The T. B. Joshua Appeal! Who Is T. B. Joshua Anyway and Why Does He Matter?

I have been greatly overwhelmed and encouraged at the same by the responses that I have received to the post which I entitled Exposing T.B. Joshua’s Patch-Work Prophecies.

T. B. Joshua 2I am overwhelmed at the number of people who truly seem to be behind T.B. Joshua and his teachings.  I am encouraged, because in this, I see a great and wonderful opportunity not only to expose the errors and flaws in T.B. Joshua’s doctrine and that of others like him – I hope and plan to do that.  But more than that, I am encouraged or should I say excited (as my American friends are fond of saying) – I see this as a great opportunity of bring to light what the Word of God teaches in the hopes that by His grace and by the working of His Holy Spirit, the LORD’s will and purposes might be fulfilled in my own heart and life and in the life of everyone who is following these discourses.  Furthermore, I pray that when it’s all said and done, we will all come out of this far better Christians, more knowledgeable of what the Bible actually teaches of the matters to be discussed – and above all – more like the Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior!  That’s my hope and prayer!  Will you please join me in that?  Thank you.

Now, we are ready to turn to what I am calling, “The T. B. Joshua Appeal.”  Who is T. B. Joshua anyway?  T. B. Joshua is a Nigerian televangelist.  He is also believed to be a faith healer and a Christian minister.  He started a ministry organization called the The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN) and a Christian television station, Emmanuel TV which has done a lot to publicize T. B. Joshua, his “healing” ministry and teachings across the African continent and around the world.  His full name is Temitope Balogun Joshua.  He has become one of the richest pastors in Nigeria.  About 50,000 flock to his “church” flock to his church every week.  See this recent report.  The report concludes by saying:  “The SCOAN has been hailed for its impact on Nigerian tourism, recent statistics from the Nigerian Immigration Service revealing that out of every ten foreign travellers coming into Nigeria, six of them are bound for The SCOAN.”  I am not going to spend any more time on introducing T.B. Joshua here.  If you are interested in learning more about him, you can find lots of information on him online which I am sure will more than satisfy your curiosity.

Why does T. B. Joshua matter?  Why should you and I care?  Let me give a few reasons:

1.  Because He claims to be a Christian.

2.  Because He handles the Word of God (rightly or wrongly).

3.  Because He deals with the people of God (made in His image).

4.  Because sin matters.

5.  Because salvation matters.

6.  Because Christ matters.

7.  Because eternity matters!

So, I invite you to join me over the next little while (I don’t know how long these posts will run) but I anticipate at least a couple of weeks – perhaps more!  Let’s get to know T. B. Joshua by putting his life, ministry and doctrine under the biblical microscope (the searching light of God’s Inspired, Infallible and Inerrant Word).

WARNING:  Nasty and unkind comments not allowed!  Thank you and God bless!

Take a look at this video to learn more about T. B. Joshua – you will be blessed! 

4 thoughts on “The T. B. Joshua Appeal! Who Is T. B. Joshua Anyway and Why Does He Matter?

  1. Hi, Rev. I think this is not a good approach on ministers of the word. I don’t believe in prophets but attacking them like the way you are doing I think is wrong idea. The word of God is clear on true and false prophets. I think this not the right manner how we do ministry in this world. Let God reveal Himself through his word who are they and not writing on the media as you have done. why not approaching them yourself and find out. I think ministers who attack other ministers are tying to work on behalf of God himself. we are God workmanship and that does not grantee us to work on his behalf. Just focus on what the word of God says and not mentioning it on media as you have done. I am not attacking you but I feel this is a wrong idea. we have seen and read about prophets and ministers before who were exposed by God Himself so do not try to work on His behalf. I have been a fan of reading you post on Bible Answers but not I think you are trying to read us astray. just focus on writing God’s word and tell us about Christ and the Gospel and not on T. B. Joshua and Bushiri. We don’t want to hear that now we want to hear what God is saying in His word and open the word to us not man because we have already heard about them and we know them. This is leading people the wrong way. Please am writing this in anger of what I have been reading this week. so try not to stop me from reading your posts. Rosemary Honde.

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    1. Hello Rose,
      Thank you for your expressing your sentiments regarding the recent posts on Bible Answers especially with respect to T. B. Joshua and Prophet Bushiri.

      Please know that I am not taking this lightly. I have thought long and hard about doing this. I do believe that I have Scriptural warrant for doing this. As a minister of the Gospel, I am not only called to preach that which is right (according to the Word of God) but also to oppose and expose that which is wrong (according to the Word of God). It would be sinful for any Gospel minister and any Christian for that matter to remain silent in a situation where the Gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ was/is at stake. Jude 3 talks about how we are to “Contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints.” In the Book of Galatians, the Apostle Paul opposed another Apostle (Peter) “to his face” – why? Because the Gospel of God’s free grace in Christ was at stake – and consequently the glory of God too was at stake and Paul would not have it – so he says “I opposed him (referring to Peter) to his face” (Galatians 2:11).

      Jude 3-4 reads, “Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”

      The Lord Jesus Christ Himself vehemently opposed the Pharisees and anyone who was distorting the plain teachings of the Word of God. He had no time for such people – He says in Matthew 7:15-20, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear fruit is cut down and thrown into fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.” Read Matthew 23:13-33 some time and you will see what language Christ is using their to condemn the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and also their false teachings. Why? It was necessary because something greater was at stake – His glory as revealed in His Gospel!

      In 1 John 4:1-6 we are exhorted to test the spirits to see if they are from God: Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. 4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

      This is what I hope to do and accomplish through these posts. Every serious, biblical Christian, must always search the Scriptures and filter everything he/she hears against what the Word of God teaches to determine what is truth and what is falsity. If the Bereans could do that with the teachings of the Apostle Paul, shouldn’t we do it with T. B. Joshua’s?

  2. Touch not my annointed ones and do them no harm; says God.
    God will defend his word. Who are we to judge Prophet TB Joshua and Emmanuel TV and Partners. I am a proud Emmanuel TV Partner and I will continue to support what they are doing.
    You dont know like I know what God has done for me and my family through they Synagogue Church of All Nations. My son who had Asthma since birth was healed completely from it after been prayed for by one of the Wiseman in the Synagogue Church of All Nations. As for myself I was delivered from stagnation after having worked for 18 years without promotion. For the Glory of God I am a living testimony of the good works of God in the SCOAN.

    1. Dear Gladys – I am not here to refute what has happened to you or anyone else for that matter. I am only concerned with what the Word of God (as One Whole) says to us about God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, Sin, Salvation – these big issues which I feel that T.B. Joshua does not even begin to touch on and yet these are the very things that are at the heart and center of our Christian faith. I have never heard the man do an exposition of the Word from any text of Scripture. He may refer to Bible verses here and there, but he does not preach the Word. Beware Gladys because the Devil disguises himself as the “angel of light.” The Bible tells us that in the last days “For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:24). So, the signs and wonders (miracles) are not necessarily proof that these men are from God. In fact, they may just be proof that they are not of God – because in performing their miracles, they speak not much of God but of themselves.

      So, as the Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “…What I am doing I will continue to do, in order to undermine the claim of those who would like to claim that in their boasted mission they work on the same terms as we do. 13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds” (2 Corinthians 11:12-15).

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