray for every ministry that comes under the control and anointing of Jesus Christ. Hence I find no reason why people will be crical of TB Joshua other than endeavouring to perfect the work of the man of God. TB Joshua shall be perfect because his master, our own Lord and Saviour, is perfect .

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