How Scriptural Are TB Joshua’s Healing Methods?

The way and manner healings and miracles are wrought through TB Joshua has been a bone of contention for ages, some find it pretty amusing, others believe it isn’t at all scriptural but for the laying of hands, a point we addressed in our last post, while a quite a few hard-hearted cynics believe that such stretching of hands and feet at a patient whilst they respond to the gestures and movements of the prophet is an occult technique known as remote control, if this were true, then I guess TB Joshua isn’t the only occult member existent in the world, the others would have been working such wonders to the amazement of people in the fashion of TB Joshua since they belong to the same occult community, this makes it far from sensible that it’s a technique practiced in the occult. Whilst this issue lingers in the minds of these cynics at TB Joshua watch, it is a question that has already been answered on their site, but as proof that they do not seek answers but rather issues with which to paint TB Joshua black in the eyes of people they keep making reference to it even in the face of overwhelming scriptural evidence contrary to their views. Here are several of the concerns as they were raised on TB Joshua watch.


August 23, 2011 2:29 pm

@ Soe, ..I was saying about the shaking of the hands of T. B. Joshua, do you think this is a normal administering in spiritual matters? This you see in the occult a lot and those that practice it, also you see it in those that are in Kundalini, Shakti Pat practicing guru’s…

Another recent comment was left on this blog by a reputed SCOAN critic; Katharsis on this same issue of TB Joshua’s healing methods:

Katharsis | December 20, 2011 at 21:11…TB Joshua has people shake wildly as he throws and slashes his hands (sometimes using his feet). He is shown healing someone’s behind by grabbing his own. He shakes and wobbles his hand toward the recipient. He will squat and the person uncontrollably squats, he stands and they stand. All this is going on while the announcer says Mal.3:6 in the background and telling the people this is surely the power of God.

How Biblical Is TB Joshua's Stretching of Hands to Heal?

An impressive answer was provided to this question by another commenter which we find worthy of publishing here for those who require scriptural proofs of the healing method that involves the stretching of hands.

 Soe PERMALINK August 24, 2011 8:22 am

@ Nanardi, As for the “stretching or shaking of hands” to heal you asked:

I was saying about the shaking of the hands of T.B. Joshua, do you think this is a normal administering in spiritual matters”?

Yes!, You would agree with me if you carefully study the bible that almost all of the great miracles in Egypt were wrought through Moses and Aaron’s stretching of hands as God instructed…

And the LORD said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and STRETCH OUT YOUR HAND over the waters of Egypt,… so that they may become blood… ‘” – Exodus 7:19

So Aaron STRETCHED OUT HIS HAND over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land of Egypt. – Exodus 8:6

 Then the LORD said to Moses, “STRETCH OUT YOUR HAND toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, a darkness to be felt. ” – Exodus 10:21

Then the LORD said to Moses, “STRETCH OUT YOUR HAND over the sea, that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen. ” – Exodus 14:26. … and so on…

 Yet It is NOTEWORTHY to mention that it wasn’t the stretched hand of the prophets that wrought the miracles but the outstretched arm of God as Moses himself affirms: Who is like you O LORD ….You STRETCHED OUT YOUR RIGHT HAND; the earth swallowed them. – Exodus 15:11-12

 Thus they stretched out their hands physically as an expression of God’s unseen mighty hand stretched spiritually. As shown also in the scriptures where when Moses hands were raised towards the battle, the unseen hand of God was clearly fighting for the Israelites but when his hands were lowered- the unseen hand of God too was withdrawn-and the Israelites began loosing the battle

“Whenever Moses. “HELD UP HIS HAND”, Israel prevailed, and whenever he “LOWERED HIS HAND”, Amalek prevailed. – Exodus 17:11

 It is therefore logical to believe that The stretching forth of hands towards or over an object or person in prayer-was a method commonly used by some prophets in the Bible, that even Naaman the Syrian who wasn’t an Israelite was well acquainted with it and expected it to be done to him as well when he consulted Elisha:

 “But Naaman was angry and went away, saying, “Behold, I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call upon the name of the LORD his God, and “WAVE HIS HAND OVER THE SPOT” and cure the leprosy”.. – II Kings 5:11 NIV


 Note from the verses above: the “STRETCHING OUT, STRETCHING TOWARDS, HOLDING UP, RAISING, LOWERING AND WAVING OF HANDS” over an object or person in prayer which is a perfect fit with what TB Joshua and the wise men do today Being prophets of THE MOST HIGH GOD. And not just them if I may add, but also some other Pastors and prophets can be seen also stretching hands in like manner- as it was, so it is.

A pretty satisfying answer if you ask us, unless for those who aren’t seeking answers in the first place, like the pharisee authors at TB Joshua watch but rather concocted stories to further slander the name and ministry of  TB  Joshua, as for the SCOAN supporters who didn’t know before, at least you have an answer to give now if you’re asked why TB  Joshua stretches forth his hands the way he does.


 A very interesting comment was also made on the TB Joshua watch Blog, which is interesting because it rings a bell as it  makes us remember the same question Jesus was asked about the source of his powers and by what authority he operated, here are the series of questions;

Hattie PERMALINK August 17, 2011 11:18 pm

…The fundamental question, with dare I say it, eternal consequences is which “god” he speaks for, what source the power is from….?

Another reputed scoan critic on TB Joshua watch also said: “his powers are from an unknown Origin” even though the prophet himself recounts the source as God Himself on the SCOAN official website:

 The question majority of these critics ask clearly show them to be Pharisees, as it is no different from what the Pharisees asked Jesus and the Apostles when the power at work through them became obvious and undeniable:

 After this, the religious leaders of the day seized the apostles and demanded, “By what power or what name did you do this?” (Acts 4:7).  In other words, they were asking,

“Who gave you this power? By whose authority did you do this?” The apostles replied, “If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are Asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the Dead, that this man stands before you healed” (Acts 4:9-10).

As is typical of Pharisees, always calling the elect of God to account for acts of kindness; it’s no different with the Pharisees at TB Joshua watch today, calling TB Joshua to account for healings, deliverances, prophecies and works of charity. If they want to know by what authority TB Joshua is doing these things and are not clear on that fact then this text should settle it for them all.

Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. [One day] the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?” Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding. (Acts 19:13-16)

From the above it’s clear that we don’t know the authority by which a prophet operates by what he says or by the Name Jesus He calls”- the seven sons of sceva were calling the Name Jesus as well but were far from operating under the authority and power in the Name. What gives us undeniable proof of the authority by which a prophet operates is the outcome of His encounter with opposite powers. In other words authority is known by encounter as Jesus Himself made it clear that “Satan cannot cast out Satan and as can be seen during the deliverance services with TB Joshua, satan, his agents and demons are no match for God’s power in the life of TB Joshua as he commands their submission each time they confront him. Surprisingly, TB Joshua watch seem to believe to the contrary, their belief is centered on the false assumption that what goes on in SCOAN is counterfeit exorcism, even when the demonized are clearly delivered and back to their normal selves, testifying to the goodness of God that has rescued them from the satanic forces that have held them down so long . Its clear they’ve suspended belief regarding any good in TB Joshua or the SCOAN, blind and deaf to any life changing testimonies of the pilgrims there and doubt every live programme attesting to God’s power in the life of TB Joshua on emmanuel tv,  it then becomes a fact that these critics do not see the happenings in SCOAN for what it is, but rather as they are, untrustworthy, untrue, deceptive, and cunning,  as a popular adage says; we really do see things, not as they are but as we are.

21 thoughts on “How Scriptural Are TB Joshua’s Healing Methods?

  1. Temporary response to article.

    Just for everyone to know, Author quotes from NIV translation instead of Arameic, Hebrew Text.

    I don’t have much time, but I will come back to this:

    Let it be known that the NIV translation is the worst translation ever written. It is printed by Zondervan. Just a hint, it is owned by Mr. Rupert Murdoch. Yes, the one that is in the news all the time with News of the World hacking scandal.

    Just also to add, the NIV has 63,000 errors and emissions in the translation. The 2011 version is slightly better, some errors are corrected, but the kernel of the NIV is that it is denying the deity of Jesus Christ as the Son of God.

    But as I said, I will be back on this.

    I would also like to mention that only parts of my comments are quoted here and are misrepresenting me exhibiting the truth of my expose. Which is not surprisingly so. But never mind, see you in a few days.

    God bless,

    • @ katharsis i think you have a mental problem sorry if i seem to be too quick to conclude, but i think those occult books you read have started affecting you mentally, please i will want you to take time to re-read what you just commented.God bless you too.

      • albert, take it easy, this is our spiritual future in question here. Pls don’t raise your voice, rather improve your argument. I don’t know if catharsis is a skeptic, agnostic, heretic or any other ‘tic’ but he’s raised a point too important to ignore. I did a little research myself and confirmed that Zondervan, publisher of NIV, is indeed a subsidiary of HarperCollins which also publishes The Satanic Bible, authored by Anton Szandor LaVey. These companies are owned by Rupert Murdoch. Infact in October, Zondervan announced definitive plans to acquire Thomas Nelson, publisher of the New King James Version. Now take a moment, don’t you think that raises a lot of questions? I mean, are we letting ourselves get misled by people who have never encountered the Jesus we have? Do they have a right to teach us what He is saying? Think about it. 08035976993, my mobile.

        • @asi-oqua i will not say anthing to you now because this is the first time i have seen you comment in this blog.But what i would just says is that katharsis and all tbj critisis have left tb joshua, it now the bible they want to critisis. Do not worry i will keep on praying for you people for God’s intervention.

    • @Katharsis
      COMPLETE TRASH katharsis, if there’s a curse attached to your name ‘cantankerous’ in your mother tongue which means (ill tempered), must you live according to it? WHY POST SUCH RUBBISH? perhaps you cannot but live according to your name.

  2. Satan and his fake prophets does great but deceptive miracles, but they shall be condemned eventually. You guys should stop explaining what you do not know.

    2Th 2:8-12
    (8) And then shall that Wicked One be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the breath of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
    (9) Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
    (10) And with all deception of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
    (11) And for this cause God shall send them a strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
    (12) That they all might be condemned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

    Rev 19:20
    (20) And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that worked miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshiped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

    • @ifey, I must say here that none of the scriptural passages you quoted seems to be refuting our point in this post, Inasmuch as the scripture makes it clear that satan and his false prophets will perform signs and lying wonders, it also makes clear the fact that the power of God shows itself to be greater, and this is exactly what we witness in the Scoan today in TB Joshua’s encounter with demonic powers, in which he stands unconquerable to this day. If you claim that satan deceives through TB Joshua’s miracles in Scoan, haven’t you asked yourself; to what end? His deception is always aimed at luring people into sin, not towards the path of faith, love and righteousness which TB Joshua constantly teaches and encourages in Scoan, the miracles and gospel message he preaches is farthest from what you allege here, if you still believe otherwise, I suggest you go show the power of God in your life greater than TB Joshua’s by delivering him, I guess then you would have proved your point beyond reasonable doubt.

  3. Leave other people let your light so shine among men that they may see your good word and glorified your father who is in heaven.

    Jesus said leave let both the evil and the good be at the end there will be separated.

  4. I wonder why people continued in their evil thoughts till dis day. I ve been hearing about all the negativity people say about TB Joshua since I was 20 years old. Now I am 40 years old and people never stopped. If by now TB still lives and continues in his Ministry of healing with all the slander and defarmation frm the people, I think those people should better repent now or never. A so call Man of God who slanders his counterpart is heading towards downfall and I expect such Men of God to storm TB Joshua’s SCOAN and organise a deliverance service intead of all these slanders. If TB refuses them to organise such service, then, they can raise their head high.

  5. All the God sent prophets were not loved by people because they stood for what is right in the sight of the one who sent them.
    Isaiah 8:20 ” To the law and to the testimony: if they don’t speak according to this word it is because there is no light in them.”
    Q. 1- Does the said prophet speak according to the law and the testimony?
    John 14:15 ” If you love me, keep my commandments”
    The end does not justify the means. The fact that people are being healed and that is being done in the name of Jesus doesn’t mean Jesus is the power behind those miracles. You can read Matthew 7:21-23.
    Be careful guys because instead of trusting in God you will end up trusting a fellow human being who is also on the line to judgement. Guys this is what we are supposed to do.
    Revelation 14:7 ” We should fear God and give glory to Him for the hour of his judgement has come. Worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and the fountains of waters.”
    Don’t forget the Bible warns us that the devil is masquerading as an angel of light to deceive even the elect. You might also be deceived.
    The prophet of God should stand his head up to wool people back to God and be obedient to Him and keep His commandments which is unlike the new prophets on the market today. You mean God sent them to preach prosperity and breakthroughs? Which God is this? Jesus even said the Son of Man didn’t even have a place to lay his head.
    Malachi 3:6 “Am the Lord, I change not.” This means that the messages given to His prophets then , can not be different now.
    I think this should enough to settle the issues.

  6. i believe all power belong to God. if you truely fear God in your heart. God will use you, because Jesus promise us that those who believe on him. they will do greater work, because he is going to his father.

  7. any pastor or christian who says tb joshus is fake should show us the real miracle or move of God otherwise u most be the fake pastor or christians that needs salvation; because any true christians should have the spirit of decernment if truely ur born again.i asked God in prayer abt the genuity of tb joshua he told me he sew the little in him and he gave him his grace and power to do what the wise can not do 1corithians 1vs19. my email samfranky3 @

    • my dear brother and sister, we should learn to obey God, not to judge others.who made you a judge, let us leave everything in the hand of not open door to the devil in your heart.

  8. God works in many different ways and no one can know which way until He reveals Himself even to the one through whom He is working.No one can even set the procedures for the Holly Spirit because He knows all the stations and the workings Thereof.Let him who wants to know the things of God whether preaching,teaching,prophecy,doctrine or healing,…,use the word of God (Bible) as his” spirit level” and he will truely know.

    • Please read (Mark 9:38-40). John said to Jesus,Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.Verse 39 Jesusreplied. Do not prevent him. There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me. Verse 40 For whoever is not against us is for us.

  9. We should stop judging people, we should learn to pray for one another.i do not understand the way some people think, they only believe that the devil is the one that can do mighty things.The world was created by God is not the devil that created this world. some people fear the devil instead of fearing God. me and you give the devil power by the things we do.We like to go on our own ways. God’s word bring peace to our heart. No matter what we are passing through in life.I pray may God bless and keep every one in peace in Jesus name.

  10. One thing i need to say is if Jesus Christ was here what would he say about your behavior.You spend days and hours fighting Prophet TB Joshua and His Ministry.Why does He do this or that?Who have you healed or delivered so we can look at your case?Show us the proper way of doing it because you seem to know better.

    Jesus healed with spit and clay then Prophet Joshua prays with cotton whats the difference he should have stuffed people with clay???Your problem is you know how God should do His things so why don’t you do greater..

    Many people want to explain a composition of a miracle and decide for God which way He should speak.If today i show you stones that are preaching Gods word will you believe?Jesus said if you refuse for me to speak God will raise stones to speak my word.

    Well you have not seen anything else like Father like son find another website because i am going to do much more critical things to tickle your minds….You decide how God should speak and who He should use?You question the order of the Pharisees and Sadducee well i say they are more blessed than you because they are Jewish religious folk .The Prophets of old said they where going to reject Christ but you are African and European religious folk.You where born in sin for you to start questioning the works of the Spirit .You are from Darkness and you claim to know how the Jewish Prophets prayed and behaved.
    Samson with unusual strength in His Hair.David a Sheppard boy who couldn’t walk in armor who killed a lion with His bare hands and giant with something so small it could go in your pocket.Jesus who walked on water and i bet if you where there when he turned water into wine you would have breaking News on every Channel.Messiah Holy man Turns water to wine Breaking News.

    Jesus said they will be War!True?
    Jesus said they will be false Christs !True?
    Jesus said they will be famine!True?
    Jesus said they will be false prophets!True?

    So if Jesus said it we know it and you know it.there fore tell us something we do not know so we can truly say God is speaking through you.About the Prophet i think God has proven that He is with him.I went to Nigeria and slept at the church and was treated well.All you are saying is lies.I was sick and i was healed.A smoker and drinker for years and without prayer just by being at the scoan i have not smoked ever since.Getting of the plane in my country i got a job immediately from scoan.

    You say His false i will personally meet you and prove you wrong!!!!!!!

    • I know God healed us according to our faith.Because I was healed by God,and I believe those who believe also received their healing from God in the name of Jesus Christ His Son. If you believe that God can not healed you, that is your believe. But if you change your thinking and star believing what God said in His word it will work for just need faith to receive from God.


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