Evidence of a culture of sexual abuse at TB Joshua’s church (part 1)

Below we feature a testimony from a young lady we’ll refer to as Kate who claims to have been sexually abused by the Pastor entrusted by TB Joshua to lead SCOAN Athens. As well as revealing horrifying details about life at SCOAN Athens, the story also shows a pattern of sexual abuse and coverup throughout SCOAN, coming from TB Joshua himself. Before writing off this story as false, readers should be aware that statistics show false rape claims are incredibly rare (between 2% and 8%). Considering the fact there are numerous women who allege TB Joshua or the Athens pastor have sexually abused them, the probability of them all being false is almost inconceivable. If you take the side of the alleged victim rather than the alleged perpetrator, statistically speaking you are far more likely to be on the right side.

Kate’s story part 1

I’m writing this article because I want to share my experience of SCOAN. I am yet another person who has seen the truth behind this organization and it’s necessary that I put my story out there. I know that SCOAN are going to respond by humiliating me as they always do to ex members (via the Watch TB Joshua Blog) but if I can share this story and help even one person see the truth about this church, it’s worth it.

As you have most likely heard, on June 1st 2014, the Greek branch was shut down. Wise man Harry paid a visit and told the members of the congregation that it was never a branch in the first place. It was opened without the permission of TB Joshua by the disciple Andreas and his wife. To our astonishment, he said that if one were to look at the legal documents, TB Joshua’s name would not be found anywhere. Andreas opened the branch on his own accord, with a lot of anger and disrespect towards TB Joshua. In fact, he said, TB Joshua does not have any branches anywhere in the world. You can listen to a live recording of this attached in another article.

This was very confusing for the members of the Athens Branch, myself included. I had been an active member of both the London Branch and the Athens Branch for over three years and now their existence was being denied. TB Joshua was completely disassociating himself from the events that led to the closure of the branch. I am now going to explain what those exact events were.

The Athens Branch was in fact a fully functioning official branch of SCOAN. Wise man Harry had been given instructions by TB Joshua to lie. I was amongst the youth that worked full time in the church and was very close to Andreas (who had been running the branch for eight years). I was also one of the 11 girls who had been sexually and emotionally abused and manipulated by Andreas. The previous article referring to the closure of the branch states it was only 4 girls, however now we have discovered that at least eleven girls in the youth have been harassed sexually by Andreas. Before it began, he spent months creating a close relationship of trust with me and gave himself the place of a mentor in my life. He used the title ‘man of God’ to force people into doing what they didn’t want to do.

Looking back on it now, it’s as if his tactics were learnt from TB Joshua. After listening to Bisola Johnson on Deception of the Age documentary describe the ways that TB Joshua sexually abused her, I was shocked to find that it is exactly the same as my own and other girls’ experience. In fact, one of the first things Andreas told me was that TB Joshua slept with a girl and she left the ministry for something that was actually a blessing to her. He said ‘any contact you have with an anointed man of God is a blessing’. He also once told me ‘sex is not bad, it’s the love of sex that is bad’. He actually used the Bible to justify his actions and read from Songs of Solomon.

And while this was going on, I wasn’t the only girl. A few years prior to this, [———details removed due to ongoing investigation———].

He would very frequently have girls in his office for hours. While my own abuse was taking place, I had no idea other girls were undergoing the same terrible situation. It was sick how he could do what he was doing with young women right before service, and then come out and preach to the congregation about holiness and putting God first. Bisola Johnson describes that TB Joshua would abuse her before service and then come out and preach as well. It’s as if it was a tactic that Andreas picked up from TB Joshua. Anytime his wife was around he would be cold and distant with us, ignoring us. The moment she left he would become a different person. His ways were manipulative. With me he would often be very warm and welcoming or extremely cruel and condescending- never in between. We all spent a lot of time wondering what we had done wrong. Before workers’ meetings took place, he would prepare untrue accusations and make one worker to publicly falsely accuse another. A disciple later told me that this is a common practice used in SCOAN to test people’s characters and faith. Nobody in the church trusted each other. We were all afraid of being reported- another characteristic of SCOAN. Andreas would also discourage me from having a close relationship with any of the other girls and say that he was the only one that should know my secrets. I now realise that this was a tactic to avoid us talking to each other about the things he was doing.

I have heard the stories of three different women who will remain anonymous that have been sexually abused by TB Joshua. Like Andreas, he also used strange excuses to justify his actions. In some instances, he has said that having sexual relations with him will purify a woman. As someone who has been through it myself by his disciple Andreas, I know that you do not wake up one morning and make something up like that. To go from being someone that has given their life to the church to turning against the church, something must have happened. SCOAN call it ‘blasphemy’ and that you are demon possessed if you speak against the ministry. This is a way of keeping the members brainwashed and in fear. In fact, a few members of the ministry who I told my story to, although they believed me, have now shut me out of their lives. They are so afraid of turning against a ‘man of God’ that they would rather live a lie than face reality. This is one of the key characteristics of cults.

I asked Andreas to stop this sick relationship twice and he would always start it again. It’s as if he was convinced it was the right thing to do. When I eventually took this issue to Nigeria, TB Joshua’s inability to deal with the situation made me realize that it was because he couldn’t deal with his own urges and lack of control. I will move on to this later.

Read part 2 of Kate’s story here

16 thoughts on “Evidence of a culture of sexual abuse at TB Joshua’s church (part 1)

  1. “And you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”
    The truth unfortunately usually comes with a price. Concerning SCOAN it has been lives and souls.
    OUR lives and souls.
    And this is just the beginning….
    As it was, it is: JEREMIAH 23.
    Because man forgets easily,

  2. Thank you Kate, you are helping me tremendous with facts i do already know for years about ‘the purification of the woman”by TB Joshuas deep understandings of the Gospel Truth. Dont be afraid of him, or of being blasfhemies, or going against a man of God. TB is no man of God. He is a pimp and a prostitute. Develisch. The poor man needs to release his tensions, by acting out his perverse weaknesses, by purifing the woman. In the mean time his wife is praying for him, to help him to over-come his weakness. Is not a incest-prepator of the same calliber? Or the pedofiel? Come-on girls, are we afraid of an idiot who preaches Gods Word, over the back, the soul and the private parts of women entrusted to him by the same God? Do we have to have one grain respect for such a man? Do we have to fear such a man? His accusements? Answer him 100-fold. Increase the hell he did to you. Ah! Our beloved profhet, messes still around with his “uncontroleble litle dig’? Ah, how pityfull. Kate, learn the powers and authority of Gods Word, and use it! Deliver their hell out of them, and do it in public. Castrate them, because God will back you up, thank you so much. I received in my calling a commission to deliver and help the oppressed suffering women and girls in the christian church. And believe me, this man is going to cry out for mercy by his god. Because i will get him there.

  3. Another horrific but true story, but would those still trapped in this SCOAN cult wake up and come to their senses? T B Joshua and his devotees are birds of the same feathers and they flock together. They lie, they fabricate, they manipulate, they commit adulteries and fornications, they are a shameless pack of wolves working for their master, Satan, but their days are numbered!

    Temitope Balogun Joshua, false prophet of Nigeria, false messiah, false preacher and false everything, your sins will find you out, and all the transgressions you have committed, including those of your brainwashed and braindead devotees, called “disciples,” will be exposed. You can run from the law, but you cannot hide from the mighty hand of God!


  5. Of course it is ALL true.
    I know it’s true, Kate -sadly- knows it’s true, John Smith knows it’s true, and more are coming.
    We are not some foolish commenters who have nothing else to do but deal with this heresy and abomination. We have LIVED this sect down to the core to our great misfortune yet through the wounds we have acquired it is more than necessary to warn others.
    And we are not afraid to proclaim the truth.
    For everything there is a purpose.
    Do they really think they can fool God?
    Did they really think that due to certain abilities they can abuse and opress the weak?
    As the Pharisees did, you place unbearable burdens on people’s backs and have no intention to move even a finger concerning your own.
    Having a form of godliness yet beneath the surface worms and decay are prevalent.
    What could be more blasphemous than using the Holy Word of God to satisfy your perverted apetites and have the audacity to preach holiness.
    Who is your father but satan?
    You can run and hide from man but you cannot hide from God.
    Your reign is coming to an end.
    You have been called to return and repent but you just WON’T.
    The more your foolishness is uncovered the more stubbornly you press on to destruction.
    Leaving on your way shattered lives, desperate souls, souls that have lost their faith in Christ due to the horrific ordeals they were subjected to in His Name, in YOUR hands. Cunningly, selectively. Presenting yourselves as men of God to others and life savers whereas you were crushing at the same time the weak and the weary.
    You have NO fear of God as you twist in your corrupted minds His Holy Word and use it as a means to supress and rule over others.
    FOOLISH DEVOTEES, who insist on not waking up despite the volume of hard evidence presented before your eyes:
    false prophecies, false deliverances, false healings, hordes of sexual abuse, God’s judgement at the expense of 116 precious souls, lies upon lies to dodge any sort of accountability.
    You ask for proof and you are given more proof than ever during this past year yet you carry on blindfolded, even kicking and shouting like chickens before their slaughter. IGNORANT TOWARDS THE WORD, TOWARDS HIS SPIRIT.
    Just as the Ninevites shall judge the Phariseess on that day of Judgement concerning their unbelief, their unrepentant heart, be aware!
    The blood of the victims, of the abused souls and lives may be held accountable to YOU also because you would NOT listen.

  6. Unbelievable!?!?

    In all my years that I have served Jesus Christ of the Bible, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I have never ever heard of the messure of sexual abuse at any church of the extent that it is happening at scoan and branches?!

    It is so shocking it takes my breath away.

    God will surely judge them and vindicate all his abused daughters!

    And sons…

    I will keep on praying for all the devotees of the chrislam (Christianity and Islam mixed together) cult leader tbj.

  7. And this is nothing, wait for more, and I guess some will never know the extent and the horrific details, Only we know what we suffered.
    As Jeremiah said we are not here because we have nothing better to do than waist our time with charlatan joshua,…
    But people are in DANGER. SCOAN IS DANGEROUS

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  9. Kate,
    I want to commend you for coming out and share your hurtful and abusive experiences at the hands of tbj and devotees. You are very brave and wrote it down exactly as it is. I am just an outsider, with family and friends there, but I have experience of a few that came out of that hellhole of abuse and can testify that they went through the same as you. I, myself, in a smaller way, as a member went through the same after waking up to tbj’s deceptive and evil ways. It hurts. I was physically sick for 6 months, because of the shock of discovering the truth of what is going on in that cult.
    I, myself, was and is still heartbroken about these things and how that piece of scrap is changing the people I know into monsters, although I am mentally, spiritually and physically healed at this stage only through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    I was comforted by this Word in the Bible and honoured to go through what Jesus My Lord went through at the hands of scoan and lived because Jesus died for me, so that I can live -hope it will bring comfort to you also andto the others:
    Being crucified with Jesus.
    If we identifies with Jesus Christ , we will go through what He went through at the hands of the religious leaders of His days- nothing has changed yet
    1 Peter 4:12-13
    I pray that you do not think it strange concerning the fiery trials which are to try you, as though some strange things happened; but that you will rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s suffering, that when His Glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
    Philippians 3:8-10
    I pray that you will count all things as a loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, your Lord, for whom you have suffered the loss of all things and count them rubbish, that you may gain Christ and be found in him, not having your own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that you may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering, being conformed to His death.

    Jesus suffered, because of other peoples sins.

    Luke 24:7
    The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men
    We will also go through the same sufferings, because of our own sins as well as other people sins-
    41 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed,
    Mathew 26:38

    38 — and Jesus said to his disciples—
    my soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death— that you may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering, being conformed to His death. Philippians 3:8-10
    Mark 14:36

    36 Abba Father—everything is possible for you—
    take this cup from me- yet not my will but yours be done—
    that you may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering, being conformed to His death. Philippians 3:8-10
    Luke 22:43-44

    43 An angel from heaven appeared to Him and strengthened him and being in anguish he prayed more earnestly and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground— that you may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering, being conformed to His death. Philippians 3:8-10

    Then they crucified Jesus and mock Him – that you may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering, being conformed to His death. Philippians 3:8-10
    Luke 22:40
    40 On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation (to fight spiritual battles physically-like Peter did there and then).”

    This happened just before Jesus was resurrected into a new life in heaven with a new glorified body!-that you may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering, being conformed to His death. Philippians 3:8-10

  10. @ All,

    I call for we all get together and go together with our own lawyers and serve him personally in Lagos. Wherever he hangs out. Whether in his swamp, church or in his office. This scam artist and 419 fish and bread upon your head will not bow until he is personally presented in front of everyone and his family. Until we are going to do this he will continue deceive people and lie to them. Together we stand, divided we fall. If God is our Witness and Who is for us, who can be against us !

  11. If KATE INVOLVED HERSELF IN A SINFUL ACTION and continued to do so, why she condemn someone else of HER WICKEDNESS???
    Make no sense…
    That is why all this accusation against Prophet TB Joshua make no sense but extremely, shamefully nonsense! With other word: it is very wicked!

    • @Kegyelem you appear to have missed the power dynamics and spiritual abuse going on in this relationship. The pastor was in a position of authority and he abused it in order to take advantage of young women in his power. Do you not see anything wrong with that?

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