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.

BETWEEN PROPHET T.B. JOSHUA, DR. SUNDAY ADELAJA AND A YOUNG LADY CALLED BISOLA HEPHZI-BAH JOHNSON

I just finished reading a book titled “The T.B. Joshua I Know: Deception Of The Age Unmasked” by one Bisola Hephzi-bah Johnson.

I am an avid reader and it took me just a few hours to read it.

After much thought I have come to the conclusion that the book is fit for only one of two places: either the dustbin or the garbage dump.

I say this because apart from the fact that it is a good example of what can best be described as a scandalous, mind-numbing and delusionary catalogue of disjointed verbiage and a horrific compilation of unsubstantiated and baseless allegations, it is also one of the most hideous, slanderous, uncharitable, wicked, callous and evil submissions that I have ever read in my entire life.

Written by a bitter and twisted soul who claims to be a God-fearing evangelist and yet who has attempted to pass off falsehood and fabrication for truth, I would urge Prophet T.B. Joshua and his SCOAN Church to sue her for libel and defamation of character.

Attempting to discredit selfless and genuine men of God is nothing new. It has happened from the beginning of time and through the ages and it will continue to happen till the end of time.

Yet at the end of the day those that choose that perfidious and heartless course always fail and end up in shame and utter destruction.

The case of this lady author shall be no different because regardless of her attempt to discredit him, T.B. Joshua and his ministry continues to flourish and go from strength to strength.

I am not surprised that other men of God, like the Ukraine-based Pastor (Dr.) Sunday Adelaja, would endorse and support the author and those that share her views as reflected in the foreward of the book because there is a whole load of envy in the Church.

This is especially so given the fact that Joshua appears to attract a far larger followership from all over the world and enjoys far more respect in the international community than Adelaja who, despite his massive following in the Ukraine, has not made the impact he would have loved to make in Nigeria and throughout the rest of the world.

To make matters worse I have been reliably informed that the author was commissioned, and the production and publication of the book paid for by Adelaja. This may or may not be true, but one thing is clear: it was a pretty effective and no-holds barred hatchet job which has been unleashed on the internet for the entire world to see.

It has one objective and one objective alone: to inflict as much damage to the reputation and ministry of the object of the author’s hate as possible. This is wickedness of the highest order and an attack on the entire body of Christ simply because, in my view, an attack against one is an attack against all.

It is made all the worst by the fact that Adelaja did not limit his criticisms to T.B. Joshua and SCOAN alone but went as far as to indict virtually all the Churches in Nigeria by writing that the atrocities that he has accused T.B. Joshua of goes on in “virtually all churches in Nigeria and Africa”. This is hogwash. It is a lie. It is wicked. It is evil.

The overwhelming majority of Nigerian Churches and men and women of God are doing a great job under difficult conditions and Adeaja knows this. There are a few bad eggs but to suggest that the majority of them are devil worshippers, crooks, sex maniacs, women and child-molesters and charlartans is not only unfair but also down right irresponsible.

Is it Pastor Adeboye’s Redeeed Church of God that he is referring to in this way? Or is it Bishop David Oyedipo’s Winners Chapel? Or is it Dr. Daniel Olukoya’s Mountain of Fire? Or is it Pastor David Ibiyeomie’s Salvation Ministries? Or is it Pastor Paul Enenche’s Dunamis? Or is it Apostle Johnson Suleiman’s Omega Fire Ministries?

Or is it Bishop Okonkwo’s TREM? Or is it Dr. B.O. Ezekiel’s CPM? Or is Pastor Paul Adefarasin’s House On The Rock? Or is it Pastor Tunde Bakare’s Latter Reign Assembly? Or is it Pastor Matthew Ashiomolowo’s KICC? Or is it Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s Christ Embassy?

Or is it Pastor Wale Adefarasin’s Guiding Light Assembly? Or is it Pastor Tony Rapu’s This Present House? Or is it Sam Adeyemi’s Day Star Ministries? Or is it Archbishop Nichlas Duncan-Williams’ Action Faith Ministries? Or is it the late Archbishop Benson Idahosa’s Church of God Mission? Or is Apostle Emmanuel Kure’s Throneroom Trust Ministries? Or is it Archbishop John Praise’s Dominion Chapel International?

Or is Ituah Ighodalo’s Trinity House? Or is it Bishop El Buba’s Outreach Ministries International? Or is it Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere’s OPM? Or is it the Baptist Church, ECWA, CAC, the Methodist Church, the Anglican Church or the Catholic Church in Nigeria?

I really do wonder! Which are the exceptions and which are the rule? To indict virtually every Church and every man and woman of God in Nigeria and indeed Africa all the way from the comfort of his plushy Church in Kiev, Ukraine is insulting and it is wrong.

Has Dr. Sunday Adelaja forgotten that he is a Nigerian as well? Has he no self-respect and dignity? Has he no sense of patriotism? Is this his way of endearing himself to his near all-white congregation and the Ukrainian authorities?

I do not want to get into Church politics or fuel the petty rivalries of our revered men of God so I will go no further than that on Adelaja.

What I will say however is that T.B. Joshua is my friend and I can vouch for him any day, any time. Despite the fact that, like me, he is misunderstood by many and much-maligned, I have no hesitation in saying that he is a kind-hearted, humble, compassionate, selfless, disciplined and profoundly good man.

He is also a powerful, gifted, dedicated and generous servant of the Living God who has saved many lives, who has brought hope and strength to many lost causes and souls and who is worthy of our honor and respect.

Contrary to the author’s claims, he is not evil, he does not sleep with members of his congregation, he does not dabble in the occult, he is not a charlatan, he is not a hypnotist and he is not a servant of satan.

My prayer is that God forgives the author for her outrageous and slanderous submissions and that she finds peace. I pray that she is delivered from what can only be described as her bitter, evil and tormented soul.

I pray that she retraces her steps, desists from yielding herself to usage by malevolent and evil spirits and that she stops playing the role that the Holy Bible so graphically and aptly describes as that of “the accuser of the brethren”.

I have no doubt that she needs deliverance and judging from Sunday Adelaja’s equally slanderous, perfidious and insidious contribution as reflected in the foreward of the book, she is clearly not the only one that does so. May God forgive them both.

As for my dear friend and brother Prophet T.B. Joshua I have little doubt that he shall continue to go from strength to strength regardless of the efforts of his numerous accusers and detractors to pull him down. I say this because I know that God is with him.

By Femi Fani-Kayode

 

​IS THE MEDIA RELIABLE IN SCOAN NEWS?

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Was there a stampede that claimed three lives in the recent SCOAN crusade? Is Tb Joshua really connected to any recent death? Why is the media more concerned about fake News? How do I really know what news to believe presently? Why do the Press and social Media show no interest in the thousands of astonishing healings, deliverances and charities that took place in the cause of the Programme? 

Anyway, it is so disappointing the way good news is taken for granted, while bad ones soar with pride to take over the media. Is it that the public find bad news soothing or the press derives pleasure in the spread of negative and spurious news? Do we really get to the root of pressing issues before we come to a conclusion or we just take whatever we hear out there? These questions keep me pondering.

The social media and other modern news outlet were supposed to be the medium to disseminate real and factual information to the general public. Unfortunately, this medium has been hijacked by wrong hands that delight in feeding the public with lies and spread wrong information to ruin other people’s reputation.

Over the years, the propaganda being carried by the social media and the press has been one of the major challenges of the Church, as they will never spread anything good concerning the Church. Whereas, the Church has been a source of inspiration, rehab to the destitute and a place of hope to billions of people all over the world.

Presently, apart from the ministry of Prophet T.B. Joshua, other men of God are being vindictively criticized. It now seems the easiest way to get attention is to lay slanderous remarks about a man of God and speak ill of the Church.

Even some so called big media houses are now reputably known for their anti-SCOAN tendencies; they never speak well of the Prophet. They always keep mute to good News but would be among the first to create headlines with respect to event that never happened anywhere within the church. The most disturbing part of all is that the ignorant ones out there who don’t care to investigate the source of this fake news take them as the truth.

Despite all the marvellous happenings that took place on the day of the revival that is, the healings, miracles and act of charity, it was only the unfounded allegation of stampede that took over the media space. Is it that the world and its institutions hate the Prophet that they don’t care to put their reputation on the line? Why the spread of spurious lies about the SCOAN and Prophet T.B. Joshua? Who is T.B. Joshua a threat to? Who are those that are against the Prophet and the great works God execute through his hands? Is it that they are hell-bent on seeing his downfall or they are so pained that the challenges faced by the ministry of Prophet TB Joshua have had absolutely no effect on the growth of his ministry?

Even with the negative news and slanderous remarks about the Prophet, he has always kept calm and shown love to all. Little wonder the ministry of SCOAN has continued to blossom; moving from strength to strength.

It seems these anti SCOAN columnists fail to understand that the SCOAN is far beyond negative propaganda and campaign of calumny. Their condemnation against the SCOAN has even contributed to the spread of the Ministry of T.B. Joshua all over the world thereby, serving as a free advert.

We hope the Press change their ways, embrace objectivity in their reports, irrespective of individual opinion about the subject matter. Reputability should be their watchword.