With so many aspersions cast on the personality of TB Joshua, and so many questions about his genuineness and calling as a Man of God, especially by his colleagues in ministry; many believers have often pondered on the marks by which they can identify a cheat, a false or fake prophet. When Jesus was asked this question, he promptly replied thus; “By their fruit you will recognize them” John 7:16. Since Jesus taught that a tree can only be known by its fruits, it is time people wear their thinking caps to observe the fruits of the accusers and the accused. A prominent fruit is the outcome of their encounter as acclaimed ministers of God with opposite powers of darkness of all forms, ranks and categories.
This test is genuine because Jesus stated of a truth that Satan cannot drive out Satan. Matt 12:26. He also commanded his followers to fear nothing, not persecution, not hardships or even terrorism, but to face everything with confidence and boldness with the words;
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 ESV.
Yet, looking at Christendom today, it seems that the more vibrant and ardent persecutors of TB Joshua and his ministry are the same persons living in insecurity and fear of the unknown, even when they zealously profess Jesus as their only defender. If memory serves us correctly, we can recall that many churches have fallen victim of the dreaded Boko Haram sect in Nigeria, including Mega ministries like Winners Chapel and others. Many churches and ministers that have not been hit thus far have stepped up their security to first-rate level, to such an extent that the hope of their protection seems no longer to rest in the God they passionately preach, but in firearms and ammunition.
Rev Chris Okotie, an acclaimed minister and vociferous detractor of TB Joshua, was reported to have cancelled His New Year eve service and directed his followers to pray in the safety of their homes, rather than risk being bombed by the sect.
In another report, Chris Oyakhilome, General overseer of Christ embassy was reported to have tightened his personal security with experts from Europe. An insider in the church confirmed this when he reportedly told a newsman that; “The guys that guard Pastor Chris now are not blacks. They are non-Africans, brought in from Europe. They are very experienced and many of them are retired CIA members.”
The reason why these christian leaders seem filled within with fears isn’t too far-fetched. We can recall how the Christian association of Nigeria, CAN, disclosed that 20 Christians and a Muslim died in the 2012 bomb blast that rocked Winners Chapel and the Harvest Field Church of David Oyedepo. Twelve (12) of the deceased died as a result of the bomb blast while eight died as a result of wounds sustained from the gunshots of soldiers drafted to the scene to maintain law and order.
In response to the massacre that buffeted his church members, after arriving on the site of the mayhem in a private jet, Bishop Oyedepo called down a curse on the Boko Haram sect in God’s Name, saying (during the week of the massacre): “We decree that this week is a week of vengeance and God will unleash his instrument of death on their camp. This month is a month of vengeance and so we release arrows of humiliating deaths on them”.
With many acclaimed ministers rank with fear on the sordid turn of events, the president of the Pentecostal fellowship of Nigeria, Ayo Oritsejafor, and many prominent Nigerian ministers in his circle, called on Christian faithfuls to defend themselves because the government seemed incapable of defending them. As for the instruments for their self-defense which the obviously furious men were salient about, our guess is that it is not with Holy water, Crucifixes or Bibles but with….? Your guess is as good as mine. The statement was signed by Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor; Pastor E.A. Adeboye, Bishop Mike Okonkwo, Bishop David Oyedepo, and a host of others.
While all these lingered, it seemed that TB Joshua’s synagogue was off the radar of these terrorists until recently. Yesterday in the live Sunday service, TB Joshua exposed one of the sect member’s who was in a group of four other cohorts to take a bomb into the SCOAN premises. The SCOAN official Facebook page reports thus with the caption; BOKO HARAM MEMBER RECEIVES DELIVERANCE AT THE SCOAN
Nearing the end of the service, Prophet T.B. Joshua announced that a young man had a confession to make. The man by the name of Mustapha confessed that he was a member of the Boko Haram sect, which he explained was a cult. He admitted that his initial mission to The SCOAN was to place a bomb in the vicinity with the intent of killing hundreds. Mustapha, who said he was accompanied by four others, had the explosives hidden in a bag. They sat down to eat at a restaurant very close to The SCOAN, explaining that Emmanuel TV was playing in the background as they ate. At that moment, Prophet T.B. Joshua’s prayer for viewers began airing. Mustapha, who had never been to Lagos, attended church or seen T.B. Joshua before, said, “By the time you (T.B. Joshua) prayed and laid hands on the screen, it was like you were there with us and you joined our midst. As you laid your hands on the screen, you laid your hands on our face. That was when confusion came between us; everybody scattered.” According to Mustapha, ever since that incident, he had no peace of mind. “Since that day, I wanted to go home but I am not fit. Any time I lie down, I will be seeing you in my dream. The thing is bothering me too much. I don’t sleep in the night; I always see you. You are disturbing me. You keep praying for me and laying hands on me. I want to sleep well. I cannot close my eyes without seeing you (T.B. Joshua). Please, help me.” Several hours later, T.B. Joshua readdressed the issue and brought the young man forward again, stating that God had warned him of the impending attack several weeks ago and that he had been engaging in intensive prayers for the past fortnight. “It was not a surprise to me because I have seen it. My mission is to separate him from the spirit that is controlling him to do that. We are not to fight mere flesh and blood,” he explained. As Prophet T.B. Joshua prayed, the Boko Haram member fell on the floor before beginning to vomit some strange substances. There was a tattoo of a scorpion clearly visible on his shoulder, which Mustapha explained was a sign of the cult. He further explained that this was the first mission he went on where this had happened as he had never failed before. After praying for him again in the power of the Holy Spirit, the young man fell once more to the floor. Upon getting up, tears were in his eyes. “The spirit leading him to kill is gone,” Prophet T.B. Joshua declared! We thank Jesus Christ for this mighty deliverance.
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Many acclaimed ministers of God in the business of persecuting TB Joshua were victims of these attacks, or at the very least lived in great fear of them, this fact in itself attests to the spiritual level of TB Joshua’s detractors, but While they were busy searching for weapons of the enemy with which to defend themselves and advising their followers to do the same; the man whom they have communally and vehemently accused for years without end, has successfully disbanded a host of the terrorists, and delivered one in the group who happened to be bold enough to enter his church, all in the name Jesus Christ.
Two important questions come to mind when relating this scenario to these TB Joshua persecutors.
- Firstly, The Boko Haram member explicitly stated that they had never attempted any destructive mission that failed, save for that against the SCOAN. If this attack had been planned in the church residence of any of the ministers listed above, the outcome would have been better imagined than experienced.
- Secondly, peradventure by the exceeding great compassion of Christ for his glorious Name, the attack failed in their church and these persecutors of TB Joshua finally got a hold on any of the boko Haram member, or he walks straight into their church confessing he is a member of boko Haram and asked for deliverance, what do you think would have happened? They would have killed him on the spot or better still handed him to security personnel for torture and eventual killing because they are good at fighting the wrong battle, striving against people, using their pulpits to launch attack at those they perceive to be false prophets. In saying this, I am not guessing, their prayer points give them away: According to the curse of David Oyedepo on the insurgents:
“We decree that this week is a week of vengeance and God will unleash his instrument of death on their camp. This month is a month of vengeance and so we release arrows of humiliating deaths on them”.
They hardly recognize the gospel truth according to TB Joshua that the only battle existent for believers is the battle between the Holy Spirit and the evil spirit; all others are wrong battle. They would do well to learn of TB Joshua, even at a distance, the love and compassion of Christ for even our enemies.