Is Ebola a spiritual problem?

TB Joshua is widely quoted as saying:

“The so called strange ailment coming from three nations – Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia… satan is the manufacturer, the source. Begin to capture the covenant of that strange sickness. Command that strange ailment to come out and go to the pit of hell, in the name of Jesus Christ! Begin to capture the covenant of that strange sickness, command that strange ailment to come out and go to the pit of hell, in the name of Jesus Christ! Because of Christ, people of Liberia, Sierra Leona, Guinea, you are released.”*

This message plays right into his hands. If Ebola is a spiritual problem, then it needs a spiritual solution – ergo anointed water. What good are the simple, practical prevention methods against demons?

Whether or not you believe that diseases come from the devil, there are some simple and effective methods to minimise the chances of Ebola spreading. Some of these are listed below in a leaflet circulated in Sierra Leone. We implore everyone from affected countries to vigilantly follow this advice, regardless of your views on TB Joshua.

* We haven’t got a video clip of this, the transcript above is culled from one of many sites reporting it. If you have a link to the video or corrections to the transcript please add it to the comments and we’ll update the post.

Did a head of state order TB Joshua’s anointed water as a cure for Ebola?

SCOAN have now released two videos clearly making the incredible claim that the request for the anointed water sent to Sierra Leone came direct from the president, Dr Ernest Bai Koroma. In the latest video, it is TB Joshua himself making the claim. Both these statements are in the video below.

Interestingly, the president’s public website acknowledges TB Joshua’s donation of $50,000 but says nothing about the donation of anointed water.

Now the mainstream press are picking up on the story, but the important question that remains unanswered is: Did the President of Sierra Leone Dr Ernest Bai Koroma really personally request water as a cure for the Ebola outbreak in his country?

It is time for the Sierra Leone government to come clean on this and release a formal statement.

TB Joshua’s deadly partnership with Sierra Leone government

TB_Joshua___Ebola_Sierra_Leone_Gets_Anointing_Water__African_Countries__10_Aug_14_-_YouTubeWe’ve got to admit, it took us by surprise. A country actually took TB Joshua up on his offer of a donation of anointed water to fight the Ebola virus. Joe Fayia Nyuma, representing the Sierra Leone High Commission to Nigeria claims that the request for anointed water came straight from the president Dr Ernest Bai Koroma himself. In the video below, it claims TB Joshua sent $50,000 donation, 4000 bottles of anointed water on a chartered jet, costing an additional $50,000. Nyuma claims that the anointed water will be used to “curb the deadly Ebola yoke that is about to destroy our nation”.

While we at TB Joshua Watch fully believe in the healing power of God, we do not believe that he operates like a vending machine, dispensing healing at the puff of a spray. The anointed water is completely unbiblical and idolatrous, and in a case like this will only hamper the efforts of brave health workers battling this disease. The World Health Organization reports that so far 170 health workers have contracted the virus and 80 have died. Meanwhile, TB Joshua uses the crisis to promote his anointed water and brag about how much money he spent on a private jet.

Of course it is possible that SCOAN have made all this up and that Joe Fayia Nyuma was not acting on behalf of his government. If this is the case, it is imperative that the authorities in Sierra Leone clearly distance themselves from this stunt. (Update: the website for the Office of the President have announced TB Joshua’s monetary donation, but no mention of the anointed water)

We hope it is only a matter of time before the Nigerian government takes decisive action against this dangerous con artist.

The full video is below, the statement from Joe Fayia Nyuma starts at 6:10.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0UoBCxLXqU

 

Is TB Joshua’s anointed water the solution to the Ebola crisis?

On the 2nd August 2014, TB Joshua announces to his congregation that he had just finished a meeting with a large delegations of officials from the government and NGO’s such as UNICEF discussing various issues, including the Ebola crisis. The delegation formally handed him a letter, the contents of which he didn’t disclose.

The way he described this meeting led his delighted flock to believe that the officials had come to seek the counsel of their “man of God”. Though the contents of the official letter was never disclosed, it seems very likely that it announced the tough measures being taken against any faith healers claiming to be able to heal Ebola. The Washington post have reported that any pastor or healer claiming to be able to heal the virus will face jail time.

He next goes on to say that when the new anointed water came out, he didn’t allow it to be sent everywhere because God had revealed the coming Ebola crisis to him. He says he will donate 2000 bottles of the anointed water to each of the affected countries and if invited by the government, he will even deliver it personally and spray it everywhere.

The clear message behind his statement is that his anointed water is the solution to the Ebola crisis. We hope the Nigerian government will follow through and take the necessary action to prevent the ego of this fake pastor from exacerbating this deadly crisis.

The segment starts from around 1:50 in the following video.

Allegations of the Ebola virus at the Synagogue Church of All Nations

A worrying news report was broadcast yesterday revealing allegations that there were people at SCOAN carrying the deadly Ebola virus.

This should not be surprising, SCOAN attracts thousands of sick people from all over Africa every week. Even if the allegations are currently untrue, it is only a matter of time before the virus arrives. SCOAN need to take immediate action to put a stop to the masses of international visitors arriving each week, and if they won’t – the government should do so on their behalf.

There have also been unconfirmed reports (please post a link to the video in the comments if you have it) that TB Joshua is sending his anointed water to Liberia for distribution amongst Ebola victims. If this is true, it is a terrifying development. We foresee Ebola victims forgoing proper medical attention, spraying anointed water on themselves and proclaiming themselves healed – before returning to their communities and passing the disease on to others. If the reports are true, it is the height of irresponsibility, and we urge the government in all affected countries to denounce TB Joshua’s anointed water as a method of disease prevention.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that despite what SCOAN may say - there is not a single credibly verified case of anyone being healed of HIV by TB Joshua, and two international news agencies have reported cases of people dying of HIV after being “healed” by TB Joshua. If his powers don’t work for HIV, don’t trust it to solve the Ebola crisis.

Guest post: Weighing up TB Joshua’s prophecies

In this post, guest author Claire looks at what the bible says about the nature and purpose of prophecy.

Over the last three years, TB Joshua Watch has publicised aspects of TB Joshua’s ‘ministry’ that to some of us raise concerns. This sites has raised concerns about particular aspects of Mr Joshua and SCOAN – in particular ‘healings’ that have not been proven to be the case, the apparent cult like nature of SCOAN and prophesies that are not all that they appear.

Some of those commenting on this site accuse Mr Joshua of being a ‘false prophet’ whereas others fervently support him and claim him to be a ‘man of God’. In this article, I want to look at prophecy and what the bible actually says about it.

In many of the videos that this site has linked to, Mr Joshua is shown predicting some terrible event (a plane crash, a mass shooting) and asks the audience to pray. These videos are re-publicised after an event to show that he did indeed forecast the event (although often this site contends that these videos are edited or vague and therefore cannot be said truly to forecast anything).

So what does the bible say about prophecy – is Mr Joshua actually prophesying? Many commentators on this site on both sides of the argument point to Deuteronomy 18 v 22 – ‘If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.’ Presumably this is why SCOAN puts out videos after tragedies that appear to prophesy the event in question – a sort of ‘Here you are! It happened! It was true! It was from God!’

But while the Bible tells us to test prophecies to see if they are true, it also gives us some broad principles that we can use to understand whether what Mr Joshua does is prophesy even if it does come true (or could be perceived to be).

Firstly, the clearest instruction is in 1 Corinthinans 14 v3 ‘But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort’.  Do Mr Joshua’s ‘prophecies’ do this? Well the ones I have seen (and I am no expert) don’t. They seem to focus on a potential tragedy and ask people to pray, but I do not see how this causes strengthening, encouragement and comfort.

In John 16 Jesus talks to his disciples about the Holy Spirit: ‘But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.’(v13,14) A prophecy should tell you what is to come and should bring glory to Jesus.  Even if you believe that Mr Joshua does indeed prophesy the truth, I do not see how his predictions of tragic events bring glory to Jesus.

Deuteronomy 13 v1-3 encourages us that the prophecy should lead us to God:

If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder of which he has spoken takes place, and he says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer.

Now I am sure that there will be some people who fervently trust Mr Joshua and who will feel strongly that Mr Joshua is not encouraging them to follow other gods, but these people should accept that these verses do at least show that the fact that a prophecy comes true does not mean it comes from God. I dispute that Mr Joshua’s ‘prophecies’ come true, but those who believe they do cannot rely on this to ‘prove’ that these ‘prophecies’ are therefore from God. Deuteronomy 18 v22 tells us that if it doesn’t come true it can’t come from God, Deuteronomy 13 v1-4 tells us that that doesn’t mean the opposite is true; if a prophecy does come true, that alone doesn’t mean it comes from God. If it comes from God it should lead us to God. I’m not convinced that Mr Joshua’s ‘prophecies’ do this.

And surely if a prophecy comes from God, it should reflect the nature of God. God is love. The most famous description of love is in 1 Corinthians 13:

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

How do Mr Joshua’s prophecies match up to this? And how does Mr Joshua himself match up to this? The Kingwatch website makes the point that it is often easier to test the prophet rather than the prophecy:

‘Testing individual prophecies can often be difficult. What every Church needs is a prophet who has a proven track record, a person who is known for speaking the word of the Lord. It is easier to test prophets than individual prophecies. A prophet can be watched over time to see if his life is bearing fruit for the Lord (Matthew 7:15-20). Every church needs a proven prophet who can be trusted to bring a reliable word when one is required.’

Having said that, it is also important to make sure that we do not reject what may be a prophecy through a hardened heart. All prophecy must be tested and tested vigorously on a range of measures including:

  • Did it come true?
  • Did it provide strength, encouragement and comfort?
  • Did it bring glory to Jesus?
  • Does it lead us to God?
  • Was it brought in love?

It is up to all of us individually to test Mr Joshua’s ‘prophecies’ vigorously. Those who are sceptical must not test with a hardened heart, looking for evidence that they are not true; and those who believe should remember to test properly and not simply accept each ‘prophecy’ because it falls from the lips of Mr Joshua.

SICK: False prophet TB Joshua claims to have predicted MH17 disaster

Before the world has stopped reeling at the horror of 295 innocent people being senselessly killed while flying over Ukraine, Nigeria’s most popular false prophet hurriedly puts out a video claiming that he predicted it. The video doesn’t spend a second offering condolences or prayers for the victims of this atrocity, it just proudly brags that their “prophet” knew it was going to happen all along.

The main theme of TB Joshua’s prophecy was that Russia should protect their airspace, and make sure security is tight because he sees an attack coming. How this relates to the MH17 tragedy is beyond us, this attack happened over Ukraine airspace, not Russian, and it was not an attack on Russia it was an attack BY Russia on a Malaysian airlines plane (ok, it’s a little more complicated than that, but the weapon used is almost certainly of Russian origin). It would appear the person linking this event to the prophecy spent little time considering how much the facts fitted.

For once there is very little significant edited out of the final prophecy (see unedited versions below), but the prophecy was so vague it would have been of no use whatsoever. All we have here is another sickening example of human tragedy being senselessly exploited to promote a false prophets ministry.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of MH17, may God grant you peace and healing as you come to terms with this tragedy. As Christians we want to loudly and clearly state that TB Joshua does not speak for us, and we’re ashamed and embarrassed that he behaves like this in the name of our Lord and Saviour.

Prophecy video (original, unedited clips below):

Original, unedited (part 1)

Original, unedited (part 2)