Abusive church: Rigid, Legalistic Lifestyle

Happy new year to all our readers! Sorry to break it to those who (as last year) predicted that we would not see 2014, not sure if they meant the site or the authors – but all are still alive and well!

Lots of new posts are in the works, but for now we continue the series (based on this article) on marks of an abusive church.

The third characteristic of abusive churches is the rigid, legalistic lifestyle of their members. This rigidity is a natural result of the leadership style. Abusive churches require unwavering devotion to the church from their followers. Allegiance to the church has priority over allegiance to God, family, or anything else.

Among our supporters we have two women who have lost their husbands to SCOAN, someone who lost their fiance and many others who have lost brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters to TB Joshua’s ministry. Beth, as a one time disciple of TB Joshua reports that “Contact with my family and friends was totally forbidden without written permission from him. Any desire to make contact was taken to be an indication that you wanted to return to your old life.” For Hattie, another ex-disciple, the impact of SCOAN on previously happy families was one of the main things that led her to rethink her involvement. She says “Within the families I knew who were involved, there was relationship breakdown, depression, isolation from the wider Christian community and rejection of family not involved in SCOAN.  All as a direct result of SCOAN involvement“.

The article continues:

Often members are required or pressured to attend Bible studies five, six, or seven days a week. There is a requirement to do evangelism; a certain quota of contacts must be met, and some churches even require members to fill out time cards recording how many hours they spent in evangelism, etc. Daily schedules are made for the person; thus he is endlessly doing the church’s ministry. Former members of one church told me they were working for their church from 5:00 am to 12:00 midnight five days a week.

Beth confirms this: “We were expected to work all hours of the day running the church, practicing music/editing videos/writing materials/having meetings. Service days involved even longer hours: starting at 6am to process all the sick people who came for healing and often going on into the night. We often fell asleep on the choir stage in full view of the church due to the exhaustion. Disciple meetings were frequently called in the middle of the night and we were expected to attend. ”

Members of such churches frequently drop out of school, quit working, or even neglect their families to do the work required by the church. There are also guidelines for dress, dating, finances, and so on. Such details are held to be of major importance in these churches.

Almost every young person we know of who has gone to SCOAN has done so at the expense of their education, and in some cases against the will of their family. When they have left, it has been hard adjusting when all their peers have continued their education, started careers and families etc.

Zukeran concludes:

In churches like these, people begin to lose their personal identity and start acting like programmed robots. Many times, the pressure and demands of the church will cause a member to have a nervous breakdown or fall into severe depression. As I reflect on these characteristics I think of Jesus’ words concerning the Pharisees who “tie up heavy loads and put them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger” (Matt. 23: 4). What a contrast from the leadership style of Jesus who said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. . . .For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matt. 11:28-30).

15 thoughts on “Abusive church: Rigid, Legalistic Lifestyle

  1. Happy New Year to you to – TB Joshua Watch,
    Keep on doing the good work that you are. Let us step up our prayers for our loved ones still in scoan. May this be the year that they will cross over from being deceived by tbj, to the freedom that Jesus offers. It is still painful to think what they are going through in that cult.

    • 1. Angelica says:
      January 4, 2014 at 4:53 pm
      Besides, why is Mr. Fatai Balogun aka “TB Joshua” hiding his Islam roots?
      Thank you for your very clear comments. Keep it up.
      Here Wise man Racine – a former Muslim himself – is delivering a Muslim woman, without her giving a inkling of a twinkling of a witness that she has turned from Islam and that she excepts Jesus Christ is the Son of God, who died on the Cross of Calvary, shed His blood for her repented sins and rose from the grave on the third day. No testimony, nothing?!?!?!

      Deliverance: Muslims and Jesus. Minister WM Racine

    • Amen – I am praying that this will be the year when family relationships can be restored and the members of my family who I have had no contact with for years will have the freedom to make contact.

    • (excerpts from posted deliverance video)
      -After deliverance—
      Woman: “I am sorry, I’m a Muslim. People look at me…”
      Racine: “Don’t worry.”
      Woman: “I am sorry.”
      Racine: “Look. Come here.”
      Woman: “I am suffering.”
      Racine: “Jesus loves you. Now you are free, that spirit has been removed.”

      What nonsense is this? When Racine told the Muslim woman Jesus Christ loves her, she is sure to think “Prophet Jesus Christ loves me”. In Islam, they believe Jesus is a prophet, like Moses and Elijah and not the Son of God. They in fact call him prophet Isa. They also believe he is coming back again a second time like Christians do, but they do not believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and God! (Check out this little except about biblical prove that Jesus is indeed God from Jack Chick Christian comics http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1090/1090_01.asp)

      This poor Muslim woman is definitely going home the same way, if not worse – UNSAVED & LATER TO BE RE-POSSESSED!

      Racine did not said anything to her that is new, or that can change her spiritman. Of course, there is no problem if “prophet Isa” loves her, what is wrong with Prophet Elijah loving anyone, or Prophet Moses? There has been no preaching, no testimony, nothing, nada. We are told, faith cometh by hearing and hearing the word of God (Romans 1017). She has not heard the gospel, telling someone Jesus loves them is no preaching. What is wrong with David loving me? Or anyone by any other name?

      To be precise, the woman will go home more demonized than she came. Why do I say so?

      Remember, Jesus Christ’s word in Matthew 12:43-45?

      “Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came’; and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order. Then it goes and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation.”

      Therefore, after this exorcism/deliverance, when this one demon who had taken possession of her body vacates, others demons around. By the way, there are plenty of these demons roaming around SCOAN, since they never tell them where to go when they cast them off, such as go to the pit or to the dry places etc. Hence, these evil spirit just hang around waiting for a weak vessel to latch on to and continue the havoc.

      This is another reason visiting SCOAN is a very dangerous thing to do if you are not spiritually sound. Seasoned deliverance ministers and exorcists know that you have to tell the critters where to go by the authority in the Name of Jesus Christ, or legally they are entitled to keep roaming among people even in the same location. Satan and his demons are highly legalistic, do it right with them or forget it, it’s talk to the hand.

      Anyway, since SCOAN generally do not have any follow-up plan for those they delivered, this Muslim woman’s vessel is supposedly cleaned and swept, but is neither occupied with the Holy Spirit (which comes in by faith in the hearing of the gospel and the believe in Jesus Christ as your Messiah) nor the demon that was there previously. Thus, this woman will most likely return home to be re-possessed again (i.e. if she does not get re-possessed shortly afterwards there at SCOAN), with more powerful demons than the first. And as the Lord Jesus Christ truly stated, her last state will be worse than her first. Unfortunately, in a couple of months if not weeks, it would have been better for her that she did not go to SCOAN to get delivered in the first place.

  2. o alfredwillie says:
    January 4, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    …………..When you kneel to tb joshua, understand o’please blind generation.
    We don’t kneel to tb joshua but to the one in him come on……..
    Next you say,
    ……….Tb joshau cannot kneel before me, because god says so………

    Well, I rest my case. You are delusional my friend or duped, but you have been warned from the Word of God, which obviously you do not respect at all. Your blood will not be on my hands. Now go on and believe just what you want.

  3. Yes, Happy New Year to you all! Thank you for your faith and obedience in keeping up your work on this blog since its inception.
    I echo the comment made by Just Wonder and my fervent desire and entreating prayer is the same: please, please, loving Heavenly Father, act to release those “captives” in Scoan, especially those known to us, still remembered and loved by our family members, for whom we have been praying and longing to see delivered for so many years!
    If any are reading this, be assured that there is help and support waiting for you.

  4. Welcome 2014 and all contributors to this blog! Let us continue to sound the alarm and let those who have ears to hear, hear what the Spirit is saying regarding the synagogue of Satan, aka, SCOAN: Come out of her and be separate and touch not the unclean thing called SCOAN. 2 Corinthians 6:17. T B Joshua is bent on destroying souls, families, finances, businesses, marriages, education and everything that is decent and proper, because he is an agent of destruction from Satan, but his judgment is imminent! Keep praying and doing warfare for all those caught in his trap till deliverance comes!

  5. @alfred,

    What you claim to do is summed up in the word “Namaste”. Which is a Indian custom. A behaviour that is not taught in the Bible in any way or form and you need to repent from these cultural behaviours and discard them and direct them towards Who is Only Worthy to receive them and certainly not yo any mortal man, for which I now rebuke you to stop practicing these man made cultural behaviours which have no spiritual significance. Mind you, that not there is not even a bowing before any angel who are much more powerful than anyone of us and it is even rebuked by them so.


    If you read through this all you see that this “Namaste” is not something that Jesus, God the Father or the Holy Spirit is Teaching, except the use of the hands, although I do believe that I have seen this happening inside SCOAN by grasping TB Joshua’s hands or other ways of bowing and kneeling. This behaviour is not what God wants and it is clearly written into the bible Mr. Alfred Ignorance that you so not now for any man, woman or child. Alfredwillie likes to put this temptation in front of us in telling us that we are ignorant of where this bowing all is coming from and what is normal in his culture is the same temptation that was laid in front of Jesus. In this we know in ourselves by the Holy Spirit that we bow to NO MAN, but Christ and His Father alone for He is only worthy, the King of kings and Lord of lords. What point is it when you are filled with the Holy Spirit to bow before any mortal man ? Are we wicked or evil ? Proverbs 14:19
    The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous. If the righteousness of God has come in us why do we bow ? Are we not all equal if we are filled with the Holy Spirit and are directed to worship Christ and His Father alone ?

    The Temptation of Jesus.

    1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.
    2 He fasted for forty days and forty nights,* and afterwards he was hungry.
    3 The tempter approached and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread.”

    4 He said in reply, “It is written: ‘One does not live by bread alone,
    but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.’”
    5 Then the devil took him to the holy city, and made him stand on the parapet of the temple,
    6 and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written:
    ‘He will command his angels concerning you’ and ‘with their hands they will support you,
    lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”

    7 Jesus answered him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.’”

    8 Then the devil took him up to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in their magnificence, 9 and he said to him, “All these I shall give to you, if you will prostrate yourself and worship me.” 10 At this, Jesus said to him, “Get away, Satan! It is written: ‘The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve.’”

    Another link concerning bowing before other mortal men or women and children, including angels.


  6. Happy New Year! I love the Bible verse at the top of this blog. Truly, we have nothing to fear. The rantings and cursings of cult members have no power.

    One day, TBJ will expire just like the rest of us, and face judgement just like the rest of us. But until that day, and after that day, Jesus Christ remains and rules and we can rest easy in Him.

  7. i think Tb Joshua is a man of God. No matter what you say,eventually you will give up and follow him,may God forgive you for being in the darkness and show you light

  8. There must be a legal way to get thoose prisoned disciples out of that hell-hole! Oh Lord show a way! If you only knew, how much ego is behind this tb joshua, how much destruction. I you only knew! Then you would only bow and pray and say; God help!

  9. @mist “we will eventually give up and follow him” you tbj believers be making me believe each day dat he is indeed false. Jesus Christ is the way, and Only him I go dey Follow.

  10. Funny how so called men of God keep mind raping a lot of people and get away with it. When an ex disciple or someone involved with the scoan shares his/her experience tbj supporters stat ranting and asking how much money they where paid, seriuslyyy!! I have noticed dah all the experinces shared have something in common, I mean All. And some pple still say they were paid??? I know someone involved with the scoan, and believe me he woke up very early on sunday and went to be by 7am this morning “imagine” why do they do dat in that church. Why?? I have so much to say and when the time is ryt I wud share my experience, one thing we shud all know is dat as long as someone u know is involved wiv the scoan you are gonna be affected one way or the other. May God help us.

  11. Happy new year every body. why don’t we stop judging or criticizing TBJ….and let God do the judging alone? believe in what you believe and let the other person do the same. why criticizing people worshiping in scoan or any other church? at the day of judgement we shall all see who is truly the servant or prophet of God….do your thing and let your faith or believe guide you. remember what happened to Miriam and Aaron when they spoke about Moses in numbers 12:1-10.

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