There are numerous ex disciples of TB Joshua who have reported horrific, often criminal stories of the abuses happening at SCOAN, however – many of these people do not want to go public. There are various reasons for this, for some it is due to concern for family still in SCOAN, others are still in the recovery stages and would not be helped by bringing their ordeal back up again, still others have moved on and want to leave their experiences behind for good. However, there are some ex disciples with well documented public accounts of what they allege happened to them at SCOAN, and these have been relayed in a video (available to watch for free on youtube) called “Deception of the Age”. This documentary achieved wide enough circulation for SCOAN to produce a comprehensive rebuttal video called “Beware of Blasphemers” (Youtube). In this and subsequent articles, we will examine these two videos, the accusations in Deception of the Age and consider how SCOAN refutes them. Both videos start with a scripture, Deception of the Age cites Matthew 24:24 where Jesus warns of “false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect”. Beware of Blasphemers cites Psalm 105:15 “Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm’. These verses each set the tone of the rest of the documentary, so it is important to first consider how legitimately these passages of scripture are being applied. Matthew 24:24 is a quote from Jesus where he is giving a warning about the last days. Considering we are presumably not past the “last days” yet, I think it is easy to agree that this passage can be applied to now. With Psalm 105:15, we have to look a little deeper. Given the context, SCOAN are clearly using it as a command to not accuse TB Joshua, as he is God’s anointed. Whether or not he is God’s anointed is a matter of debate, but lets assume for the minute that he is, would this be a legitimate application for this verse? To answer this question, we need to look deeper into the original context of the passage.
11 “To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit.” 12 When they were but few in number, few indeed, and strangers in it, 13 they wandered from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another. 14 He allowed no one to oppress them; for their sake he rebuked kings: 15 “Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm.”
When we look at the wider context, we can observe several facts:
- This quote in question is aimed at Kings and nations, they are not to oppress or harm God’s people.
- It is talking about physical harm or oppression, not criticism
- “My anointed ones” refers to God’s people (plural), not a specific leader
- It is a historical record, not a timeless command.
We can see here that whether TB Joshua is “God’s Anointed” or not, there is no justification for using this verse to silence his accusers. Next lets consider the title of SCOAN’s rebuttal video: “Beware of Blasphemers”. The Oxford English Dictionary defines blasphemy as “[to] speak irreverently about God or sacred things”. No one in Deception of the Age is speaking blasphemy by this definition, they are speaking accusations against a man, not a God. It is telling that SCOAN should choose to use this term to describe their detractors, if anything – that itself is blasphemy. In the next part of the review, we will look at the accusations from Bisola Johnson (in Deception of the Age) and how SCOAN react to them.