The Bible gave us this hope in John 16:23-24 “And in that day ye shall ask me no question. Verily, verily, I say unto you, if ye shall ask anything of the Father, he will give it to you in my name. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be made full.” And I have a series of questions for our men of God and some lamentations too.
So now, if the above is the promise to Christians by the very foundation of our faith, is it a case that we no longer believe in this scripture? Or was Jesus telling a lie? Honestly, every Christian who prayed and prayed and prayed for something he believes he has worked for and deserved to receive but without a response, begins to wonder quietly what this scripture means to the believer. And most of the times, our pastors have a simple way of parrying our disappointment and keeping us consoled by either saying God’s time is the best or God does not desire that for us, or to cleverly insinuate that it is our sins that prevented our prayers from being heard.
But now, through the teachings of Prophet TB Joshua and his deliverance ministry which have unlocked doors that have closed against the fortunes of many believers, the hope in this scripture is returning; the joy of the congregants indeed are really being made full.
Let no one get the Prophet wrong. At least no one has ever heard him say that people can just rest on their oars and expect manna to fall onto their laps from heaven since they have used the anointed water. What he has demonstrated however is that whatever obstacle the enemy (Satan) has placed on their path of success could be removed so that their efforts could yield the results promised by God. Let us remember that Jesus also alluded to this fact in a parable in Matthew 13:25 that sometimes, it is the devil who plants the weeds in our wheat. So it could only take a true man of God to discern the root causes of our spiritual problems to uproot them to pave way for a smooth journey in our lives.
Or again, why do we doubt what the scripture said in John 14:11-13 “Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. Truly, truly, I say to you, He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to my Father. And whatever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son”.
Today, the very pastors who tell us to run to the house of God as the only place of refuge from Satan are suggesting that men who do such greater miracles could only be the agents of Satan himself. Now, whom do we believe: them or John in John 14:11-13?
Let it be known to those men of God who have made it their business to castigate their fellow men of God that they are rather creating chaos in the minds of we believers. They are the very ones who are making the faith of many grow cold. In fact, how do they feel when they read 1 Corinthians 3:5-9 “What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one. I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.”
Coming back to the substantive issue, I still doubt which evil spirit is interested in mending broken marriages and bringing together scattered families? Or which demonic spirit would ask people to forgive one another and give to the poor and the needy in society as is the pre-occupation of Prophet TB Joshua and the SCOAN. In otherwise, do we believe that there is a being from the dark world who would be interested in obeying the great commission of our Lord Jesus Christ? Matthew 28:18-20 (Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”)
So what contrary evidence do we have? The Synagogue Church of All Nations and TB Joshua through Emmanuel TV has sent the gospel to the four corners of the world giving hope to the hopeless, becoming father to the fatherless, the defender of the oppressed and the widow and motivating every listener to do same. Are these virtues that we see on Emmanuel TV and witness in the SCOAN the works of Satan? Then I am tempted to say that the parable of Jesus Christ about the two sons has been demonstrated in our time: Matthew 21:28-32 (What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, “Son, go and work today in the vineyard.” “I will not,” he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, “I will, sir,” but he did not go. Which of the two did what his father wanted? “The first,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.”)
Now, let us face the facts. When Jesus was preaching the gospel, he realised at a time that the people he was preaching to had never eaten since morning and leaving them to go like that, they might faint on the way. So he asked Peter whether there was any food to give to the people. But out of five loaves and two fishes he fed the multitude. The church can therefore not take the necessities of the people for granted and hope to keep them. If we indeed care to know, there are thousands who have just taken the Church now as an ordinary association which is a necessity to join because society would frown at you if you do not belong to one.
This fact and appeal are also worth noting. All the men of God cannot be the same; they have different ministries and gifts of God, and by collaborations amongst them, the work of God shall be complete. Since God can use any medium to express Himself, I would humbly plead with our men of God to swallow their pride and hearken to the humble appeal by Prophet TB Joshua to them, his fellow co-workers in the Lord’s vineyard, that they are at liberty to come for cartons of the anointed water for distribution in their own churches for free. For, whatever they do or say, their members are still sneaking to Nigeria and overwhelming the SCOAN. And if it is their lives we care for, then we should not forget that the same fate could befall them either on their way to Nigeria or at the church itself due to the huge never ending numbers of foreign visitors trooping there on daily basis.
All said and done, let no one underrate the intelligence of their congregants. If no one had brought solid evidence to them, they would not go out there to even watch let alone participate.
To Prophet TB Joshua, I know you are taking consolation in John 16:1-5 “All this I have told you so that you will not fall away. They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. They will do such things because they have not known me.” May the good Lord preserve you and keep your humility whilst he raises you. Amen.