Sometime in December 2013, prior to Christmas day, as physically challenged persons numbering in their thousands convened at the SCOAN premises for their gifts and listened with rapt attention for a word from their host, TB Joshua, who was clad in T-shirt and Jean trousers. The prophet, whose outfit that day did not differ from theirs said to them “I want to improve in my relationship with you”. Knowing his longstanding repute for being a benefactor to the needy, one can say there are better times ahead for the needy in our society. But the better news is the fact that this resolution of TB Joshua’s to “improve in his relationship” isn’t exclusive to the physically challenged whom he invited that day, but also pertains to all the fans of TB Joshua ministries on Facebook. The reason I say this is because of the latest commitment of His to answering the questions of his fans on Facebook, a commitment that has been tagged #AskTBJoshua. I reckoned if I could spare some time here to write in response to the abominable criticisms against TB Joshua by his detractors online, much of which afterwards, I myself feel stupid for replying such senseless criticisms, I should be able to post His very responses to reasonable questions for others to learn. Another reason why I’ve decided to post these here is because, when I read his answers to those questions he was asked…; (pardon me if I cannot find the right words to convey my feelings), there was just something about his answers that made me inwardly feel that this was the exact responses Jesus would have given if he were asked the very same questions. The satisfaction his responses gave, the profundity of the wisdom with which he answered, and the brevity of his written answers totally blew me away, and most definitely fulfills what is written in scripture about Jesus, “No mere man has ever spoken as this man speaks…” John 7:46(WNT). Below are the excerpts of the questions he was asked by fans and the answers given by TB Joshua himself.
#AskTBJoshua begins now! The first question comes from Musonda Simon Ranny from Zambia. He wrote, “Thank you very much prophet for this opportunity. Sir, my question is – how can one know that this is the man/ woman God has destined for you to marry?”
Here is T.B. Joshua’s answer:
“Love is a thing of the heart and God is love. Your love towards a person should be not because of outward attraction but deeds. This can only happen when you are delivered and the person in question is delivered.
“When you are delivered and the person in question is not delivered and you have a sort of love towards him or her, your spirit will not agree to such love until that person is delivered because you will not want to be contaminated.
“But if both of you are not delivered, there is no way you can make a right choice – darkness to darkness. There is no one to advise towards deliverance because both of you are in darkness. A person in the dark cannot see until he gets into light – the Spirit of God is light. That is what I mean by ‘faith is of man’s spirit’.
“It is when one is delivered that one can have discernment to know if the person you have a sort of love for is not yet delivered and you can then take them for deliverance.”
#AskTBJoshua – The second question comes from Beniam Tefere in Ethiopia. He asked, “If you have to be delivered before you become born again, how can people become Christians without access to people like T.B. Joshua?
ANSWER: “One can be delivered without having physical contact with any minister of God, depending on how much the Word of God dominates your heart.
“You can be delivered in the dream, vision by seeing any minister of God come and pray for you, to deliver you from cancer, affliction or any form of infirmity. You can be delivered for the salvation of your soul. It depends on how much the Word dominates your heart before you receive such unique, awesome grace.”
#AskTBJoshua – Our next question comes from Lincoln JJ Hove, Zimbabwe who spoke on behalf of young people. He asked, “As young people, the challenges we face nowadays are enormous and without God the future is dark. Sir, God willing, I would very much appreciate it sir if you would share with us as the youth some of the habits that preserved you during your youth days. I believe it would help us young people in developing good habits inspired by the Holy Spirit. We are the leaders of tomorrow! Some of us are very eager to learn from you sir. Thank you Prophet T.B. Joshua and God bless.”
ANSWER: “You just have to follow the principle of ‘time for everything’ – there is a time to be born and a time to grow. The young ones are under the ‘time to grow’. A time for anything to grow is a time to sacrifice. Your time, your strength, everything you have – sacrifice for God, your Creator.
Here, God’s responsibility and man’s responsibility should be obeyed and followed strictly. Work as if everything depends on you – that is man’s responsibility; pray as if everything depends on God – that is God’s responsibility.”
#AskTBJoshua continues – the fourth question comes from Boitumelo Melissa in Botswana who also asked about the issue of deliverance – “Does it mean when the pastor calls the congregation for an altar call that the pastor is wasting their time and those that went for an altar call have not been saved?”
T.B. Joshua: “Confession is a part of salvation, just as believing is a part. Righteousness is not for all those that confess, ‘Jesus is Lord’. A man may confess, ‘I am a pastor’ yet not such in heart. Faith is of man’s heart. We need faith to release the belief in our heart. Today, we pray but lack the necessary faith to release the belief in our heart. We confess, ‘I am a Christian’ but lack the necessary faith to release the belief in Christ Jesus. Confession and believing – both are faith. Often men confess, ‘Jesus is Lord; I am born again’ – but not such in heart. Faith is of man’s heart – I mean, of man’s spirit.”
#AskTBJoshua – The next question is from Deborah Aity Christina from Indonesia. She asked, “How do you maintain your anointing in the midst of temptation and crisis?”
ANSWER: “If you are with God in truth and faith, whatever comes as a blessing or trial will be what God allows. Nothing can come to you without God’s knowledge if you are with Him in truth and faith. If you are called by God, from beginning to the end, your journey has been documented. Nothing outside your documentary will happen without God’s knowledge.
“God is mostly concerned about your beginning and end because of His name. He will make you fit for the journey. ‘Fitness’ means He has prepared you against your enemy and also prepared you for your friends.
“I have a covenant with God. I cannot ask for anything outside what is written in the covenant. What I will achieve in this world is in a book I am carrying everyday; I just have to open the pages. Outside the book is not mine.”
The last question in this #AskTBJoshua session is from Mopati Caleb Koogotsitse who asked, “Most people know they need deliverance. Should a person who has not been delivered from an evil spirit call the name Jesus? I mean should they continue to act/ confess Jesus even though the urge to sin torments them? Because most of people are confessing Jesus and they are not yet delivered. Is that dangerous?”
ANSWER: “Those who have not been delivered will call the name Jesus but not from the heart. They will say, ‘I am born again; I am a Christian; I am a pastor; I am a child of God’ – and not such in heart.
“When you call the name Jesus and not such in heart, you only hear yourself and people around you hear you but Jesus Christ will not hear you. This is what happened to the seven sons of Sceva one day.”