On Sunday the 5th November, TB Joshua claimed that 10 days prior, God had shown him the new president of the United States of America. He first declined to name who he saw, but later said that “The Lord said, there’s a state that enormously, 99% vote for this woman, and the woman [has a] narrow win”. This “prophecy” was nothing more than stating what the polls were also telling us at the weekend: that it would be a narrow win for Hilary. As we all now know, it wasn’t nearly as close as predicted, and the winner is most definitely not “the woman”. TB Joshua’s world prophecies are simply guesses based on closely following the news, with a bit of deceitful editing where necessary to polish off the rough edges. This time his strategy has badly let him down.
OK, this post is just a bit of fun playing with Microsoft’s Project Murphy. It’s also a reminder that TB Joshua is not some kind of infallible holy man of God, he is a false prophet who like the prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 18, can completely legitimately be mocked. Enjoy, and post some more in the comments if you like! Instructions are here.
Willem Ouweneel is a Dutch biologist, philosopher and theologian and a well know figure in Dutch evangelical circles. In 2002 he visited SCOAN and wrote some positive articles about the experience, strongly endorsing TB Joshua and his ministry. He is probably the best known and most credible evangelical theologian to ever publicly endorse TB Joshua. Even 10 years later, SCOAN regularly put out articles on their numerous blogs using quotes from these articles to promote the ministry. Since Ouweneel had not written anything about TB Joshua for over 10 years, we thought we would get in contact to find out where he currently stands on the issue. He gave us the following statement to publish:
I do not endorse TBJ anymore, because:
- I have had no contact with SCOAN for more than ten years
- His irresponsible building activities, which cost more than 160 dear lives I believe (Editors note: 116 deaths, but many more seriously injured)
- Very serious rumors about sexual harassment of collaborators.
The last 24 hours we’ve been grieving for the people who are injured or bereaved as a result of the horrific attacks in Brussels, we’ve also had a bad feeling at the pit of our stomach that TB Joshua’s media team were hurriedly searching the archives to piece together a video to claim he predicted it. Well we were right, but what they came out with was rather underwhelming, the gist of it was:
A French country should watch out, evil people are in town looking for an assembly to launch an attack, a lot of people will die.
First question that naturally comes to mind is “How is Brussels a French country?”. Sure, French is one of the official languages but Dutch is the most widely spoken. However, we’ll leave that detail on the side, because when you watch the original some much more serious issues come to light.
In the original, there were two major parts that were edited out of the version released for the Brussels attack. The first missing part is that 4 times in the original he specifically states that he is speaking about France, not just a French speaking country. Each of these moments is edited out. The second edit concerns when this will happen. He says “Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday in every week until February they should watch out”. Now the original prophecy was given on the 31st of January, so let’s assume he meant every week thoughout February – but when did it happen? On a Tuesday in March. He mentioned 5 out of the 7 possible days of the week, and still got it wrong.
This exploitation of a horrible crime makes us so angry, as we’re sure it does to you too. The last thing a “man of God” should be doing right now is claiming he predicted the attack, but the fact he has deliberately edited out parts so he can force irrelevant words to fit this event just makes him despicable. How can anyone with a conscience support this man? Please join us in doing everything in your power to expose him for the liar and deceiver he is. Use the links below to share this post as widely as you can.
Quick update to remind you that the court will hear SCOAN’s latest application to shut down the criminal proceedings against them tomorrow. We hope and pray that once these applications have been rejected the path will be clear for the full case to be heard and justice to be done. With the Lekki gardens controversy in very recent memory, people will be watching the outcome with interest.
When TB Joshua’s facebook page announced that he predicted the Paris attacks, some of the comments that followed were horrifying. These people don’t seem to even register that many have died, all it is to them is a win for their “man of God”. Charlie-Dizo Sadiz (and 279 people who “like” his comment) is “glad to witness it come to pass”
Akporowho claims that TB Joshua said he will live to see all the prophecy God sent him be fulfilled. Wait a minute, I thought the purpose of these prophecies was to avert them from happening! When considered in this light, his “prophecies” become curses.
Effanga Otu seems to be doing a happy dance while people lie bleeding in the streets of Paris.
Esther quotes Proverbs 29:18, seemingly oblivious to the fact that people actually did perish, despite this vision.
To be clear, there were plenty of expressions of sympathy mixed in with all this, but these comments say such a lot about the mentality of those who devote themselves to this false prophet.
Yes, right on cue, TB Joshua (the man who “cured Ebola“, released the Boko Haram girls, found MH370 and predicted the Sinai plane crash (but thinks Egypt borders with Ukraine)) releases a video bragging that he predicted the attack in Paris last Friday. The video claims that on “Sunday the 19th January 2013” (sorry SCOAN, the 19th of Jan was a Saturday, not a Sunday, but never mind) he said “there are some strange people, they have some strategic places inside France, they should pray against suicide bomber, or an attack of any kind”. This was just a couple of months after a large Islamic terror cell was discovered in France, and not long after the school shooting in Toulouse. It was well known back then that Islamic terrorism was a concern to the country. Since 2012, there have actually been 8 terror attacks in France, it hardly takes a “prophet” to predict “an attack of any kind” with no location (besides France), time or date.
At the beginning of the full original video, TB Joshua says something quite interesting. He says “The purpose of prophecy is to review the [intrics?] and strategies of satan, and stop it by coming together to pray”. Scripturally, prophecy has nothing at all to do with seeing into the satanic realm, it is a gift meant for encouragement, exhortation and comfort of the church (1 Corinthians 14:3-4 ). However, even if we judge his prophecies by his definition, they completely fail. Was this attack averted? By their own admittance, no! In fact we’ve seen before that he’s not in the least bit interested in averting these events, all he cares about getting a “prophecy fulfillment”. For example, back in 2014 he predicted a bomb blast in Abuja he said “this coming Thursday and Friday, people should be in an attitude of prayer for the nation that whatever was going to happen on Friday, God would avert it”. Nothing happened that Thursday or Friday, but a few weeks later a bomb did go off, so they edited out the link to “this Thursday and Friday” and released a prophecy fulfillment video. If we assume prophecy is what TB Joshua says it is, this prophecy could be heralded a success because nothing happened the day he said it was (prayer averted the disaster), but instead they have to release an (edited) video to claim it was fulfilled, but if it happened – the whole thing was a failure!
His supporters will say that if more people took him seriously, more people would pray against these attacks and they might not happen. You might have a point if his track record was any better, but think about his many failures.
If you use violence and death as a means to promote yourself – you’re no better than the terrorists (you just let them to do the dirty work). The only thing a Christian pastor should be doing in response is devoting themselves to prayer and peacemaking.