TB Joshua and SCOAN – a beginners guide

What is SCOAN?

SCOAN London, AIDS deaths

SCOAN London

SCOAN is the Synagogue Church of All Nations. The headquarters is based in Lagos, Nigeria, but the branch in question is the London one. This branch is run by a team of evangelists under the direct oversight of TB Joshua in Nigeria. It is a registered charity (at least until the charities commission read the BBC article) and it currently meets at Bexleyheath Academy every Sunday at 11am (at least until they catch wind of what goes on at their premises). You can read more about them on their website: http://scoanlondon.wordpress.com/

Who is TB Joshua?

TB Joshua

TB Joshua

TB Joshua is a controversial Nigerian pastor and prophet. He has a huge following within Nigeria, and a fast growing one internationally (mainly through his satellite TV channel Emmanuel TV). Below we have summarised some of the most concerning issues about him.

1. Numerous allegations of sexual abuse

For a number of years there have been an increasing number of allegations made about TB Joshua sexually abusing young girls at his church. The church has never investigated or addressed these serious allegations.
Read more about this on the following pages:

2. Dubious claims of divine healing

Anointing Water

Anointing Water

Besides the deaths reported in a piece recently broadcast on the BBC, the authors of this site are aware of 4 other deaths under similar circumstances (not AIDS, but where they were told to stop medication and subsequently died). In 2005, after a large crusade at Botswanan National stadium, President Festus Mogae released a statement urging patients who had visited TB Joshua for healing, including those on the antiretroviral (ARV) therapy, to continue taking their medication. The fact the president had to take this unusual step lends enormous credence to this BBC story.

We recently told the story of Judith, a lady suffering from diabetes who was told by TB Joshua that she was healed, and to stop taking her medication. 2 days later she was in a coma. The comments on the story from SCOAN supporters were revealing. Rather than denying the truthfulness of her story they scolded her for the lack of faith that got her into this almost deadly predicament.

Sky News have conducted an undercover report which confirms the suspicions the BBC article raised, yes SCOAN does tell AIDS victims to quit their medication.

One reliable source we have spoken to tells us that of all those who have allegedly been healed of AIDS (i.e. they have had it medically verified), every single one is Nigerian. This does not represent the diversity of people who come to him for healing, but given the extent of corruption in Nigeria, it doesn’t take much to join the dots here. Previous supporters of TB Joshua have spoken out on this site about some of the trickery used in the portrayal of these so called “miracles”.
As mentioned in a recent BBC article, he widely distributes his special brand of “anointing water” which they claim is for “good health and breakthrough in all areas of your life and for the salvation of your soul“. Most Christians will instantly realise what a blasphemous claim the final part of that statement is! SCOAN adamently state that it is free, but this seems to be a misleading statement. It’s free in that it doesn’t have a price tag on it, but you don’t get it for nothing. Ex disciple Gareth explains more in this comment.

3. Cult like behaviour

A previous article on this site compared testimonies of past TB Joshua disciples with the 14 cult identifying criteria compiled by the International Cultic Studies Association. Not suprisingly, they closely match every single criteria.

4. Blackmail and video confessions

Like the Scientologists, SCOAN record video confessions of most new disciples and even visitors to the church. These thousands of videos are kept on archive as future blackmail material should any of their supporters turn against them. They have already attempted to blackmail this site on one occasion. If this isn’t evidence of them having something sinister to hide, we don’t know what is!

5. $10-$15 million of personal wealth

This Nigerian leader of a British registered charity has amassed a colossal fortune for himself. Forbes magazine rank him as the 3rd richest pastor in Nigeria. In the comments section of our article on this, ex disciple Gareth has some extremely insightful comments about how TB Joshua has become so rich:

6. Children at his church sing songs of worship about him

A Channel Four film crew captured a sunday school choir singing a song at SCOAN in Lagos. The words went like this:
 The Synagogue Church is a training ground,
where the holy spirit is flowing
through his anointed servant TB Joshua
The Man of God
Everything about it is part of our lives
Everything about him is good
Our post on the video (particularly note how his supporters try to justify the video!)

7. His words are considered infallible

He teaches that as a “man of God”, all his words are the infallible words of God. Not suprisingly this leads to some extremely strange beliefs amongst his followers. Some believe that future generations will be reading TB Joshua’s words in the way todays generation of Christians read the bible.

8. He uses tragic events for self promotion

Regularly SCOAN release videos claiming that TB Joshua predicted a major world event before it happened. It’s difficult to see what the purpose is in this, considering the predictions are always too vague to be useful. Events he claims to have predicted include:

Why this site?

The authors behind this site have friends and family who are involved with SCOAN. We have seen the devastation it has wrought on these people’s lives. We hope that the information given here helps stop others from suffering the same fate.

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