T.B. Joshua openes up on church branches


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Nigerian Prophet T.B. Joshua has opened up as to why his church does not have foreign branches despite his popularity abroad.

The cleric, who spoke on Sunday 24th August 2014 at The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN), stressed on the need for God’s character to be fully established before ministerial expansion.

“I would have loved to have branches all over the world because people want T.B. Joshua everywhere,” he told the congregation. “But it is not yet time because it will be too much for my character. When the load is too heavy for you, it will become a burden.”

He further added that he was not moved by pleas from people but rather relied on God’s instruction. “Not where they want me but where God wants me,” he emphasised, adding that he was not in a haste or hurry and would not jump ahead of God’s timing.

“If you run before God, you cannot run after God,” he continued, explaining that this had been the bane of many businessmen and pastors as their desire to expand superseded their level of character.

His views stand in stark contrast to the popular notion that the amount of branches a church has is indicative of its level of success.

“In a situation where you become so great without God’s character, it means the end is going to be bad,” Joshua went on further to explain, reminding congregants of Jesus’ words in John 14:27 that the world too could provide wealth and fame although with conditions attached.

“When you see someone who is great without God’s character, don’t admire him – pray for him because the beginner is not the owner but the finisher… The beginning and middle are off-record; the end is what will put the record straight.”

The cleric stated that it was even better not to have fame and popularity than to achieve what would eventually end in calamity.

“Character is the one that carries whatever we become. If your wealth is bigger than your character, that wealth will be spending you, not you spending it.”

Joshua stated that one of the secrets of his ministerial success was not being driven by money, explaining that some worshippers were still under canopies in his church not because he lacked the financial capacity to expand but because he was waiting on God.

“There is money to build but money cannot dictate for me. We could expand this place (The SCOAN) and build the biggest church in the world but I allow the Source of money to tell me what to do, not the money itself.”

Joshua also bemoaned the way people complained about their problems as if they bore no responsibility for them, adding that their challenges were not a consequence of God leaving them but rather their choice to live contrary to His ways.

“God does not want you to suffer but you want to suffer,” he soberly stated. “God is always with you but you are not with Him.”

Joshua, who has been the center of several controversies especially within the fold of Nigerian Christendom, added that if not for his persecutors, he would have remained a street-preacher.

According to him, detractors motivated God to bestow more favour and mercy upon his ministry, adding that no billboard can be found advertising The SCOAN yet visitors flock from around the world

“If God has called you, the more they block your way, the more that trouble and temptation, the more God’s love is provoked… Each attempt to stop you asks for more evidence from God.”

The cleric concluded with some profound advice for Christians, calling on them to change their style of prayer. According to Joshua, prayers for blessing, healing and protection were redundant as God is fully aware of the challenges of His children and does not require reminding.

“You need to block the avenue satan is using to afflict you – your weaknesses,” Joshua counseled. “Your prayer should be against weaknesses.”

He further clarified that prayer alone was not enough, stating that genuine desire to desist from bad habits and weaknesses was also essential.

“Live the life of your prayer,” he told the congregation, citing an example that praying for God to help you stop smoking and then picking up a cigarette immediately was akin to hypocrisy. “God always leaves us to play our role before He comes to our rescue,” he concluded.

Ihechukwu Njoku – freelance journalist currently in Lagos, Nigeria

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5 thoughts on “T.B. Joshua openes up on church branches

  1. Aimee josua

    So papa tb joshua I love your humility, you give Jesus all the honer,you do not care about the money,you look so humble sometime am asking myself is that the real tbjoshua or there is another man full of pride tbjoshua your humility I never saw it anywhere am not one of your member church but your character lead me to believe thet you are man of God,I was surprise that you have got a family,contrary to so call man of God when you go to alter you just speak about Jesus,you never mentioned about your wife or kids!! Some every Sunday they just talking about himself his qualifications,money,branches churches,holiday,about his wife,kids…oh my God the alter is to talking about our Lord,and some let their family sit at pulpit ( in front) so everyone will know them,fear God,it’s not a show or politic,it’s God matter,that pulpit you exposed your family is fire it’s can burn them spiritual,you are the paster no your children or your wife,am asking everyday where is mama Evelyn joshua in the church,am expecting her to be in front with a gold chair,but am surprise with all the miracles from God operating to his husband she is unknown and humble!!!

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  2. Aimee josua

    Thank papa tbjoshua,I love your wisdom,many man of God thought having branches everywhere mean your the best,no and no,do you know only people you choice to work at foreign country will betray you,against you…why so call servant of God like to be popular,pride,Jesus was so humble,people did not know him,to arrest him judas has to identified him with a kiss but Jesus was a messiah,even his birth was unknown,that why I love papa tb joshua he is so humble,some so call servant of God took all the glory,and honer of The Lord,member of their church adore them more than God,even their wive and kids rules the church as well,some are opened churches every where and sending theirs children to be paster but remember paster you the one God call no your wife or children,therei is so many member of church who have been call to do the job why only one of your family who you know he was not called but because of money and honer you want to put your children,but remember in the bible Aaron,and Samuel s kids!!!!

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  3. EROMO ALUFOHAI

    THE FACT STILL REMAINS THAT EVEN WITH SCOAN LIMITED BRANCHES, HE HAS[TB JOSHUA] CONTRIBUTED IMMENSELY IN RE-EVANGELIZING THE CHRISTENDOM , THOUSANDS COME FROM COUNTRIES OF THE GLOBE TO WORSHIP AT SCOAN WEEKLY, THEY GO BACK TO THEIR LOCAL CHURCHES WITH A REVIVED SPIRIT AND GREATER ZEAL TO WORSHIP GOD.TB JOSHUA HAS INDEED CONTRIBUTED IN NO SMALL MEASURE IN KICK STARTING THE DYNAMISM CHURCHES WORLD OVER URGENTLY NEED.

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  4. ANA ILUNGA COLOMBO

    You are so blessed man of God. May the Holly spirit continue leading you and all your ministry. I thank God for the opportunity He gave me to come across you man of God. I am leaning a lot with your teaching. Glory be God in Jesus’s name, amen.

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  5. Pastor Nkofela Simwanza - Zambia

    These are words coming from a man who fears God and allows God to be the center of his life. Thank you prophet TB Joshua

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