What would you call TB Joshua’s style of healing? If Jesus were to still be alive in the land of Jerusalem would He be on TV showing every single thing he does? I just wonder if CNN, Al-Jazeera, BBC and the other top networks would broadcast His ministry and miracles live or would He be like some pastors who wear $50,000 Rolex watches or like Prophet T. B. Joshua, with a cool Nollywood smile and over $20 million breathing and relaxing in his bank account?
Would the King of kings be housed in a well-built 15-bedroom mansion? Imagine where Jesus arrived in the midst of people waiting endlessly for healing in His own private Jet and walks in with all the splendid display of a flashy lifestyle and the flamboyance of a rich person. You would undoubtedly have your eyes glued to your television set watching every bit of His miracles.
Can you picture Jesus performing the miracle of feeding 5,000 hungry people with just five loaves of bread wearing expensive shoes and clothes? Would He predict the death of presidents and the outcomes of football matches? What might Jesus say concerning present-day prophets like Rev. King? Would Jesus overlook all their practices and keep it to himself or strike them with a long whip. Would he express sharp disapproval or criticism of those kinds of prophets because of their behaviours or actions?
Many people would love to satisfy their curiosity and know things they are not familiar with. Just like me, they really want to figure out all the puzzles and the mysteries of life. That might be the reason why these huge crowds gather in prophetic churches trying to pry into their future whenever anybody claims to possess the gift of prophecy. They have actually succeeded in getting the hearts of a crowd interested in connecting with their future by themselves through prophecies and no longer the path ordained by God. The very few free thinkers who don’t follow the crowd are now seen as “critics of an ordained person”.
Just as 2013 started out, the Nigerian Prophet T. B. Joshua delivered his prophecy for the New Year, as always. The popular miracle worker, T. B. Joshua predicted that “many great, famous, rich men and politicians will become helpless and will need help in matters of sickness, disease, finances, and death”. Now, could this be rated as prophecy? Sounds more like a generalized statement as there are a good many numbers of great men all over the world, so naturally some would probably have their neck tied to challenges or don’t famous and great men and women get into trouble nearly every day?
If I say there will be a rainfall in Nigeria this year that would lead to ruination or destruction, wouldn’t it be regarded as a geographical fact rather than a prophecy? It would, and nobody would pay any attention to it whatsoever. I am not saying that God’s miracles left with him as he ascended into heaven, definitely not the point I’m making, it does exist even as I am writing but get them from the right places which could be within your very being.
Sometimes these self-acclaim prophets tell you there’s a witch in your household or that your husband or wife is the wizard/witch holding your progress. They might even invoke such deities to act according to what they tell you. They already know nearly everybody has ancestors, and they would tell you your ancestors are after you and would have harmed you if you hadn’t come to them. They prophesy whole lots of evil for you and your household and the more annoying thing is that they are believed. Yes! many accept evil in their lives because a fake prophet said so.
Is it that you want miracles so badly that you cannot take your Bible and find the right words when everything is offered in there? Did you know that a “fake miracle is “no miracle”? A fake miracle is a shallow solution to problems which a person who refuses to face reality embarks on. It is just like drinking tons of alcohol to forget your sorrows only for them to get back at you when the alcohol clears off your system. Of course, you won’t remember your problems when you are drunk, but as soon as you are sober, you will continue where you left off. I don’t think it is the best and right solution to whatever the problem might be, it is purely self-deceit.
If you would remember one of his prophecies where he said “Those in the foodstuff business will have a field day this year, farming and agriculture will be the order of the day and will help greatly to be the source of solution this year. People engaged in it will be greatly blessed,” Isn’t that funny? It is really something to laugh over but many still regard this as prophecy.
Why didn’t he prophesy about the cargo plane that crashed in Accra or the Malcolm building that collapsed in Ghana? What about the building within his church that killed dozens of his members in Nigeria and host of others? What is the need of prophecy when it does not add value to anybody”s life? Most of his prophecies were not able to be averted or solved. Can Temitope Joshua prophesy the next Boko Haram or ISIS bombing before it happens, instead of prophesying it after it has happened? Maybe that way, NTA, AIT, CNN, New York Times, Washington Post and the likes would flood his doorsteps begging for news to dish out to the public.
The fact is that people like TB Joshua and his ministry survive better in semi-developed societies such as Nigeria and Ghana where the African beliefs in superstition are highly regarded and well-practised. Such kinds of miracles and prophecies are held strongly in a non-questioning, and semi-literate societies. Now just consider this, why would the Almighty God give such prophecies if there were real? They are certainly not from God but from people who desperately crave for fame and money and have got the right skills on how to get the minds of the public.
The time a tsunami devastated Japan, he did not see it, even when Boko Haram in Nigeria kidnapped several girls and sold them off, he didn’t see it, he didn’t see where to go and rescue the girls too, he didn’t see all the bombings that struck Abuja neither did he see the recent Gombe blast, he only saw and sees soccer scores, election results and feeble general statements about the market that helps no one in particular. Ascribing these cheap ‘prophecies’ to God is an act of insult or lack of reverence for God. Does it mean that The Mighty God and Holy One of Israel who created the universe, with billions of stars and galaxies, couldn’t do better than offering useless financial advice? I’m quite surprised that God in all his might gives only useless financial advice to his prophets to give to a people who are in desperate need of salvation.
Didn’t Joseph in the Bible make plain the dreams that averted a famine and saved the lives of millions of people? Didn’t Moses save many Israelites from the plagues that ruined Pharaoh as his prophecies came to pass and were time specific? These very worst kind of prophecies from Balogun Joshua might not be accepted beyond the shores of Africa in places like Germany, Canada, US and the likes but among many Africans, these are words from the Almighty God himself. With all these contradictions, one would begin to regard Joshua as elegant, and sheer stage magician, who can fool thousands and millions of easily deceived, and desperate Africans.
The bible said in Prov. 10:22, ‘The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.’ Yet every one person that has gone to TB Joshua has one good and one bad testimony to tell. He prophesied that the late Prof Attah Mills of Ghana would become president and it happened, but shortly after Mills was sworn in, he died. Does that not tell you that he paid the price of winning the election with his life? There are several instances of how TB Joshua predicts the deaths of famous people and he couldn’t do anything about those imminent deaths. The reason why God gives us prophecies is to make us repent and come back so that the evil in such prophecies will be averted.
He has piled up wealth getting to over $20 million for himself, even richer than some of his fellow very rich charlatans. You may succeed in fooling the whole world but not God. In no time, all the world’s false prophets, especially in Nigeria and other African countries, would come crashing down. The only thing between them and their imminent doom is that thin line of God’s timing and grace. What shall we say then, shall we continue in sin that grace may abound, God forbid. I believe one day, God himself would show that the likes of Temitope Balogun Joshua can no longer fool his real flock. Nevertheless, the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let every one who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” 2 Tim 2:19.