Eddie’s story: A former SCOAN insider speaks, part 3
This is the final instalment of Eddie’s testimony of his involvement with SCOAN. This is a personal account and reflects the views of the author.
The Ghana Crusade
The SCOAN crusade in Ghana was originally planned by the global group of SCOAN. The man sent to Ghana to organize the crusade vamoosed with all the money and T B Joshua did not even know what was going on ! He can tell you the results of a football match but had no idea when his very first attempt to go international was derailed by a petty thief! When I told him the guy had run away with the money and did not make any payments for the venue of the crusade at the Ghana Trade Fair Site, he was stunned and speechless!
Why I was chosen for the planning committee
Preparations for the crusade started anew and this time we wanted the involvement of the Ghana Pentecostal Council. After many futile attempts to get the GPC involved, I decided to go to their office by myself. Joshua did not send me there nor was he aware that I had gone there. The result was that I was able to persuade Rev E. A. Ayisi, who was the General Secretary of the GPC to come down with me to SCOAN. At first he was reluctant and told me about all the bad reports they had heard about TB Joshua from Nigeria, but I told him about all the signs and wonders and added that the Nigerians were just jealous of T B Joshua and that he was ” a real man of God !” Rev Ayisi was able to persuade two others who came along with him to SCOAN. It was at this point Joshua asked me to join the planning committee for the crusade and got me involved in more deeply in SCOAN’s affairs.
Projecting TB Joshua’s name
There were five of us on the planning committee for the crusade. I was the only one among four wolves who were disciples, namely, Kayode, Obanla, Sammy and Eshun, and that was when I began to get a real firsthand experience of this demonic culture they call,” discipleship”. Most parts of the day, we worked together, but I spent the nights at my house. There was only one time I spent the night with them and the atmosphere was charged with bitterness and strife.
On one of his visits to Ghana, TB Joshua called the five of us who were present and said he wanted to appoint a leader for SCOAN in Ghana and that that leader ” had to project his name !” I thought church was all about Jesus Christ and here was someone who claims to be a servant of God, wanting his name to be projected! For me, this was the biggest ‘red herring’ yet!
TB Joshua’s duplicity and his shameless desire to ‘project his own name’, coupled with the environment of hatred, acrimony, backbiting, envy and deceit among disciples, caused me to think twice about SCOAN. Finally, God spoke to me in a dream and that really helped me to decide SCOAN was not for me.
True to his ambition, I’ve watched Joshua desperately trying to project his name by every means possible, and even elevating himself to my Lord Jesus. He has come far through the connivance of and collusion with his lackeys. Many miracles, healings, deliverances and testimonies have been stage-managed. Many things have been manipulated. Many lies have been presented as truth and now I don’t believe anything I see or hear about SCOAN.
What have I learnt?
I’ve learnt signs, wonders and miracles don’t validate any ministry. John the Baptist never performed any miracles yet all his prophecies were true (John 10:41).
I’ve learnt the size or “prosperity” of a church is not a sign of divine approval.
I’ve learnt Satan has many of his messengers in the church parading as “angels of light and ministers of righteousness.” 2 Cor 11:14-15.
I’ve learnt there is ” another spirit, another gospel and another Jesus.” 2 Cor 11:4.
Last, but not the least, I repent of promoting a false prophet to my own people in Ghana. Now I understand why Rev S B Asore, president of the Ghana Pentecostal Council, refused to be part of this sham, even though I tried desperately chasing him at his office and home. At the time I was so blind about miracles that I did not care about sound doctrine, but now I know better! A word to the wise is enough!
Again, Eddie’s testimony is not a lone voice. Here are just a few examples of other testimonies that back up his points.
-SCOAN relies on manipulation and stage managing of miracles:
-Two former SCOAN insiders, one a British doctor, talk about manipulation in TB Joshua’s healing services. Read article…
-Ex-disciple Paul Agomoh talks of his own involvement in faked healings. Read article…
-TB Joshua is primarily concerned with projecting his own name, not the name of Jesus Christ.
-TB Joshua encourages followers to regard him as a christ-like figure. Read article…
-Children at SCOAN sing a song praising TB Joshua, with the words ‘everything about him (TB Joshua) is good.’ Read article…
-Ex-disciple Gareth explains the SCOAN teaching that claims TB Joshua is infallible. Read article…