TB Joshua and his Champions League prediction
We weren’t going to bother posting on TB Joshua’s much hyped Champions League prediction, but seeing as there is a huge buzz online about it, and much misreporting going on – we thought a quick post would be in order to set some matters straight.
At the beginning of May, a rumour popped up online that TB Joshua had prophecied that Chelsea would win the Champions League. Several news sites picked up on this rumour and posted it as fact, leading to one popular Ghanaian blogger receiving an email from SCOAN (apparently circulated to many news sites) denying in no uncertain terms that TB Joshua had ever predicted the outcome of the game.
Other TB Joshua supporter blogs also put up posts strongly denying that he had predicted the outcome.
Then, according to a site setup in response to this site (Watch TB Joshua), TB Joshua addressed the issue on a live Sunday service. These were his words:
“Please, you people should stop embarrassing me on the internet. Why are people lying against me ? I did not say anything about the game. I even heard an analyst on Super sport say that i prophesied about the game. Please, i am here to tell you that i never prophesied about the game.”
Now we have it straight from his own mouth – he did not predict the outcome of the game!
However, it now gets a bit weird. He goes on to say “i asked God to show me the game. He then showed me”. So God has shown him this game in advance. Quite a bold claim! What did he see? “I’m seeing a brother with bald hair break into the net , with the help of a tall man. I will not say more than that”.
It’s very easy to discount this claim, because no goal was scored in the first half of the game. What match did TB Joshua see? Did God get the tapes muddled up?
“Watch TB Joshua”, who originally posted this story have told us on twitter that the point of the word was to pray for Chelsea, and that it was people’s prayers that gave them the game. The fact people prayed changed the outcome of the game. Hmmm… considering the one snippet he told us about the game said nothing about the outcome, I don’t think you can wriggle out of it this easily! TB Joshua does not see football matches before they have happened, nobody does. If he wants to claim that he does, then he’d better have better proof than this!
So if we take our SCOAN friendly sources at their word, these are the conclusions we can come to:
- Did TB Joshua predict a Chelsea victory? No! Did they win? Yes!
- Did he predict a goal in the first half? Yes! Was there one? No!
Why do we bother posting this? Are we just picking faults? No – he is a man with a huge ministry, who makes such grand claims like he’s watched whole football matches in advance. He needs to be held to account for these claims. People takes his prophecies seriously, so we have a responsibility to show them up for the nonsense they are.
Meanwhile, we’re off to worship at Paul the Octopus‘ church.