Eddie’s story: a former SCOAN insider speaks, part 2
This is part 2 of Eddie’s story of his involvement with SCOAN. Eddie is a Ghanaian who was resident in Nigeria in the 1990s. This is a personal account and the opinions expressed solely represent the views of the author.
I first went to SCOAN because I had heard about the miracles happening there and I wanted to see things for myself. When I started attending, I saw healing, deliverance and miracles but concerning the teachings, there was so much to be desired, and if anyone wants to grow in true biblical doctrine and teaching, SCOAN is certainly not the place to go! Nevertheless, I went along with the crowd, trumpeting the name of T B Joshua everywhere, like the fanatics are doing today, basking in euphoria and ignorance. But the scales began falling in 1997, when I went from being an ordinary member of SCOAN to an “insider” of sorts. What I mean is, I wasn’t a disciple, and thank God, I wasn’t a lackey! I wasn’t a paid employee, and like Joshua said, ” Did I write any application for employment ?” No, I did not!
Until my involvement with the so called disciples, I was just an ordinary member of SCOAN and one of the few who was personally selected by Joshua to be part of the ” Kingdom Business,” which were kind of lectures or training sessions that TB Joshua gave in the evenings to those who were not full-time disciples.
When I got to know the SCOAN disciples, I discovered that I really did not want to be part of this people. And as I learnt later, it began at the top, from T B Joshua himself, right down to the very bottom ! These people are heartless, without love and without conscience, just doing the bidding of their master ! There was so much acrimony, bitterness, fighting, competition and desire for recognition and favor from Joshua, and Joshua loved it.
Divide and rule
TB Joshua reasoned that if there was no love among his lackeys, they wouldn’t be able to cooperate and so couldn’t work together against him. His specialty was ” divide and rule,” pitting one person against the other, while making each one feel “special.” He would call two people together to give an assignment, then call each one separately to give counter instruction, so the two would be working at loggerheads with each other, while Joshua enjoys the acrimony. This spirit of dissension and strife is of Satan himself and not of God! It was ugly!
‘Reporting for God’ by informing against other disciples
There was what is called, “Reporting for God,” which is nothing but everyone telling on everyone else. It was a breeding ground for gossip, lies, deceit and treachery, with everyone backstabbing each other. The more ” reports” one made, the more attention and promotion one received from Joshua. This was one area where Kayode of Awakeners excelled. He was the Chief Reporter, undermining everyone else, and no wonder he got promotion to become the leader of the Synagogue in Ghana. One can see different things at SCOAN, depending on which angle one is looking from, but in reality there’s nothing like love at SCOAN. It’s all a facade, because Joshua has no love in him, nor does he know what love is about. He is pure evil, exhibiting the attributes of Satan and not of Christ. And no wonder all his lackeys have the same attributes, it flows from top to bottom! It is a demonic spirit that operates at SCOAN! The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, etc., but there is no love, joy or peace at SCOAN, but strife, division and hatred. This is particularly true with the disciples and not with the general members of SCOAN. So because of all these factors, I didn’t really want to be part of them. However, the crusade in Ghana in 1997, brought me in close contact with T B Joshua and his lackeys.
Lying for TB Joshua
During the preparations for the crusade, I remember T B Joshua asking me to tell the congregation that Jerry John Rawlings who was the leader of Ghana at the time, had invited him to visit. This was a lie and I refused to oblige him. From that moment, it occurred to me that this is the way the game was played. T B Joshua tells his disciples what to do and they do it without question. I realized if I wanted to be a disciple then I had to be a ” bootlicker,” and I was not prepared for that. On the surface, T B Joshua appears to be kind, benign but is a wicked taskmaster who denies his workers any comfort but appears to be generous and kind to outsiders. This is a double standard. He preaches morality but is himself perverse.
What about the many people who came to the Synagogue with their millions but are now penniless ? TB Joshua teaches a false doctrine that it is because of the sin in their lives, but who is without sin? And why should they be poor while T B Joshua gets richer and richer, in spite of all his adultery, manipulation and deceit ?
I remember one of the earliest doctrines at SCOAN, that T B Joshua is the carrier of the Holy Spirit ! Ha, ha, ha, ha! This is just plain balderdash and a doctrine of demons !
Editors note: Eddie’s testimony is consistent with many others. Paul Agomoh talks of TB Joshua’s ‘divide and rule’ tactics, while ex-disciple Giles describes the rivalry and culture of ‘informing’ among disciples. We can observe this poisonous atmosphere for ourselves on this clip from the SCOAN film ‘Beware of Blasphemers’, where disciples take it in turns to tell tales on returning disciple Paul Agomoh.