Probing the Strange Fire of TB Joshua

Before TB Joshua’s ministry was first introduced to me by a colleague, I rarely went to church because I was skeptical about religion. Being a South African living in Pretoria, I am one of those people that don’t believe in miracles, I had the perception that miracles where stage-managed by men of God to deceive their audiences and that clerics were using religion to exploit the people and accumulating wealth for themselves. It is a fact that pastors are amongst the richest in society today they enrich themselves by sweet-talked and make many believed they would receive prosperity by giving money to them.

When I became aware that the Prophet helped the poor and gave most of his church offerings to the less privileged without having a house of his own; I became astonished because I never believed that such a person existed in our world and this made me show keen interest in the Prophet and his ministry. Before then, I was used to watching DSTV channels, but after watching one of the SCOAN live services via emmanuel.tv online and some of the ministry videos on you tube; I was compelled to install the emmanuel.tv decoder in my house. What I saw on emmanuel.tv and YouTube aroused my curiosity and I was eager to visit the synagogue church of all nations (SCOAN) to experience what I was seeing on emmanuel.tv But then, I came across some negative information about the Prophet online and on further research, I came to realize that Prophet T.B. Joshua is one of the worlds most controversial man of God. I read through articles and debates that questioned the authenticity of his powers and the genuineness of those massive healings and deliverances that take place in his ministry. I really was not part of those debates because I too was a little bite skeptical about the man of God powers. But those incredible miracles I saw on youtube, emmanuel.tv and the controversy that surrounded the Prophet aroused my curiosity to visit SCOAN because I believed there must be more to such a man, whether he be real or fake.

Then I filled the visitors FAQ on the SCOAN website and was also told to contact SCOAN on phone about my mail for a visit. To my surprise, I was invited. It is important to note that I never went there because I was seeking solution to a desperate need, I love my job and my family is doing well.

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The Synagogue Church off All Nations

On my arrival to the church, I was astonished with the structures of the building and the beautiful arts work on it, the structure of the Church truly portrayed a Synagogue of God.

My first encounter was at the ministry prayer mountain. Visitors were usually taking to the SCOAN prayer mountain for prayers, we were told that the prayer mountain was the place the Prophet lived and started his first church. The place is a swampy area reconstructed to become a tourist haven. Seeing the place for the first time, it was amazing we were shown the hut the Man of God was living in the past, I was shocked when I saw it, because I felt a normal person could not live in such a deserted environment, this reminded me of the prophets of old in the bible that lived half of their lives in the forests and caves. Indeed God raised and nurtured His true Prophet away from the distractions of the society. Back at the Church we were shown some amazing videos of mighty healings and deliverances from occult and wicked demons, I discovered that not all the videos we were shown could be seen on YouTube or on Emmanuel.tv. I hope SCOAN starts showing all those videos soon.

Then, there was both Thursday, Saturday and Sunday services. On Thursdays was healing service where they arranged those with incurable diseases and sickness on the ministry prayer line. The visitors were taken to the church auditorium to witness how they were being prayed for by the wise men. It was great to see those in wheelchairs, those having spinal injuries and others receiving instant healing as the wise men laid their hands on them.

The Saturday and Sunday services was another great event, on the Saturday, the prophet went into the congregation to give words of prophecy to visitors and members all the prophecies where instantly confirmed by those persons and some were even surprised as to how the prophet was able to know their unrevealed secrets. On Sunday, other international visitors and I were arranged in the prayer line, all those with all sort of sickness where prayed for with instant healing, why some that were demon possess where delivered, you hear the demons speaking through them and later they were declared free. It was all joy and happiness as many received their healings and freedom. Then I realized that all that I was watching on Emmanuel.tv were indeed real.

After the Sunday experiences I was told by my visitors coordinator that the prophet would see me before I go back to my country. The day I met with the prophet, it was in the early hours of the morning, around 2:00 am. On getting to his office, the place was so simple; I expected to see a large office with beautiful furniture and all other luxurious decors befitting a man of his caliber but found none. When I met with the man of God the way he smiled at me and his simplicity really made me feel welcome. He gave me anointing water and other spiritual materials and then he prayed for me.

With this brief encounter with the man of God, I realized that God’s presence is real in our world and He is still ready to use anyone who makes himself available. And I realized that those who are found of speaking against the great work God is doing in SCOAN need to go there and see for themselves. You don’t need to be sick before you know that there is a God that can heal all diseases. The God in SCOAN is a true God and I hope critics will see the light that is in that place.

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T.B Joshua and Sodomy

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Since the establishment of the ministry of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (Scoan), to date, T.B Joshua has continues to receive all sorts of criticism and attacks from those who are unhappy with the great works God is doing in Scoan. This haters of good things has continue to attack all the aspect God is using T.B Joshua to do in the life of many around the world, they have never seen anything good in the mission project of “Changing Life, Changing Nations, and Changing the World” that is going on in Scoan, all what they wish for is the fall of T.B Joshua and Scoan, they want those healing, deliverances and life transformation we do witness in Scoan should all stop.

Nevertheless, It is important to know that all this persecution and hatred against T.B Joshua and Scoan has much to tell about the genuineness of T.B Joshua’s ministry because this is not far from what Christ and His Apostles experiences during their earthly ministry.

The bible make us to understand that, if you are not of this world you are automatically, an enemy of the world, the world knowns their own if you don’t belong to them they will hate you and even work by all means to pull you down. T.B Joshua is a light from God sent to this world, and the kingdom of darkness that rules this world are all against him and this is the battle that has being on since the start of Scoan. Because darkness knows that light has come for the world’s liberty.

John 15:18-20“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you.”

Christ who spent much of His earthly ministry teaching the gospel of graces and casting out demons was accuse of teaching new doctrine against the established traditions of the day and that He was using the power of Beel’zebul to cast out those demons from the demon possess (Mark 3:22). Because Christ performed miracles of healing on the Sabbath day, He was accuse by some Pharisees of violating the moses law of Sabbath. Healing in Sabbath day was against the tradition of the day but unfortunately, Christ was wrongly accuse because He was doing the will of His heavenly Father (Matthew 12:10; Mark 3:2, John 9:14-16) and this reasons and many other controversies as written in the bible lead to the crucifixion of Christ by His people.

Christ experiences has much to tell that the human races from time immemorial has always fight against things that are different from their traditions and this has made many to remain ignorant about the things of the spirit and you know what the devil is using this to spread confusion in the Church, why, because many easily embraces tradition than the will of God.

Tradition is what the devil is using to spread disinformation and confusion in the church of today. Christianity seems to be a divided religion because every denomination now have their own believe and practices leading to some Churches publicly speak against others that don’t share their believes and this has cause the Church to lost focus from their adversaries (the devil) and start fighting and competing among their fellow brethren in the same faith of our lord and savior Jesus Christ.

In addition to this, many Churches which are no longer in touch with God’s power are now embracing the way of the world to remain relevant in the Society. Many Christian denominations and individuals are now reputable in editing and tuning the bible to accommodate the unholy practices of the world, you will hear teachings like you don’t have to believe in God to go to heaven, God mercy is unlimited with your way of life what matter is your consciences etc, and Some will even tell you that the casting of demons is barbaric and that those who engaged in such act are taking the world back to ancient time. Why?, because they them self lack the graces to cast demons out. All of this they do just to gain acceptance and favor from the world and the bible stands against this act. What fellowship those righteousness has with lawlessness?.

2Corinthians6:14-17 “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial (Satan)? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them And walk among them. will be their God, And they shall be My people.”Therefore“Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.”

This is why we need to pray and rededicate the Church to God. It is so shameful that many Churches are now embracing the ways of the world, what does light have with darkness?, Many Churches no longer worship God in truth and spirit and since the grace of God’s power is lacking many now have to look for other unbiblical means to remain relevant in the society. May God have mercy on His Church. Amen.

Sodomy Another Plan of Satan to turn God’s Anger Against Mankind.

Remember that our brothers, sisters and neighbors are not our enemies both spirit beings that are haters of light working through human faculties to formulate policies and encourages practices that are anti-christ in nature. Sodomy is another strategy that Satan want to use to turn God’s anger against the world. Ignorantly, many world respected political and religious leaders are in support of this unholy act of Homosexual, Bisexual and some Bestiality etc. Sodomy is an ancient demon from the pit of hell sent into the world by the devil. Even with the clarity of the bible on this matter, it is unfortunate that many Men of God around the world has continue to be sympathetic with this demonic act. Forgetting that you either stand for the truth which is light or you are in support of darkness. The bible is clear about it God is against Sodomy. Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis19:24-25) where destroyed by God because of this unholy practices. Here are some other bible verse that stand against this practices.

Leviticus 18:22 “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination.”

Leviticus 20:13 “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a womankind, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood [shall be] upon them.”

1Corinthians 6:9-10, Romans 1:24-27, Romans 1:26-27, Matthew 19:4-6, etc.

Mark 10:6-9 “But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”

The bible did not say a man should get married to a man or a woman should get married to a woman but a man to a woman anything out of this is not of God it is demonic and any person that is involved in this act needs total deliverances to regain normality.

Note: To be demon possess does not mean you are insane, you can be sound intellectually and be possess by demons, you may look normal in your physical appearances and yet your spiritual life is negatively affected and it is important to know that it is the spiritual that controls the physical.

The reason the devil introduces this demonic spirit into the world is to rekindle God’s anger against the nations of the world because the devil knows that God is against this unholy act and for your information, it will not end with the present campaign for homosexual, if care is not taking those that have affection for animals (Bestiality) will be calling for their own recognition and you know what, our world government and their institutions will make us to believes that this barbaric act is normal just as they are making us to believe now that homosexual is normal and natural. That is why right from time they don’t want you to believe that demons exist, so that when all this strange practices is been introduces into the world by Satan you will ignorantly think they are normal.

T.B Joshua The Present Hope For Humanity

The ministry of T.B Joshua, which is the last days hope for the human race, has continue to deliver countless numbers of those that have being possess with this evil spirit that make them to be attracted to their kind (Homosexual and Bisexual) and some attracted to animals (Bestiality). Scoan has continue to expose the activities of this evil spirit in the life of many by helping them to regain their normality according to God’s real plan for their lives. But it is unfortunate that even with this exposure, our government just still fill unconcern about the danger that surround the legalization of this inhuman practices. That is why I want to use this opportunity to advices those nations that have the fear of God to stand against this unholy practices, please take note, those of our leaders that are supporting and advocating this act of barbarism are acting under the influences of lucifer. So, let us always pray for our leaders, even if they cannot publicly
tell the world all what they are going through in the secret does not mean that all is well. This world is beyond the way we see it on television.

Let’s Watch and pray as children of God the world is promoting the cause of Satan against God’s will for humanity. That is why anything that has the mark of God is seen as a treat and their mission is to stop it by all means. T.B Joshua and Scoan is a great treat to the rulers of this world. Brothers and Sisters in Christ we need to support T.B Joshua in this present battle between Him and the rulers of this world, that is why T.B Joshua remains the most persecuted servant of God as far as Christianity is concern today, their is no minister of gospel that has received high level of persecution and criticism compared to that of T.B Joshua, to the extent that some group of sect now have their own website dedicated to ridicule T.B Joshua and Scoan. The world want healing in Scoan to stop, they want those who are in bondage to remain in it, they hate deliverance and faith healing with all passion, they are not happy seeing the homeless receiving scholarship in Scoan, all what they want is the fall of T.B Joshua and Scoan. This is why we continue to call on the good people of the world to always remember T.B Joshua and the Wise Men in their prayers. As you keep praying for God’s servant, may the good lord never forget you in times of your need. Amen.

Shalom!.

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Miracles in Nigeria-Professor Willem J. Ouweneel

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The Man In The Synagogue

The Man In The Synagogue

THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT ABOUT PROPHET T.B. JOSHUA AND THE SYNAGOGUE, CHURCH OF ALL NATIONS, LAGOS, NIGERIA HAS BEEN MADE BY PROMINENT DUTCH THEOLOGIAN PROFESSOR WILLEM J. OUWENEEL.

Professor Ouweneel holds doctorates in biology (Utrecht), philosophy (Amsterdam) and theology (Bloemfontein, RSA).
He is currently a theology and philosophy professor at several colleges and theological faculties. He is the author of over 100 books. He lives in the Netherlands, where he was born.

10 August 2002

I come from a Brethren background and not a charismatic background. So naturally I was a bit reluctant to go to Nigeria, but my daughter went there several times and she gave me the message that T.B. Joshua was interested in seeing me, although she had not told him anything about me. So I went there twice, once for five days in March 2002, and once for ten days in June 2002, and I hope to go there again in October 2002.

I was very much impressed by what I saw, heard and experienced there. Not so much only in seeing the miracles that happened and the sermons that were given, but particularly the spiritual experience in my own soul when I was there. That is something that everyone who doesn’t go there in person will miss. You will not experience personally what it is to be at such a sacred place where I felt the Lord’s presence in a particular way and where He spoke to me on things that He had not spoken on to me previously in such a powerful way.

Another thing that people will not experience if they don’t go there is what kind of person T.B. Joshua is in himself. I had the opportunity of several in depth conversations with him. People who don’t go there will also not notice the spiritual atmosphere of the meetings and the godly impact that he has on people who are there. I was there with a Dutch group and I spoke with the other guests who were there, all of whom were very touched. To me this was a tremendous experience.

I may have my question marks on certain things that happened there because I don’t understand them; I am a European and not an African. I have question marks on certain things in his sermons. But having questions is very different from having major criticisms that would condemn the man and his ministry altogether. Besides, some of those questions have been answered in the meantime to my full satisfaction.

I have seen many of the criticisms on websites and in newspapers and am very angry with some of the criticisms as they are totally unfair and just repeating the mistakes (or even lies) others have made. They are people who are not in a position to really judge, people who pick on certain sentences in sermons which they do not understand in the African context and in the context of the rest of his ministry. That is a very cheap way of criticizing. It reminds me very strongly on what the Pharisees did who judged the Lord Jesus from their own framework of thought and put him in the category of the devil (Matthew 12).

I think we should be very careful, on the one hand not to be misled by satan. That is absolutely true. But on the other hand, when we see God working, to attribute that to satan is just as bad. There are many who have not been there, who did not have the spiritual experience of the place and who only in a rational, critical, theological way pick on certain things that they have seen on videos or read in the sermons, things they don’t see in their own proper context. That is very unfair to say the least and in some cases I really wonder whether the critics are not under demonic influences themselves, when I look at the harshness and unfairness with which they criticize.

I am satisfied as to the integrity of T.B. Joshua’s ministry. I have no doubt about that. I asked him some difficult questions just to find out for myself about his personal honesty, and I have been satisfied as to that. Also I believe him to be thoroughly sound on all the basic doctrines of Christianity. It is only when people consciously or unconsciously misread certain statements that misunderstandings and mean insinuations are born. But you can do that with anyone’s ministry, take sermons apart and condemn the preacher. That has been done with T.B. Joshua. But on the whole he is absolutely sound when it comes to all the major points of Christian doctrine.

His ministry is unusual but if God is pleased in these last days to raise a man in such an outward place in Africa in the way he has done to T.B. Joshua, that is His absolute sovereignty. We should be very careful in our western context to judge that simply because it is different from what we are used to or what fits into our own paradigms and our own frameworks of thought. Rather we should be prepared to have God overthrow our own frameworks of thoughts in the light of Scripture, instead of us judging things because they do not fit out preconceived ideas.

I have gone over many of his written sermons and I have heard some of his sermons. English is not his native language, just as it is not mine, and some of the formulations certainly could give rise to misunderstandings. I realize that, but when you learn to understand the whole of his ministry more, you also begin to understand those formulations that at first were strange and you understand much better what he actually was saying. Lots of things that are attributed to him are based on this type of superficial reading. So on the whole I am absolutely convinced his written and spoken ministry is sound if you allow for certain weak formulations that indeed may give rise to misunderstanding if they are taken out of context or if your survey is only of a superficial nature.

I pray that God will further bless brother T.B. Joshua, and will open the eyes of his critics.

Willem J. Ouweneel.

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