A year ago, we received an email from someone who had been closely involved with TB Joshua’s church in the 1990s.
“You’re doing a good work in exposing this charlatan called TB Joshua,” he said. “ I’d like to offer my support in every way possible.”
He confirmed that many of the testimonies that we have featured on the site reflected his own experiences with TB Joshua, and was keen to help us spread the word . However, he was reluctant to tell his own story because he felt it would put him at risk. ‘TB Joshua would do anything and everything to protect his name, including murder,’ he told us.
This week he decided to break his silence. “It’s time I tell my story and sooner than later,” he wrote in an email. “I’m going to write to you for publication for the benefit of all those who are seeking for truth.” We now have his testimony and will be publishing it in instalments over the next week.
We expect our contributor to be attacked by SCOAN. Every ex-disciple or SCOAN insider who has spoken out against TB Joshua (on this blog or elsewhere) has been met with a campaign of hateful articles and/or videos that attempt to smear their characters. They have been called racists, prostitutes, liars and blasphemers. There have been attempts to blackmail ex-disciples with the release of old confession videos that they were encouraged to make in SCOAN. All of this appears to be standard SCOAN practice, and we see no reason for them to treat our new contributor any differently. When this happens, ask yourself: does SCOAN’s response demonstrate that they’re loving their enemies like the bible commands us?
We believe that this consistently vicious response to dissent shows us how desperate TB Joshua is to keep the truth from being told. It also tells us a lot about the nature of TB Joshua’s church. Attacking and smearing critics and ex-disciples is one of the key indicators of a religious cult, according to the ICSA (an international authority on cults), and is something that SCOAN shares with other cults such as the Scientologists and the Unification Church.
Watch this space for the first instalment.