TB Joshua and relevance of church in contemporary society

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By Gareth Watson

TB Joshua… In the West many view the church as obsolete. In the UK for example, ancient cathedrals that date back to the 1400s are appreciated for their opulent architectural edifice rather than the social fabric that enlivens them on Sundays.

Contemporary issues that face the modern society such as access to education, promoting diversity in elite universities, marital problems, mental health matters and issues of depression are rarely tackled in a single church sitting – yet these are many of the 21st century challenges that society continues to grapple with.

The social stigma of adult bed-wetting 

For example, the social stigma associated with the condition of bed-wetting among adults appears was recently challenged at a prominent church in Lagos, Nigeria. During a church sitting on 18 August 2019, a middle-aged woman from Canada who introduced herself as Jenette Njodzenyuy Yula shared her life experience of the shame she encountered bed-wetting as an adult and mother of two.

“My husband had to sleep in the other room and I couldn’t even visit friends because of the bed-wetting”, she reminisced. Yula explained how after ‘prayers’ from T.B. Joshua’s church in Lagos, Nigeria the previous Sunday, she slept for an entire week without bedwetting for the first time in her whole life.

“I slept and woke up with my bed dry!” she exclaimed. Her mother and daughter strangely suffered from the same condition and both equally joined the testimony to acknowledge “God set them free” from the embarrassing condition after visiting the church. Talking about her former issue candidly appeared to be a kind of catharsis for Yula.

Nocturnal enuresis, in other words adult bed-wetting, is a condition that millions continue to suffer with in silence. According to some research conducted, about 26 million American adults are affected by urinary incontinence and face social stigma associated to the condition.

Access to education & promoting diversity in elite universities

Access to education remains a widespread challenge across the world. However, reputable elite universities across the West, particularly in the US and the UK, face an additional challenge of promoting diversity – racial and class representation – within their walls.

The Universities of Oxford and Cambridge in the UK, colloquially referred to as Oxbridge, have in the past two years sought to attract the Black and Minority Ethnic communities of the UK to increase their abysmal statistics of Black and Minority Ethnic communities on their respective campuses. Lady Margaret Hall (LMH), at the University of Oxford inaugurated a foundation programme to attract a diverse student-base. Cambridge University has said that it intends to launch a programme to aid disadvantaged students with a similar programme as that at LMH.

T.B. Joshua’s church seems to arguably have innovative ways of inspiring students in this area. A black British teenage student, Miss Blessing Omorodion, shared on T.B. Joshua’s television channel how she was inspired by the cleric and his inspirational ‘faith-boosting prayers’ to apply to the University of Oxford to study Medicine.

Omorodion stated how her mother visited T.B. Joshua’s mega-church in Lagos propelled her to study hard and ultimately apply to the elite institution. According to Blessing, some months after her mother’s visit to The SCOAN, she gained admission and she thanked T.B. Joshua for the inspiration.

Another student, Rebecca Ayodeji Akeresola, stated how she had received the necessary impetus from T.B. Joshua’s church to apply to study Mathematics at the African Mathematical Sciences Institute in Rwanda. To her surprise she gained admission on a full scholarship.

The role of the church in addressing marital issues 

Another young adult woman (accompanied by her husband) candidly shared her life experience that one would ordinarily not associate with a church setting: issues of marital intimacy. During a detailed testimony, in a question and answer format, a young married woman, Mrs Ngozi Nwachukwu, stated how her marriage was saved from collapsing after she received what she called, “a word of prophecy” concerning a private issue she could not disclose to any person except her husband.

“Prophet T.B. Joshua prophesied to me in the midst of the crowd and said, ‘There is a woman there – your passage is blocked for affection… It’s a spiritual attack’,” Mrs Nwachukwu said. The young woman explained how her marriage was encountering challenges due to her private gynaecological condition that she could not disclose to anyone. With a husband who was losing patience, she had nowhere else to go, and so she made a way to an unlikely place for help – where she had seen others with varied issues go and find succour – a church in Lagos.

Mrs Nwachukwu explained (supported and reiterated by her husband) how after the ‘prayers’ conducted by T.B. Joshua the previous Sunday, both her marital relationship and her gynaecological-health challenge had been resolved; and she now enjoys marital bliss she never knew before the ‘prayers’.

Conclusion 

One may wonder what the role of the church is given all of these varied examples. T.B. Joshua’s Sunday services are unconventional, unorthodox and seem to shake the traditional church networks in his native Nigeria – yet they appear to directly address the societal concerns that people face. From teenagers to young adults; middle-aged men and women to older, senior citizens – all appear to collectively find solace in an unlikely place. Is the Nigerian cleric redefining and challenging the stereotypical and traditional notions of “church”?

T.B. Joshua has over 3.5 million followers on Facebook. His YouTube channel is reportedly the most watched Christian ministry (without a musical focus) on YouTube, with over 2 million subscribers across its English, French, Spanish and Portuguese YouTube channels. His English channel alone has amassed over 500 million views on YouTube.

Gareth Watson is a freelance South African journalist covering Sub Saharan Africa. 

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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

 

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.

VIDEO: THE YOUNG LADY SENT TO SEDUCE TB JOSHUA!!!

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THE YOUNG LADY SENT FROM THE PIT OF HELL TO SEDUCED TB JOSHUA

“I always lure them. If I just look at your eyes, you will FALL…”

Prepare to hear a chilling confession from a former ‘agent’ of darkness. In this clip from the archives, Miss Ifeoma Ejiogwu shockingly reveals her methods of demonically seducing and subduing men – and how her efforts to ‘win’ TB Joshua were thwarted by God’s power.

Her experience is replete with multiple lessons – perhaps best summed up by her own words: “Don’t be carried away by Ifeoma’s beauty because there are so many ‘Ifeomas’ out there looking for whom to devour…”

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T.B Joshua, others changing Nigeria’s narratives

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A religious pilgrim to the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Dr. Paul Ona, has decried what he described as incessant killings, kidnappings, insecurity, bad governance crimes and criminality which he said is currently ravaging the country and threatening the fabrics of her unity.

Dr. Ona, a Nigerian immigrant who said that he has lived in Britain for 25 years, added that bad publicity which has trailed escalating insecurity in Nigeria has dealt a deadly blow on the already battered image of the country, everywhere in the world.

He spoke during the week, at his guest house located near the SCOAN, after he attended one of the prayer sessions organized for visiting worshipper to the synagogue. According to him, the only good things going for Nigeria in today’s world are the likes of prophet T B Joshua and some Nigeria Technocrats who he said are changing the country’s narrative in their areas of endeavour. His words: “In these season and time when incessant insecurity, killings, kidnappings, Boko Haram insurgency, herder’s violence and Nigerians have become the proverbial dark sheep in every country of the world.

“They are hounded and treated with disgust at major international airports anywhere in the world. Most times passengers from Nigeria are selected out of national of other countries, and denied entry into different country around the world,” he said.

The obviously disenchanted Nigerian, however, said that only the like of T B Joshua, whose ministry he said has touched different nationals either through miracles or direct charity activities by his Emmanuel T V partners, are creating positive impact for Nigeria.

“T.B Joshua is going round the world and touching many with love. Evidence of his charitable acts is manifest everywhere. He has built schools for needy communities, intervened in many countries that are ravaged by natural disasters, and all over Europe, Asia, America, India, Africa even in Israel, the Nigerian televangelist has excelled in charity works. “It is no longer news that, the largest number of religious pilgrim’s flock into Nigeria because of T b Joshua’s miracle service at the SCOAN.

These visiting worshippers go back home and say positive things about Nigeria because of the ministry of Prophet T b Joshua, Dr, Ona related. Although, Joshua is ostracized by fellow Pentecostal pastor back home, his regular crusades in different part of the word has witnessed l a r g e turnout for instance, in France, Britain, America and lately in Israel where he also was honoured by Israeli authorities.

Other Nigerians said to be creating positive impact and image for Nigeria include technocrats who have excelled in different fields of endeavour. They also include some Nigeria who appointed as cabinet ministers in Canada, Britain and other exalted public office in America.

He added that prophet Joshua tops the list of Nigerians who are changing the narrative of the country simply because his ministry not only preaches love for all. “He also goes all out to show love to all in a unique way. For that reason also, Nigerian earns huge foreign currency through visiting worshippers to the synagogue.

“One lesson Nigerians should learn from the ministry of T B Joshua is love. If we allow genuine love which he has demonstrated to all not minding race, tribe, colour and nationality, Nigeria won’t be in the kind of insecurity, hate that it is witnessing today,” Dr. Ona said.

An Observation On The Persecution Of TB Joshua

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This article is an observation from one of our readers:

Orchestrated and organized persecution of individual Christians, their leaders, the burning down of Church buildings and destroying the Bible or restricting its distribution is not new. For example, Paul and Silas were beaten with rods, cast into prison in chains (Acts 16:16). Their offence was that they delivered a demon-possessed girl. Daniel was cast into the den of lions (Daniel 6) because he was too straight in his daily dealings. The early apostles suffered different degrees of persecutions, rejection, and castaway. This same trend went on in Europe, Asia, and now Africa.

Today we think that Prophet T.B. Joshua and his Ministries, SCOAN, and all his disciples are of the order of the early apostolic Church. The early Church era was faced with real evil. We still have an occurrence of this today in many nations of the world where Christians are burnt, beheaded, brutally treated and denied their basic rights. In Nigeria, many things suggest to us that Christian persecution is not abating but mixed with political, socioeconomic and regional pursuits.

Again, SCOAN and his founder and leader are at the forefront because they are a class on their own. They offer effective Christianity and producing many true believers across the globe.

We are not praying for more persecution for Prophet T.B. Joshua, or for any Christian group, but we know the effect of persecution on the growth of the Church. It was like when Satan mistakenly brought Jesus to the Cross only for Satan to experience a defeat because Jesus went to Hell and opened the gates to let out captive Saints. But these persecutors don’t learn from the scriptures or even from history because they are blind and possessing contrary spirits. Their minds are closed to doing only evil perpetually.

Hence, we shall continue to pray for Prophet T.B. Joshua, SCOAN, all Christians and the entire Church of Christ worldwide. Specifically, T. B. Joshua, his Ministries and all his followers at different levels (i.e. those who see Christ the way T.B. Joshua practically presents Him) should continually rest on the unfailing promised Word and the abiding presence of Jesus Christ.

I was in Synagogue several times and benefitted from the large generosity of the Church through T.B. Joshua. I went to Arigidi, the Prophet hometown to find out about T.B. Joshua. He is a true man of God. It is so difficult to know when Prophet T. B. Joshua would have free time for himself or mix a life of sins with a life of doing exploit for God.

We can understand persecution, but it is difficult for a Christian to continue to live in sin expecting more anointing. The Church of Christ in Nigeria is therefore probably receiving an organized attack from the goddesses and queens of various coasts from the pit of hell across the world because Christ is currently in Nigeria. This same wave of opposition to the Church almost cancelled the Two-Day meeting of T. B. Joshua held in Nazareth and certainly discouraged many from attending. But it was a success at the end.

The Church of Christ should not only pray for their church leaders and other Christians but also for their persecutors. Had these persecutors known the right thing they wouldn’t have ventured touching what even Holy Angels would dare to go near. There are things we see in the open and journalists are free to write their limited opinions on such, but those invisible are more in numbers and in strength. Hence, individuals or groups of individuals desirous to bring down the Church of Christ should be careful not to end up on a mission of self-destruction.