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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WE ARE KNOWN BY OUR LOVE | NAZARETH MEETING WITH TB JOSHUA

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Prophet T.B. Joshua

The event was The Nazareth Meeting With T.B. Joshua. The venue was The Amphitheatre of Mount Precipice, Nazareth, Israel. It was a gathering of people of different colours and diverse tongues from across the continents. Most importantly, it was an event approved by Heaven. A two-day event of Godly exhortation and prayer, The Meeting focused on the need to love unconditionally in a world where “love has lost its original meaning,” having been “watered down today” since many “love one another for selfish, classic, material reasons,” as Prophet T.B. Joshua noted.

Describing Nazareth – the birthplace of Jesus – as “a humble, wonderful place filled with hardworking people,” the man of God, in stressing the message of love to his keen listeners, said, “We are known by our life and practice not what we say only.” The proof text for the message was taken from Matthew 5:44 – “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” However, Prophet T.B. Joshua also cited verses 11-12 as well as 43 and 45 of the same Matthew 5. Having taken the kernel of his message from there, he went on to encourage listeners to also read 1 John 3:18, Luke 23: 34, John 13:34 and John 14:15.

With these bits of Scripture, Prophet T.B. Joshua impressed upon the audience the need to show love to those they might consider undeserving of it. Asserting that “what makes us human is not our ability to think but our ability to love one another,” he urged them “to love one another irrespective of race or religion, for love comes from God.” On that note, he ended the sermon for Day 1 by asking the people to start a new way of life by showing love to those who hate, insult or persecute them. In his words: “If you love many people but there are those you do not love because they hate you, then your love is as nothing; the more you love God, the more you love your neighbour.”

Prophet T.B. Joshua continued his message on Christ-like love on Day 2 of the Meeting. He read from 1 Corinthians 13:1-end, picking his proof text from verse 13: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” For further illustration of the message, he also cited 1 John 4: 7-12, Colossians 3: 12-14. According to the man of God, “God measures our lives by our love for Him and for our neighbour.” Consequently, he said, “anyone who does not love his neighbour, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.”

Regarding genuine godly living, Prophet T.B. Joshua encouraged his listeners to find it in their heart to overlook the mistakes, weaknesses, failures and shortcomings of their neighbours, as Paul urged the Colossians: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity” (Colossians 3: 12-14). Indeed, the prophet concluded, “love for fellow man breaks down all barriers.”

On both days, after the sermon, Prophet T.B. Joshua stepped down from the altar and prayed for the audience in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. The sick were healed, the afflicted were rescued and those in bondage were set free as the people besought God to give them a loving heart to overlook their neighbours’ weaknesses and failures. As the prayer sessions went on, hundreds fell under the power of the anointing as contrary spirits manifested before quitting the lives of the people.

Moreover, words of prophecy also located many in the audience as the Holy Spirit revealed the issues in their lives.

To cap up The Meeting, Prophet T.B. Joshua gave out  ‘Good Morning Nazareth’ T-shirts  as gifts to each attendee, even as he told the people: “The love you give away is the love you keep.”

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TB Joshua to Host Meeting in Nazareth, Israel

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Meet TB Joshua in Nazareth, Israel on Sunday 23rd and Monday 24th June 2019 at the Amphitheatre of Mount Precipice and experience the footprints of Jesus Christ!

Prominent Nigerian cleric T.B. Joshua is scheduled to host a two-day event at the Amphitheatre of Mount Precipice in Nazareth, Israel – the historic hometown of Jesus Christ.

The event, tagged ‘Nazareth Meeting With TB Joshua’, is set for Sunday 23rd and Monday 24th June 2019 and is expected to attract thousands of foreign pilgrims into Israel.

Joshua has held several high-profile international events, predominantly in Latin America and Asia, but this will be his first meeting in the Middle East region.

“Nazareth is a humble place with people who live at peace. Our goal is to love one another just as ourselves, so everyone is welcome to attend our meetings,” the church said in a statement.

“We hope to be a blessing to anyone who interacts with us regardless of their religious or political background.”

Reports indicate Joshua’s visit will have a positive effect on the local economy, with leading travel agency Rashid Travel & Tours showing hotels in the Northern Israeli district are already fully booked.

At his ministry’s last event in Sheffield, UK on June 1st 2019, the FlyDSA Arena – one of the UK’s primary sport and entertainment venues – was filled to capacity with thousands more waiting outside, even though Joshua was not physically present.

Joshua has previously visited Israel on numerous occasions, meeting prominent Israeli dignitaries such as Minister of Tourism Yariv Lenin, Minister of Communications Ayoob Kara and Rabbi David Lau, the Chief Rabbi of Israel.

The event will be broadcast on Joshua’s religious television station, Emmanuel TV, as well as livestreamed to Joshua’s 1,300,000 YouTube subscribers and 3,500,000 Facebook followers.

The Amphitheatre of Mount Precipice was last used a decade ago when Pope Benedict XVI celebrated a Mass there.

ABOUT TB JOSHUA

T.B. Joshua is the founder of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN), an international Christian ministry headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria.

He is also the Executive Producer of Emmanuel TV, the world’s most watched Christian Ministry YouTube channel.

He is known as ‘YouTube’s most popular pastor’ due to the fame of his videos, which have been translated into multiple languages and viewed more than 500,000,000 times.

The SCOAN is West Africa’s foremost destination for religious tourists, with six out of every ten visitors to Nigeria headed there.

He has been recognised as one of Africa’s most influential people and received several international accolades for his extensive philanthropic activities.

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Leah Sharibu: TB Joshua calls for three days prayer, fasting

Lagos – Representatives of Chibok in Borno and Dapchi in Yobe on Sunday sought spiritual help at The Synagogue, the Church of All Nations, at Ikotun-Egbe, Lagos to pray for the release of Leah Sharibu and other students kidnapped by Boko Haram.

The representatives who carried several placards told the General Overseer, Prophet Temitope Joshua, that they were at The Synagogue because they had exhausted all human efforts to get the students released.

A spokesman of the representatives told Prophet Joshua that the father of Leah Sharibu could not come with them because he had been bedridden by stroke, as a result of the kidnap of her daughter.

He said they had been watching his ministry through Emmanuel Television (the church’s cable TV) and all the help he had rendered to the sick and the less privileged, hence their joint visit to plead for intercessory prayers for the release of the students.

The spokesman said they had no doubt that with the approval of Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God could trigger the release of the remaining students kidnapped in 2014 and 2018.

Prophet Joshua told them that there was nothing impossible in the sight of the Creator of Heaven and Earth.

He urged the congregation and viewers of Emmanuel Television worldwide to pray and fast on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, this week, for the release of the remaining students.

He said that “there is nothing God cannot do” and urged all to see the prayer and fasting on the mentioned days as an assignment.

Some of the placards read: Please intercede on our behalf for the release of Leah Sharibu; The remaining 112 students kidnapped in Chibok are yet to be released, please help, among others.

On April 14, 2014, 276 female students were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State.

Responsibility for the kidnappings was claimed by Boko Haram, an extremist terrorist organization based in northeastern Nigeria.

Since 2014, 164 of the students had regained their freedom, while 112 are still held by Boko Haram.

Also on Feb. 19, 2018, no fewer than 110 schoolgirls were kidnapped by the Boko Haram terrorist group from the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College (GGSTC), Dapchi, located in Bulabulin, Yunusari Local Government area of Yobe State.

One hundred and nine of the students were released, except Leah Sharibu, who was said to have refused to denounce Christianity. (NAN)

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PRAY AGAINST AN IMMINENT TERRORIST ATTACK IN GERMANY – PROPHET TB JOSHUA

tb joshua ministries “Good morning, my viewers all over the world. I want you to join me in praying against an imminent terrorist attack in the nation of Germany, particularly Thursday and throughout this week. I am saying this because I have seen it three to four times in a vision.

I was supposed to mention this during the last Sunday Service, but I thought it was something I could pray for on my own. However, the vision continues repeating. The Government and people of Germany should be vigilant and guard against this. It is very imminent. We are on our knees praying for the nation and people of Germany.”