He was seen as the Godfather of the late President John Evans Atta Mills, a relationship, which has popularised his name in Ghana. In the 2008 elections, he predicted that the presidential election would travel three rounds, which did come to pass.
This prophetic prowess of the powerful man of God compelled some Ghanaian politicians to also visit him to seek God’s blessings.
When Ghana election was approaching, many were those who thought Prophet T. B. Joshua, whose ministry is frequented by most African leaders, would once again, predict the outcome, but their hopes were dashed.
The powerful Nigeria Prophet of God has, this time, refused to make any comments on the Ghanaian elections, preferring to keep his promises to his chest. The Man of God is unhappy with the barrage of criticisms against him in the Ghanaian media, and has, therefore, decided to keep quiet.
That is politics, but in the social front, the Man of God simply can’t keep quiet over an allegation that a group of people were going round collecting $100 as registration from groups and individuals to facility their easy access to him.
According to him, his Christian ministry was not a concert show where people would pay to go and enjoy themselves.
The following is a statement sourced from TB Joshua Ministries on Facebook.
Nigerian Prophet T.B. Joshua has released a statement via social network, ‘Facebook’, instructing those co-ordinating the arrangement of visits to his popular church in Lagos, Nigeria, to refund the $100 he learned they had been collecting from people as registration fee.
Joshua said he was concerned upon learning from emails and online reports that those arranging groups to visit The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN) were taking $100 as registration fee for those desirous of visiting his famous sanctuary, stating that the organisation as such was charitable in nature, and not a money-making venture.
“I have received many emails and newspaper reports on the internet complaining of registration fees of $100. What then makes us an evangelist? When people go to concerts, they also register with $100,” the statement, which was posted to over 500,000 fans of ‘TB Joshua Ministries’, read.
He maintained that co-ordinating visits to The SCOAN was evangelical and not finance-orientated, warning those involved that collecting undue money from vulnerable people was tantamount to partaking in their troubles.
“If we are evangelists, co-ordinating for God’s sake, all our concerns, aspirations and heart desires must be subjected to the Gospel through works of charity, by helping the sick, distressed and unsaved, instead of collecting registration fees of $100 from them before giving succor. I mean, attending to them. This cannot be justified; it amounts to taking a portion of their situation.”
The popular cleric insisted that money-making should not be the focus or drive of such co-ordinators, but rather care for the sick and distressed in society. “If we are focused on making money only, a large slice of life will pass us by. We should spend less on ourselves, and more on others,” he exhorted, reminding them of Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:40-45. “Don’t forget your promise when you were called to be co-ordinators. Your promise, if I may remind you, was to give rest to the sick, distressed and unsaved,” he wrote.
The statement ended with Joshua’s insistence that any money collected for registration should be immediately returned. “Those who have already paid $100 for the registration should be refunded, for God’s sake. I am impressed by the prompt action of the co-ordinators in Tanzania and Zimbabwe, who have been refunding the $100 paid by each person as a registration fee. I believe all others will act likewise.” Citing Matthew 10:41, he concluded, “He who honours a prophet, because he is a prophet, will receive a prophet’s reward.”
The SCOAN is known to be one of Nigeria’s major tourist attractions, with hundreds of foreign visitors flocking to the cathedral on a weekly basis in search of the miraculous. The ministry is especially popular within Africa, with scores of visitors from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Ghana, and a host of other African countries making regular pilgrimages to The SCOAN in Lagos. T.B. Joshua is also renowned for his philanthropy, charitable giving to the less-privileged forming an integral part of his church services broadcast on Emmanuel TV.
Source: TB Joshua Ministries on Facebook