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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TB Joshua sends his pointless but deadly anointed water to London

Anointed water packaging version 2.0 (left) and 3.0 (right)

Anointed water packaging version 2.0 (left) and 3.0 (right)

Only months since several people lost their lives in a futile attempt to get their hands on TB Joshua’s anointed water at SCOAN Ghana, TB Joshua is sending his water to London for a special anointed water service, the Christian Post reports.

This anointed water is the third version of the product (and we use the word “product” deliberately, SCOAN’s claims that it is not “sold” are extremely dubious). The previous version of the anointed water was blasphemously labeled “for the salvation of your soul“, the third version took the blasphemy to new heights by calling it “the blood of Jesus“.

The most incredible thing is, since the release of Anointed Water 3.0, TB Joshua actually admitted that it is pointless (at least if you followed his statement to its logical conclusion). Apparently TB Joshua is just providing you with water (and not even enough to drink), the anointing is from God. Therefore, unless TB Joshua has a monopoly on God, you’re getting nothing more than what you could get from your tap.

For the poor Ghanians who went looking for breakthrough from this water, it proved worse than pointless, it was deadly. Four lost their lives (the “anointing” in the water didn’t help them with that), and many were injured (why didn’t the “anointing” in the water protect them, or at the very least heal them?).

People of London, you have very easy access to water. If you believe God is going to use water as a means to your blessing, then get it from the nearest tap, don’t waste your time, energy, hope and money waiting for these little packets of water.

What about all the people the anointed water works for?

Anointed water packaging version 2.0 (left) and 3.0 (right)

Anointed water packaging version 2.0 (left) and 3.0 (right)

In our last few posts we have focused on TB Joshua’s anointed water, particularly since the tragic death of 4 people in Ghana desperately trying to get these little packets of water.

A point raised several times in the comments is if the anointed water is fake, how is it so effective on hundreds of people? In this post we will consider 3 possible reasons for this apparent disparity.

1) Over-hype

That the anointed water is over-hyped is a fact, one that sadly left 4 people dead. When people claim the incredible potency of the anointed water, you should first ask what their source is? Most likely Emmanuel TV. In that case we know they systematically engage in deception in their portrayal of both prophecies and healing. How can a few minutes on Emmanuel TV be proof that this water causes marriages to be restored, or people to be delivered from psychological conditions? What state are these people in now?

2) Placebo

It is well known that the brain has a hugely important role in a persons physical health. Researchers routinely take advantage of this by using placebos, inert drugs or procedures that the patient believes will make them better. It is well known that this belief that something will make you better is in fact surprisingly effective, even with physical ailments. People who take the anointed water have a huge amount of faith that it will work for them (again, hence the deaths) – therefore it is almost certain that the placebo effect plays a role.

3) It’s real, but….

Maybe in some cases people really are healed or “delivered” through the administration of this water. Does this bring our assertions tumbling down? No, because the bible is clear that it is not only genuine Christian ministers who can do signs and wonders. Most notably the false prophets and messiahs prophecied by Jesus in Matthew 24:24 do “great signs and wonders”. You could also consider Pharaoh’s wise men and sorcerers who performed very impressive signs and wonders in Exodus 7. If you assume TB Joshua is real and the anointed water is of God on the basis of what you perceive to be genuine miracles, then presumably you would also accept that Reiki healers are of God? Or new age healers? Or spiritual healers? Or Traditional healers? All of these, as with TB Joshua, have followers who claim to have been genuinely healed by them. It is abundantly clear from scripture that the appearance of a miraculous sign is not enough to validate a ministry. You have to look beyond the surface, and this is where the picture becomes very clear with the anointed water.

Not only is the anointed water blasphemously called a means of salvation (version 2.0) or even worse “The blood of Jesus” (version 3.0), it sets up TB Joshua as a false christ by leading people to believe that he holds the key (a little packet of water) to their healing, deliverance or even salvation. It appears that even TB Joshua knows this since he recently declared that the only part he played in the process was providing the water, which begs the question why get the water from him?

In conclusion, regardless of whether the apparent effectiveness of the anointed water is hype, the placebo effect or real (almost certainly there are cases of all three) the teaching around it leaves us with no doubt that it is unbiblical, unchristian and ultimately damaging to those who put their hope in it.

Breaking news: TB Joshua admits his anointed water is pointless

On Saturday the 18th May, in an act of astonishing honesty, TB Joshua admitted that his anointed water is in fact, nothing more than water! All he is providing is water, and not even enough to drink at that! It is God providing the anointing.

If the anointing comes from God, what is the purpose of collecting the water from TB Joshua? Why not just turn on your tap?

Unless you believe TB Joshua is a mediator between you and God (i.e. a false christ), I’m sure you can agree with us that these little packages of plain water are utterly pointless!

It’s good to clear that up, but what a shame these packages of water claimed the lives of 4 people, totally unnecessarily.

4 dead, many injured at SCOAN Ghana. This anointed water nonsense must stop!

Update: Now the BBC are reporting on the story too (now one of the most read stories on the site)
Update 2: The police have now banned SCOAN from holding meetings in their Spintex venue.
Anointed water packaging version 2.0 (left) and 3.0 (right)

Anointed water packaging version 2.0 (left) and 3.0 (right)

TB Joshua has just released version 3.0 of his anointed water packaging. The packaging for anointed water 2.0 boldly claimed that it was “for the salvation of your soul“. Presumably since the release of 2.0 someone explained to TB Joshua that only the blood of Jesus could provide salvation, so incredibly for version 3.0 he labels his anointed water “the blood of Jesus“. You can’t make this stuff up.

Sadly, all the hysteria about the new, upgraded anointed water packaging turned to tragedy on Sunday when a stampede happened at SCOAN Ghana. 4 people were killed and many others injured, according to a police officer at the scene “15 people who were seriously injured, some with broken limbs, many others collapsed but were resuscitated.” (source)

An example of the confusion the anointed water causes

An example of the confusion the anointed water causes

This crush happened because desperate people sincerely believed that the solution to their problems lay in a little bottle of water. Why do they believe this? Because TB Joshua has told them. In a video accompanying the release of the new packaging TB Joshua claims that the water is the solution to your business problems, marital issues, financial constraints, sicknesses and other such issues.

Is there a biblical basis for these claims?

The SCOAN website says there is:

Throughout the Scriptures, we see clear proof that God can use any medium to express Himself:

  • In Acts 19:11-12, God used the medium of Paul’s handkerchief and aprons to heal the sick.
  • In Exodus 14:16, God used the medium of Moses’ staff to split the Red Sea.
  • In Acts 3:6, God used the voice of His servants, Peter and John to raise a crippled man.
  • In 2 Kings 5:14, God used the medium of a dirty river to heal Namaan.
  • In Acts 2:1-2, God expressed Himself through the medium of sound at the time of Pentecost
  • In 1 Samuel 17:49, God used David’s catapult to defeat the giant Goliath.
  • In John 9:6-7, Jesus used mud and saliva to heal a blind man.
  • In Acts 4:15-16, God used the medium of Peter’s shadow to heal the sick.

But did David start producing anointed catapults? Did Peter start renting out his shadow? Did some enterprising disciple start distributing anointed mud and saliva? No! God spontaneously used these mediums to express himself, but there is zero evidence of a particular medium ever becoming a pattern.

This anointed water is billed as TB Joshua’s anointed water. People believe it is through this medium their breakthrough will come because the water “connects” them to TB Joshua and his anointing. This is has nothing to do with the Christian faith. Christians believe that all mankind is fallen and needs redemption through the blood of Jesus, but that redemption is available to all directly – no man of God, priest or intercessor required.

Perhaps, like Peters miraculous escape from prison God will also miraculously grant you breakthrough in an area of suffering, or maybe like James (who was execulted) your breakthrough will come beyond the grave. Maybe your healing will come instantly, or maybe like the great Apostle Paul you will be tormented in your weakness, but through it you will learn that His grace is sufficient for you, His power is made perfect in weakness (2 Cor 12:9).

Four people are dead because they desperately wanted this anointed water. Many others are alleged to have died after naively putting their trust in a little bottle of tap water instead of the medication trained doctors had prescribed.

Don’t put your hope in this water, don’t put your hope in a man who sets himself up as a false christ. We encourage you to pray for those who have lost loved ones, and pray that this deception ends swiftly.

If you’re still not convinced, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. If TB Joshua is a prophet with the track record of predicting disasters that he claims, why didn’t he predict this one?

  2. If the anointed water has miraculous healing powers, why did the SCOAN branch in Ghana not bring it out to heal those injured, or to raise the dead back to life?

  3. If you believe that Jesus is the healer, not TB Joshua – what is the point in this water?