TB Joshua shares sombre message on 5th anniversary of SCOAN building collapse

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Prophet T.B. Joshua

Exactly five years after the tragic collapse of a guesthouse at The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN), Pastor T.B. Joshua has honoured the ‘blessed memory’ of those who died in the incident with a thought-provoking message.

On September 12th 2014, 115 people lost their lives in the horrific building collapse, 84 of them South African nationals visiting The SCOAN for religious reasons.

“A Christian does not consider death to be his end but the end of his trouble,”the cleric eulogised in a special broadcast on Emmanuel TV in commemoration of the anniversary.

Joshua stressed the inevitability of death, adding that a person’s age or the nature of their demise were not the critical issue. “What matters is the grace to continue living hereafter,”he said.

Waxing philosophical, Joshua asked viewers to be introspective as they remember the dark day.

“How are you spending your life,” he reflectively asked. “Because the greatest way to use life is to spend it on something that will outlive it – for instance, to love someone more dearly every day.”

Joshua called on his followers to proactively engage in helping others, stressing that “when you look around you”, you would assuredly find those “in need of your love, help, strength and time.”

He concluded with a sober reminder: “Live each day as if it were your last. Someday, you will be right.”

Despite the passing of five years, the controversy surrounding the cause of the deadly collapse remains, further induced by the attendant court case stuck in a seemingly endless legal quagmire.

The SCOAN still insists the church was ‘attacked’, pointing to a military plane which encircled the ill-fated building several times before its implosion.

The incident, however, has done little to quell the flow of foreign pilgrims to Joshua’s church with numbers from the Nigerian immigration service estimating six in every ten tourists to Nigeria are bound for The SCOAN.

Ihechukwu Njoku is a freelance Nigerian journalist


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“Whether we die young or old, what matters is the grace to continue living hereafter. It is now four years since our beloved brothers and sisters slept in the Lord. We must realise that their death is an unavoidable call – a call to our Heavenly home that no one can disobey.

Jesus said that if you do not take up your cross and deny yourself daily and perhaps even get killed for your belief in Him, you are not worthy of Him (Matthew 10:38, Matthew 16:24). The level at which satan attacks us seems to be equal to the level of our commitment to the Lord. I don’t think enough people understand this. If you are totally committed to God, He will take up satan’s challenge against you.

As soon as we make a true conversion, a commitment asking Jesus to purchase us, we become Jesus’ property. Then satan hates us the same way he hates Jesus. That is why the moment we are truly saved, we are engaged in a phenomenal battle (John 15:18-22). We cannot separate warfare from salvation. True salvation is going to put you into direct conflict with satan.

Many of us would say, “Why should I suffer or die? After all, Jesus won the victory on the Cross and suffered for me?” But the question we need to ask ourselves is, “What did Jesus say?” He said, “I have said unto you, the servant is not greater than his Master. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you” (John 15:20).

Anyone who claims that he does not have to suffer because Jesus did it for him is indirectly saying that he is greater than his Master. He is actually contradicting what Jesus said. Basically, we need to give up our lives here on earth and gain eternal life in Heaven. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, we are accepting citizenship in Heaven and death here on earth.

Once Christ purchases us, we become aliens here on earth and there is a barrier between us and everything here on earth. We are servants, we simply obey the command of our Master. We do not decide what suffering we must bear.

Many people have been serving the Lord fervently and have come into difficult life situations because of being mistreated by either wicked men or carnal Christians. The truth is that they have been treated unjustly. But to become offended would only fulfil the enemy’s purpose of getting them out of the will of God. If you stay free from offence, you will stay in God’s will. If you become offended, you will be taken captive by the enemy to fulfil his own purpose and will.

If we are Christ’s followers, we must follow His example. If He could forgive the people who were killing Him, we can certainly find a way to forgive those who hurt us. When we cannot forgive, we hurt ourselves more than anyone. Nursing a grudge damages our heart. Life is too short to waste our time on things that have no lasting value or significance.

From eternity’s perspective, death is not a period; it is only a comma because of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. When a believer dies, he goes into glory, where there is no conflict. Heaven is our home. A man may die young yet be satisfied with living but a wicked man is not satisfied even with long life.

Those who try to kill us are only helping us to go home and rest. But those who send us home will go into further conflict; they will have more questions to answer than when they were alive. The wicked seem to prosper now and live without a care but they will spend eternity in terror and despair.

How can we honour the memory of the martyrs of faith? Endeavour by the grace of God to live for the Lord and give yourself to the needs of others.

Romans 14:8 – “If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.”

What a blessed memorial!

How do I end this write-up? Here, I drop my pen.”

Prophet T.B. Joshua

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An Apron used as a  tribute for the martyrs of faith

An Apron used as a tribute for the martyrs of faith

Our God sometimes uses foolish things to confirm the wise; when God is involved in our matter, we know what follows. The life which we have been given, gives no notice before it is being taken away from us but the way and manner we leave this world matters. The martyrs who went to rest in the Lord are better than some of us that call ourselves Christians today because they are “martyrs” and God almighty is also involved in their affair.

The fact that the relatives of the martyrs accepted an invitation to the SCOAN shows that God is involved in this matter; it is not a brainwash as many of us present it but the power of God working. This proves that Prophet T.B. Joshua is upright and has a genuine anointing.

If you have ever felt the intense pain of losing a dear one, you would know that the tolerance of the relatives to death of their loved ones is purely a miracle. What the general foes of the SCOAN are trying to prove is that the anointing of T.B. Joshua is not real and that is the bottom line of their name callings, insults and blasphemies’ concerning the Prophet but the truth is that what is not true will never stand the test of time. After all that as happened, he has kept on fulfilling the purpose of God for his life and the building collapse incident never made him relent in his ministry. Let’s take Job in the bible as a case study; in Job 1:13-19, no matter what was happening around Job, Job never changed his thought, ways and love towards God. The collapsed building at SCOAN might have been planned in order to destroy the Prophet but no matter what has happened, he has kept on doing the work of the lord (one with God is more than majority).

God is involved and that is what people today have not seen but the question is “why are people so blind to the truth that they cannot see what the parents of the martyrs have seen?”

From the onset, T.B. Joshua has been a man who loves everyone no matter the country or color.

The love he has for people prompted him to construct guest houses which would ensure the separation of his visitors from prospective fraudsters and also – away from the conventional hotels that serve as a haven for countless immoral acts. The buildings were constructed with high quality and top grade materials, with no compromise.

How could people ever imagine that a man of God like Prophet T.B. Joshua who has such a caring heart for people will use inferior materials to construct a building that would be used to accommodate his visitors?

Let all be careful because the living God who never sleeps nor slumbers and who has said “touch not my anointed and do my prophet no harm” can also get angry. We should not incur the wrath of God on ourselves and generations yet unborn. If you doubt the power of the prophet, all you need to do is to ask God through His word by His spirit and He will tell you. There is nothing that happens today that is not written in the bible; just as there were false prophets, there were also true prophets who worked wonders in the name of God. The way of the lord is unpredictable and amazing to man. If he were not to be a true prophet of God, he would have never been able to survive through every single challenge he has ever come across in his ministry. We should not use our present anger and jealousy to push a wonderful treasure away which God has given to the world today. LET LOVE LEAD.

The relatives of the martyrs who have accepted the invitation of the man of God are people who do not allow their current situation shake their faith and salvation in God. They have kept their faith and they know that this world is not our home, we are just passing through and in the process of our passing we will receive a test of faith that will make us want to question God; but this honorable relatives have decided to keep their faith just like Job (Job1:20-22) who knew that loved ones were created and formed by God and have gone back to rest in Him. Though this is a very painful situation, we thank the lord that in all these the relatives never sinned against God.

It is better to be a martyr than keep living a life of blasphemy which at the end has a terrible consequence on us.

Methuselah lived for 969 years, yet his longevity did not affect the world in the way which Solomon’s wisdom did whose life span was relatively shorter. Jesus Christ lived only for 33 years and today he remains the greatest soul winner in the history of the church. All these go to show that it is not how long we live but how well we live our life that counts.

Throughout this period, I have come to a conclusion that people who have lost no time in castigating the man of God are not really after the truth of the collapse incident, rather, they are after bringing down the man of God perpetually. This has been their ultimate goal, not since the building collapse, but since they heard about the name TB Joshua.

They are doing all these due to personal grudges and hatred, in order words, speaking, writing and posting for selfish, classic and material reasons. Funny enough, throughout this time, the SCOAN activities were not disturbed by the lies and rumors of SCOAN foes. God who sees the heart of every man would never allow any harm to come to the way of His servant. At the end, THE TRUTH SHALL SURELY PREVAIL.

Finally, as Christians, we should examine everything in the light of God’s word, that is, we should make God’s word the standard for our talking, acting, posting and our lives. We as Christians must begin to see ourselves as one body; love must lead so as to avoid so many unwanted events because we are all one body in Christ. We must begin to develop a lasting relationship with Christ because that is what Christianity is all about.