The Danger In Collecting Offerings – TB Joshua


By Ihechukwu Njoku

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Prophet TB Joshua

Nigerian Prophet TB Joshua has sensationally declared that “most offerings collected in churches all over the world are a curse, not a blessing.”

Joshua, who was speaking to a packed congregation at The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) was responding to a question raised about why offerings are not collected during his weekly Monday ‘Living Water Service’.

“We cannot begin bothering distressed people – I mean, the sick ones, the poor ones – asking for financial support,” the cleric explained.

Adding that although it was Scriptural to collect an offering, “The question remains: Whom are we asking for support? The distressed, the sick, the poor?”

Enlightening congregants further, he stated, “When you are healed and delivered, your ‘Thank you’ is a blessing from God. But when you are distressed, your ‘Thank you’ is distress. When you are sick, your ‘Thank you’ is sick.”

Joshua then declared: “You are your ‘Thank you’ because you cannot live above your word. That is why most gifts today are a curse, not a blessing… That is why you have to be very careful.”

Sharing practical examples from daily life, the cleric explained how judging by mere appearance is misleading as people are often pretentious.

“I know people beyond appearance because I look at the heart,” he revealed. “Appearance is deceptive.”

The video of Joshua’s short sermon on YouTube elicited a deluge of responses from followers, many declaring it was the “first time” they had heard a pastor explain such subject matter.

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Ihechukwu Njoku is a freelance Nigerian journalist…

TB Joshua’s ‘Morning Water’ Saves Zimbabwean Mad Man For 25years In South Africa


A touching testimony from South Africa of reconciliation and restoration after years of madness, homelessness and family separation has been shared on TB Joshua’s official Facebook Page.

According to the testimony shared by Geogina Gumindega, she had visited Joshua’s popular church in Lagos, Nigeria in October 2019 and received some ‘Morning Water’ – an item believed to be ‘anointed by Jesus Christ’.

Geogina subsequently learned of a heart-breaking situation from one of her close friends whose brother had mysteriously disappeared for twelve years after leaving Zimbabwe for South Africa.

According to the lengthy tale, the man – whose name was given as Leon Ayamu – “left home without the blessing of his parents and also ran away from a woman who had just given birth to his daughter.”

The situation deteriorated in South Africa to the point that Ayamu “started to live in the bush” and fell into mental degradation.

It was so bad that he was “surviving solely on fruits and vegetables” with “monkeys for companionship” in his homeless state.

His discovery was nothing short of miraculous! “We ministered the Morning Water on his sister at 11pm on December 7th,” Miss Gumindega explained. “At 9am on December 8th, she saw her brother by the roadside on her way to the supermarket,”

“God had put him in the right place to be seen by his sister who was not even looking for him that morning!”

The family were apprehensive “due to his rude and violent nature at the time” but “managed to convince him to follow us home”.

Thereafter, Joshua’s ‘Morning Water’ was ministered to Ayamu and placed in the water in which he took his bath.

“After this first bath, he went on to sleep for six hours that afternoon. According to him, he started to remember his family and actually miss them after waking up from this sleep!”

The path to mental stability had begun as the dishevelled man told his family “he began to crave human companionship” instead of merely staying with animals.

A matter of weeks later, with plenty of prayer with the ‘Morning Water’ and tender care, Ayamu “has regained consciousness, accepted Jesus as his Saviour and watches Emmanuel TV 24/7!”

Reflecting on his old life, the restored mad man said it felt “as though he lived in the jungle for only a month yet, in reality it had been over a decade!”

He has since reconnected with his estranged family members in Zimbabwe, “apologised to his parents for his rebellion” and broken free from an addiction to codeine and marijuana that fuelled him in the bush.

However, Ayamu’s tale is marked with disturbing and sordid details.

“He confessed to having suffered physical and sexual abuse from other men who took advantage of the vulnerability of homeless and mentally ill people,” Geogina revealed, explaining that at times he would “wake up with male semen all over his body”.

Gumindega hoped his testimony would “challenge our perspective of the kind of help we give to vulnerable people in his former state.”

Pictures of Ayamu’s condition when he was discovered in the bush and his current state a month later after returning to normalcy were equally included in the remarkable testimony to authenticate its contents.

With the abundance of such ‘testimonies’, TB Joshua’s church continues to attract followers from around the world, with official immigration statistics revealing six out of every ten visitors to Nigeria are bound for The SCOAN.

SOURCE: TB Joshua Ministries Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/tbjministries/posts/2915367191917371

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Ihechukwu Njoku is a freelance Nigerian journalist… 

 

Prophet TB Joshua Tagging 2020 as a Year of Humility


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Prophet TB Joshua

If all of us are subject to one another in true love and being clothed with humility then the prophecy of prophet TB Joshua of SCOAN ought to be good news because our God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.

It is said that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom and before honour is humility. If this is also our social condition then we know humility will produce promotion and honour. A year of humility will turn out to produce the best in us, growing us in God’s designed path and plans for our different communities.

It is, therefore, becoming very clear that prophet TB Joshua is talking about a change that comes from being humbled; a humbling change forced down on a proud community of people. The society will be humbled and individuals will be humbled to produce the desired people God would want. A change that is directed by God may not be an easy path to travel in a society walking and living on a path of impunity. In the Bible people were in their comfort zones and all of a sudden, God brought about a humbling change that guided their lives onto a completely new path.

Noah was asked to build a huge ship in the desert, Abraham was asked to leave his comfort zone to an unknown destination, Joseph forced out of the warm arms of his loving father into slavery, and countless others including Peter asked to abandoned his fishing profession to becoming an Apostle of Jesus Christ. It’s only God Himself that can lead us through by enforcing His divine will on a society bent only on self domination.

For people not familiar with prophecy, and confusing same with scientific prediction or forecasting, a little-noted may be needed. The purpose of both prophecy and prediction is the same. Each goes out to tell what will happen in the future. However, their source of authority for this information is very different. Whereas prophecy relies on the authority of God-given information prediction is based on man’s ability to determine what may happen in the future. Prediction is sometimes right but often wrong because it depends on men and the volatile environment. On the other hand, a true prophecy is never wrong because it always carries the authority of God’s truth and character. We appreciate prophet TB Joshua for being concerned in a world where people don’t seem to care nor value things of God such as praying, teaching or prophesying.

Prof. R. A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria

Prophet TB Joshua Releases 2020 Prophecy


By Ihechukwu Njoku

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Prophet TB Joshua

During his church service at The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) on Sunday 5th January 2020, Prophet TB Joshua released his much-anticipated prophetic message for the year 2020. 

The eleven words of prophecy touched on a wide range of topics, including messages for Nigeria, Iran, America, Russia and the United Kingdom.

The cleric, who was absent during last week’s service at an undisclosed ‘prayer mountain’ where he was ‘seeking the face of God’, explained the revelations came to him on December 28th 2019.

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Prophet TB Joshua

“Let us pray for the Nigerian government to be able to finish this year without an interlude that will cause a situation of for and against,” Joshua stated in a parabolic message to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, calling on people to join him in prayer for Nigeria.

He additionally addressed Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. “Vice President, it is not yet over. Expect much more pressure. The pressure will be so much. I pray you will be able to stand the pressure.”

The cleric revealed he had foreseen the US attack which led to the death of Iranian military Commander Qassem Soleimani, sparking a dramatic escalation in tensions between the two nations.

“An incident will happen to the nation Iran that will cause panic throughout the world. We are praying to know the mind of God concerning this,” he wrote in the prophetic message on December 28th, just days before the deadly drone strike in Baghdad, Iraq.

Joshua called on America to “invest more in agriculture”and “encourage their farmers” due to impending economic challenges in the nation.

This mirrored his message for the world concerning the economic situation. “Agriculture will help the economy because the economy will have a backlash. Let us farm to help the economy.”

He equally spoke of the upcoming Presidential elections in USA scheduled for November 2020. “Also, approach to the security issue will affect the candidates and swing voters in the next election. It will be tough in the election. They should pray against a recount. It may be too tight.”

Joshua then addressed Russia, calling on the nation to“pray for their leader to avert his being on the sickbed. There is a ladder to go up – if this is averted,” he added.

Speaking in more general terms to leaders worldwide, he added: “Many sicknesses and diseases that leaders have been treating privately will surface this year. They will become bedridden and many will not make it.”

Regarding the United Kingdom, Joshua spoke of “agitation from a section that wants to leave”, additionally calling for prayers for the Royal Family.

“Brexit needs more time to stand on its feet – with more co-operation of the EU leaders,” he added. “If not, there will be economic repercussions and the cost of things will become unbearable. With time and preparation, all will be well.” 

In a message affecting the general populace, Joshua warned of a ‘common medicine’ that will “cause people to be ‘high’ to die, to commit suicide”. “The governments of each nation should watch out and put a check on pharmaceutical drugs that come to their country,” he cautioned.

“This year will be a year of humility,” he continued, stressing that “this year, the Lord will humble us with our challenges.” 

Joshua revealed the only remedy was to “move closer to God”, explaining that weaknesses and bad habits would “destroy us or exposes us” as a means of bringing humility.

Finally, the cleric spoke of those involved in the work of God. “People will be getting tired this year because the work of God is not by power and might,” he revealed, warning of “so many challenges, tribulations and burdens they will not be able to bear”.

“Our prayer warriors are on their knees praying to make sure the changeable ones are changed,” the cleric stressed, adding that two additional parts of the prophecy would be revealed in due course. “Prophecy is a guide to life.”

The service was broadcast live on Emmanuel TV, which just became the world’s first Christian ministry YouTube channel to break the milestone of obtaining 1,500,000 subscribers.

Ihechukwu Njoku is a freelance Nigerian journalist…

PROPHECY FOR 2020 – PROPHET TB JOSHUA


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Prophet TB Joshua

Our prayer warriors are on their knees praying to make sure the changeable ones are changed. Prophecy is a guide to life. This is the Word of God.

Happy New Year!

THESE PROPHECIES WERE RELEASED ON 28 DECEMBER, 2019 BUT MADE AVAILABLE ON 5 JANUARY, 2020.

PROPHECY FOR 2020 – PROPHET TB JOSHUA

PROPHECY FOR THE WORLD:

  1. This year will be a year of HUMILITY. This year, the Lord will humble us with our challenges. Challenges can be affliction, arrogance, pride, wickedness or bad habits. To humble us with these is for those things to destroy us or expose us. Let us move closer to God.

  1. Agriculture will help the economy because the economy will have a backlash. People should invest in agriculture. Let us farm to help the economy.

  1. There will be a common medicine that will cause people to be ‘high’ to die, to commit suicide, to think of what can lead to death. The governments of each nation should watch out and put a check on pharmaceutical drugs that come to their country.

  1. America should invest more in agriculture because their economy will be affected. The economy they see today will be affected, so they should invest in agriculture and encourage their farmers. Also, approach to the security issue will affect the candidates and swing voters in the next election. It will be tough in the election. They should pray against a recount. It may be too tight.

  1. Let us pray for the Nigerian government to be able to finish this year without an interlude that will cause a situation of for and against. Join me in praying for my nation.

  1. Vice President, it is not yet over. Expect much more pressure. The pressure will be so much. I pray you will be able to stand the pressure. We join you in prayer.

  1. Many sicknesses and diseases that leaders have been treating privately will surface this year. They will become bedridden and many will not make it.

  1. Russia should pray for their leader to avert his being on the sickbed. Something will surface. There is a ladder to go up – if this is averted.

  1. An incident will happen to the nation Iran that will cause panic throughout the world. We are praying to know the mind of God concerning this.

  1. Work of God – people will be getting tired this year because the work of God is not by power and might; because of so many challenges, tribulations and burdens they will not be able to bear.

  1. United Kingdom – there will be agitation from a section that wants to leave; that will become an issue. Also, pray for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh against going in and out of the hospital; pray for God to give them revival. Pray for unity and understanding among the Royal Family – because of what I am seeing. Brexit needs more time to stand on its feet – with more co-operation of the EU leaders. If not, there will be economic repercussions and the cost of things will become unbearable. With time and preparation, all will be well.

NOTE: PART TWO WILL BE RELEASED AFTER THOROUGH CONFIRMATION FROM GOD. THIS IS JUST PART ONE. PART TWO WILL BE RELEASED AFTER THOROUGH CONFIRMATION FROM GOD. THE REST WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ON OUR OFFICIAL SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS.

Prophet TB Joshua Relocate to the mountain to seek God’s face ahead of 2020


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Prophet TB Joshua

Foremost and internationally recognized Man of God, Prophet TB Joshua, the founder of Synagogue Church of all nations(SCOAN) has relocated to the mountain in order to seek God’s face and direction for 2020.

This was announced during a live service at his church in Lagos by one of his ministers , Prophet Racine, who read a letter to the congregation that cut across all nations and explaining why TB Joshua was not in service .

The minister who was with Prophet TB Joshua earlier at the mountain stated that he and some other ministers had to return from the mountain for the church service but the man of God had to stay back because God has not released him and also because of the things he saw ahead of 2020.

He said even though he isn’t in their midst physically, he was there spiritually because there is need for him to seek God’s face towards the coming year.

“The man of God Prophet TB Joshua will not be in our midst physically because he is at the prayer mountain. Take note of the word ‘physically’ – in body he will not be here but he is with us in spirit.

We too were at the mountain. We only returned for the service – but he remained behind. He is concerned about all that is about to happen in the New Year ahead around the world’’

He did a flashback to January 2019 when the Man Of God went to the mountain to pray and seek God’s sake for the year, making it known that all what God showed him came to pass.

“Remember what God showed him in the same mountain at the beginning of this year – what would happen. Now he is back there to know what will happen next year. Let us listen to what God showed him.

“This has been played thousands of times on Emmanuel TV. When it was playing at the beginning from January 4th, you were not taking it seriously. Today, you and I will agree that this year is so fearful’’

Afterwards, a video of Prophet TB Joshua on the mountain was played. It was reinstated that the man of God has the whole world in mind and it was due to this reason that he was absent from the church service.

TB Joshua’s Emmanuel TV Celebrates Christmas in Bethlehem!


tb joshua, scoan, bethlehemOn Tuesday 24th December 2019, a special Christmas Service at the Manger Square in Bethlehem – the historic birthplace of Jesus Christ – was broadcast live on Emmanuel TV, the popular television channel belonging to Nigerian Pastor TB Joshua. 

Representatives of TB Joshua were received personally by the Mayor of Bethlehem, Adv. Anton Salman, who sent a greeting to the Nigerian cleric and said the message of Bethlehem to the world would “always be a message of peace, love and justice”.

Mayor Salman then gave the Emmanuel TV Choir unprecedented access to celebrate Christmas in the world-famous Grotto at the Church of the Nativity, historically regarded as the site where Jesus was born and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Joined by US Gospel Artist VaShawn Mitchell, the choir recorded and sang a song composed specially by TB Joshua in honour of the season.

According to the lyrics: “Christmas is not only about Christ of history. Christmas is not only about Christ of story. Christmas is not only about baby Jesus. Christmas is about Christ the Spirit reveals to us.”

Moving to the Manger Square, thousands of local residents in Bethlehem and tourists who travelled from across the globe to celebrate Christmas at Jesus’ birthplace, gathered to celebrate with the Emmanuel TV choir.

“This season reminds us of the message on the Cross – ‘Father, forgive them’,”TB Joshua said in a message delivered by one of his evangelists to the throngs in attendance.

“This means that whether you are a victim or a perpetrator, we all stand in helpless need of God’s Divine forgiveness,”he continued.

“This season, make it a point of duty to love others just as you would want God to love you, to bless others just as you would want God to bless you and to forgive others just as you would want God to forgive you.”

After singing two new songs composed by TB Joshua titled ‘Who On Earth’ and ‘Jesus Is The Reason’, VaShawn treated the crowd to a rendition of his hit song ‘Joy’.

It is not Joshua’s first involved with the ‘Holy Land’. When the cleric visited Bethlehem in 2017, he saw an “urgent need” in the kidney division of the Beit Jala hospital and bought six new dialysis machines to help the patients.

He also held a two-day crusade at the Amphitheatre of Mount Precipice in Nazareth, Israel in June 2019 which attracted thousands from around the world.

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Ihechukwu Njoku is a freelance Nigerian journalist…

Oh That Men Would Praise the Lord


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The SCOAN

Like the Psalmist in Psalms 107, we give thanks and praise unto the LORD, the God of heaven and earth, for He is good. His mercy endures forever. We see His right hand of power working through our man of God, Prophet TB Joshua of the Synagogue Church of all Nations (SCOAN) Lagos, Nigeria. This outgoing year, 2019 has been a year of testimonies. We cannot count all the blessings, we don’t even know most of them, only that we feel God’s presence and His blessings. God has continued to expand the coast of His prophet through building men and women to work with him in the ministry in this outgoing 2019. Many across the globe have become more committed Christians and working for the kingdom of God assisted by the devotion and commitment of the Prophet.

Hence, the redeemed of the LORD, whom God has redeemed from the hand of the enemy in 2019 are saying thank you, Jesus, whether they came to the SCOAN or attended any of the international crusades held in Nazareth or elsewhere, or had exercised individual personal faith in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through Emmanuel.TV. Thank you, Jesus, because it has pleased you to gather us out of the lands, from the east, and the west, from the north, and the south, and you delivered us from the grip of Satan, that old serpent. Many had truly wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way but found no deliverance until they came to have an encounter with Jesus in the SCOAN. There they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and He delivered them out of their distresses. God led them forth by the right way, that they might be saved and have salvation in Christ Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. This is why we are praising the LORD for His goodness, and His wonderful works to the children of men in our generation.

God had satisfied the longing of our souls and filled out hungry souls with goodness. We had been afflicted by various degrees of darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and chains of iron. Yes, we acknowledged it has been because we had rebelled against the words of God and contemned the counsel of the Most High. Then we cried unto the LORD in our trouble and ran to prophet TB Joshua. The prophet prayed for each one and God saved us out of our distresses. God brought us out of the darkness and the shadow of death and broke the chains of iron holding us to the enemy. God set us free. Oh, that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and His wonderful works to the children of men.

Assuredly God has broken the gates of brass and cut the bars of iron in sunder. We are set free from spiritual husbands or spiritual wives, set free from bedwetting, set free from idols or generational curses, we are healed and our souls are saved. Yes, we’d been fools because of our transgression, and because of our iniquities, and had been afflicted. We had lusted after all manner of idolatries and hence drew near unto the gates of death. Now we have cried unto the LORD in our trouble. We ran to prophet TB Joshua and he prayed for us and God in His mercy saved us out of our afflictions and distresses. God sent His word through His Prophet to heal everyone, and to deliver us from destructions. Our God is full of goodness and wonderful works to the children of men. With God all things are possible. We saw and tasted God’s awesome power and goodness in SCOAN this year 2019.

Now by taking the step to accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, we have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby God is now our Father. The Holy Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. From being children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ. This is the good news of Christmas and the work being echoed every day through Emmanuel.TV. Therefore if we celebrate Jesus this Christmas we shall also be glorified together with Him. Therefore we truly celebrate prophet TB Joshua of SCOAN and his team because our spirit bears witness that he is a true man of God and proclaiming Jesus Christ our King. Emmanuel!!!

Prof.  R. A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin Nigeria

 

Reinhard Bonnke, TB Joshua and Overcoming Division in The Body of Christ


bonnke, tb joshua“Let us have a minute of silence for one of God’s Generals – Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke. May his soul rest in perfect peace.” The entire congregation rose solemnly to their feet. Respect. Honour. Acknowledgement. A day earlier it had been announced that German Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke had passed onto glory at the ripe age of 79. “It’s all about Jesus, not all about T.B. Joshua. It’s not about Reinhard Bonnke; it’s all about Jesus.”

It was with these heartfelt words that Pastor T.B. Joshua began his sermon at The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) on Sunday December 8th 2019. Hours earlier, his social media platforms – followed by millions – had published a touching tribute to Evangelist Bonnke, describing him as a “missionary with a burning passion for the Gospel.” Celebrating his ‘life and legacy of harvest’, Emmanuel TV declared, “The character of a true believer is that he finds refuge in the secret place of the Most High God. Heaven is our resting place, our dwelling place. Here Reinhard Bonnke rests – in the precious arms of Jesus Christ.”

I’m sure churches around the African continent and indeed the world offered similar sentiments and shared similar tributes. Reinhard Bonnke was, after all, a colossus in the evangelical world whose mammoth crusades led untold millions to the knowledge of Jesus Christ. However, the significance of Joshua’s poignant tribute lies in the divisive events preceding it, much of which remains shrouded in mystery by the ‘dirty politics’ that unfortunately infiltrated Nigerian Christianity. Indeed, many don’t know that Reinhard Bonnke publicly renounced any ties with TB Joshua – at the specific, urgent insistence of then Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) President Ayo Oritsejafor.

In 2007, Bonnke had been interviewed by Emmanuel TV in one of his public meetings, immediately irking Nigeria’s Pentecostal fold who had denounced Joshua as an impostor who used diabolical powers. Bonnke spoke several weeks later on ABN (African Broadcasting Network) – the channel owned and operated by Oritsejafor – stating he was unaware of Emmanuel TV’s correlation with TB Joshua and renouncing any ‘endorsement of TB Joshua’ suggested by his initial interview. At the period when ‘persecution’ against TB Joshua from Nigerian Pastors was at its fiercest, Oritsejafor was undoubtedly among his chief critics, stating categorically in an interview with the Vanguard in 2009 that he did not consider Joshua to even be a Christian and threatening to ‘expel’ any member of PFN who was caught ‘fraternising’ with him. Oritsejafor’s spiritual father – the late Benson Idahosa – once famously said TB Joshua was ‘below his cleaner’ and defiantly declared he would shortly die. Without jumping to any conclusions, it’s pertinent to note his own passing followed soon after.

In an article from US-based Charisma Magazine in 2002 about the controversies surrounding Joshua’s ministry, Peter Vandenberg, then executive vice president of Christ for All Nations (CFAN), explained Bonnke’s rationale for ‘keeping a distance’ from the Nigerian cleric. “We held a meeting organised by 2000 local pastors and every one of them said that Joshua does things that are occultic and that what he is doing is not doctrinally correct… We stand with the majority of Christians there who have denounced him. Our brothers in Nigeria are on the ground there, and they know best.”

It’s intriguing to note the ministry quoted ‘the majority’ as opposed to ‘seeking God’ for insight. However, years have passed since these controversies raged and time has unequivocally spoken a rather different picture than the ‘majority’ quoted above. Rather than receding away from prominence, TB Joshua has grown leaps and bounds, emerging as Nigeria’s most well-known televangelist with an increasingly large international following. Whilst Oritsejafor has faded into virtual anonymity, Joshua’s ministry has seen exponential, sustained growth (ABN has 1,500 YouTube subscribers and Emmanuel TV has 1,500,000). Prominent figures in Nigerian Christendom who vociferously condemned him such as Mike Okonkwo, Chris Okotie and Matthew Ashimolowo have dipped into ‘relative obscurity’ compared to Joshua’s meotoric rise in influence and acclaim.

Amidst such criticism, Joshua remained silent – letting actions speak louder than words. His sermons are centred on the simple truths of God’s Word, he engages in huge humanitarian projects both locally and internationally and the countless testimonies emerging from his ministry unequivocally give glory to Jesus Christ. Whilst Oritsejafor has been embroiled in the controversy of the Prosperity Gospel – recently caught on camera ‘commanding’ Americans to pay $5,000 each for an ‘anointed mantle’ at Morris Cerullo’s church – TB Joshua has painstakingly made it clear miracles cannot be exchanged with money and openly distanced himself from the excessive greed associated with the ‘Prosperity Gospel’. To surmise the scenario, the advice of Gameliel in Acts 5:38-39 springs readily to mind: “Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”

I expect Bonnke just listened to what the ‘majority’ said without taking time to personally observe TB Joshua or seek the face of God concerning his anointed ministry. I am sure he – like many others in the Pentecostal fold – realised the truth about Joshua’s genuineness and unique spiritual calling but found it difficult to publicly acknowledge given his past comments. Regardless, this tribute by TB Joshua provides a powerful lesson, especially poignant for those in the vineyard of Christ. Let us forget pain of the past, put aside our differences in the body of Christ and ensure we stand for unity – with Jesus Christ at the forefront of all our actions and attitudes. After all, it’s not about Reinhard Bonnke, TB Joshua, Enoch Adeboye, David Oyedepo, Chris Oyakhilome or any other minister of God – it is all about Jesus! 

Tawia Acheampong is a writer on African affairs based in Accra, Ghana

The Shinning Light from SCOAN of Prophet TB Joshua


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Prophet TB Joshua

Prophet TB Joshua, the founder of the SCOAN, Lagos Nigeria, probably needs no further introduction; even as the fearful year 2019 he had predicted is coming to an end. However, the light coming out of SCOAN through the class of prophets, prophetess, preachers, evangelists, choristers and all manners of Church administrators being raised by this prophet of our time would require a study on this enormous illumination. We have no sufficient statistics to back up our explanation on how many miracles, or simply how many families and individuals had benefited from TB Joshua ministries this year 2019 alone. It is simply a phenomenon, awesome, and beyond ordinary scientific explanation. We thank God for all that came out of SCOAN in the year 2019 despite its gloominess and the changing fearful world. Every Church of Jesus Christ needs to be this alive, with the great Jesus Gospel, His power and authority over all the principalities and powers.

Now our God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ, (2 Corinthians 4:6). A lamp could not be hidden under a bowl as it would be rapidly extinguished by its lack of oxygen. In any case, one wouldn’t light a lamp simply to put it out. Hence we wouldn’t attempt to cover the glory of God coming out bright and strong from the SCOAN. If only 50% of those who had received healing, breakthrough, deliverance, and salvation of souls, had been able to maintain what they received, by obedience to the Word of God, every country in our planet would have got a measure of the illumination we are trying to describe. Yet many others had stayed in their different distant communities and only exercised faith in Christ Jesus through Emmanuel.TV and are maintaining the blessings because Jesus is everywhere, and ready to respond to our genuine call to Him for help. If you have received Christ in your heart then let the lamp shine on all who are in your house, within your community, and all those who come into the house or you come across in your daily walk. This seems to be the common message from SCOAN being led by TB Joshua. The prophet has put the message simply as being “God’s channel”.

Meanwhile (John 1:5) “And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not”. Again this is the message wherever Jesus chooses to operate this season of Christmas. Only one thing is needed from everyone this season, that is a praise of Thanksgiving. Like Mary did in Matthew 26:7,12 “There came unto Him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on His head, as He sat at meat…..(Jesus responded) For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.” This Mary had encountered Jesus earlier in her life, a woman afflicted by many demons. What she did was not only a Thanksgiving but actually timely. The other women who went later to anoint the body of Jesus would have returned home with their equally expensive oil because Jesus had already risen by the time they got to His grave-site.

Therefore if you see the light beaming out of SCOAN today, kindly respond positively to the call of Jesus immediately, because another opportunity may never come. Jesus is alive and the proof is in Prophet TB Joshua’s ministry. Get your soul and body anointed with the precious blood of Jesus Christ before you encounter death to ensure resurrection. Join the disciples of Jesus today and become alive and an effective witness. The SCOAN, an arena of liberty and a platform for us to express our faith, hope and love freely and independently in Jesus Christ.

Prof. R. A. Ipinyomi, Unilorin, Nigeria

Ending This Fearful Year Prophesied By Prophet TB Joshua


tb joshua, scoanAt the beginning of the year 2019, Prophet TB Joshua prophesied that the year 2019 would be fearful. Those of us who had been following him for several years keyed into the prophecy. We knew from his prophecy that 2019 was going to be full of dreadful challenges and only faith in Jesus would see us through. Ordinarily, it had been expected that most of the fear would come from individual attitude to the unknown, all the possible negative feelings and thoughts that would drive our emotions. In short, the prophecy impacted on us that despite the challenges therein living our lives to the fullest was going to be by His grace.

Nevertheless, no Christian should live under any fear, even the fear of the unknown, and expect answers to prayers or joyous living. This is because when we choose to live with the fear of the unknown, the choices and decisions we make would not serve us well nor make us holy in obedience to Jesus. Each Christian should learn that Faith or encouragement in Christ had not been the absence of fear, but our belief and trust in Him is what guarantees our triumph over fear. Every day in the year 2019 had been fearful. In many parts of the world, many had experienced different degrees of political upheavals, terrorism, xenophobia, extreme weather conditions, economic depression, unemployment, food insecurity, and so on. There were physical reasons to have made us living our lives in the fear of the unknown rather than in the fullest potential possible in Christ Jesus. But His grace had been sufficient, making us over-comers.

As we consider the prophecy of TB Joshua, and desire to find a place for our prophet in the scripture, at least two prophecies come to mind. In Daniel 12: 4 it is written,”… ., even to the time of the end, many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased”. This increase in knowledge has given birth to Emmanuel.TV and other Christian satellite broadcasting stations. In Matthew 24:14 Jesus has also prophesied that “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come”. Hence though a fearful year, over 500,000 million people worldwide must have listened to the gospel through Emmanuel.TV this year 2019.

Therefore the fearfulness containing in the outgoing year has been beyond mere apprehension of physical and temporal situations around or fear of the unknown. Rather it is becoming more obvious that Jesus is on His way for a harvest of His faithful followers. Jesus made this known in Luke 21:17-20, “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake. But there shall not a hair of your head perish. In your patience possess ye your souls. And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh”. There are still a few days left in this year 2019 for each one to let the Word of Salvation go out freely from our mouth, otherwise, they remain only fearful days ahead.

Prof. R. A.  Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria

Video – TB Joshua’s Message To Bayelsa Governor Elect David Lyon!!!


Bayelsa Governor, David Lyon, tb joshuaDuring the Sunday Service of 1st December 2019, Prophet TB Joshua gave an important message to David Lyon, the newly elected Governor of Bayelsa State, Nigeria. The message delivered is valuable not only for him but indeed for politicians all over…

“Good morning. We cannot leave here without recognising the presence of the Governor-Elect of Bayelsa State, Nigeria – His Excellency, David Lyon. But for your information, this is not the time for testimony. This will come after his inauguration.

“I want to give my brother a message that he will be thinking about after the inauguration. I am not going to say anything that the Spirit of God will not. I will say this and that according to the Spirit.

“He is not a new person to us; he is one of the brethren in this ministry. He is one of us. He has been a hardened believer in the Blood of Jesus.

“Don’t think you are just seeing him… You know me. I always believe in Spirit-politics and I know God will use him.

“Going by the politics in the town today, I want my brother to know that the only way the Bayelsa people will believe that he is the one they voted for is for him to meet the expectation of the Bayelsa people.

“He is banking on your prayer because the best is yet to come. My brother, I am at your service. When I say I am at his service, I mean I am at his service to see that the expectation of the Bayelsa people is executed.

“The only way the Bayelsa people will believe that he is the one they voted for is for him to meet the expectation of the Bayelsa people.

“I want to leave you with a Word of wisdom: It is better to live poorly upon the fruit of God’s goodness than to live to plentifully upon the product of our own sin. Listen to the voice of wisdom but also make use of your brain. Thank you.”

*Mr David Lyon rose from relative obscurity to prominence after the All Progressives Congress candidate ended the People’s Democratic Party’s 20-year reign in Bayelsa State in the recently held governorship election.

Renewed Efforts To “Achieve Peace” In South Sudan In Wake Of TB Joshua’s Visit


tb joshua, scoan, south sudanSeveral new developments in the pursuit of sustainable peace have unfolded in the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan, just weeks after the visit of Nigerian cleric TB Joshua. 

Yesterday, US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, announced the recalling of its South Sudan ambassador, Thomas Hushek, in its ongoing “re-evaluation of the U.S. relationship with the Government of South Sudan.”

“The United States stands with the people of South Sudan in their pursuit of peace and will work in partnership with the region to support efforts to achieve peace and a successful political transition in South Sudan,” the statement from the Department of State read.

usa, south sudanPresident Salva Kiir Mayardit and his main opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny agreed during a meeting in Uganda early this month to extend the pre-transitional period for three months after a consensus that the steps viable for a unity government formation were not yet in place.

In addition, several South Sudanese opposition factions who in 2018 did not sign the Addis Ababa peace agreement announced they were ready to re-engage in peace negotiations after a meeting held in Rome.

Nine members of the South Sudan Opposition Movements Alliance (SSOMA) gathered behind closed doors for three days in the headquarters of a Catholic charity where they agreed to sign a common communique in which they commited themselves to “political dialogue and negotiations to contribute to the peace process.”

In his message on November 12th 2019, TB Joshua publicly prayed for peace at Juba’s Presidential Palace in the presence of President Salva Kiir Mayardit, his cabinet, military representatives and thousands of local residents.

“Time has come to put our differences behind us,” the Nigerian cleric told the nation’s leaders, stressing that “peace has no price”.

His message clearly struck a chord with the public, having been viewed over one million times on the social media platforms of YouTube and Facebook since the video was uploaded by Emmanuel TV.

Ihechukwu Njoku is a freelance Nigerian journalist…

The LORD With The Man In The Synagogue For Our Solutions


tb joshua, scoanAs students of the Bible, the former rain refers to the first Pentecost, that is the descending of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus after His Accession to Heaven. It was a big breakthrough for the earthly Church. It brought them renewed strength, boldness, encouragement, empowerment and growth. The latter rain refers to a future Pentecost. This message comes to mind when prophet TB Joshua, the Bishop and founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Lagos Nigeria, recently prophesied of “a cooling rain” and then the coming of Seraphim. We are waiting for these events because TB Joshua has accurate prophesies and speaking what God sends him to.

The prophecy was probably and primarily meant for Nigeria but the entire global system is in complete chaos and disorder at the moment. We see rioting and protesting everywhere on our TV daily. Only a divine intervention can introduce a new peaceful and orderly system. With a dynamic man of God, Prophet TB Joshua, full of faith and commitment in Jesus Christ, awaiting the fulfilment of the coming calmness is with certainty.

It can be recalled that at a time the children of Israel were in similar distress and eventually God sent an angel to Gideon and empowered Gideon on the deliverance mechanism of Israel from their oppressors, (Judges 6). Whereas Gideon armed himself with 32,000 fighting men only 300 trumpeters were used by God. And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place, (Judges 7: 7).

Already many sections of the societies are taking their deep personal problem to The SCOAN for a guarantee solution because of Prophet TB Joshua. This is a personal achievement of an individual prophet of our time. What we pray for also is that all true believers of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to come together in one accord for the arrival of God’s latter rain that will bring calmness and genuine world peace. Just as TB Joshua warned the South Sudanese recently, similarly, “It is also time for all Christians to put their differences behind them”. It is only Jesus Christ, the Creator of the entire universe, that has the solution to all the problems, visible or invisible, imagined or unimaginable.

Prof. R. A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria.

 

 

What Chance has Prophet TB Joshua of SCOAN for Enduring Peace in South Sudan?


tb joshua, scoanThe civil war in  South Sudan started after December 2013  when President Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar and ten others of attempting a coup d’état. Many attempts had been made and severally by neighbouring countries, the African Union, United Nations to end the war but with little result so far. The United Nations has peacekeepers in that country. Several ceasefire agreements had been signed but they didn’t endure.  Briefly, this is the messy situation where prophet TB Joshua of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Nigeria is attempting a peace mission. The question now is “What chances have SCOAN prophet for peace in South Sudan?”

It is now well-circulated that on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, the President of South Sudan together with his government officials had welcomed prophet TB Joshua upon his arrival at Juba International Airport, on a peace mission. Prophet TB Joshua was quoted saying, “The time has come for us to put our differences behind us. This is the voice of God. Our leaders should overcome their division and agree to work together for the good of the country”. This is a bold statement and the entire world is awaiting a positive outcome.

South Sudan is perhaps the youngest nation amongst the committee of nations in the United Nations. Hitherto it has a long history as part of Sudan where it broke away after a protected civil war, a British colony like Nigeria. Unless a lasting peace is found for this country it may end up a country dead on arrival. This is where prophet TB Joshua’s peace mission is significant. The second very import reason is whether prophets can end wars where the army generals fail with all their modern warfare.

We read the story how by divine intervention the people of Israel were led out of Egypt and how when the same Israelites had remained in captivity in Babylon a divine intervention also came after 70 years for their freedom. In each case, it was peacefully negotiated. All that would be said is how to pray along with prophets of God on peace missions in our today troubled world. God is not limited by our constraints and can move as He wills at any time. The Church of Jesus Christ is currently facing diverse oppositions, maybe because the Devil knows it’s time up for him. Hence a national crusade might also be envisaged for that part of Africa, for total deliverance from the yokes of war and division. If the South Sudanese, a fairly homogeneous people, would agree to work with one accord with Jesus Christ their land would be healed and their citizens blessed. We shall continually pray with prophet TB Joshua on this enormous task for another miracle to happen here. With God, we are reassured that everything is possible.

Prof. R. A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria