SCOAN criticises health organisations for not supporting anointed water Ebola “cure”

You may recall that SCOAN claimed last year the President of Sierra Leone Dr Ernest Bai Koroma requested the anointed water as a cure for the outbreak of Ebola in their country. During last Sunday’s SCOAN service, a civil servant from Sierra Leone called Mrs Fatmata Kargbo testified to the success of the anointed water in curing Ebola in their country. They also criticised health organisations for hindering their attempt to spread the anointed water cure, claiming that without the obstacles Ebola could have been over immediately. See the video below, the relevant section starts at around 8:45.

A few key quotes to point out:

11:11 “Evangelist” Chris Tonge: You mean to say that you were sent by the president of Sierra Leone to actually receive the anointed water sent by “Prophet” TB Joshua to your nation to fight the scourge of Ebola?

Mrs Fatmata Kargbo: Yes

12:15 – They faced many obstacles from the time the plane landed, people and organisations wanting to prevent it being used, but the President allowed it (13:25).

So now we have second confirmation that the request came straight from the president, and after delivery he authorised its distribution. If this is true, that should be of grave concern to citizens of Sierra Leone and NGO’s like the WHO. If it’s false, Dr Koroma has some civil servants to fire. This claim is incredibly damaging to his reputation and the reputation of his country, and it’s being broadcast on one of Africa’s biggest “Christian” TV channel.

15:40 – if we were allowed to use the water as the prophet directed, it would have been over right away.
16:05 – faced obstacles from health organisations
17:20 – people said there wasn’t any scientific proof that it cures Ebola, but we pushed through.
17:30 – since that time, 16th August we have been monitoring to see if there are any improvements.
18:16 – from August, we have been monitoring – these regions have been free of Ebola

Screenshot_110315_013149_PMSo what about her incredible claim that a month after the 16th August, the regions where it was ministered have been free of Ebola? First thing to note is that she doesn’t state a year, does she mean 2014 or 2015? Typical SCOAN obfuscation. We will assume she means August 2014 because the 16th August 2014 was a few days after the anointed water was delivered, and in August 2014 the press in Sierra Leone were reporting that the water was being distributed (* if you think she meant August 2015, see note at end of article). So were the regions where it was administered “cured”? Let’s take a look at some WHO data:

On August the 29th, the outbreak in Sierra Leone looked like this

Screenshot_110315_011633_PMSource: http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/131974/1/roadmapsitrep1_eng.pdf?ua=1

One month later, what do we see? No regions are fairing any better, but two regions without active cases in August now have active cases. In other words it’s got worse.

Screenshot_110315_011838_PMSource: http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/135029/1/roadmapupdate26sept14_eng.pdf?ua=1

What about a month later? On October 31st we can see that every single region has active cases of Ebola.

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Source: http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/137424/1/roadmapsitrep_31Oct2014_eng.pdf?ua=1

So what we have from SCOAN is a complete lie about the efficacy of their anointed water against Ebola, and an insult to the medical teams who so bravely risked their lives to eradicate the disease. We’re used to lies from SCOAN, but these kind of lies are worse – they are literally deadly. Ebola can be relatively easily contained when correct practices are observed, the promotion of “water cures” is the highest degree of irresponsibility. There should be no claims about Ebola cures without genuine evidence and research backing them up, the testimony of one woman (contradicting WHO data) does not come close.

* If she did mean August 2015 this would also be incredibly deceptive because by that time, thanks to the tireless and brave efforts of aid workers and medical staff, Ebola was already mostly wiped out. On May 14th 2015 a news site reported that “Just last week, Liberia was declared Ebola-free after 42 days — two full incubation periods — without a reported case of Ebola. Now, Sierra Leone may be close to being able to start the same kind of countdown.”

Was TB Joshua’s anointed water a curse on Sierra Leone?

In August 2014, TB Joshua claimed that the Ebola situation was over, and everyone could go back to how they used to live (shockingly dangerous advice). You can hear his words in our “Top 3 prophecies of 2014” video. In the same month, he offered to send his anointed water to any of the affected countries, but only if a request came from the government. Incredibly, it appears that one country, Sierra Leone did request the anointed water.

How has that worked out for Sierra Leone? Tragically, very badly. First, let’s look at what happened to Ebola cases and deaths after the anointed water was delivered (according to WHO data).

EbolaSecondly, let’s look at how Sierra Leone compared to other affected countries. From the same WHO data we learn that:

  • Sierra Leone has the worst fatality rate amongst hospitalised cases
  • Sierra Leone is the worst for cases of unsafe burials
  • Sierra Leone has had significantly more new confirmed Ebola cases and deaths in 2015 than Liberia (where it has been almost completely eradicated) and Guinea (which has double the population of Sierra Leone).
  • Sierra Leone has had significantly more Ebola cases and deaths than any other country, almost double the next worst affected (Liberia).

What can we learn from this? One thing is certain – the anointed water did absolutely no good for Sierra Leone whatsoever. It is possible that it even contributed to the number of deaths. Telling people they can go back to the way they used to live, is the worst possible advice that can be given regarding Ebola. Ebola is relatively easy to contain if simple sanitary measures are taken. The fact that unsafe burials were a particular issue in Sierra Leone could suggest a preference towards more traditional medical care, hence the deadly idea of accepting “anointed” water.

Most anointed water testimonies are carefully choreographed and edited, we only see what SCOAN want us to see, and we only see the cases where they can spin it as a success. The gift of anointed water to Sierra Leone is a rare opportunity to measure its impact with real data. As you can see, the data show that at best the anointed water did nothing, at worst it caused unnecessary deaths.

Think about this before considering the anointed water as a solution to your problems.

Ghanian pastor: Do not rely on anointed water for protection against Ebola

Reported in peacefmonline.com

President of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), Apostle Dr. Opoku Onyinah, has cautioned Ghanaians not to rely on Anointing Oil and Water for protection against the fasting spreading deadly Ebola virus since proper observation of sanitation is one of the core values God has instructed mankind to practice to stay healthy.

The whole article is well worth reading.

Namibia health minister warns people not to visit TB Joshua

Following on the from the Zimbabwe health minister’s warning, Dr Richard Kamwi, the minister of health and social services warned his country that “No Namibians should take the risk of travelling to Ebola-affected countries for religious congregation. Visiting Ebola-hit countries will put us all at risk of getting the infection and spreading the disease to Namibia.” (source)

It’s encouraging to see countries taking the threat of charlatans such as TB Joshua seriously during this crisis. Neither Zimbabwe or Namibia have had a case of Ebola so far. This is in stark contrast to Sierra Leone (the one country supported by TB Joshua), whose problem is only getting worse.

TB Joshua’s cowardly U-turn

TB Joshua pledged 2000 bottles of anointed water to any affected country who would request it. He also said (multiple times) that he would personally deliver and administer the anointed water. See this video, and the timings below.

8:25 – If they invite me in the capacity of government, I will not only send the anointed water, I will carry it myself.

8:55 – I will not only send 2000 anointed water, I trust the anointed water. I will go myself there.

9:34 – here is TB Joshua, ready to go anywhere, not only sending, [inaudible] I will carry the anointed water, I will even spray it everywhere.

10:00 – Not only 2000 anointed water, but I, TB Joshua, that is my calling.

A few days later, Sierra Leone put in an official request (or so SCOAN would have us believe). The anointed water was duly loaded onto a chartered jet (someone should explain to this millionaire pastor about Fedex, think of what the $50,000 spent on the jet could have contributed to the fight against Ebola), and sent with great fanfare to Sierra Leone, but without its master.

The press in Sierra Leone are reporting that “A female representative of the Nigerian pastor, [is] in Freetown to oversee the administration of the ‘Holy Water’”.

Why did TB Joshua, who “trusts his anointed water” forsake his “calling” and send an associate on this potentially deadly mission instead?

Sadly, anointed water or not, the situation in Sierra Leone is not getting any better. The chart below shows the number of new confirmed cases and new confirmed deaths each day. Please pray for wisdom for the government and officials in these countries as they battle with this difficult situation.

New confirmed Ebola cases and deaths, Sierra Leone

source: WHO and Ministry of Health, Sierra Leone

Is Ebola a spiritual problem?

TB Joshua is widely quoted as saying:

“The so called strange ailment coming from three nations – Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia… satan is the manufacturer, the source. Begin to capture the covenant of that strange sickness. Command that strange ailment to come out and go to the pit of hell, in the name of Jesus Christ! Begin to capture the covenant of that strange sickness, command that strange ailment to come out and go to the pit of hell, in the name of Jesus Christ! Because of Christ, people of Liberia, Sierra Leona, Guinea, you are released.”*

This message plays right into his hands. If Ebola is a spiritual problem, then it needs a spiritual solution – ergo anointed water. What good are the simple, practical prevention methods against demons?

Whether or not you believe that diseases come from the devil, there are some simple and effective methods to minimise the chances of Ebola spreading. Some of these are listed below in a leaflet circulated in Sierra Leone. We implore everyone from affected countries to vigilantly follow this advice, regardless of your views on TB Joshua.

* We haven’t got a video clip of this, the transcript above is culled from one of many sites reporting it. If you have a link to the video or corrections to the transcript please add it to the comments and we’ll update the post.

TB Joshua’s deadly partnership with Sierra Leone government

TB_Joshua___Ebola_Sierra_Leone_Gets_Anointing_Water__African_Countries__10_Aug_14_-_YouTubeWe’ve got to admit, it took us by surprise. A country actually took TB Joshua up on his offer of a donation of anointed water to fight the Ebola virus. Joe Fayia Nyuma, representing the Sierra Leone High Commission to Nigeria claims that the request for anointed water came straight from the president Dr Ernest Bai Koroma himself. In the video below, it claims TB Joshua sent $50,000 donation, 4000 bottles of anointed water on a chartered jet, costing an additional $50,000. Nyuma claims that the anointed water will be used to “curb the deadly Ebola yoke that is about to destroy our nation”.

While we at TB Joshua Watch fully believe in the healing power of God, we do not believe that he operates like a vending machine, dispensing healing at the puff of a spray. The anointed water is completely unbiblical and idolatrous, and in a case like this will only hamper the efforts of brave health workers battling this disease. The World Health Organization reports that so far 170 health workers have contracted the virus and 80 have died. Meanwhile, TB Joshua uses the crisis to promote his anointed water and brag about how much money he spent on a private jet.

Of course it is possible that SCOAN have made all this up and that Joe Fayia Nyuma was not acting on behalf of his government. If this is the case, it is imperative that the authorities in Sierra Leone clearly distance themselves from this stunt. (Update: the website for the Office of the President have announced TB Joshua’s monetary donation, but no mention of the anointed water)

We hope it is only a matter of time before the Nigerian government takes decisive action against this dangerous con artist.

The full video is below, the statement from Joe Fayia Nyuma starts at 6:10.

 

Is TB Joshua’s anointed water the solution to the Ebola crisis?

On the 2nd August 2014, TB Joshua announces to his congregation that he had just finished a meeting with a large delegations of officials from the government and NGO’s such as UNICEF discussing various issues, including the Ebola crisis. The delegation formally handed him a letter, the contents of which he didn’t disclose.

The way he described this meeting led his delighted flock to believe that the officials had come to seek the counsel of their “man of God”. Though the contents of the official letter was never disclosed, it seems very likely that it announced the tough measures being taken against any faith healers claiming to be able to heal Ebola. The Washington post have reported that any pastor or healer claiming to be able to heal the virus will face jail time.

He next goes on to say that when the new anointed water came out, he didn’t allow it to be sent everywhere because God had revealed the coming Ebola crisis to him. He says he will donate 2000 bottles of the anointed water to each of the affected countries and if invited by the government, he will even deliver it personally and spray it everywhere.

The clear message behind his statement is that his anointed water is the solution to the Ebola crisis. We hope the Nigerian government will follow through and take the necessary action to prevent the ego of this fake pastor from exacerbating this deadly crisis.

The segment starts from around 1:50 in the following video.

Allegations of the Ebola virus at the Synagogue Church of All Nations

A worrying news report was broadcast yesterday revealing allegations that there were people at SCOAN carrying the deadly Ebola virus.

This should not be surprising, SCOAN attracts thousands of sick people from all over Africa every week. Even if the allegations are currently untrue, it is only a matter of time before the virus arrives. SCOAN need to take immediate action to put a stop to the masses of international visitors arriving each week, and if they won’t – the government should do so on their behalf.

There have also been unconfirmed reports (please post a link to the video in the comments if you have it) that TB Joshua is sending his anointed water to Liberia for distribution amongst Ebola victims. If this is true, it is a terrifying development. We foresee Ebola victims forgoing proper medical attention, spraying anointed water on themselves and proclaiming themselves healed – before returning to their communities and passing the disease on to others. If the reports are true, it is the height of irresponsibility, and we urge the government in all affected countries to denounce TB Joshua’s anointed water as a method of disease prevention.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that despite what SCOAN may say – there is not a single credibly verified case of anyone being healed of HIV by TB Joshua, and two international news agencies have reported cases of people dying of HIV after being “healed” by TB Joshua. If his powers don’t work for HIV, don’t trust it to solve the Ebola crisis.

5 FACTS that should concern you about TB Joshua & SCOAN

In this post, we present 5 FACTS about TB Joshua and SCOAN that should be very concerning to any discerning Christian. These are not opinions, they’re not allegations, they’re not interpretations, they are FACTS. Each fact has a link to the original article providing evidence.

1) SCOAN deceptively edit their videos

There are probably hundreds of deceptively edited videos released by SCOAN, but to prove it we would need the full, unedited version as well as the edited version. So far we have caught them out and exposed them in the act 3 times in the Indonesian plane crashes, the Colorado shooting and the Philippines typhoon.

This should concern you because SCOAN purports to be a church, yet they deliberately and shamelessly deceive their followers. It should also concern you because it makes a mockery of the biblical gift of prophecy. Finally, it casts huge doubt on the authenticity of ANY of their videos. Think of all the healing videos they have released, now imagine the same kind of deception has taken place in these. These videos prove that you cannot trust anything broadcast on Emmanuel TV to be an accurate representation of the truth.

2) The anointed water is blasphemous

Mass producing bottles of “anointed” water is unbiblical (we explain why here), but TB Joshua takes it even further by labeling it “for the salvation of your soul” or more recently “The blood of Jesus”. This useless packet of water does not save anyone, and is certainly not “The blood of Jesus”. Any such claim is not only incorrect, it is blasphemy of the highest order. You may say this is an opinion, but it’s no more an opinion than saying Jesus is Lord. Ask any pastor who’s not in some way linked to TB Joshua, and they will confirm that substituting the blood of Jesus for anything is blasphemous.

3) They misuse scripture

There are lots of examples we could use here, but since we’re sticking with facts rather than interpretations we’ll stick to one of the most obvious and blatant misuses of scripture, their complete rewrite of Deuteronomy 18:22. At the beginning of most of their prophecy videos it says “When God speaks, the wise listen. Deuteronomy 18:22”. In reality, Deuteronomy 18:22 rather appropriately says “If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed.”.

We first exposed this rewrite of scripture 18 months ago, yet still they use it. What is worse is that they are abusing scripture for their own gain by implying that TB Joshua is speaking for God (or is God?) and those who listen to him are wise. Nobody wants to be dumb right? So you’d better listen to what TB Joshua has to say! A church that would misuse and abuse scripture as blatantly as this, is not a church you should have anything to do with.

4) Many of his followers consider him to be a messiah, and he does nothing about it

Numerous articles have shown that there are many who consider TB Joshua to be a messiah. For example:

Note that two of the above claims were broadcast on Emmanuel TV, video evidence is included in the original posts. TB Joshua has been named “Jesus of this generation” and “Messiah of our time” on his own TV channel, nobody corrected the statement, and no statement has since been issued.

Any pastor who attracts these kind of beliefs in such number is doing something very wrong, but if he doesn’t strongly and clearly refute the claims he is a very dangerous man.

5) His quotable quotes are plagiarised

TB Joshua has numerous volumes of “quotable quotes”. These writings are considered sacred by his followers. “Disciples believe that the quotes are all divinely inspired,” said a former disciple who asked not to be named. “They definitely regard them as equal to the bible. The quotes have to be memorised and quoted word for word. To preach a good message for TB Joshua you have to stuff it with as many of the quotes as possible.”

However, we have revealed that many of these quotes are in fact copied from easily accessible online sources, including several books from American Televangelists. The fact that much of TB Joshua’s perceived wisdom is not actually his own inspiration shows a concerning lack of integrity for a man purporting to be a minister of the gospel.

If you know people who have been deceived by TB Joshua, please send them a link to this page, or share the image below to your social networks.

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