Why SCOAN Remains Most Persecuted Ministry


One of the most unusual phenomena that have continued to challenge the status quo within the space of Nigeria’s Christendom has been the sustained rise and development of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN). Given the humble beginning of the ministry and the meteoric ascendancy of the church, the bile of criticisms from various quarters has made the church the most disparaged, not only in Nigeria but across the world. Yet the founder of the ministry, Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua has remained undaunted by the barrage of condemnations. The depth of his commitment to the work before him, especially the evangelization of the world, the dispensation of grace, meeting the downtrodden at the point of their needs, the working of miracles have all marked him as been called of God. Through the years, with the demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit and the attendant gift of prophecy, his critics and even the most ardent of them have been proven to lack spiritual insight.

Unlike what obtains across many religious outlets, millions throng SCOAN year in year out for both material and spiritual help. Quite noteworthy is the humility that TB Joshua displays when attending to both his congregation scattered all over the world and visitors who daily visit the church. Yet in Nigeria he is condemned and vilified. Today, he remains the most sought after of all preachers across the globe.

In his remarks, a theologian, Reverend Mark Ngosit, distanced himself from the bundle of aversion meted out on Prophet Joshua. According to him, “People criticize what they do not understand. I am a theologian and have remained in the teaching ministry of the word of God for many years. I can say it without any fear of contradiction that God is at the centre of the ministry of TB Joshua. He has repeatedly demonstrated the power of God in his life. Unfortunately in Nigeria, we do not appreciate what we have until we lose it. God has blessed us with an instrument of grace and mercy and it is important that we guard it jealously. He had a very humble background. His display of the love of God is different from what other preachers and church founders do. In Nigeria today, it is almost impossible to see these pastors. Their members are impoverished while the church founders go about displaying wealth with pride and arrogance.”

On many occasions, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) demonstrated their dislike for the man in the Synagogue. It is clear that one would have expected such supposedly Christian associations to be more careful in judging what they do not understand. Despite these strong aversions, Prophet Joshua has kept a most positive outlook, choosing instead to pray for those who have chosen to be his enemies and traducers.

Pastor Eniola Richard of His Glory Ministries in Port Harcourt, stated that “God chooses the instrument that He wants to work with. We are just humans and are not limited by what we see and hear. Whether CAN or PFN like it or not, Prophet Joshua is ordained by God and there is nothing anyone can do about it. A man who is called by God does not need the validation of man t operate in the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit. In the early days of the apostles, people did not understand them and they therefore killed many of them. The early Christians displayed the power of God everywhere they went. They were bold in proclaiming the word of God and the love of His mercy. Today, we celebrate the apostles of old as we read about them. Prophet Joshua has continued to increase; his ministry has taken a global appeal. There is no living preacher, dead or alive, that is listened to in a very large scale like TB Joshua. Why should hatred then come in? But it is expected. I pray that God will continue to enlarge him and his ministry.”

Bishop Eke Otuya of Healing Words International, Lagos, strongly argued that what many do not understand is that God only operates with the meek and lowly in heart. “What we see today is that God cannot work with the proud and vain. God only works with men who fear and honour him. If you look at the way he operates, Prophet Joshua is very humble and disciplined. While others are bent on condemning him, he faces the work that God has sent him. Look at the manner in which he helps the sick and helpless. He not only send them money or foodstuff or other material things, he also ensures that he identifies with them. How many of our fellow preachers do that? They are very arrogant and you can see it in the way they carry themselves. Yet God is not moved. God remains God and He will continue to use the vessel that he so chooses. If you observe closely, you will notice that the more people criticize Prophet Joshua, the more works of healing, charity and philanthropy he engages in,” he said.

Today, with the immense flow of foreigners and tourists that flock Lagos, Nigeria, many attend the Synagogue Church of All Nations for various reasons. The economic implications of this have grown positively for the state and the country. But the criticisms have not stopped.

A few years back, many became sad when Prophet Joshua had indicated that he would relocate his ministry to Israel. According to him, “This is where my Father in Heaven came from – it’s non-negotiable. It’s the best place for you to meet Prophet T.B. Joshua. After your healing, blessing and deliverance, you can move around all the spiritual monuments which will establish your faith.

“This is the most persecuted ministry in the world. Who are the people persecuting the ministry? My people, Africa. That is why I choose to live a lonely life. If you want to see me, come to this church. I don’t go out. It has not been easy – because I don’t know who is a friend or who is an enemy.

“If you learn T.B. Joshua is not around, I am in a revival. I live in the church here. I don’t have a house outside. Anytime you pray, remember Africa in prayer. Many heroes and great people have been chased out of Africa. There are many geniuses in the Western world who are originally from Africa.

“What happened to me from the beginning of my ministry is enough to chase me out of this country – but I am still in your midst. Despite the persecution and hatred, I decided to follow the path of love. You show hatred; I show love. When I go for a revival, you will see the stadium full but I am not carried away by that. I leave where I’m celebrated to live where I’m persecuted. Where you are not celebrated is the best place to stay, to get strength. When you are in the midst of a battle, you are building yourself.

“That is why I decided to stay where I am not celebrated here in Nigeria. When the grace of God is amid challenges, it gets stronger. Your life can preach a better sermon than your mouth.”

While the criticisms continue, it is clear that the prophet would continue to toe the line of love, patience and forbearance knowing fully he is only responsible to God.

Oyetimi writes via joyetimi2002@gmail.com

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THE SIKH WHO BECAME A CHRISTIAN BECAUSE OF EMMANUEL TV!!!


singhism tb joshua ministries “I was born in a Sikh family but I was not very spiritual or connected to God through Sikhi. As time passed, I encountered some problems which made me think about who God is. From that day, I started searching for God in my own religion Sikhism. I read half of the Guru Granth Sahib. I used to do go to the temple daily and do seva as well but none of these changed my problems; they even became worse. Then I started searching for God in other religions as well. I chanted Hanuman Chalisa and read many spiritual books. I even went to a mosque but didn’t find peace.

“However, one day I was searching for ‘miracles from God’ on YouTube when I found a video named ‘TB Joshua Healing People In Jesus Name’. I saw the complete video and, in that video, he cured a man who had cancer. He healed him completely and I said to myself, ‘What I have just seen?’ Then I saw more videos of TB Joshua where he was healing HIV patients, people with tumours, cancer etc. I thought, ‘If this man can heal people in Jesus’ name, perhaps Jesus can help me too.’ After that, I started searching for people who pray for people in Jesus’ name in India. I found a pastor who prayed for me. I was in hurry to get healed but didn’t know that Jesus had something even bigger for me!

“Time passed and they started telling me that Jesus died for my sins but He never sinned. That word punctured my heart. I thought, ‘Why would someone else die for my mistakes, for my sins?’ On that day, I asked for forgiveness and mercy from Jesus. Trust me – He gave me the peace which I was searching for! That peace showed me that Jesus is the true God. He’s not in ‘religions’. He loves us so much that He came in human form to die for our sins, for our mistakes where we were supposed to die.

“Buy if you keep on denying Him in this life, then He will also deny you when His time comes. Be smart and make Jesus your Lord and Saviour today. You never know when your time will come. Hell and Heaven is real and Jesus is the only way to Heaven!”

  • Vikramjeet Singh, India

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T. B Joshua: Honoured Abroad, Persecuted at Home


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On April 1, this year, world-renowned Christian clairvoyant and miracle executor, Prophet T.B Joshua, had written on his twitter handle, “Anytime you encounter trials, take them as an opportunity for you to honour God before men.” Wittingly or unwittingly, that expression, coming from the founder of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN)-a Christian body that has variously come under knocks or praises, might have indicated that there is yet, some fire on the mountain.

Joshua, a one-time rural dwelling cleric on the Lagos outskirts, is now a man being sought after, all over the world. No fewer than 20 heads of state and prominent world leaders had come visiting at his SCOAN headquarters in Ikotun-Egbe, Lagos, as they are either there to pay him obeisance, seek miraculous healing, or hanker for some foretell.

However, despite T.B Joshua’s soaring popularity and the several cocktail of affection from adherents of his genre of Christian religious worship, there is a pesky worry he may be silently brooding at the home-front; which to many who love him, translates to the biblical saying that “a prophet has no honour in his homeland.”

It is an open secret in Nigeria’s Christendom that Joshua’s formula of worship, with emphasis on the swift, seemingly dramatic ways his needy worshippers obtain their miracles, has met with an abiding rebuff and grinding resentment from many Pentecostal church leaders, who see that modality as hogwash and by implication, fetish.

Like a plague, therefore, the Pentecostal church leaders have kept their distance from Joshua, with a strict instruction to their members not to have any dealing with him and his team.

Only last December, at the Holy Ghost Congress of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), arguably Nigeria’s largest church, T.B. Joshua was sarcastically cited in furtherance to the hostility to his dimension to Christianity.

There, the RCCG General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, remarked that the church ushers stumbled on key holders that were put up for sale bearing his (Adeboye’s) picture.

Adeboye said the production of the key holders with his picture “is an attempt to equate me with God.”

However, Adeboye was more displeased that apart from the sacrilegious dimension to putting his picture on a key-holder, on the flipside of the key-holder was also the picture of T.B Joshua! Looking worried, he then told the congregation, “And you know what that means.”

But objecting to Adeboye’s remarks at the period, the National President of the Association of Christian Theologians (ACTS), Prof Olakunle Macaulay, said the onus was to first prove if the key-holder emanated from TB Joshua, “before passing comments against his personality”.

“First, you have to find out the source of the key-holder before passing comments against Joshua’s personality. We must realise that because of the harsh economic situation in the country, people resort to various things to survive; including even kidnapping.

“People could decide to use the picture of T.B Joshua on their own, maybe because of the miracles in his church, and decide to place it with that of Adeboye, for market value. So, Pastor Adeboye should have investigated the source of the key-holder before coming out to pass comments that tend to denigrate T.B. Joshua.”

Macaulay added: “Even, if the key-holder had been traced to T.B Joshua, you have to find out his purpose for manufacturing it. Did he say it should be used for magical purpose? The scriptures told us to investigate thoroughly and hold on to the truth; not to pass judgment on feelings or hearsay.

“After all, people pray in the name of God of Oyedepo, God of Adeboye. Are these people not also idolising these men of God? That is, if that is the angle with which Adeboye wanted to view the key-holder controversy.”

In his inimitable character, however, Joshua has refused to react to the caustic remark from the RCCG leader, as he goes about his duties; attending to the hordes of visitors at his SCOAN headquarters, mostly foreigners. When this correspondent accosted him and wanted to hear his side of the story, a calm Joshua simply smiled, waving his hands to suggest, “Let’s forget about it.”

Defending Joshua still, another Bible scholar, Mr. Seyi Ologunaye, said, “The Pentecostal churches cannot decide for God on how He intends to carry out his miracles, and so, they should go and seek for forgiveness in criticising T.B Joshua.”

According to him, when Namaan, the leprous Syrian army general, came to Elijah, the prophet, in the Bible, the latter told him to go bathe seven times in River Jordan to get his healing, noting that if it’s by strutting fanny fingers and slapping heads that people get their miracles at the SCOAN, it’s nobody’s business.

“After all, I’ve listened to the man preach on many occasions and have not heard a single heresy from his words,” he stressed.

Plan to Relocate to Israel

Two years ago, T.B Joshua had hinted of his resolve to relocate to the State of Israel, in what he himself tacitly linked to his ordeals in the Nigerian environment.

Though he said the move was not connected to the “persecution” he had been witnessing in Nigeria, he also said the move would help people to “appreciate” what his ministry had been contributing to the local economy and Nigeria’s international image.

He said of Israel: “This is where my Father in Heaven came from; it’s non-negotiable. It’s the best place for you to meet Prophet T.B. Joshua. After your healing, blessing and deliverance, you can move around all the spiritual monuments, which will establish your faith.”

Joshua added a clincher though:  “This (his SCOAN) is the most persecuted ministry in the world. Who are the people persecuting the ministry? My people, Africans.

“That is why I choose to live a lonely life. If you want to see me, come to this church. I don’t go out. It has not been easy-because I don’t know who is a friend or who is an enemy.

“If you learn T.B. Joshua is not around, I am in a revival. I live in the church here. I don’t have a house outside. Anytime you pray, remember Africa in prayer. Many heroes and great people have been chased out of Africa. There are many geniuses in the Western world who are originally from Africa.”

Not a few Nigerians were alarmed by his decision to relocate from Nigeria, thus eliciting a flurry of appeals to the Man of God, to reconsider his decision in the interest of Nigerians who derive spiritual benefit from him, and indeed, the Nigerian nation whose economy was benefitting from the influx of foreign worshippers to his SCOAN, in Lagos.

Reacting, a Lagos economist, Mr. Segun Oyeyemi said, “What people don’t realise is that, if the Man of God decides to leave the country, most of these foreign visitors who, while here, change their foreign currencies and storm our markets purchasing various items, will no longer be around. And that means loss of money.”

He also pointed the public attention to the fact that Joshua is a philanthropist, who has for many years, been helping the less-privileged who include widows, the motherless children, the maimed, and even, Nigerians stranded in the Libyan serfdom.  “So, if you frustrate him out of the country, you can imagine what Nigeria is going to lose,” he cautioned.

Building Collapse Incident

What has indubitably become a sobering moment in the chequered history of the SCOAN is the church’s high-rising hotel building that collapsed on September 12, 2014, in which 115 persons, mostly South Africans, lost their lives.

While that particular incident is still under government probe, the SCOAN television station, Emmanuel TV, had shortly after the collapse, shown a CCTV footage depicting a “mystery plane” that flew very low, over the building three times before it finally went down. This revelation, at the period, sent tongues wagging that an explosive might have been deposited on the building, causing it to come tumbling down.

The SCOAN has ever since canonised the departed souls, remembering them as martyrs of faith. Besides, the church is reported to be providing some succour to their respective families without wanting any publicity given to the effort.

About T.B Joshua

Born on June 12, 1965 at Arigidi, a little community in the current-day Akoko North-East Local Government area of Ondo State, Temitope Balogun Joshua came to the world as a mystery child. As against the usual nine months, Joshua was said to be in his mother’s womb for 15 months, and that while growing up, he encountered so many life-threatening problems that he ended up overcoming.

Owing to financial difficulties, he couldn’t proceed to the secondary school, as he ended his educational pursuit at St Stephen’s Anglican Primary School, Arigidi. His parents could not afford his school fees.

Re-collectors say young Joshua was known among his peers as ‘small pastor’ because of his love for the Bible and the things of God. His several sorties to pursue a career in the secular world, it was learnt, crashed each time he attempted it.

Joshua had also striven to join the Nigerian army in his youthful days but the vehicle conveying him to Kaduna for the recruitment interview broke down on the way. And he missed the opportunity. As he waddled through the circumstances of life, the compass of destiny kept directing him in the direction of the vineyard. And on March 8, 2007, Joshua began the SCOAN in a jungle at Ikotun-Egbe, which is today, a beehive of activities for Christian pilgrims from across the world.

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IMPORTANT: PRAYER & FASTING FOR LEAH SHARIBU AND THE CHIBOK GIRLS!


Good morning! Please take note of this vital message from Prophet T.B. Joshua to all Emmanuel TV viewers and people of God around the world:

“On Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, you have to be in an attitude of prayer – with all your heart. Pray and fast Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. I know you are hearing me all over the world. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday – promise to be in an attitude of prayer and fasting with all your heart. Pray for these children. Pray for the Chibok girls still in captivity and Leah Sharibu as well. Your prayer – for release. I am carrying the viewers all over the world along. I will join you and lead you – Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

“Lift up your voice. Oh Lord, whatever sin they or their families might have committed – we ask for Your mercy. Have mercy on us! We ask for Your mercy – mercy of release. In Jesus Christ’s name!

“This is a commission. The Lord has commissioned you for this job – Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. There is where you will know that God loves you just as He does any of His apostles. Thank you for your promise.” (T.B. Joshua on Sunday 07/04/19 after representatives of the affected communities in Chibok and Dapchi visited The SCOAN to seek Divine intervention)

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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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VIDEO – TB JOSHUA CASTS OUT HOMOSEXUAL DEMON!!!


Tb joshuaWatch what happens when T.B. Joshua encounters a young man possessed by the “spirit of man”

Franklin had no affection whatsoever for his fellow females as sexual nightmares involving other men soon went beyond the night. Scouring Facebook for those with a similar spirit, the young Nigerian began meeting with men around the country – hoping to satisfy his unnatural urges. But he was still void of peace and progress. Finally resolving to visit The SCOAN in Lagos, Nigeria – one simple touch from Jesus changed EVERYTHING.

MY STAND ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE – TB JOSHUA

“ ‘Judge not, so that you will not be judged’ (Matthew 7:1). We should talk to people to be saved. I mean, we should talk salvation, not condemnation.

“God hates sin, not sinners. When I say, ‘Do not judge so that you will not be judged’, I mean we should hate sin, not the sinner because sinners can change. If you have killed a sinner by judging him, there will be no opportunity for change. Sinners can be delivered. We should hate the act, not the people because our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the ‘spirit beings’ that cause all these acts.”

“The Bible is my standard. If my parents were one, I would not have been given birth to. Those that are asking this question – if your parents were one, you would not have been given birth to. You that are reading – if your parents were one, you would not be reading this today. God bless the reader and the hearer.”

SCOAN Collapsed Building Foundation Didn’t Fail – Expert Tells Court


scoan building collapes A member of Building Collapsed Prevention Guild (BCPG), Mr. Ebenezer Olumide Ologuntoye, Thursday told a Lagos High court, Igbosere that the test carried out on the foundation and bearing of the collapsed building in Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) did not fail soil test.

Ologuntoye stated this while being led in evidence by the counsel to the church, Olalekan Ojo (SAN).

The witness said BCPG is a non-governmental organization interested in reducing incidents of collapse building to the barest minimum and that he got to know about the collapse of SCOAN building when he was selected as a member of the committee saddled with the responsibility of investigating possible cause of the collapsed building.

The Registered Trustees of Synagogue Church of All Nations SCOAN are facing 110-count charge of involuntary manslaughter, contrary to section 222 of the criminal law of Lagos State 2011 filed against them by the Lagos State government.

The defendants, Oladele Ogundeji and Akinbela Fatiregun charged alongside their companies, Hardrock Construction and Engineering Company and Jandy Trust Limited.

A fifth defendant, the Registered Trustees of SCOAN is facing a lone count of building without approval.

They however pleaded not guilty to charge.

At the resumed hearing of the matter Thursday, the witness who testified before Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo said that when the building collapsed, the BCPG set up a committee and they were asked to look into the possible cause of the collapsed building.

He said that they carried out an analysis on the soil and foundation and discovered that the foundation and the bearing capacity were adequate.

Ologuntoye, a geotechnical engineer, who specializes in soil Investigations, quality and assurance control also, gave an analysis on how the test were conducted at the site of the collapsed building.

The witness said that two tests were carried out with Dutch Comb Machine, and the sample was taken to University of Lagos Unilag, laboratory for analysis.

“I carried out geotechnical borehole, and took the sample of the soil from top to bottom. Then the samples taken were taken to UNILAG soil laboratory for analysis.

“As a geotechnical engineer, I was expected to investigate what happened to the foundation, the soil on which the foundation stands was okay.

“I investigated the soil using two major equipment, namely: the geotechnical borehole and a dutch -comb, an electrical testing machine. Both equipment were gotten from BCPG.

“Sample of the soil gotten through the borehole test was sent to the University of Lagos Laboratory for analysis while the dutch-comb test result was gotten on the spot of the test and it was signed by all parties at the site.

“The parties that signed the report include representative of SCOAN, Lagos State Material Testing Laboratory and the Corona Court Representative,” he said.

The witness further told the court that he compared and analyzed the result sent by the UNILAG Laboratory with the dutch-comb report.

“My findings on both reports showed that the foundation did not fail and the bearing capacity is adequate.

“I wrote the report on the final analysis of the test carried out on SCOAN and submitted to BCPG.

“The other tests were done in the presence of parties; members of SCOAN, Lagos State testing representative and a representative of the coroner court was also there. There is a meter on the machine which is called Dutch Cone penetration, test and the result was gotten.

“The value got from the machine to know the value of the soil was done at the site, in the presence of the parties and they signed,” the witness said.

The witness also told Justice Lawal-Akapo that he has worked with renowned organizations in Nigeria and the diaspora.

On his work experience, he said he has worked with a Polish company, Naeimor International, Ekiti State Service Local Government Commission, Foundation Development Limited in London Lakeside Park, London among others.

The defence counsel, Olalekan SAN tendered the report of the test to the court and it was admitted into evidence.

Meanwhile, a subpoenaed witness, George Opeoluwa, the president of the BCPG had earlier tendered the report before the court.

Justice Lawal-Akapo thereafter adjourned the matter till May 16, 17 for cross-examination of the witness.

Sources: thenationonlineng.net