In the ongoing debate between supporters and critics of scoan on TB Joshua watch, some SCOAN supporters might have noticed how pointless it is trying to convince them to come to the right knowledge of the Gospel grace.
Theirs is a platform on which reticence would suffice because of the awful reality of how they use scoan’s supporter’s words to slur them because of the strength of their conviction. A quick glance through TB Joshua watch, a scoan critic wordpress.com site will reveal diverse concerns about scoan which they listed as their reasons for feeling uneasy about scoan. Now we must point out here that doubt in itself isn’t wrong, if there were no doubt then there would be no reason for faith, as much as we advocate support for TB Joshua’s ministry, we are definitely against blind fanaticism, the scripture explicitly instructs us to test all things, make sure of them in order to hold fast to that which is true. Though doubt in itself is not wrong, it is most times better not to entertain them at all because it often leads to cynicism and hard heartedness if not carefully managed, Jesus himself once said, even as the most controversial figure during his sojourn on planet earth, “blessed are those who have no doubts about me”. We are not ruling out the fact that SCOAN Critics sometimes raise genuine concerns about scoan, but going on about these doubts to try and convince others to form the same opinion as they have is just being pharisaical. A dangerous little catch phrase was given by their site administrator, Ian, for SCOAN supporters to keep reading their rhetoric articles with an open mind, which in itself isn’t a problem if they themselves would stop clinging stubbornly to some mixture of unwarranted assumptions and sentiments.
A closed mind in the context of this post is the attitude of TB Joshua’s critics impervious to ideas, arguments, facts and logic. The state of already having their minds made up and not ready to accept the possibility of being wrong.
These critics themselves have also falsely accused scoan supporters of having a dedication that would not countenance doubt or critique, and as a result the value-laden words they employ to enlighten these closed minded bunch are often rejected as merely showing off fanaticism. That is, those who would not believe their assumptions about SCOAN, it is at this point we strike a difference between a closed mind and being self assured. Whilst a closed mind is impervious to ideas, a self assured mind is an open mind because of confidence and surety, coupled by willingness to hear other’s point of view and not being threatened by them. TB Joshua watch is definitely a far cry from this. Don’t agree? Well lets test them then, The test is whether they are prepared to sincerely hear arguments to the contrary and be open to changing their minds if they are strong enough and as expected, they inadvertently failed.
It’s clear that as far as knowledge of the truth in this matter is concerned, they’re a lost cause, with comments such as these; one cannot help but wonder if these are the same set of people that claim to be seeking answers about TB Joshua’s ministry. These comments are not comments of people with a genuine desire to learn and be better informed; they are comments of closed minded cynics looking for other closed minded people like them. And this was one of the characteristics that placed the Pharisees in danger hell, now I’ve got to hand it to the SCOAN supporters who got involved with TB Joshua watch to make their case and deal with their objections seriously, which to me is obviously pointless to them and makes their arguments keep going in circles. That would have only had the necessary impact if they were indeed listening; but the fact is they are an un-teachable, spiritually blind and self righteous bunch. It is of great risk and grossly irresponsible to close off the possibility of revising our opinions however glaring the issue at hand now may appear to us now. And TB Joshua watch are well known for this, several supporters of scoan have laid complaints of how their opinions were deleted because they were pro-scoan, to the extent that one of their prolific commenter’s was said to have withdrawn from their site due to many of his comments being withheld and deleted.