During the past week a lot of news stories, blogs and outlets have picked up on a story of how a man with a dagger attempted to attack TB Joshua on the Monday prayer line, but was arrested, delivered and handed over to the law enforcement officers, the internet is practically flooded with this story, and several more news outlets, blogs and forums are picking up on the story by the day, our major surprise on reading a lot of the reports on this story was basically because they were mostly exaggerated, and seemed to contain only few facts, except for a few. we’re not here to review this story, most of these blogs, forums and news outlets have already done a good job at that, We also didn’t really bother with that story here at watch TB Joshua because as it stands, the issue is a closed one, what followed after the futile mission was salvation of this assassin’s soul, with resources to care for himself whilst living his new-found life in Christ, how much more of a threat does that pose to TB Joshua or SCOAN, What we’re here to compare now is who’s actually worse off, comparing these dagger men with a killer intention to scoan and the Pharisee authors of TB Joshua watch, a scoan critic wordpress.com site. Now it does seem strange at first comparing mere Pharisee bloggers with a supposed assassin or cold-blooded killer in scoan, what could be the relation between them, that we now even compare, who’s worse off?
Well, to help you understand where we’re coming from with this post, let’s take a quick flashback to the historical biblical epoch – the annals of the Pharisees long history of hatred toward Jesus. The scripture teaches that as a rule, the Jews had no right to execute anyone, besides everyone knows that the Pharisees didn’t exactly kill Jesus with their own hands; the fact is, the soldiers actually did and were seen as the killers and murderers of Jesus then, guilty of the blood of the messiah – being the very ones who with precision hammered those huge nails into his hands and feet. But a point of note here is that the soldiers were only acting on instruction, they really personally didn’t seem to have anything against Jesus, and seemed not to have much of a choice once the order to execute anyone was given if they would keep their job. The bible even recounts that some of them actually respected Jesus, we know this because of the account of a certain instruction given to them to go arrest him on which they came back to report to the Pharisees explaining why they didn’t arrest him.
John 7: 32- the Pharisees heard the crowd whispering such things about him. Then the chief priests and Pharisees sent temple guards to arrest him…
Verse 45 – 48; finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and Pharisees who asked them, “Why didn’t you bring him in?”
- No one ever spoke the way this man does.” The guards declared, you mean he has deceived you also? The Pharisees retorted. Have any of the Pharisees believed in him? No but this mob that knows nothing of the law -there is a curse on them”- Yes they knew the law so much that they practically became walking Bible encyclopaedia’s, and a problem to themselves being unable to receive the kingdom of God like little children.
So its clear that nailing Jesus to a wooden cross wasn’t really their intention, but by virtue of their Job, they had to do whatever they were commanded, but this wasn’t so of the Pharisees, the Pharisees were actually the ones behind the scenes plotting Jesus death from the onset, they were the ones with the real hatred and sinister motives, they carried out their evil activities from the shadows and so were not seen for whom they really were, they were so clever at covering their Pharisaical footprints that it appeared that only Jesus was of the opinion that they were children of perdition, no other person seemed to share his view because the Pharisees were always in flowing robes, always praying in the temple, always bent on keeping the law to the extent of tithing the very last leaf of their farm produce, they were so concerned about keeping the law that they forgot the more important matters. Love, Justice and faith. They claimed to be keeping the law and at the same time were plotting Jesus’ death even in the temple courts.
In Matthew 26:4 – Then the chief priests and elders assembled….and they plotted to arrest Jesus in some sly way and kill Him.
Sly is another word for crafty, cunning, devious, tricky, serpentine and all the other words we’ve used before now to qualify TB Joshua watch, as they’ve proven themselves on their site. Just as they heralded serpentine and devious tactics as a trademark during the day’s of Jesus life on earth, it remains their trademark to this day, therefore this comparison we make here with the result stating TB Joshua watch as worse than these dagger-men, even though seems strange, is wholly true.
Even Jesus Himself talked about how those who handed him over to Pilate were guilty of “A GREATER SIN” and those were clearly the Jewish Pharisees.
“John 19:11- Jesus answered you would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin”
We first hinted this comparison on another post which talked about how TB Joshua’s critics want him to abandon ministry for farming, we stated how malevolent the intention of His critics were which usually explode in such statements of hate that it wasn’t so much different from those who wished him dead and proceeded to attack him with knives and axes. We got a response from katharsis, a prolific commenter on TB Joshua watch saying that we were wrong about such an intention being tantamount to murder.
Here was the ensuing conversation:
Katharsis | November 25, 2011 at 02:05
“Hers is a clear case of those living in glass houses throwing stones, with such an awful malevolent inclination in the heart of this woman to destroy TB Joshua, there’s really not much difference between her and those who walk into the synagogue with knives and daggers to attack the prophet.”
Excuse me, this sounds absurd, farfetched and whacko, I don’t perceive this person to walk in and kill a prophet or anyone with knives and daggers.
and here was our response:
perhaps you’re right, she seems to have a more subtle way of doing hers, the exact point of this post, the Pharisees wanted Jesus dead, but didn’t kill him with their own hands, are those who killed him with their hands any more guilty the Pharisees who thought and planned his execution?
But what is murder according to the new testament?
THE NEW TESTAMENT’S DEFINITION OF MURDER:
Prior to the coming of the messiah people believed murder entailed actually killing a person, but Jesus taught differently:
Matthew 5:21- you have heard that it was said to the people long ago “do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment” But I tell you anyone who is angry with his brother without cause will be subject to Judgment…”
speaking on the sheer hatred they express toward TB Joshua, a commenter laments on their site:
lilian Muzondo says: PERMALINK
October 18, 2011 at 2:11 pm
Why do you hate TB Joshua? Your accusations are baseless please dont post me this stuff again, I dont believe your lies, ok.
I guess all the anger and hate they direct at TB Joshua on their blog says it all for them already.
THE PHARISAICAL SPIRIT BEHIND TB JOSHUA WATCH?
When we referred to those behind the TB Joshua watch blog as Pharisees, a lot of people responded with certain questions on our reason for tagging them with this name, others said it was a way of us dodging the issues they raised on tb Joshua watch, a point we’ve addressed on this site.(see the related article section of this post) still some others said we were engaged in name calling and so are clearly in the wrong, we very much understand such responses that seem to have a degree of sympathy with them because a lot of them are really unaware of the faith-related crisis TB Joshua watch leave in their wake and are actually ignoring the fact that Jesus by no means respected or regarded the Pharisees, – perhaps the responses we got on that article stemmed from its very implication, the implication of being a Pharisee which is that we would by no means enter the kingdom of heaven, inspite of the dreadful judgment awaiting the Pharisees and their successors behind tb Joshua watch today, our stand on this issue is clear enough though, we’ve given quite enough evidence to support our claim about them, the similarities between the TB Joshua watch blog and the Pharisees in Jesus day are just so glaring that we can not but see their faces in the glass of these words, anytime the religious sect of the scribes and Pharisees are mentioned, a lot of people would be tempted to think that the Pharisees were a bunch of bad guys who went about terrorizing people and scaring them to submission to the law, but this is not entirely true, at least not how they appeared, they appeared as the most holy and sincere of Christians today and were honored and revered as such, in gatherings, feasts and ceremonies they were always ushered to the high places as honored guests, so great was the honor and reverence allotted them by the people as the respected authorities on scripture . Since the start of the tb Joshua watch blog, it would be a bit of a surprise to readers that they keep coming up with a bunch of stuff against tb Joshua that they seem not to be out of stock, such was the resolve of the Pharisees in Jesus day as well, The Pharisees were never tired of coming up with stuff to accuse Jesus, in looking for faults with him, they either employed false witnesses to testify against him, or misinterpreted and misrepresented his words or works, it is actually an undisputed fact that the stiffest opposition Jesus ever met were from this group of religious people, not even from the gentiles, sinners and unbelievers, now the question is if the master Himself could be treated in this way, who are his servants to escape? Jesus himself did say, if they persecute me they will persecute you also, the mystery about TB Joshua’s is that there’s just so much criticism’s about him that one cannot help but wonder if he’s actually the only minister of God alive, in any case He does seem to be flourishing in the midst of them, as the scripture teaches that trials are the soil in which a man who lives by faith flourishes.