Nigerian Student Testifies TB Joshua’s Prayers Helped Her Gain Admission to Oxford University!

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Blessing Omorodion

A Nigerian student in UK who gained admission into the prestigious Oxford University has acknowledged that the prayers of T.B. Joshua were instrumental to her academic breakthrough. 

In the run-up to her exams, Blessing explained that “things got really tough” but she found strength through praying along with Joshua via his television network Emmanuel TV and ministering ‘Morning Water’ from his church.

In a testimony shared on Joshua’s official Facebook Page followed by 3.5 million people, a young lady named Blessing Omorodion recounted how her mother visited the cleric’s Lagos-based Church in December 2018.

“I had recently applied to the University of Oxford to study medicine, so I asked her to pray about my application. The following Tuesday after she visited The SCOAN on Sunday, I received an email stating that I got an interview and, by the grace of God, I got an offer,” she recounted.

However, the academic requirements necessary to meet the offer were rigorous. “I was required to get at least an A* and 2 As in my A-levels exams, so I knew that I would need to pray and work hard to meet these conditions,” she explained.

In the run-up to her exams, Blessing explained that “things got really tough” but she found strength through praying along with Joshua via his television network Emmanuel TV and ministering ‘Morning Water’ from his church.

“The encouraging words of Prophet T.B. Joshua on Emmanuel TV helped me to maintain my faith,” she testified.

According to Miss Omorodion, she even surpassed her academic expectations in the ensuing exams. 

“By the grace of God, I not only met my offer but exceeded it by getting 3 A*s in my Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology A levels,” Blessing ecstatically concluded.

Her academic institution Brampton Manor took to Twitter to celebrate her achievement, with Oxford University’s official Twitter feed retweeting the announcement of her successful admission.

An article published in UK’s Sun Newspaper highlighted Blessing’s remarkable achievement, revealing she only arrived in Britain aged 15 and could barely speak English at that time.

The University of Oxford, the oldest academic institution in the English-speaking world, is renowned as one of the world’s most prestigious universities and universally ranked among the best higher learning establishments worldwide.blessing, tb joshua, scoan

T.B. Joshua equally sponsored a Nigerian student, Olayinka Oduwole, for a PhD in the same institute, investing over £100,000 (N44m) in her academic pursuits. She has since graduated and now engages in pioneering research into 5G technology at the University of Surrey.

Ihechukwu Njoku is a freelance journalist

Video: How TB Joshua Rescued Elderly Woman Accused of Witchcraft From Being Burned Alive!

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TB Joshua with Elderly Woman who he rescued From Being Burned Alive For Witchcraft!

A community feud fueled by superstition almost resulted in the gruesome murder of an elderly woman – but for the intervention of Nigerian Pastor T.B. Joshua.

A video uploaded to YouTube sensationally titled, “Will ‘This Witch’ Be Burned Alive” reveals how the scenario dramatically unfolded at The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN).

Etom Bassey, a Pastor from Assiga, Cross Rivers State cried out amidst the church service that an elderly woman has been accused of being “a witch” and labelled the malevolent cause of all her family misfortunes.

According to Bassey, another lady similarly accused of witchcraft was a victim of ‘jungle justice’ just a fortnight earlier and burned to death as a primitive punishment for her alleged diabolic actions.

With the same cruel fate awaiting Mrs Ukwo Ufia – who had been ostracised by her own children amidst the furore – the pastor insisted the family should bring their dilemma to T.B. Joshua’s church before rushing to any rash action.

“Every church and prayer home they have taken her to confirm she is a witch,” he explained, as the elderly woman looked forlornly on.

The community monarch penned a letter to Joshua, pleading for his ‘prophetic involvement’ to settle the contentious issue and reveal the truth surrounding the damning allegation.

Community representatives alongside the aged woman’s direct family were all present in the church when Joshua addressed the complex case.

“What is happening to the family is an ancestral issue. Her mother was also labelled a witch and she died out of frustration,” the cleric revealed, much to the amazement of the family who corroborated his prophecy.

Joshua then declared he would “join the family”, affirming that Mrs Ufia was not a witch or the brains behind their calamities.

Kneeling to comfort the distressed woman who burst into tears upon hearing his words, Joshua called on the family to embrace forgiveness.

“It is an abomination – for someone who is not a witch to be called a witch,” he told the sombre family. “We can beg her and she will listen. What of the one in the grave?”

After the service, Joshua prayed for the entire family and gave them N500,000 as they returned to Cross River State with an emotional reconciliation.

Due to deep-rooted superstitions, it is common – especially in Southern parts of Nigeria – for elderly women and young children to be accused of witchcraft and subsequently stigmatised.

Ihechukwu Njoku is a freelance Nigerian journalist

 

Prophet TB Joshua and His Critics

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This is a post from one of our readings, analysing the unpleasant situation TB Joshua has been experiencing in the hands of his detractors. Hope you enjoy reading.

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 channel “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 that time gave the 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 the 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 President wrongly, but with hind knowledge 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 TB Joshua and rebuke his 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 religious leaders did 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 cruelly led him 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 sadly the current way of the world. If people don’t understand something or can’t achieve a TB Joshua’s 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 Latter 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 programme receives opposition, just like miracles on a Sabbath day amounts to be working.

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 around 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 every day. 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. Imagine 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 the 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 to life, but we don’t have to be desperate because of our conditions. Established systems or the religious would contend with our faith and offering themselves 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 for a retreat, 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 allowed some of us 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 critical 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.

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

TB Joshua, SCOAN And The Rest Of Us

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Prophet TB Joshua

I am not the public relations officer of Prophet T.B. Joshua neither am I the communications director of the Synagogue Church Of All Nations, SCOAN. Above all, I am neither a Yoruba, which TB Joshua is, nor a member of his church, SCOAN.

I am just a Nigerian who must speak out when it is necessary for him to do so.   A Nigerian, who, out of the fear of God, must always speak out on matters of national importance, rather than hide under the facade of innocence to allow things go wrong.

That said, I want to use this opportunity to advise all those Nigerians, including some so-called men and women of God, who criticize Prophet T. B. Joshua and SCOAN unjustly and jealously, to shut up their dirty and stinking mouth and ‘face their warrant.’  NO APOLOGY, WHATSOEVER!

You may be wondering why I am talking tough or hard. I’ll tell you why.

I have been observing, listening, and reading the funny and false stories that some jealous people, especially Nigerians, peddle about the person of T. B. Joshua and his church, SCOAN, without anybody cautioning them.

Meanwhile, the same persons cannot watch and listen to other people talk bad about Pastors E.A. Adeboye, W.F Kumuyi, D. K. Odukoya, Chris Oyakhilome, David Oyedepo, among others, without them standing up to condemn or fight for their idols in their absence.

Does anybody think that T. B. Joshua’s silence on the negative things people say against him is a sign of cowardice on his part?   It is not! Instead, it is a proof of his wisdom from above.  Anybody who thinks otherwise, should better have a rethink or have his or her head re-examined.

I think it is high time I said something concerning the way some Nigerians speak evil about T. B. Joshua and his church, SCOAN. I am going to say it without looking at faces.  This is not a matter of being disrespectful, but a matter of the understanding of the leading of the Holy Spirit.

The first time I heard about T. B. Joshua was in 1994 or 1995. Then, he was just starting out his church at the Agodo area of Egbe, near Ikotun. Then, yours sincerely was living on Thomas Animashaun Street in the Aguda area of Surulere, Lagos.

The gentleman from whose mouth I heard about T. B. Joshua for the first time, said so many unprintable things about the man. He also lied that T. B. Joshua buried so many human beings alive in his church in order to get the power he was using to perform those rare miracles, whose news are everywhere in the world.

Because of those stories, which I later discovered to be baseless, I swore never to go near T. B. Joshua, let alone attending his church. Even when some of my cousins, who were members of his church invited me to come with them to the church, I refused to accompany them there.

In 2015, something happened that forced me to attend SCOAN.  By that time, Prophet T. B. Joshua had relocated his church to its present permanent site at Ikotun, near Egbe.

The younger brother of a friend of mine, who was based in Europe, visited Nigeria for an important mission, but could not return to Europe, even when he made every attempt to do so.  The reason for his inability to return to Europe, he didn’t know.

After watching Emmanuel Television, owned by SCOAN, the frustrated young man decided to visit SCOAN, without anybody preaching to him or forcing him to go there.  He got there and got exactly the solution he needed to solve his problem.

On the day of his testimony at SCOAN, he invited me to accompany him there, and I obliged him. I went there not because I wanted to please him, but to satisfy my curiosity of all the evil stories I’ve heard about the place.

We got to the church premises at some minutes past 4 A.M. and were directed to the Overflow Church. We waited there until some minutes past 6 A.M. when we were ushered into the main auditorium of the church.

I was afraid when I stepped my feet into the main church. I was afraid because I thought that those negative stories, which I had heard about the place might come after me. Unfortunately for those rumourmongers, who were bent in destroying the good image of T. B. Joshua and SCOAN, that never happened.

After my friend’s younger brother had returned to his base in Europe, I decided to visit SCOAN on my own. I went there six times on my own, making it a total of seven times that I went there.

In all my visits and research about T. B. Joshua and SCOAN, I am yet to find them wanting in any of those areas that they were constantly accused of. Instead, I have been blessed for going there, more than most other righteous churches have ever blessed me with.

  • SCOAN is the church in Nigeria that cares about the poor and other less-privileged people more than any other church in Nigeria. Keep your proofs while I keep mine, until the time to show proofs comes.
  • SCOAN is the only church in Nigeria with the largest heart of advertising juicy job vacancies for everybody, including unbelievers and members of other churches to benefit from.
  • SCOAN is the only or the first church in Nigeria to be recognized by the United Nations, UN, in terms of providing employment and helping the poor and other less privileged. I was at SCOAN on the very day some UN representatives visited the church to thank T. B. Joshua and SCOAN for creating jobs and for caring for the poor and other less-privileged people of our society, without partiality.
  • SCOAN is the Nigerian church where miracles, signs and wonders take place more than in any other church in Nigeria.
  • SCOAN is the last bus-stop for Christians, from all over the world, who have gone to other churches for solution to their problems without success.
  • SCOAN is the only church in Nigeria where the giving of offering and paying of tithe is not sang as a song, as is done in most other churches in Nigeria. Apart from forcing people to pay tithe, some churches in Nigeria even keep registers of tithe-payers. What a joke!
  • SCOAN is the only church in Nigeria that you’ll attend without being ashamed of not giving offering or paying your tithe, when it is very glaring that you don’t have to give or to pay. This is because nobody would bother you or look at you as the poorest man on earth.
  • SCOAN is the only church in Nigeria, which does not waste its members’ offering and tithe on printing fliers, banners and billboards, yet hundreds of thousands of people, from all walks of life, find their way there to worship.
  • SCOAN is the church that has the highest number of worshipers from other countries of the world, every Sunday.
  • SCOAN is the church in Nigeria that promote the tourism policy of our government more than any other church, and yet, does not ask for payment or to be appreciated for doing so.
  • SCOAN is the only or the first among the few churches in Nigeria, where their pastors would say to their newcomers: “Get what you came here for and go back to your church and worship God there.” Pastors in other churches would do everything to make sure that every newcomer that comes to their church does not return to the church, where he or she came from.
  • SCOAN is the only or the first among the few churches in Nigeria that does not advertise or fight for members, yet its population keep increasing, day after day.
  • SCOAN is the most popular church in Nigeria, in the eyes of people from other nations of the world. If SCOAN is the most popular Nigerian church in the eyes of billions of people from other countries, who are the few millions of Nigerians that would think otherwise?
  • SCOAN is the only or the first on the list of few churches in Nigeria where pastors do not criticize pastors of other churches unjustly or jealously.
  • SCOAN is the only church in Nigeria where you can be for several hours without getting bored and hungry to go home.  This is unlike most other churches in Nigeria, where worshipers tell their pastors when to end the service and where worshipers are free to leave the church before the end of the service, on account of boredom.

Which one will I say and which one will leave out?  In spite of all these pluses in favour of SCOAN, many uninformed Nigerians still call it a place of occult and fake powers.

The most annoying part of this is that some men and women of God, whose only job in Nigeria and in other places where they have branches, is to collect offering and tithes, also have the guts to speak evil of T. B. Joshua and SCOAN; the church that change lives and change nations.

In case you’re not a man or woman of God, please, help me ask those men and women of God who run their mouths like a faulty faucet whenever T. B. Joshua and SCOAN are mentioned, what they have done for Nigeria and for humanity in general.  If any, let them list them just as I have just listed those of T. B. Joshua and SCOAN above.

I am not surprised that some Nigerians can say what they say about T. B. Joshua and SCOAN because the Pharisees and other unbelievers say worse things about Jesus, the Saviour of the whole world. If they could do that to God Himself, who then, is T. B. Joshua and SCOAN?

The most annoying thing about all this is that most of the people who speak evil about T. B. Joshua and SCOAN have never stepped their feet into SCOAN nor conduct a research about T. B. Joshua and SCOAN. Why, then, do they choose to die in ignorance?

Why would a reasonable man and woman, including the educated, believe and go about saying “Dem say, dem say?”  Isn’t it shameful on their own part?

Why were they sent to school? Is it not to use their brains better than those who had no opportunity of going to school?  Why then, are they disgracing and advertising their ignorance?

I can never tell you what I did not see or hear. If I have not seen or heard, I’ll tell you so, instead of peddling rumours and falsehood.

So, those people speaking evil of T. B. Joshua and SCOAN should first visit SCOAN before talking rubbish or they themselves would become the rubbish that they speak.

I don’t want to get angry and start mentioning names here.  But since T. B. Joshua is the only house of occult in Nigeria, how many other men and women of God, who claim to be saints or most-righteous, are sure to make heaven, with all the noise that they and their members make?

For those of us who are not ‘professional’ pastors, why do we allow some of these ‘professional’ pastors who live on us and who claim to be the best deceive us?  Why?  Why?  Why?

I challenge anybody, including other ‘most righteous’ men and women of God who feel that T. B. Joshua is a devil to do one-fiftieth of what T. B. Joshua does. If they can do it, Nigeria and indeed, the world, would be a better place for all of us to live, because poverty and the high rate of crime would go down.

Can the whole world be wrong about T. B. Joshua and SCOAN, while only a few Nigerians are right about them?  If NO, why all these sorts of destructive criticisms?

Finally, I have an advice for all those Nigerians, including some men and women of God, who talk dirty of T. B. Joshua and SCOAN: Why not remove the log in your own eyes first before attempting to remove the speck in T. B. Joshua’s eyes.

Lest I forget, why are you not ashamed of yourself? You have been talking bad about somebody for several years now and the person seems not to be bothered by what you say about him. Isn’t that enough for you keep your dirty and stinking mouth shut and ask yourself: “Is all that I have been saying about T. B Joshua and SCOAN really true?

A word, they say, is enough for the wise. Those who have ears let them hear.

SOURCES:naijatipsblog.com

 

Why Does The Media Always Misrepresent TB Joshua?

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Writing By Gordon Anderson

On Saturday 10thAugust 2019, I read a report in Zimbabwe’s Herald Newspaper alleging the Southern African nation’s Belgium-based football captain Knowledge Musona was set to undergo surgery for a nagging ankle injury that has dogged his career for several years. My attention was drawn because headlines were rife several months earlier of Musona’s public testimony in The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) in which he stated this ankle injury was healed after prayer at the well-known ministry of T.B. Joshua. Skeptics and cynics understandably capitalized on the news of his ‘impending operation’ to tout their adverse assertions about ‘miracles’ and paint Joshua’s ministry in a condescending light.

Merely hours later however, a fuming Musona took to his Twitter account to debunk the story, reaffirm his good health and decry the lies being unrepentantly peddled in the media. “I am not having ankle problems and I am not having an operation on my ankle! Please get your facts right first and stop writing false articles about me,” he angrily wrote to Robson Sharuko, the article’s author. However, reading between the lines, Knowledge was not the target of this flagrant falsehood – T.B. Joshua was. Musona’s story is just one of countless examples where the media have grossly misrepresented the cleric, choosing sensationalism over soundness, fiction over fact and bigotry over reality.

Last month, I saw a scandalous headline on Google News: ‘How Pastor TB Joshua Raped Me – Another Nigerian Woman Speaks’. The source was PM News, a Nigerian evening newspaper turned online outfit. A quick read revealed a clearly malicious attempt to drag Joshua’s name into the current quagmire of prominent pastors accused of sexual misconduct. The lady in question did not directly mention T.B. Joshua’s name and earlier articles suggested her sexual predator was actually a ‘prophet’ from the Celestial Church.

Merely hours later, PM News retracted their initial story and issued an apology, stating: “The reference to TB Joshua is regretted.” Shortly afterwards, the lady at the center of the scandal, Vicki Royce, tweeted: “Please media, stop accusing pastors. TB Joshua is NOT THE ONE!” She later admitted – after tales of her ‘running mad’ surfaced on social media – that she was ‘paid’ to formulate the story against the Nigerian cleric. But the ‘damage’ had been done. Casual observers glancing at headlines had already formulated ill-informed conclusions and multiple blogs had reposted the initial story with all defamatory details in place. Shortly afterwards, more Nigerian media jumped on the bandwagon to propagate wild claims of a lady named Bisola who made similarly brazen allegations – despite video evidence she previously apologized for her ‘lies’ against Joshua and admitted to mental instability.

Late in June, a work colleague sent me reports from Nigerian media – Premium Times and Sahara Reporters to be precise – that T.B. Joshua’s visit to Nazareth had been stopped due to the volume of local protests by religious figures. Despite this online furore and supposed protestations, I personally watched Joshua’s two-day revival at the Amphitheatre of Mount Precipice live on Emmanuel TV. The meetings were safe, successful and well-attended, receiving even favourable reportage in The New York Times and Reuters. The Nigerian media which trumpeted the apparent cancellation were conspicuously silent.

I equally recall the time media erroneously shouted T.B. Joshua’s name as one of those involved in the Panama Papers scandal that toppled heads of state and prominent figures worldwide. After all the ‘noise’, the exposé was itself exposed and the attendant racket simmered into insignificance. What about the horrific incident in which over 100 lives were lost during the collapse of a building at The SCOAN in September 2014? The media – especially in South Africa – quickly painted the cleric black, propagating a one-sided narrative that the structure was shoddily built and blithely ignoring the existential evidence of external interference. The case has been in court for five years and the legal quagmire drags on till date.

Examples validating this opinion literally abound – from Kenyan media linking Joshua to a gruesome murder case to Ghanaian media claiming he was ‘spiritually manipulating’ their elections to Zimbabwean media erroneously attributing to him prophetic messages he never uttered to UK media accusing him of contributing to those who died with HIV/AIDS after prayer despite no demonstrable link to the individuals involved. I once even heard that a Nigerian journalist at The National Mirror was sacked for writing a favourable report about The SCOAN, contrary to the biddings of his paymaster! But the question remains – what does the media have against the unusual enigma of T.B. Joshua? Why would they willfully engage in propagating or promoting defamatory or derogatory accounts? Why do reports presenting the positives appear so overwhelmingly underwhelming?

Despite his enormous reach and teeming supporters worldwide (records reveal he attracts sixty percent of foreign tourism to Nigeria), the truth is that Joshua still remains a mysterious, misunderstood, misrepresented figure. Even his clerical colleagues who’d you expect to rally around him amidst media attacks – including the likes of Enoch Adeboye, Matthew Ashimolowo and Paul Adefarasin – are among his fiercest detractors. Intriguingly, the cleric himself has chosen the ‘loud path’ of silence, unprovoked and unperturbed by the deluge of disparagements.

While I don’t really understand why Joshua is the subject of such media disdain, let me end by quoting a parable he once used himself in a sermon: “No matter how long a lie is sustained, the truth will someday prevail. No matter how fast a lie runs, the truth will someday overtake it.” I am personally convinced history will paint a truer picture of Joshua’s credibility and consistency, not the jaded pages of fading newspapers.

Gordon Anderson is a writer based in London, United Kingdom. He is an expert on African religious affairs and paid a visit to The SCOAN in 2013.

Musona reaffirms TB Joshua healing, slams false surgery rumours

tb joshua, musonaZimbabwe Warriors’ captain, Knowledge Musona, is not happy with reports claiming that the renowned African Prophet T.B. Joshua did not really heal him as the soccer star once famously claimed, and would now be undergoing surgery in Munich, Germany to finally get cured.

A Zimbabwe based news agency, The Herald, published the fake News on Saturday, August 10 2019, with an image of him testifying at TB Joshua’s church, The SCOAN, in Nigeria.

The article asserted that the very ankle injury he had testified to be healed from could have limited his ability to play at his optimal level during the 2019 AFCON finals in Egypt.

The provoked football captain immediately jumped on his Twitter account to personally let the senior sports editor, Mr Robson Sharuko, know how he felt about his article, debunking its false allegations. musona, twitter, tb joshua

Musona tweeted, “Mr Robson Sharuko, with all due respect, I do not appreciate you writing false articles about me. I am not having ankle problems and I am not having an operation on my ankle! Please get your facts right first and stop writing false articles about me.”

The tweet triggered a heated exchange between the football captain and the editor – who was reluctant to admit that his story was false.

Musona continued the exchange and said, “Stand by your lies; I thought your job is to report the truth? That says a lot about you.” He finally ended the argument with by tweeting that he doesn’t joke when it comes to his career, reaffirming his healing.

The article by Mr Robson seems to follow a trending pattern among journalists who start rumours about TB Joshua to entice attention at all cost.