The Danger In Collecting Offerings – TB Joshua

By Ihechukwu Njoku

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Prophet T.B. Joshua

Nigerian Prophet TB Joshua has sensationally declared that “most offerings collected in churches all over the world are a curse, not a blessing.”

Joshua, who was speaking to a packed congregation at The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) was responding to a question raised about why offerings are not collected during his weekly Monday ‘Living Water Service’.

“We cannot begin bothering distressed people – I mean, the sick ones, the poor ones – asking for financial support,” the cleric explained.

Adding that although it was Scriptural to collect an offering, “The question remains: Whom are we asking for support? The distressed, the sick, the poor?”

Enlightening congregants further, he stated, “When you are healed and delivered, your ‘Thank you’ is a blessing from God. But when you are distressed, your ‘Thank you’ is distress. When you are sick, your ‘Thank you’ is sick.”

Joshua then declared: “You are your ‘Thank you’ because you cannot live above your word. That is why most gifts today are a curse, not a blessing… That is why you have to be very careful.”

Sharing practical examples from daily life, the cleric explained how judging by mere appearance is misleading as people are often pretentious.

“I know people beyond appearance because I look at the heart,” he revealed. “Appearance is deceptive.”

The video of Joshua’s short sermon on YouTube elicited a deluge of responses from followers, many declaring it was the “first time” they had heard a pastor explain such subject matter.

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Ihechukwu Njoku is a freelance Nigerian journalist…

TB Joshua’s ‘Morning Water’ Saves Zimbabwean Mad Man For 25years In South Africa

A touching testimony from South Africa of reconciliation and restoration after years of madness, homelessness and family separation has been shared on TB Joshua’s official Facebook Page.

According to the testimony shared by Geogina Gumindega, she had visited Joshua’s popular church in Lagos, Nigeria in October 2019 and received some ‘Morning Water’ – an item believed to be ‘anointed by Jesus Christ’.

Geogina subsequently learned of a heart-breaking situation from one of her close friends whose brother had mysteriously disappeared for twelve years after leaving Zimbabwe for South Africa.

According to the lengthy tale, the man – whose name was given as Leon Ayamu – “left home without the blessing of his parents and also ran away from a woman who had just given birth to his daughter.”

The situation deteriorated in South Africa to the point that Ayamu “started to live in the bush” and fell into mental degradation.

It was so bad that he was “surviving solely on fruits and vegetables” with “monkeys for companionship” in his homeless state.

His discovery was nothing short of miraculous! “We ministered the Morning Water on his sister at 11pm on December 7th,” Miss Gumindega explained. “At 9am on December 8th, she saw her brother by the roadside on her way to the supermarket,”

“God had put him in the right place to be seen by his sister who was not even looking for him that morning!”

The family were apprehensive “due to his rude and violent nature at the time” but “managed to convince him to follow us home”.

Thereafter, Joshua’s ‘Morning Water’ was ministered to Ayamu and placed in the water in which he took his bath.

“After this first bath, he went on to sleep for six hours that afternoon. According to him, he started to remember his family and actually miss them after waking up from this sleep!”

The path to mental stability had begun as the dishevelled man told his family “he began to crave human companionship” instead of merely staying with animals.

A matter of weeks later, with plenty of prayer with the ‘Morning Water’ and tender care, Ayamu “has regained consciousness, accepted Jesus as his Saviour and watches Emmanuel TV 24/7!”

Reflecting on his old life, the restored mad man said it felt “as though he lived in the jungle for only a month yet, in reality it had been over a decade!”

He has since reconnected with his estranged family members in Zimbabwe, “apologised to his parents for his rebellion” and broken free from an addiction to codeine and marijuana that fuelled him in the bush.

However, Ayamu’s tale is marked with disturbing and sordid details.

“He confessed to having suffered physical and sexual abuse from other men who took advantage of the vulnerability of homeless and mentally ill people,” Geogina revealed, explaining that at times he would “wake up with male semen all over his body”.

Gumindega hoped his testimony would “challenge our perspective of the kind of help we give to vulnerable people in his former state.”

Pictures of Ayamu’s condition when he was discovered in the bush and his current state a month later after returning to normalcy were equally included in the remarkable testimony to authenticate its contents.

With the abundance of such ‘testimonies’, TB Joshua’s church continues to attract followers from around the world, with official immigration statistics revealing six out of every ten visitors to Nigeria are bound for The SCOAN.

SOURCE: TB Joshua Ministries Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/tbjministries/posts/2915367191917371

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Ihechukwu Njoku is a freelance Nigerian journalist… 

Prophet TB Joshua Tagging 2020 as a Year of Humility

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Prophet TB Joshua

If all of us are subject to one another in true love and being clothed with humility then the prophecy of prophet TB Joshua of SCOAN ought to be good news because our God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.

It is said that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom and before honour is humility. If this is also our social condition then we know humility will produce promotion and honour. A year of humility will turn out to produce the best in us, growing us in God’s designed path and plans for our different communities.

It is, therefore, becoming very clear that prophet TB Joshua is talking about a change that comes from being humbled; a humbling change forced down on a proud community of people. The society will be humbled and individuals will be humbled to produce the desired people God would want. A change that is directed by God may not be an easy path to travel in a society walking and living on a path of impunity. In the Bible people were in their comfort zones and all of a sudden, God brought about a humbling change that guided their lives onto a completely new path.

Noah was asked to build a huge ship in the desert, Abraham was asked to leave his comfort zone to an unknown destination, Joseph forced out of the warm arms of his loving father into slavery, and countless others including Peter asked to abandoned his fishing profession to becoming an Apostle of Jesus Christ. It’s only God Himself that can lead us through by enforcing His divine will on a society bent only on self domination.

For people not familiar with prophecy, and confusing same with scientific prediction or forecasting, a little-noted may be needed. The purpose of both prophecy and prediction is the same. Each goes out to tell what will happen in the future. However, their source of authority for this information is very different. Whereas prophecy relies on the authority of God-given information prediction is based on man’s ability to determine what may happen in the future. Prediction is sometimes right but often wrong because it depends on man’s and the volatile environment. On the other hand, a true prophecy is never wrong because it always carries the authority of God’s truth and character. We appreciate prophet TB Joshua for being concerned in a world where people don’t seem to care nor value things of God such as praying, teaching or prophesying.

Prof. R. A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria

PROPHECY FOR 2020 – PROPHET TB JOSHUA

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Prophet TB Joshua

Our prayer warriors are on their knees praying to make sure the changeable ones are changed. Prophecy is a guide to life. This is the Word of God.

Happy New Year!

THESE PROPHECIES WERE RELEASED ON 28 DECEMBER, 2019 BUT MADE AVAILABLE ON 5 JANUARY, 2020.

PROPHECY FOR 2020 – PROPHET TB JOSHUA

PROPHECY FOR THE WORLD:

  1. This year will be a year of HUMILITY. This year, the Lord will humble us with our challenges. Challenges can be affliction, arrogance, pride, wickedness or bad habits. To humble us with these is for those things to destroy us or expose us. Let us move closer to God.

  1. Agriculture will help the economy because the economy will have a backlash. People should invest in agriculture. Let us farm to help the economy.

  1. There will be a common medicine that will cause people to be ‘high’ to die, to commit suicide, to think of what can lead to death. The governments of each nation should watch out and put a check on pharmaceutical drugs that come to their country.

  1. America should invest more in agriculture because their economy will be affected. The economy they see today will be affected, so they should invest in agriculture and encourage their farmers. Also, approach to the security issue will affect the candidates and swing voters in the next election. It will be tough in the election. They should pray against a recount. It may be too tight.

  1. Let us pray for the Nigerian government to be able to finish this year without an interlude that will cause a situation of for and against. Join me in praying for my nation.

  1. Vice President, it is not yet over. Expect much more pressure. The pressure will be so much. I pray you will be able to stand the pressure. We join you in prayer.

  1. Many sicknesses and diseases that leaders have been treating privately will surface this year. They will become bedridden and many will not make it.

  1. Russia should pray for their leader to avert his being on the sickbed. Something will surface. There is a ladder to go up – if this is averted.

  1. An incident will happen to the nation Iran that will cause panic throughout the world. We are praying to know the mind of God concerning this.

  1. Work of God – people will be getting tired this year because the work of God is not by power and might; because of so many challenges, tribulations and burdens they will not be able to bear.

  1. United Kingdom – there will be agitation from a section that wants to leave; that will become an issue. Also, pray for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh against going in and out of the hospital; pray for God to give them revival. Pray for unity and understanding among the Royal Family – because of what I am seeing. Brexit needs more time to stand on its feet – with more co-operation of the EU leaders. If not, there will be economic repercussions and the cost of things will become unbearable. With time and preparation, all will be well.

NOTE: PART TWO WILL BE RELEASED AFTER THOROUGH CONFIRMATION FROM GOD. THIS IS JUST PART ONE. PART TWO WILL BE RELEASED AFTER THOROUGH CONFIRMATION FROM GOD. THE REST WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ON OUR OFFICIAL SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS.

Prophet TB Joshua Relocate to the mountain to seek God’s face ahead of 2020

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Prophet TB Joshua

Foremost and internationally recognized Man of God, Prophet TB Joshua, the founder of Synagogue Church of all nations(SCOAN) has relocated to the mountain in order to seek God’s face and direction for 2020.

This was announced during a live service at his church in Lagos by one of his ministers , Prophet Racine, who read a letter to the congregation that cut across all nations and explaining why TB Joshua was not in service .

The minister who was with Prophet TB Joshua earlier at the mountain stated that he and some other ministers had to return from the mountain for the church service but the man of God had to stay back because God has not released him and also because of the things he saw ahead of 2020.

He said even though he isn’t in their midst physically, he was there spiritually because there is need for him to seek God’s face towards the coming year.

“The man of God Prophet TB Joshua will not be in our midst physically because he is at the prayer mountain. Take note of the word ‘physically’ – in body he will not be here but he is with us in spirit.

We too were at the mountain. We only returned for the service – but he remained behind. He is concerned about all that is about to happen in the New Year ahead around the world’’

He did a flashback to January 2019 when the Man Of God went to the mountain to pray and seek God’s sake for the year, making it known that all what God showed him came to pass.

“Remember what God showed him in the same mountain at the beginning of this year – what would happen. Now he is back there to know what will happen next year. Let us listen to what God showed him.

“This has been played thousands of times on Emmanuel TV. When it was playing at the beginning from January 4th, you were not taking it seriously. Today, you and I will agree that this year is so fearful’’

Afterwards, a video of Prophet TB Joshua on the mountain was played. It was reinstated that the man of God has the whole world in mind and it was due to this reason that he was absent from the church service.

Oh That Men Would Praise the Lord

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The SCOAN

Like the Psalmist in Psalms 107, we give thanks and praise unto the LORD, the God of heaven and earth, for He is good. His mercy endures forever. We see His right hand of power working through our man of God, Prophet TB Joshua of the Synagogue Church of all Nations (SCOAN) Lagos, Nigeria. This outgoing year, 2019 has been a year of testimonies. We cannot count all the blessings, we don’t even know most of them, only that we feel God’s presence and His blessings. God has continued to expand the coast of His prophet through building men and women to work with him in the ministry in this outgoing 2019. Many across the globe have become more committed Christians and working for the kingdom of God assisted by the devotion and commitment of the Prophet.

Hence, the redeemed of the LORD, whom God has redeemed from the hand of the enemy in 2019 are saying thank you, Jesus, whether they came to the SCOAN or attended any of the international crusades held in Nazareth or elsewhere, or had exercised individual personal faith in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through Emmanuel.TV. Thank you, Jesus, because it has pleased you to gather us out of the lands, from the east, and the west, from the north, and the south, and you delivered us from the grip of Satan, that old serpent. Many had truly wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way but found no deliverance until they came to have an encounter with Jesus in the SCOAN. There they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and He delivered them out of their distresses. God led them forth by the right way, that they might be saved and have salvation in Christ Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. This is why we are praising the LORD for His goodness, and His wonderful works to the children of men in our generation.

God had satisfied the longing of our souls and filled out hungry souls with goodness. We had been afflicted by various degrees of darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and chains of iron. Yes, we acknowledged it has been because we had rebelled against the words of God and contemned the counsel of the Most High. Then we cried unto the LORD in our trouble and ran to prophet TB Joshua. The prophet prayed for each one and God saved us out of our distresses. God brought us out of the darkness and the shadow of death and broke the chains of iron holding us to the enemy. God set us free. Oh, that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and His wonderful works to the children of men.

Assuredly God has broken the gates of brass and cut the bars of iron in sunder. We are set free from spiritual husbands or spiritual wives, set free from bedwetting, set free from idols or generational curses, we are healed and our souls are saved. Yes, we’d been fools because of our transgression, and because of our iniquities, and had been afflicted. We had lusted after all manner of idolatries and hence drew near unto the gates of death. Now we have cried unto the LORD in our trouble. We ran to prophet TB Joshua and he prayed for us and God in His mercy saved us out of our afflictions and distresses. God sent His word through His Prophet to heal everyone, and to deliver us from destructions. Our God is full of goodness and wonderful works to the children of men. With God all things are possible. We saw and tasted God’s awesome power and goodness in SCOAN this year 2019.

Now by taking the step to accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, we have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby God is now our Father. The Holy Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. From being children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ. This is the good news of Christmas and the work being echoed every day through Emmanuel.TV. Therefore if we celebrate Jesus this Christmas we shall also be glorified together with Him. Therefore we truly celebrate prophet TB Joshua of SCOAN and his team because our spirit bears witness that he is a true man of God and proclaiming Jesus Christ our King. Emmanuel!!!

Prof.  R. A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin Nigeria

 

Reinhard Bonnke, TB Joshua and Overcoming Division in The Body of Christ

bonnke, tb joshua“Let us have a minute of silence for one of God’s Generals – Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke. May his soul rest in perfect peace.” The entire congregation rose solemnly to their feet. Respect. Honour. Acknowledgement. A day earlier it had been announced that German Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke had passed onto glory at the ripe age of 79. “It’s all about Jesus, not all about T.B. Joshua. It’s not about Reinhard Bonnke; it’s all about Jesus.”

It was with these heartfelt words that Pastor T.B. Joshua began his sermon at The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) on Sunday December 8th 2019. Hours earlier, his social media platforms – followed by millions – had published a touching tribute to Evangelist Bonnke, describing him as a “missionary with a burning passion for the Gospel.” Celebrating his ‘life and legacy of harvest’, Emmanuel TV declared, “The character of a true believer is that he finds refuge in the secret place of the Most High God. Heaven is our resting place, our dwelling place. Here Reinhard Bonnke rests – in the precious arms of Jesus Christ.”

I’m sure churches around the African continent and indeed the world offered similar sentiments and shared similar tributes. Reinhard Bonnke was, after all, a colossus in the evangelical world whose mammoth crusades led untold millions to the knowledge of Jesus Christ. However, the significance of Joshua’s poignant tribute lies in the divisive events preceding it, much of which remains shrouded in mystery by the ‘dirty politics’ that unfortunately infiltrated Nigerian Christianity. Indeed, many don’t know that Reinhard Bonnke publicly renounced any ties with TB Joshua – at the specific, urgent insistence of then Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) President Ayo Oritsejafor.

In 2007, Bonnke had been interviewed by Emmanuel TV in one of his public meetings, immediately irking Nigeria’s Pentecostal fold who had denounced Joshua as an impostor who used diabolical powers. Bonnke spoke several weeks later on ABN (African Broadcasting Network) – the channel owned and operated by Oritsejafor – stating he was unaware of Emmanuel TV’s correlation with TB Joshua and renouncing any ‘endorsement of TB Joshua’ suggested by his initial interview. At the period when ‘persecution’ against TB Joshua from Nigerian Pastors was at its fiercest, Oritsejafor was undoubtedly among his chief critics, stating categorically in an interview with the Vanguard in 2009 that he did not consider Joshua to even be a Christian and threatening to ‘expel’ any member of PFN who was caught ‘fraternising’ with him. Oritsejafor’s spiritual father – the late Benson Idahosa – once famously said TB Joshua was ‘below his cleaner’ and defiantly declared he would shortly die. Without jumping to any conclusions, it’s pertinent to note his own passing followed soon after.

In an article from US-based Charisma Magazine in 2002 about the controversies surrounding Joshua’s ministry, Peter Vandenberg, then executive vice president of Christ for All Nations (CFAN), explained Bonnke’s rationale for ‘keeping a distance’ from the Nigerian cleric. “We held a meeting organised by 2000 local pastors and every one of them said that Joshua does things that are occultic and that what he is doing is not doctrinally correct… We stand with the majority of Christians there who have denounced him. Our brothers in Nigeria are on the ground there, and they know best.”

It’s intriguing to note the ministry quoted ‘the majority’ as opposed to ‘seeking God’ for insight. However, years have passed since these controversies raged and time has unequivocally spoken a rather different picture than the ‘majority’ quoted above. Rather than receding away from prominence, TB Joshua has grown leaps and bounds, emerging as Nigeria’s most well-known televangelist with an increasingly large international following. Whilst Oritsejafor has faded into virtual anonymity, Joshua’s ministry has seen exponential, sustained growth (ABN has 1,500 YouTube subscribers and Emmanuel TV has 1,500,000). Prominent figures in Nigerian Christendom who vociferously condemned him such as Mike Okonkwo, Chris Okotie and Matthew Ashimolowo have dipped into ‘relative obscurity’ compared to Joshua’s meotoric rise in influence and acclaim.

Amidst such criticism, Joshua remained silent – letting actions speak louder than words. His sermons are centred on the simple truths of God’s Word, he engages in huge humanitarian projects both locally and internationally and the countless testimonies emerging from his ministry unequivocally give glory to Jesus Christ. Whilst Oritsejafor has been embroiled in the controversy of the Prosperity Gospel – recently caught on camera ‘commanding’ Americans to pay $5,000 each for an ‘anointed mantle’ at Morris Cerullo’s church – TB Joshua has painstakingly made it clear miracles cannot be exchanged with money and openly distanced himself from the excessive greed associated with the ‘Prosperity Gospel’. To surmise the scenario, the advice of Gameliel in Acts 5:38-39 springs readily to mind: “Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”

I expect Bonnke just listened to what the ‘majority’ said without taking time to personally observe TB Joshua or seek the face of God concerning his anointed ministry. I am sure he – like many others in the Pentecostal fold – realised the truth about Joshua’s genuineness and unique spiritual calling but found it difficult to publicly acknowledge given his past comments. Regardless, this tribute by TB Joshua provides a powerful lesson, especially poignant for those in the vineyard of Christ. Let us forget pain of the past, put aside our differences in the body of Christ and ensure we stand for unity – with Jesus Christ at the forefront of all our actions and attitudes. After all, it’s not about Reinhard Bonnke, TB Joshua, Enoch Adeboye, David Oyedepo, Chris Oyakhilome or any other minister of God – it is all about Jesus! 

Tawia Acheampong is a writer on African affairs based in Accra, Ghana