SHOCKING! TB Joshua lied about his Abuja bomb prediction

On Monday the 14th April, dozens, if not hundreds of people lost their lives in a massive bomb attack in Nigeria’s capital Abuja. For most pastors and religious leaders, this is a time of mourning. A time to reach out the bereaved to comfort them and pray for them. Not so TB Joshua. For TB Joshua, even a tragedy on his own doorstep is fair game for exploitation. Hours after this horrific attack, SCOAN edit together a video proudly claiming that TB Joshua had predicted it. In the video he claims (to audible gasps of horror): Listen to me, my people in Nigeria. Once again, take note of this: Our security should be vigilant. I am seeing a very big strike — explosion. They should take care of Abuja — capital.”

We have managed to track down the unedited version of this prophecy, given on the 10th November 2013. As usual, a critical aspect of the prophecy has been edited out (see the bold text).

Listen to me, my people in Nigeria. Once again, take note of this: Our security should be vigilant. I am seeing a very big strike — explosion. Towards the end of this month, or the middle of next month they should take care of Abuja, capital.

Based on this, the bomb was meant to happen towards the end of November and the middle of December. It happened on the 14th April.

But he predicted a bombing in Abuja, and one happened! Isn’t that enough?

No! Prophecies are words from the all knowing, all powerful, omnipresent, omniscient God. Real prophecies are not 5 months wrong with their dates. Real prophecies glorify God, not the prophet. Real prophecies bring people to repentance. TB Joshua’s prophecy does none of this, and due to the current situation in Nigeria it was certain to “come true” given enough time. This “prophecy” was given on November the 10th. Just one day before on November the 9th, Reuters reported that “Intelligence available indicates that the terrorists were in the process of finalizing plans to carry out simultaneous suicide attacks in Abuja and Kano” (source). As usual, all TB Joshua was doing was reporting the news, dressed up as prophecy.

It’s time Nigerians stop standing for this nonsense. This man is making a mockery of a national tragedy and exploiting it for his own gain. As Deuteronomy 18:22 says If the prophet speaks in the LORD’s name but his prediction does not happen or come true, you will know that the LORD did not give that message. That prophet has spoken without my authority and need not be feared“. TB Joshua does not need to be feared, he needs exposing. 

Links:

The full, edited video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPsrk_Z48r0
The full, original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xn-YOCZEp-0

Repost: Boko Haram prophecy: How did TB Joshua get it so wrong?

Following the state of emergency declared in Nigeria by President Goodluck Jonathan due to continued violence from Boko Haram, we revisit a post originally published a year ago examining TB Joshua’s tragically incorrect prophecy regarding terrorist group Boko Haram. More than a year on from the date TB Joshua claimed everyone would have forgotten about Boko Haram, the situation is getting worse and worse.

TB Joshua boasts of his gift of predicting football results and the death of politicians and popstars. But when he made a prediction about one of the most pressing and crucial issues facing Nigeria today, he got it completely wrong.

At the end of 2011, TB Joshua confidently proclaimed that bombing and terrorism would no longer be a problem for Nigeria in 2012. This was in reference to the terror campaign of Boko Haram, the northern Nigerian terrorist group.


“The burning and bombing that is happening, by January, February, March, everybody will forget about this.” -TB Joshua, Dec 2011.

This is one prophecy that we wish TB Joshua had got right. But unfortunately he couldn’t have been more mistaken. Since then, Boko Haram have only escalated their campaign of terror, and the death toll has been devastating.

January
-Boko Haram carry out what was one of their worst actions yet, killing 256 in a string of attacks.

February
-Boko Haram attack a prison in Kogi, freeing 119 prisoners, including seven of its own members.

March
-Boko Haram kill seven in a North Eastern Market
-Boko Haram launch an attack on the border with cameroon, killing Cameroonian soldiers.

April
-Boko Haram carry out an easter bomb attack on churches.
-Boko Haram attack the offices of a newspaper.

-Boko Haram attack university students.
-Boko Haram release statement promising they will escalate their campaign and ’devour’ president Goodluck Jonathan.

When TB Joshua’s prophecies coincide with reality, his followers claim that this is proof of his divine gift. SCOAN release cleverly edited videos bragging about their accuracy. However, they keep very quiet when his prophecies turn out to be completely wrong. This is just one example of this.

WARNING: Nobody has ever been healed of HIV at SCOAN

Thousands of people flock to SCOAN with the misplaced hope that they will be healed

Thousands of people flock to SCOAN with the misplaced hope that they will be healed

Recently you may have read the exciting news that a 2.5 year old girl has been cured of HIV. What struck our attention when reading the articles was the fact that this girl is reported to be the second person in history to have been cured of HIV. Here is how some of the big news agencies are reporting it.

Researchers say the only other documented case of an HIV cure is that of Timothy Brown, known as the “Berlin patient.” In 2007, Brown, an HIV-positive American living in Germany, was battling both leukemia and HIV when he underwent a bone marrow transplant that cured not only his cancer but his HIV. CNN

Dr Persaud thinks her patient, a two-and-a-half-year-old girl whose identity is confidential, has joined Timothy Brown, a man known to many as the “Berlin patient”, as a human being who was once definitively infected with HIV and now no longer is. Economist

The only fully cured AIDS patient recognized worldwide is the so-called “Berlin patient,” American Timothy Brown. He is considered cured of HIV and leukemia five years after receiving bone marrow transplants from a rare donor naturally resistant to HIV. The marrow transplant was aimed at treating his leukemia. Discovery

In 2007, Timothy Ray Brown became the first person in the world believed to have recovered from HIV. BBC

What about all those supposedly healed of HIV at SCOAN? On their website currently they have 9 testimony videos of people claiming they were cured of HIV at SCOAN. Multiple identical news articles (usually proof that it is the work of SCOAN PR rather than genuine a journalistic piece) on African news sites state that “HUNDREDS of people from across Africa have said they were healed of HIV/AIDS after visiting Nigerian Prophet TB Joshua” (e.g. here, here and here).

Whatever the real number of people SCOAN claim have been healed, it is a lot more than what some of the biggest and most respected news agencies in the world are aware of.

What can we make of this discrepancy? Simple:

Nobody has ever been healed of HIV at SCOAN or by TB Joshua

How can we say this with such certainty? Consider the following:

  1. Proving that someone once had HIV and no longer does is a fairly simple process.
  2. “Hundreds” of people being healed of HIV is world-shaking, front page news.
  3. If people really were being healed at SCOAN they would have flown in world-renowned experts in the virus to validate their claims instead of showing dubious ‘before and after’ medical certificates (who knows whether they are genuine or if the doctor signing them was bribed?).

HIV is an epidemic in Africa. False healing only spreads it faster and more widely. This must be stopped. If SCOAN are to continue claiming people are healed of HIV, they should open their doors to any researcher who wants to come and investigate and validate their claims, in fact they should actively encourage it and publish the findings in full. The fact that they have not done this is strong evidence that the claims would not stand up to this kind of scrutiny. For this reason we have no choice but to assume it is all a lie.  It is too important an issue to sit on the fence.

If you are a supporter of SCOAN, you should encourage this call for transparent and independent research into their claims. If the claims are true, TB Joshua will become the most well known and celebrated minister on this planet, if the claims are not true – anyone involved in upholding them is contributing to the death and misery of many.

Repost: The State of African Christianity

The following is a post we published back in 2011. Since we now have a far wider audience, it seems appropriate to post it again, particularly after recent discussions on “deliverance”.

This article by a Zambian pastor and blogger, entitled “Nigerian Religious Junk”, is a fascinating but damning indictment of a certain brand of African Christianity. The author is writing about a wider trend and doesn’t name names. However, people concerned about TB Joshua and the Synagogue Church of All Nations will be familiar with much of what he describes.

(http://www.conradmbewe.com/2011/02/nigerian-religious-junk.html)

He argues that this new African ‘junk’ Christianity is a potent blend of the prosperity gospel of US megachurches and some of the less wholesome aspects of traditional African religions and culture. Some of the features of this new African christianity:

They exalt the personality of their founding father, who is still alive somewhere in Nigeria (or elsewhere) and is treated with the aura of a state president or paramount chief.”

It is all about image and power. This “man of God” claims to hear the voice of God and proceeds to minister to you accordingly. If you do not obey him you are resisting the ministry of God into your life.”

And he says this about the parallels with traditional African religions:

Just as the witchdoctor appealed to us by inviting us to see him for spiritual protection or when we were struggling with bad luck, childlessness, joblessness, illness, failure to attract a suitor for marriage or to rise in a job or get a contract, etc., these pastors do precisely the same thing. So-called prophetic utterances are made which explain why all this is happening, holy water or oil is prayed over and dispensed, and some money is extracted from the persons seeking help.

The motivating factor is not reconciliation with God through Christ but rather “deliverance” from perceived evil and to be blessed through the supernatural powers that “the man of God” possesses. Let’s face it: this is our African traditional religions coming into the church through the back door.”

It’s worth reading the full post. For Europeans, with limited knowledge of African culture and religion, it is valuable to have an African viewpoint that shows the bigger picture. Some of those who defend SCOAN put certain dubious elements of SCOAN life down to cultural differences, saying it’s the “African way” of doing things. This article is reassuring; it shows that while the SCOAN way may be one African way of doing things, it is certainly not the only African way.

Nigeria knocked out of the 2012 African Cup of Nations, and players blame TB Joshua

examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good (1 Thess 5:21)

Nigeria versus Guinea

On Saturday the 8th of October, Nigeria’s 2012 African Cup of Nations bid came crashing down, thanks to a 2-2 draw in their match against Guinea. This result has made many Nigerians mad with TB Joshua. Why is this?

The previous Sunday, in a live service TB Joshua made the following claims:

“I was just sitting down and God showed me the game between Nigeria and Guinea next week, What I saw was not favourable towards Nigeria. If at this time we are stopped, it would be very shameful.” Expounding on the match details, he said, “Anyone who scores first takes the day… I am seeing the Guinean side shouting.” (source).

He then finishes the prediction by leading the congregation in a rousing chant (mis)quoting St Augustine “Pray as if it all depends on God, play football as if it all depends on you”.

This is an unusually detailed “prophecy” for TB Joshua. Usually his prophecies are undated, and vague enough that the chance of them being applied to an event in the future is assured (see for example his London riots prediction and his prediction of Steve Jobs’ death). This time however, his prediction related to a clearly stated event (Nigeria versus Guinea), he predicted that it would not be favourable towards Nigeria (it wasn’t!) and that whoever scored first would “take the day” (Guinea scored first, they didn’t win the match but the draw did get them into the finals – “take the day” is vague enough to apply to this scenario).

What should we make of the apparent accuracy of the prediction?

First up, we shouldn’t overstate the accuracy. Really there were only 4 possible outcomes:

  1. Nigeria score first and win the game (prediction mainly correct, tables were turned due to prayer)
  2. Nigeria score first and lose or draw (prediction partially correct)
  3. Guinea score first, Nigeria win (prediction incorrect)
  4. Guinea score first, Nigeria lose or draw (prediction correct)

This shows TB Joshua had over a 50% chance of the outcome being favourable to his prediction. The only outcome which would show his prediction entirely wrong would be number 3, but even then he could claim they won thanks to his prayer.

However, the reality is, the outcome did match his prophecy. Maybe he did “see” the game a week before it was played? Does this prove he is a true prophet? Some are claiming that the fact TB Joshua made this public prediction despite it being unfavourable with his fellow countrymen proves that he is a true prophet, not one tickling the itching ears of his followers with whatever it is they want to hear.

The bible clearly shows us that these facts are not enough. In the book of 1 Samuel Saul consults the witch of Endor who accurately predicts that that Israel was going to lose its battle and that Saul and his sons would be killed and Saul’s kingdom handed over to David (1 Samuel 28:5-9, 11-19). This is an accurate prediction, unfavourable to the receiver. It also absolutely was not from God. Even today there are numerous seers, mediums, soothsayers and prophets of different religions and spiritual persuasion who produce accurate predictions. The bible warns us that even some of those who prophecy, perform miracles and drive out demons in Jesus name are not of him (Matt 7:21-23).

What this looks like is another shameless attempt at self publicity. These prophecies as always involve simple binary outcomes (it will be good for Nigeria, or bad for Nigeria, there will be a fire in a place starting with EN or there will not be, an American hero will die or… well actually that one’s fairly certain). These predictions are setup to make TB Joshua the winner no matter the outcome. Imagine Nigeria won the match and got through to the finals, was that a wrong prophecy? No – they won because TB Joshua saw the impending failure, warned them about it and prayed it away. Man of god to the rescue! Alternatively it happens the way he predicted it, proving his prophetic prowess. Unfortunately for TB Joshua the stunt backfired slightly this time. Many Nigerians (including some of the players) hold his prophetic powers with such high regard that they believe his prophecy actually caused the loss. There are even rumours that the Nigerian senate are considering putting through a bill banning TB Joshua from making negative predictions in the future.

There is one thing we can be sure of from these prophecies: they bring a lot of attention to TB Joshua. The big question is: do they bring any glory to God?