Here is my next installment on T. B. Joshua. I have simply entitled it, “If I Were to Have A Cup of Tea With T. B. Joshua…”
If I were to sit down for a cup of tea or coffee with T. B. Joshua, this is what I would say to Him (seven things):
1. Preach the Word in Season and Out of Season – The preaching of the Word is the greatest mandate for everyone called to be a pastor of God’s people. Hence, the Apostle Paul gave the following instructions to Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:1-5,
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
2. Preach Christ and Him Crucified – Not Yourself or Your Miracles – In 1 Corinthians 1:22-24, the Apostle Paul writes:
For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
3. Devote Yourself to Prayer and the Ministry of the Word – Follow the Example of the Apostles who said in Acts 6:4:
It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.
4. Devote Yourself to the Public Reading of Scripture, to Exhortation, to Teaching – This was Paul’s instruction to Timothy recorded for us in 1 Timothy 4:13:
Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.
5. Watch Your Conduct and Doctrine – Paul warned Timothy concerning this in 1 Timothy 4:16 where he writes:
Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.
6. Feed Christ’s Sheep on His Word the Fluff That You Have Been Giving Them – The Lord Jesus Christ gave this instruction to the Apostle Peter in John 21:15-17:
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time,“Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.”
7. Warn Your People of the Dangers of Sin and Hell and Exhort the to Embrace Christ and His Righteousness or They Will Perish and You Along with Them – This is your mandate T. B. Joshua as it is the mandate of every preacher of the gospel as Ezekiel points out in Ezekiel 33:7-9:
Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to the wicked, ‘You wicked person, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade them from their ways, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. But if you do warn the wicked person to turn from their ways and they do not do so, they will die for their sin, though you yourself will be saved.
2 Corinthians 2:15-17 reads:
For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.
This is what I would say to T.B. if I had a chance to sit down with him for a cup of coffee. I am amazed to see how he gets away with not teaching the Bible. I am amazed at how so many people can be oblivious to this obvious and grievous error that only spells nothing but doom both to the preacher and his hears! These instructions come straight out of the Bible – and they go not only to T.B. Joshua but to every man who claims to have received a call from God to serve His Church as a minister of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. T. B. Joshua and all of us, need to learn what it really means to be a minister of the Gospel of God’s grace. Sadly, it seems to me that T. B. Joshua and others like him, have deliberately chosen to deceive and manipulate the Word of God for their own ends – taking advantage of their people’s gullibility. Even in a sermon which he entitled, “The Bible – God’s Special Gift to Us,” T. B. Joshua fails to preach the very Bible that he is commending to his hearers. He doesn’t even read from it but simply beats about the bush as you will see for yourself in this video.
Perhaps the very final thing that I would say to T. B. Joshua which I also say to myself and all the preachers out there would be this: Judgment Is Coming! Repent or Perish. James gives us this warning in James 1:3:
Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.
After having said all of the above (and probably more), I would then end our conversation by reading this passage the words of the Apostle Paul recorded in 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 before closing our tea/coffee conversation in prayer:
According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.
My prayer would be very short and would go something like this:
Lord, have mercy upon us and show us by Your Holy Spirit through the Word that Your way of doing Your work (not ours) is better. So, help us to embrace that for the glory of Your Holy Name and the blessing of Your people throughout the world through Jesus Christ and His Gospel! Amen.
P.S. Here is the video that I made reference to in the post: