OPINION: TB Joshua – The Bigger Picture

Although the Almighty has no need of human trumpeters to defend His own, recent subjective media reports have compelled me to comment on the ongoing and contentious issue of Prophet T.B. Joshua, a name that can’t seem to leave the news since his well-publicized prophecy concerning the sudden demise of Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika. My purpose of writing this is not in any way an attempt to ascribe glory where it is not due or put any man on a pedestal he has no right to ascend. I simply wish to share my personal convictions on this issue in an attempt to correct the erroneous judgements formulated by many based on isolated incidents and doctored media reports, as opposed to seeing the bigger picture within the boundaries of context and consistency.

Firstly, the sudden flurry of online reports pertaining to T.B. Joshua supposedly being banned from Cameroon, aside from being blown unnecessarily out of proportion, is a case of irresponsible journalism. The said communiqué was actually released almost two years ago in September 2010, the issues therein which I addressed in an article titled, ‘The T.B. Joshua Phenomenon in Cameroon.’ Mr. Ayissi has since left his post as Foreign Minister, partially due to the negative backlash from the people to this notice.  The said communiqué has done little to discourage the flow of Cameroonians to The SCOAN, as any viewer of Emmanuel TV or visitor to The SCOAN will attest to. I am a Cameroonian myself and can safely say that T.B. Joshua is still a phenomenon in my country, his popularity and patronage showing no signs of waning. As my neighbour told me last week, “This man makes God popular,” with homes across the nation literally glued to Emmanuel TV every Sunday.

T.B. Joshua’s prophetic ministry has been the subject of extensive media attention of late, with derisive questions asked of both the subject matter of his predictions and the vague parabolic language often used. Coming from a background of scientific study and spiritual apathy, I do understand such mindsets. When I first heard Joshua’s prophecies, I was initially sceptical due to the hazy terminology of some coupled with the view that they could be related to multiple circumstances. However, consider the consistency of accuracy of his words over several years, amidst the boldness to make such proclamations in public on a live television broadcast. Such declarations, with subsequent events confirming their accuracy, cannot be the mere product of human trickery, especially in consideration of the specific details and dates given on numerous occasions.

However, the main thrust of this piece is to look at these prophecies in the context of other happenings in The SCOAN, hoping that such will provide a platform to sufficiently indicate the source of Joshua’s predictions. Take for instance the manner in which T.B. Joshua prophesies to individuals in his church services every Sunday. It is simply astounding! The depth of detail, reactions of the individuals concerned and their accompanying confirmations/ testimonies are all too numerous and pin-pointedly accurate to be classed as fake or fraudulent. Even Ghana’s respected leader, John Atta Mills, publicly testified that Joshua prophesied specific details of his three-round election victory and ascension to power in 2008. I challenge anyone who claims the origin of such are the clever manipulative whims of a con man to watch any live Sunday Service broadcast on Emmanuel TV and subsequently argue their point.

The words of a man do much to reveal the internal workings of his heart. I have carefully listened to and examined Prophet T.B. Joshua’s messages for several years and find them spiritually enriching, biblically sound and replete with practical truths of life. Unlike his counterparts in the vineyard, many of whom have publicly denounced him, his messages do not condemn, vilify or produce inter-religious tension. He teaches in ways that people can understand, relate to and apply into their daily lives and situations, stressing on the importance of love and being a Christian in action and not mere confession. I have sat and watched Emmanuel TV with respected Bible scholars who have marvelled at the simplicity, authority and practicality of his teaching.

The SCOAN demonstrates practical and biblical Christianity; the fruits speak for themselves. Marriages on the brink of divorce are reunited; families torn apart by wild accusations are reconciled; armed robbers, prostitutes and militants are rehabilitated. The rejected and neglected in society are provided for. What of the deliverance each and every Sunday? I have never witnessed deliverance of its type, a situation where individuals sitting down calmly in church will, upon prayer, suddenly grow aggressive and confess all nature of atrocities. Their ensuing testimonies and life experiences tell of inexplicable bondage and the joy and peace experienced following their visit to SCOAN.

In the midst of this, five ministers of God have been raised up under Prophet T.B. Joshua, performing miracles, releasing prophecies, ministering deliverance and preaching the Word in a strikingly and similarly powerful vein. Known as the ‘Wise Men’, they stand, for me, as the greatest attestation to the authenticity of Joshua’s ministry and calling. For the gift of God in his life to be imparted to others, it testifies of a legacy that will live on long after Joshua has left.

As many may insinuate, this is not a cheap publicity stunt for the church. I am simply encouraging people not to come to a quick conclusion on Prophet T.B. Joshua based on hearsay, rumours or isolated media reports with politically motivated undertones. On Sunday 6th May 2012, Prophet T.B. Joshua said, “The consistency of what you are doing confirms the genuineness of your calling.” To my mind, the test and testimony of time has spoken strongly to reveal Joshua is doing the work of His Father above. Perhaps we really do have a Prophet in our midst.

By Eric Abena

8 COMMENTS

  1. Of a truth, I happen to be one of those that had skeptical view about the man of God. My faith has grown up now that God can make use of man in a various dimension. Therefore, I believe God in his ministry.

  2. When jesus sent his disciples to preach,the bible said and the lord was with them conferming their words with signs and wonder. Why this is happening is because of the unlearned in the things of God and the inperfect and self jounalism practiced in africa,because of the need of money. I CHALLENGE YOU JOUNALIST IN THE NAME OF JESUS TO SPEAK THE FACT SO THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL MAKE KNOWN THE TRUTH.

  3. When Temitope Balogun Joshua is realy a prophet, why he coudn’t see, that he will be banned from Cameroon?
    I don’t think that the article in Information Nigeria was an irresponsible journalism. A leader of a church that is selling ‘Annointing Water’ to his flock is close to witchcraft.

  4. I strongly believe that prophet TB Josua is a true prophet of God. The accusations some people make against him are similar to the ones which people levelled against our master Jesus. Am aware that the prophet not moved by these baseles and merited accusations. More fire TBJ. Continue to pray for Malawi!

  5. The people who criticize T B Joshua as not being the man of God have not followed him consistently with an open heart and in reference to scripture.
    If the word of God says, to them that shall believe such signs shall follow, they will cast demons, heal the sick, poison will have no harm on them, they will speak in new tongues and many more Luke16v 17,18 and these happen. He also goes to an extent of assisting widows, orphans, the under privileged and all these. he does them in the name of Jesus, what more do you want the ministry to do for you to believe and acknowledge the hand of God in such great and marvelous works of God. Read the word, reflect on it and allow the spirit of God to speak to you and the truth shall be revealed to your heart FREEDOM, ZAMBIA

  6. He has choose his own way…so choose urs nd stop complanin……charly boy has done his part..u do ur part…..sum of u r local gayz,his is international……..dnt judge him….i fink he is vry civilize to make it open to all nigerians…….tnx charly

  7. TO STOP MISUNDERSTANDING WHERE THERE SHOULD BE FRIENDSHIP , I WOULD SUGGEST THAT THOSE WHO HAVE VALUE AND INTEND TO GIVE VALUE SHOULD GET CONNECTED AND LET THE BRANCH REMAIN IN THEIR VARIOUS COUNTRIES , SUCH WILL ENABLE THEM TO KNOW THAT AS HEAVEN IS HIGH ABOVE THE EARTH SO ALSO THE POWER OF GOD IN THE LIFE OF THOSE WHOM GOD HAS CHOOSEN .. HE THE ALMIGHTY GOD ,THROUGH JESUS CHRIST DOES NOT CONSIDER THE YESTERDAY OF PROPHET MOSES , BEFORE HE MADE HIM A LEADER NEITHER DOES HE CONSIDER THE PAST RECORD OF SAUL BEFORE HE MADE HIM PAUL APPOSTLE .. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN ; BROTHERS AND SISTERS , GO HOME AND THINK OVER THIS ISSUE YOURSEL!!! TAKE TIME TO WATCH VARIOUS CANCERS AND OTHER DEADLY DISEASES HEALED BY THE SAME MAN OF GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST ……TRY YOUR YOU TUBE AND SEE THIS YOURSELF…..REMAIN BLESSED.

  8. He is a man of God. If u think he is not, ask God but i bet, God wont answer u because He loves His servant TB Joshua and dont care what you say and think about him.

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