This post consists of extracts from the comments section.
Many people want to get hold of SCOAN’s anointed water, which according to TB Joshua has healing powers. SCOAN supporters often insist that it is given away free. However, ex-disciple Gareth says that this is plainly untrue. Although SCOAN makes a point of not directly charging for the water, it is only given free of charge to foreign VIPs and people who already contribute a lot of money to the SCOAN ministry. Below is a summary of this discussion.
SCOAN supporter Soe starts by insisting that the anointed water is free:
The anointed water is FREE. Those who say it’s for sale should tell me how much is charged for it. It’s just that most times people don’t value what is freely given to them and would often abuse it by collecting more than is expected often to go and sell.
Commenter Someone Somewhere mentions a rumour that you have to pay indirectly for the water:
I heard you get some of the water after buying a nice little framed photo of TB Joshua to properly worship/idolize the chap. Can anyone confirm/deny this?
Ex-disciple Gareth confirms that anointed water is given only if you buy a large framed picture of TB Joshua, unless you are a VIP or a fee-paying partner of Emmanuel TV.
Hi, yep I confirm that’s how they do it with the anointing water. It’s different depending on your nationality (so much for no favouritism in the church – James 2).
Nigerian members have to buy a large photo frame which a picture of TB Joshua and a “Quotable quote”. Its classic TB Joshua. He says its all about the words, it’s not about me, well why the picture then??? If it really is about the words on the frame then why on earth have a picture of him? I think it cost members N2000 ($13) or so. If you buy a frame then you wait after the church service and TB Joshua comes round and gives you the water (or this was how it happened about a year ago).
Foreign visitors may get the water for free, again it depends on their status and which country they come from. Some foreign visitors will only receive if they are partners of Emmanuel TV (minimum commitment £30 a month). Also, please note that foreign visitors pay $300 or so to stay at the church so they are also not receiving it “freely”. I know that $300 is a lot less than hotels in Lagos, but SCOAN’s costs for hosting visitors are well below that. Accommodation is mainly in dormitories and TB Joshua has a willing workforce to serve the visitors food, show them around etc, who get paid nothing. I’d estimate that the actual costs of hosting visitors would be well below $100 a head.
Oh and there was a service on Emmanuel TV not long before I left where pretty much the whole church had pictures of TB Joshua and were waving them in the air singing a song about him. It was as clear cut idolatry. Even if TB Joshua then says, thank you thank you, it’s all about Jesus. That doesn’t stop it being idolatry.
Ex-disciple Giles asks a current disciple (going under the name of Radicalised) if it’s true that you can get different types of anointed water:
@Radicalised: You know those bottles of anointed water? Someone told me that there’s now more than one kind- like there’s one for e.g. leg problem, another for, say, your stomach, etc. Is this true? I was hoping you could set the record straight about that.
Hi Giles, No that is not true, there is only one anointing water being used.
basically every week, it is being ministered in the branches, in london, accra, cape town and athens as well as in the headquarters in lagos.
But this denial was challenged by Gareth:
Contrary to Radicalised’s answer there have been many types of anointing water.
At one point I believe there were 3:
1. Fruit of the womb (healing from barrenness);
2. General healing
3. General blessing and breakthrough.
Also every now and then a new version of the water is released. So everyone has to queue up to get the more powerful stuff.
All of this cannot be denied, TB Joshua has openly talked about this on ETV. Maybe now they’ve gone back down to one, I don’t know.
Giles then finds a video to back up this point:
@Radicalised: er….why lie? This brand of “anointing water” even has a different label with picture of the man and woman, called “fruit of the womb”.
Why did you tell us that there’s only one kind?
So despite the apparent dishonesty of some TB Joshua supporters, we have gained some understanding of how TB Joshua profits from his ‘anointed’ h2O. In a further post we’ll explore how this bottling and selling of TB Joshua’s ‘blessing’ is clearly unbiblical.