We are sickened to find out that the rumours circulating social media last night are true. TB Joshua is using the Boko Haram kidnap of schoolgirls as an opportunity to get publicity for himself. Typically, his prophecy is worded carefully so as to make it almost completely unfalsifiable. The central message of his address was “God has promised all of them will come out free, without harm and hurt. However, if there is unnecessary confrontation, it may affect them. I want to tell our security men that they should take it easy. They should not go with full force because it will bounce back on these children. Let us be prayerful and at the same time be tactical and strategic, so they will not harm our dear schoolgirls.”
Here we have a classic, win/win, unfalsifiable, stating-the-bleeding-obvious false prophecy. If the girls all escape with their lives, TB Joshua is proven correct. If some of the girls die or are harmed, he will find a way to pin it on the security forces not following his advice to be tactical and strategic, easy advice to give from the terraces.
The only specific detail he gave was that some of the girls had escaped, but anyone following CNN already knew that from a couple of days back “Borno state government officials insisted only 129 girls were originally abducted from the school, and had said that 51 escaped”.
Why does he always have to use situations like this as a chance to “prove” his supposed ability to hear from God? If he really can hear from God, why not give information that might actually prove useful? The real word of God has purpose, and will not return empty (Isaiah 55:11), the only purpose in this word is to bring glory and fame to TB Joshua, and that is not the purpose of God. He didn’t need to say anything about this situation, if he wanted to do something why couldn’t he just lead his congregation in prayers for these poor girls instead of claiming some kind of false vision, heartlessly raising the hopes of his listeners?
TB Joshua’s full message is below. It is taken from his official facebook page.
T.B. JOSHUA’S MESSAGE ON THE ABDUCTED SCHOOL GIRLS:
Here is what Prophet T.B. Joshua said on Sunday 27th April 2014 concerning the abducted schoolgirls in Borno State, Nigeria:
“They have to be released. That is the voice of God. I saw a vision where some of these girls have escaped and they are trying to find their way from the forest to the town. In the midnight, some of these girls ran away. The ones that are still under their custody – God said He will release them. This is the voice of God. God has spoken – these children must be released. We can’t wait to see them. God has marked them that nothing should happen.
“The family members of the abducted schoolgirls – your pain is our pain. I learnt many of the parents are in the bush. Please come back home. It is not your battle alone but the battle of all people of God all over the world. They are also our children.
“We are in a spiritual battle. God has promised all of them will come out free, without harm and hurt. However, if there is unnecessary confrontation, it may affect them. I want to tell our security men that they should take it easy. They should not go with full force because it will bounce back on these children. Let us be prayerful and at the same time be tactical and strategic, so they will not harm our dear schoolgirls. Their captors are in a place where they cannot move forward or backwards. Confrontation is dangerous. The security men should be very careful in their strategy and approach.
“Almost half of these girls have escaped and are inside the bush. Our prayer is safety for these little ones. Let them come out! We can’t wait to see them! I was expecting “Breaking News” last Thursday that almost half of them escaped. It was the shooting of our security men they heard that scared them. They are afraid the shooting is from the militants, not knowing our security forces were coming to rescue them. They have stopped their journey and are hanging somewhere. God is in control!
“Lift up your voice and pray for the protection of these girls. Remember our security forces too in prayer. Ask God to give them more wisdom and a clean and clear strategy, so that their approach will not be attack for attack. No matter what the militants do, even if they attack, they should not attack back in order not to harm our girls. On Tuesday, be in an attitude of prayer. With God, all things are possible.”