This is the third and final part of a testimony from “Cautious”, in which he gives the reasons for his difficult decision to leave SCOAN after years of involvement.
7) Some good teaching, but some very strange doctrine
Now at SCOAN I believe I received wonderful teaching and there are some of the quotable quotes that I found very helpful and some of them that I would perhaps remember for the rest of my life. One quotable quote that I came to love so much is the following: “Mind management is the first priority for an overcomer”. There is so much contained in this quote, a whole message in itself. A quotable quote that goes hand in hand with this one is the following: “ What happens in your mind will happen in time”. These quotes are so true. What does it mean? It means that everything we decide to do starts with a thought. Whatever thoughts we entertain will happen in time. Therefore if you can control your mind, you can control your actions. Therefore one should be careful what he looks at and what he listens to etc. because what you look at and what you listen to will influence your thoughts which in turn will influence your actions. I mean this is great, but there are also some teaching which I never agreed with, although the teaching I did not agree with was more the exception to the rule and not the norm. If I came across such teaching that I did not agree with which I already mentioned to be the exception/rarely occurred, I would just think to myself that there are no perfect church and you should take that which is good and then reject that which might not be so good. I mean we were encouraged to make God’s Word the Standard for our lives and to measure everything against the Word. I never mentioned that I didn’t agree with some of the teachings, but in my heart I did not accept the following teaching that I am about to mention, because for me it did not line up with the Word of God in terms of what I believe about salvation.
This teaching is as follows: “Salvation and Baptism in the Holy Spirit is co-extensive”. What? Come again? Ask any disciple to explain to you what that means. I doubt if they themselves would be able to explain that to you. Does this mean that you can’t consider yourself saved
if you are not baptised in the Holy Spirit? Ask them how many of them are baptised in the Holy Spirit? They will tell you that they are waiting on it. They believe that only TB Joshua is baptised in the Holy Spirit. Junior Prophets believe that they have only received an impartation of the Holy Spirit when TB Joshua anointed them to pray for the sick, but definitely not baptised in the Holy Spirit. Now if they believe that salvation and baptism in the Holy Spirit is co-extensive and they believe that only TB Joshua is baptised in the Holy Spirit, are they then not questioning their salvation because of this teaching? These are as a matter of fact considered to be part of the infallible teachings of TB Joshua, isn’t it? Now ask them if they are saved. If you get to know them quite well personally they will tell you that they are not sure and this I believe can be attributed to this teaching.
They will however not be honest with you about it though. They will give you an answer like it is not for me to decide, I should leave it to God. Now I am not saying for one minute that all the disciples are questioning their salvation, For example, I didn’t because I did not accept this teaching in my heart.
But what about those that accept this teaching? Does the Word not say that we would know when we are the children of God? I invite correction or an explanation of this teaching here and I am not sarcastic or arrogant here, I am dead sincere and would 100% accept it if I am interpreting this message incorrectly. Once again I am not judging here, I am communicating why I decided to leave the ministry and it is because of strange doctrines like this, that even the then pastors of the church struggled to explain to us.
Other unusual things at SCOAN:
Baptism? Yeah, in Nigeria there is a majestic pool for the purpose of baptism, yet I have never seen anyone getting baptised, not in Lagos or at any other branch of the church.
Communion? Yes, I had communion several times at SCOAN, but that would probably be a couple of times a year or so, and I am not exaggerating.
9) Vile and malicious personal attacks
I will come up for SCOAN here and I think I would be doing the leadership of SCOAN a big favour if I would actually email them to make them aware of a couple of loose cannons again that is damaging the reputation of SCOAN big time in my opinion. I don’t take these loose cannons as the general views of SCOAN. I am talking about the shocking comments on the Watch Prophet Tb Joshua site. I mean calling people derogatory names like uncircumcised baboons, prostitutes, lunatics and mentioning their actual names and portraying their views or assumptions as facts. Expressions like “this sick couple”. Accusing people of having lying demons etc. These are not only bold statements but I think incredibly vile and full of malice and like I said very damaging for the reputation of SCOAN. But like I said and I want to mention this to the public that I don’t believe this is SCOAN’s general views, but the views of a couple of loose cannons. I hope however SCOAN would take action here as it does appear that SCOAN is losing control over some of their workers and if they are left to continue in this fashion the public might start to believe that SCOAN is actually supporting their views.
Once again another reason why I don’t want to be associated with SCOAN any longer. In the time when I was still actively involved in SCOAN we never tolerated such kind of behaviour as mentioned above. I am shocked that SCOAN is allowing it and I would not want to be associated with such workers that brings the ministry in disrepute.
Am I claiming SCOAN to be a sect? No.
Am I anti-SCOAN? No.
Do I believe that there are genuine believers in SCOAN? Yes.
Do I still have family and friends involved in SCOAN? Yes.
Do I love these friends and family very much? Yes.
Did I choose to break ties with these people because they decided to stay at SCOAN: No.
Did some of them break ties with me because I left: Yes.