It is often said that the doings of a disciple are the hallmarks of his master’s teachings; as the saying goes; like father; like son; like mother like daughter; like disciple like master. On basis of this some critics have insinuated that the character some of TB Joshua’s disciples display is a product of the fruit of the prophet himself. It really irks us when some people blame the attitudes of some disciples on their master. Such people would blame Judas love for money on Jesus, or peter’s weak faith of denial on Jesus inadequacies; should a man who lends his neighbor a knife to cut vegetables be blamed when his neighbor uses the knife for murder? The will of a disciple is up to the disciple, the will of the master is up to the master and the will of God is also up to God. We reiterate on this website that there are risks involved in changing a person, in molding a person into a picture of God’s grace, because not everyone can be changed and not everyone can pay the supreme price of self-denial; even though they may seem to do so at the start. For this cause Jesus said; many who are first will be last and many who are last will be first.
Jesus made it clear that on the last day he shall denounce many of his servants who failed to be watchful, faithful and were found to be sleeping in sin, adding that he would cast them into devouring fire and outer darkness. ‘And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ Matt 25:30 (ESV). This does not mean they weren’t his servants at the start, but he warned them that only…” the one who endures to the end will be saved”. Matt 24:13. In the book of revelation, he warned his church in these words “I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown” Rev 3:11(NIV). What lesson do we learn from all these?
A true master can really do no more than show the way to kingdom of light with example, by the way he lives; it is left for his followers to follow in his footprints and emulate his way of life. Some of these people who blame the prophet for the sordid behavior of some disciples have deviant children whom they cannot control; abusive, rebellious, stubborn, drug addicts etc. and they can swear that the children did not learn any of these habits from them. If a child is only the offspring of one’s flesh, not ones spirit or will, why should anyone ascribe a followers behavior as a master’s fruit? And worse still he considers only the negative examples of the followers? Why does he not also call to account the followers whom through thoughtful and careful obedience to their master’s instructions have climbed the height of divine holiness and now possess the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit? Citing in this case the example of the Wise Men of the SCOAN? Such lopsided attribution only reveals a hidden malevolent intent of slander and defamation of the part of such biased analysts and observers. There are always two sides to a coin, no rose is without thorn, and the bee that produces honey also has its sting.