Another instalment from ex-disciple Giles:
You may have seen other people on Emmanuel TV praying for people besides TB Joshua. These are known as Junior Prophets. Junior Prophets are people chosen by God to have the annointing, just as Jesus picked out a handful of people to have anointing to go and pray for sick people, cast out demons, etc. They tended to be disciples who had been there a while, although its not necessarily about how long you have been there. Only they are allowed to pray for other people. If you have a headache or are sick, then you have to call one of them to come and pray for you. This always made me feel very insecure as a Christian about praying for people, even after I left I felt powerless about praying. I felt that God wouldnt hear me cos, well, i wasnt a junior prophet. It’s not that I even believed that junior prophets prayer’s were always answered. I came to this conclusion when I was used to get the occasional head ache. After I while I noticed that the headache would still be there whether they prayed for me or not, so I got hold of some headache tablets. This was one day discovered when a female disciple found them in my rucksack and confronted me about having any form of medication.
Medication in Scoan seems to be a bit of a grey area. This disciple was telling me I should just have faith, and that they dont use medecine there. I should have asked a junior prophet, like herself to pray for me, and the fact that I wasnt being healed was because I had no faith. I pointed out that there was a medical centre at the church, hence the grey area. I can’t remember how she explained that bit though, I never did get a straight answer.
Despite this, the concept of junior prophets played with my mind for a long time afterwards. I mean, they did seem to have a point – there were only a few people “authorised” to pray when Jesus was around. It took a long time to believe that I too could pray to God about specific things.