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Whatever stance one has taken on the credibility of TB Joshua, the famous (or infamous?) pastor of The Synagogue Church of All Nation’s in Lagos, Nigeria – one fact remains indisputable, his is an incredible journey shrouded in mystery and being written in history. Joshua is easily the most vilified pastor in Africa, yet by far the most sought after. He is the hope of multitudes and yet the headache of religious bodies, who have vehemently disowned him but can’t seem to ignore him. It is a living drama being watched world over, as time’s steady course continues its revealing discourse on truth and authenticity. But what is it about TB Joshua that has actually engendered such outright denunciation and renunciation by his fellow labourers in the vineyard?


Upon perusal of the apparent grouses and grudges of the Pentecostal Leaders of Nigeria against the enigma and personality of Prophet TB Joshua, high up on the list is the issue of his mentorship. “Where was he when he was called to ministry? Who are the men of God who can point at him, that we raised him into ministry, laid hands on him and sent him forth into the ministry?” says Paul Adefarasin, the charismatic founder of House of the Rock, Lagos. “We don't know Joshua's Pastor; we don't know where he was raised from. He has no testimony from where he got born again. So, we cannot accept that he is one of us… There is no proof of his salvation,” explains Matthew Ashimolowo, the prosperity preacher and founder of KICC in London. “There are only two questions Ayo Oritsejafor (President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria) asked us to ask Joshua or anybody who comes from him: When were you born again? Which church did he attend and who was his pastor or mentor?” fumes Bishop Abraham Olaleye, a vice chairman of PFN. “Who were his contemporaries when he gave his life to Christ? What led to his confession of Christ? How did it happen? Where was he baptised? Who baptised him? Who are his pastors? Where did he train? Who is the Paul of his Timothy?” asks Bola Akin-John, a Pentecostal church growth expert.

That miracles and commendable charitable works are happening in his church is attested to by almost all, but such leaders can’t seem to fathom how a man so mightily gifted could have attained such a level without human tutorship and training. As such cannot be explained by the logic and lectures of theological training, they readily write him off as demonic and diabolic. Surely, a man of God of such stature and status could not just spring up without the approval and appraisal of some top-notch Christian leaders? Thus, they have proclaimed to all willing to listen that anyone who associates with TB Joshua does so to their own folly, be him a president or pauper, simply because they have adopted a strong position without investigating its foundational validity.

However, the phenomenon of men being used by the Almighty without human tutelage is not isolated to the instance of Pastor TB Joshua. Thorough biblical exploration would reveal many of God’s generals with no record or register of human mentorship. Who was the mentor of Jeremiah, who the Bible says God called right from his mother’s womb? Who was the mentor of John the Baptist, sent from above to prepare the way for the Saviour? Who was the mentor of Apostle Paul, who was blinded on the road to Damascus while intent on the destruction of Christians, subsequently to become a leading figure in New Testament Christianity? What about Moses, Elijah or King David? Human backing and tuition are clearly not a qualification for divine assignments.

What then is the premise for church leaders today to demand proof of mentorship as a seal of apostleship? Can this assertion be attributed to the application of biblical principles, or to personal misgivings and prejudice? Why has the Nigerian Pentecostal church chosen to adopt a stance on a particular person that contradicts and conflicts with scriptural authority and experience? It appears to be a case of addressing private qualms and jealousies under the guise of Christian comradeship and censorship, misguiding and incensing millions of followers against TB Joshua and projecting the image of a warring and divided church in the process.

The current president of PFN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor has consistently remained one of Joshua’s most vocal critics, even expelling any PFN members who attempt to fraternise with him. He makes his stand known clearly on the pulpit and in the pages of newspapers: “T.B. Joshua is not a Christian. If T.B. Joshua can show me his pastor who pastored him before he said he was called into the ministry; if T.B. Joshua can tell me when he got converted and how he got converted, then we would consider him.”

Yet, T.B. Joshua’s own website recounts the extraordinary tale of his calling into the ministry, available for all to read and dissect: “I was in a trance for three consecutive days, then I saw a hand that pointed a Bible to my heart and the Bible entered my heart and my former heart seemed to immerse with the Bible immediately… I heard a voice saying, “I am your God; I am giving you a divine commission to go and carry out the work of the Heavenly Father… I would show you the wonderful ways I would reveal myself through you, in teaching, preaching, miracles, signs and wonders for the salvation of souls”. So, is it a crime for God to call one for His service without consulting certain people or meeting certain manmade criteria? Are we mere mortals in a position to query God’s wisdom and ways?

Chiji Okafor, the celebrated Nigerian columnist and artist, wrote of such a disposition and demeanour: “It is amazing that anybody who lays claim to being a pastor of God should be talking about mentoring in matters of the faith as if talking about some rookie artisan being shepherded into 'freedom' from his master's workshop. Such drivel simply speaks volumes of the man who utters it. It reveals the depth of vulgarity to which our 'modern' men of God have allowed the gospel of Jesus Christ to sink.

“Anybody who boasts in God's vineyard about his mentor and such other inane subjects as earthly endowments has simply not imbibed the lessons of Christ's personal life. Jesus Christ the Son of God could have been born a prince, if He so chose. On the contrary, God made man, decided to come into this world, the son of a wretched carpenter born in, of all places, a manger and side-by-side animals! He had neither an earthly mentor, nor did the Bible tell us that He had doctorate degrees in sacred theology and dogmatic philosophy.

“In His divine wisdom, God chooses whom He crowns king and decides whom He endows with any gift He likes – and we all have our different gifts. Anybody who challenges this wisdom of God Almighty blasphemes against Him, by querying His authority. So, why would God choose a humble, even innocent, or bucolic Temitope Balogun Joshua for the enormous anointing he has received? Why didn't He pick one of those blue-blooded, Oxford-trained peers of the realm?”

Bolu-Olu Esho, a journalist with The Sun Newspaper further wrote on the issue: “Pastor T.B Joshua has a simple background that could tempt one to ask questions about how he achieved the feat he’s known for today. But minds of history would be at ease, as they would consider him as another manifestation of the mystery assigned to God Almighty. The question of academics in the work of God is inconsequential, as God does not consider this as a criterion for choosing people for His work…The stance of these ministers of God against Pastor Joshua makes one question how versed they are in the Word of God. Is it not written in the Bible that God used the foolish things of this world to confound the wise?”

Clearly, the question our revered gentlemen should ask is not, ‘Who is your mentor?’ but ‘By what authority are you acting?’ in conjunction with the biblical standard: ‘By their fruits, you shall know them.’ The attributes and qualities a person possesses speak volumes of their source of strength. The steadfast consistency, prophetic insight, charitable disposition, healing gifting, practical teaching, heavenly wisdom and childlike simplicity of T.B. Joshua cannot possibly be the product of illusion, sorcery or man’s acumen. The testimony of Ghana’s new head, Prof. Atta Mills, alone is enough to confirm the genuineness and greatness of Joshua’s ministry and calling. Has history ever heard of a sitting president visit a church and publically testify that the pastor accurately predicted the outcome and specific details of the election to him? His testimony echoes the tens of thousands who rush to Joshua’s church on a weekly basis to receive a touch from God.

Sadly, the gap between the accusers and the accused is ever widening as many leading pastors in Nigeria are becoming more embroiled in the pursuit of money and material gain than the essence of Christ’s gospel and work. Kingdom business seems more like worldly business, with pastors making headlines for expensive acquisitions, lavish living and political speeches as opposed to solving problems, meeting needs and changing lives. Ilobi Austin, a catholic in faith, wrote, “While God is ordering his (T.B. Joshua’s) counterparts to acquire more automobiles and in some cases, private jets with cost in the billion bracket, the same God is asking him to love humanity like himself and consequently, improve their earthly and heavenly fortunes. He is today, father to the fatherless, mother to the motherless, friend to the friendless and government to the government-less. Little wonder then, that the good Lord magnanimously found him worthy for the arduous task of delivering his people from the vice grip of the devil. Such powers in the hands of such ministers, who have made the criticism of his ministries their pastime, would have seen deliverance going to the highest bidders.”
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So what has TB Joshua to say on all this? Here is his own response when asked about his non-admission into PFN in a recent interview with The Sun: “As a point of correction, I never applied to be a member of any association. Okay? Two, the way and manner God executes His plan in our lives differ. Some He brought them from this direction, some from another direction. Some He allowed to go to Theology school, some He allowed them to go to the university and they may not even go to Theology school. Some, they may not even go to school at all. Yet they would become whatever God wants them to become. There is a university of God – and in the University of God, however brilliant you may be, you will not be given double promotion – you must take every course, because each course serves a purpose.”

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Comment by Bade on August 12, 2009 at 1:33am
Thanks Victor for your comment. I really appreciate your point of view. The reason why this country (Nigeria) continually retrogressed daily is because we always shied away from saying the truth. Majority of the so called Pastors 'nowadays' have turn the Lord house to a sort of family business 'me and my wife biz'. They lacked love. See all of them usually stayed back in Lagos, how many of these people with their enormous branches ever visit the Boko Haram enclave, all they claim to see in their vision is a big city above the Atlantic Ocean (precisely Europe and America). Ask them, where do they go? Not Turkey, Not Bosnia. Yet these corrupt politicians that always occupied the front seat during the open heaven were never asked any question, even though these churches run their services with generator.
Comment by OBAD VICTOR on August 7, 2009 at 6:27pm
ALL I CAN SAY ABOUT THIS ISSUE IS THAT NIGERIAN NEVER APPRECIATE WHATEVER THEY HAVE, I WISH THE PROPHET IS FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY, HE WOULDNT BE ASKED THE XTIAN ASSOCIATIONS HE BELONGS TO IN HIS COUNTRY, THE PERSON THAT BATISED HIM AND THE SCHOOL HE ATTENDED B4 HE WILL BE ALLOWED TO CARRY OUT AN OPEN HEAVEN CRUSADE, THAT IS WHEN U WILL SEE THOSE WHO CALL THEMSELVES MEN OF GOD WITH THEIR FIRST LADIES AT THE FRONT SITTING ON THE THRONE LIKE KING OF "IDUN" JUST TO BE RECOGNISED WITH THE VISITING PREACHER AND KNOWN AS ORGANISERS OF THE CRUSADE. NIGERIANS, NIGERIANS, NIGERIANS, HOW MANY TIMES DID I CALL U? USE UR HEAD AND FACE UR BUSINESS, I HAVE NEVER HEARD T.B CONDENMING ANY CHURCH SINCE I KNOW HIM, THE SKY IS WIDE ENOUGH FOR THE WHOLE BIRDS IN THE WORD TO FLY WITHOUTH THOUCHING EACH OTHER. IF THOSE CRITICSING HIM HAVE JOB TO DO THEY WILL NOT DO THAT, EVEN IF THE MAN IS DIBOLIC AND ALL SORT OF UR LANGUAGES LEAVE HIM FOR GOD TO JUDGE HIM, WHAT I KNOW IS THAT THOSE DOING GOOD IN THE COUNTRY ARE ALWAYS WITH ENEMIES. WHERE WERE THE CRITICS WHEN REVEREND KING STARTED, THEY KEPT QUIET BECAUSE THEY HAVE THINGS IN COMMON, HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE THEY TOUCH THEIR LIFE JUST THE WAY T.B HAVE DONE, ALL THEY DO IS TO COUNT THEIR BLESSINGS WITHOUT COUNTING THOSE THEY HAVE BLESSED. NOTHING MUST DO THIS MAN OO, COS ALL THEY WANT IS TO SILENT HIM SO THAT THEY WILL BE KNOWN WORLD WIDE JUST LIKE HIM. I AM NOT A MEMBER OF SYNAGOGUE BUT I PRAY FOR THE CONTINUATION OF HIS GOOD WORK. IF U WANT TO CONFIRM HIS GOOD WORK I AM TALKING ABOUT ALWAYS WATCH EMMANUEL T.V
Comment by okeke favour on July 20, 2009 at 4:55pm
?????????? who is to ans all this questions? pls i need an ans
Comment by Bade on July 15, 2009 at 4:31am
And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, ‘Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand. And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then shall his kingdom stand? And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you (Matthew 12:28)

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour (Exodus 20:16) The Ninth commandment.

The tongue is a small organ and yet it has immense power. Sometimes it is more powerful than money or valuable medicine. The word of your tongue can be like a match you light to set fire to a dry forest. But a useful word is like the small rudder of a ship that steers it to a safe harbour. In the third chapter of his epistle, Apostle James gave us three helpful examples that lead us to repentance. We have to test the words our tongues speak in the light of God’s word, for every evil word points to a corrupt heart not yet regenerated. But every gentle word spoken reveals the Spirit of Jesus Christ in our heart.
During the call of Isaiah, the reverent prophet trembled as He stood before the holy God in order to reconcile His people to the one Triune Lord of Hosts. He was awestruck when he saw the train of the Lord’s robe and cried out, “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, for my eyes have seen the king, the Lord of Hosts.” Then one of the seraphim flew to him, having in his hand a burning coal which he had taken with tongs from the altar. He burned his mouth with it and said, ‘Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity is taken away, and your sin is purged’ (Isaiah 6:5-7).
A person can only recognize the wickedness and deceit in his heart only when he or she encounters the holy God. In that instant he knows that the Almighty is our ultimate standard. In His light we see the uncleanness, deceit and corruption with which we are filled. This condition does not change except when the sinner draws closer to God.
In His Sermon on the Mount Jesus teaches us that not only killing the body but also slander is considered by Him to be murder. It can have a long term effect like poison. Any kind of slander, hateful lies; deliberate lies, bitter strife, intentional cursing, and betrayal of trust or mockery are spiritually deadly. They poison the heart of the one who speaks these words, and then they poison the mind of the one accused. Jesus said, ‘Whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of hell fire’ (Matthew 5:22). Through this statement Jesus declared us all to be guilty and judged us as evil-hearted people with a murderous spirit, who deserved eternal condemnation in hell. Anger, envy, persistence in hateful disputes, a vengeful spirit, cruelty and brutality are emotions and acts that assail not just the laity but also pastors and workers of the church. No wonder Apostle John says, ‘Whoever hates his brother is a murderer’ (I John 3:15).
I have never read where it is written in the Bible that one ought to train under a celebrity pastor and some of the accusation being propounded are fabricated against the person of Prophet TB Joshua. I knew Prophet TB Joshua through my uncle Venerable SA Elijah when my uncle was the Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria, and he is a close friend of Prophet TB Joshua and both worked together for the growth of CAN in Lagos. That was back then in 1996, I was the Public Relation Officer of the Youth Wing of Christian Association of Nigeria Lagos East which falls on Epe and Ibeju Lekki local government area of Lagos. I was 17yrs old and I hold the position till I got admitted into the university.
I do not think that any of the above pastors are better than Prophet TB Joshua in any way as some of them had been tested and found wanting. Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo was once asked to repay £200,000 (about N52 million)to the British government and the story was reported by the Evening Standard of London under the headline “Flamboyant pastor must repay £200,000.
My answer: You shall not steal (Exodus 20:15) Eight commandment
Funny enough I’m surprised by the voice of Pastor A Oritsejafor, I never knew that his voice could as be loud as this. Yet he was asked to supervise Bishop Lanre Obembe during the Benny Hinn revival in Lagos and Reverend Benny Hinn gave them the sum of $4million US dollars, that money was mismanaged and embezzled. No refund of the money till date and his voice was very low at the time. He never shout to the heaven about shepherds violating the eighth commandment.
It is not compulsory that a shepherd must study at the feet of a celebrity pastor during his tutelage as a worker in the Lord’s vineyard. Jesus was sentenced to death for healing the sick on the Sabbath, and for stating that He is the Son of God. He was hounded by religious leaders of His time who, in their fanaticism for the Law of Moses, had lost their capacity to love God and people. They were righteous outwardly in a hypocritical way and turned deaf ear to the call to repentance. In their blindness they hardened their hearts. They were not ready to change their minds. They rejected God the Father, God the Son and the Holy Spirit. They did not care for the sick on the Sabbath. So their zealous observance of the law on the Sabbath had turned into hypocrisy. No wonder Jesus quoted the prophet Isaiah to them, ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honour Me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men’ (Matthew 15:8, 9).

The basic fact that we are in the 21st century doesn’t give any shepherd to rationalize that we are in the jet age as a result it is an age when pastors must buy private jets with church money at a time Alhaji Aliko Dangote is still managing his 14 year old NS 125 jet which he bought from the Federal Government of Nigeria and in spite of the fact that the jet almost crashed in Luanda, Angola a few years ago, Dangote has not given it a thought why he should purchase a new jet. The universe belongs to God and God is the owner of the universe. To Him alone belong all things, even gold and silver. Shepherds are stewards of what He has entrusted to them. Just as a pastor is responsible to the needs of the church, we are responsible for what God has given us. Our time, health, power, money and property do not belong to us but to Him. A shepherd, however, should realize that all property placed at his feet belongs to the Creator. A pastor is only a humble steward and nothing belongs to him and whatever the church have is just a blessing from God. Therefore wealthy Christians should not plan and live for themselves, but actually ask God what He wants to do with the money He has entrusted to them as I know that the Holy Spirit did not endorse the purchase of private jet or private yacht and automobiles and each shepherd will have to give an account of how he or she used the church money, time or effort. Each shepherd should be aware of what they spend and what they are doing! It will not be forgotten.
Comment by Daniel Danquah Damptey on July 10, 2009 at 3:00pm
I VISITED THE CHURCH THRICE AND WAS IMPRESSED WITH WHAT I SAW OR OBSERVED. HOWEVER, I WAS NOT EASILY TAKEN IN BY THE FACT THAT ALL THOSE WHO WERE SAID TO HAVE RECEIVED THEIR HEALINGS AND MIRACLES APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN SCREENED BEFORE THEY WERE PUBLICLY SHOWN TO THE WORLD. I WOULD HAVE LIKED A SITUATION WHERE THE ANNOINTED MAN OF GOD WOULD BE LED BY THE SPIRIT TO WHERE A PERSON WHO HAD AN INCURABLE DISEASE WHICH CAN BE ATTESTED TO BY NEIGHBOURS, BE PRAYED FOR AND THEN HEALED. THIS WILL REASE ALL DOUBTS FROM THE MINDS OF PEOPLE.
MY SECOND OBSERVATION HAS TO DO WITH THE SELLING OF FOOD IN THE CHURCH WHILE THE SERMON AND HEALINGS WERE TAKING PLACE. IT IS A LONG TIME SINCE I VISITED THE PLACE AND SO I CANNOT SAY WHETHER THE PRACTICE STILL GOES ON HAS BEEN DISCARDED. BUT AT THE TIME I WENT THERE, I WAS NOT IMPRESSED. IT WAS A BIG MINUS TO THE CHURCH.
PUTTING EVERYTHING IN ITS RIGHT PERSPECTIVE, LET ME SAY THAT IN MATTERS OF RELIGION ONE MUST BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL WHEN PASSING COMMENTS. I DO NOT DOUBT THE FACT THAT MIRACLES DO TAKE PLACE AT THE CHURCH. I WILL NOT CONDEMN THE PROPHET ON THOSE MIRACLES. ALL WHAT I CAN SAY IS THAT, IF THOSE MIRACLES COME FROM GOD, WHY, WE SHOULD THANK HIM FOR USING THE PROPHET AS AN INSTRUMENT OF BRINGING SACOUR, RELIEF AND HAPPINESS TO MANKIND. BUT IF THE POWER COMES FROM THE DEVIL, I SHUDDER TO THINK .... BUT IN THE MEANTIME, UNTIL WE GET EVIDENCE TO THE CONTRARY, WE SHOULD ACCEPT THE FACT THAT IT COMES FROM GOD. THIS IS BECAUSE THE WAYS OF GOD ARE NOT THE WAYS OF MAN. IF WE ARE NOT CAREFUL, WE MAY END UP FIGHTING GOD. GOD CAN USE ANYBODY AS HIS INSTRUMENT.
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