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THE CRISES OF BELIEF: THE UNIQUENESS OF THE SCOAN

By Ezekiel Fajenyo and Sunday Patrick

There is no doubt that the church which should be recognised as the body of Christ, is today suffering on a number of fronts, and for different reasons. While many churches spring up in every corner of the globe, and many pastors – called and uncalled – keep ‘spreading the Word’, it should be expected that the church should be strong, powerful, progressive, fruitful, spiritually fulfilling and humane in disposition.

The church should wear the neat garment of truth, on which misrepresentations should have no impact; it should be the canopy under which spiritual shield may be labourlessly enjoyed and appreciated. God, when He is mentioned, should be in truth; His Word should be quoted and referred to in truth; and His everlasting grace should be a ready-made companion.

The church should exist to give power to His Word; to ascertain the certainty and centrality of His everlasting existence, and give power to the doubtless faithful. It should be the umbrella of truth, giver of hope and source of prophetic veracity. It should be the source of deliverance and healing, where hidden realities of the seen and unseen worlds are discovered. It should be the cornerstone of belief.

But the truth is that the church, since the 20th century (as our contemporary reference) has not been permitted to faithfully observe its functions. Self-antagonism, mischief, rumour-mongering, back-stabbing, name-calling, hatred and blackmail are ‘tools’ which the devil is unceasingly using to distort truth and justice, as symbolically entrenched in the church. Today, there are numerous cases of misrepresentation, self-imposed distorted image, media onslaughts, sponsored attacks and reckless opinions being hatched and celebrated by people and institutions as if these are virtues preached to the human race by the Word!

The church, as understood by some, has no reason to be associated with prophecy and healing; it should be a place where gentle prayers are said, and supported with perhaps, tithing. But the church should be all-embracing, because the devices of the unknown and unseen powers, the forces of darkness, include marginalization, self-hatred, mischief, bitterness, hatred and blasphemy among the followers of Christ. These forces have also been there, but today, the velocity has increased to a deadly shocking level. This is because the more the churches in circulation, the more darkness seems to be covering the fields of performance.

Churches are divided among themselves; some congregants of one denomination never have anything to do with the others from other churches. Men and women of God even spread dangerous rumours and publish horrible propaganda in the name of being the best ever to emerge in Christendom.

The Synagogue Church Of All Nations

The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) has not altogether been seen by some Christians (or so they pledge) as worthy of enjoying God’s grace which it has pleased the LORD it is enjoying today. But it is clear that this church does not have a tradition of antagonising other churches, not even proven antagonists of its processes and essence in society. It does not think much of critics but of how people should accept the faith in truth and complete obedience to the Word. It has a clear agenda as ‘an arena of liberty’ – it is focused, programmatic and progressive in its choice of spiritual curricula; it insists on true deliverance and healing, and of giving to the needy (the poor, hopeless, sick, deprived, hungry, rejected and the alienated). It is focused on empowering the true faithful, with the Word as it should be obeyed and preached.

One of the ways The SCOAN has achieved its focus is the aspect of the recognition of true pastors (evangelists, ministry co-ordinators, prophets etc.). The truth is that people naturally take to preaching the Word or founding ministries just because they happen to attend theological schools. But while such schools have their place in the manifestation of Christian commitment, it has been repeatedly proved that they are sheerly insufficient in producing true men and women of God.

Educative and informative as they may look, there are often missing links in their agenda and curricula. In fact, many products of such schools have been known to fail in doing the expected work of preaching and winning souls. Some have turned out to be betrayers of the faithful and abusers of the Gospel. Some know close to nothing about the ethics and aesthetics of true Christianity, and are simply agents of the devil who insist on monetization of prayers, giving anointing oil, fasting and deliverances. Some even go for the flesh in ‘achieving’ spiritual upliftment: the love of money, fame and position has dwindled the spiritual quality of many minds.

But The SCOAN makes it clear – and there are clear evidences in video, DVD and VCD cassettes, to illustrate the truth of this. Many ‘pastors’ have been discovered to lack spiritual fire; they preach in the midst of total ignorance of the kind of empowerment, which should accompany such works. Such pastors even openly manifest evil machinations, as evil spirits speak through them, when they undergo deliverance. Yet, some of such had preached, sermonised, baptised, delivered and healed people; some also spoke in tongues.

The SCOAN makes it obvious that even the devil has a way of counterfeiting God’s own unique manifestations. The devil can also heal and deliver, but has a way of re-investing greater pains, frustration, helplessness, poverty and unfaithfulness in people. He gives them back a heavier burden while pretending to have saved them. Curious minds will never stop asking why ministers with churches and many years of practice should manifest in The SCOAN, if actually they had been delivered! Deliverance is one word which has been so misunderstood in Christendom – yet it is the backbone of belief and faith. The SCOAN makes sure that the devil and his characteristics are truly pushed off people; they are permanently cast in the pit of hell! Ground-shaking revelations occur when people are being delivered – hidden ‘strengths’ of the devil and his agents and their tools are exposed, which means only true, strong and undiluted faith is needed to be truly delivered. That one wears the colourful cassock or bears names like prophet, prophetess, evangelist, pastor, reverend etc. does not confer true deliverance.

Deliverance at The SCOAN

The evangelical work, claimed Prophet Joshua recently, is the most dangerous work but not many people know this.  Spirits and demons have their wicked ways of hitting back at people professing Christianity or calling them evangelists of the faith; they become afflicted with diseases, failures, poverty, hopelessness, nightmares, fears and forms of spiritual attacks. Though holding on to the Bible, they are not immune to strong winds of disgrace and tornadoes of frustration. A man may be a pastor by profession or in words, but not so in heart – according to Joshua. And this is where danger lurks. Insanity, ill-health and even death are located in such realisation. The spirits of lust, poverty, despair, helplessness, sinfulness, hatred and mischief, for example, become part of such fellows; they often love money and fame far more than the work of the Gospel.

Many of such ‘men and women of God’ have come to know the truth about themselves by receiving deliverance at The SCOAN, and, of course, there are other living churches where such takes place.

In The SCOAN, Christians and non-Christians have always received true deliverance, because the Word of God must be pure and thus, sure – in the words of Prophet Joshua. The Holy Spirit has often worked wonders; ancestral spirits, curses, marital failures, economic disempowerment, frustration, shame, impurity, joblessness and afflictions simply give way. Recently, a man who had consumed his and others’ faeces and urine (and his own sperm) for some 16 years was delivered. ‘Pastors’ from all over the world in the grip of satan were delivered. Drug addicts, militants, armed robbers, kidnappers, rapists and ritualists were delivered. And we speak here of permanent deliverance!

God is truth; His Word is true, pure and sure, thus deliverance is power to enlist the service of true faith. It is power to minister to God and to enjoy the benefits of God’s grace. It is the core of spiritual revival. It is freedom from sin, because “It is sin that makes us to be afraid of our heavenly abode” to quote Joshua. He said further that “God answers us if He strengthens us with His strength in our souls, though not with bodily strength”. He believes that “it is God’s Word that establishes; it is His Word that builds”. In other words, to master the truth of deliverance, God’s Word must be an integral part of us!

The roles of the Anointing Water and sticker (which are significant tools in The SCOAN) have been universally acknowledged, as well as their power, assuredness, dependability, reliability and promotion of faithfulness in all who believe. What was thought to be impossible in the world are daily happening at The SCOAN, but not without a price – some Christians find it difficult to agree with its genuineness as a “tool” through which God manifests Himself. Recently, though, Prophet Joshua told his congregants that “In searching for the truth, we must look within and beyond our palace” and that “As truth was older than terror, so it will survive it; it got the start and it will get the race. The day will declare who is in the right and who is in the wrong”.

Finally, he has insisted that God confirms the word of His servants by accomplishing it, by establishing it. God gives being (life) to His Word. You can speak His Word but God speaks life/ being. If He has not given being to His Word, the Word is dead but when He gives that life, the Word becomes life”. The SCOAN, to say the least, is one place in the world where God has indeed made the Word to become life!

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2012 in Analysis

 

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The power of mass prayers at The SCOAN

Prayers are broadly speaking, the soul of man’s true connection to God. They represent the focused dialogue between man and his God or, when rendered in a quiet manner, they are dedicated monologues in which man passionately seeks God’s love, touch, feeling and favour at any time he so wishes.

The idea of prayers has since become the only major way in which man discusses his interests, dreams and aspirations with his Maker, especially in moments of tribulations, trials, discomfort and helplessness. Moments of sorrow, disappointment, frustration, unease and confusion demand that man turns to the Creator for assistance, attention, support and help. Such expectation becomes intensified when solutions cannot be provided by other men, regardless of their positions in life. In any case, man can be a source of disappointment, betrayal and insensitivity and the required response may never come.

Prayers serve as solutions to human problems because the Creator is not unlistening, unconcerned and unmoved about our circumstances, individually and collectively. God is a symbol of love, understanding and wisdom; He attends to people’s needs but only according to His own wishes because He would not give what will eventually destroy the answer. In the words of the author (An Unknown Christian) of the book The Kneeling Christian, “prayer is the key which unlocks the door of God’s treasure-house…all real growth in the spiritual life – all victory over temptation, all confidence and peace in the presence of difficulties and dangers, all repose of spirit in times of great disappointment or loss, all habitual communion with God – depend upon the practice of secret prayer” and that “the greatest thing we can do for God or for man is to pray. For we can accomplish far more by our prayers than by our work. Prayer is omnipotent; it can do anything that God can do! When we pray, God works. All fruitfulness in service is the outcome of prayer – of the worker’s prayers, or of those who are holding up holy hands on his behalf”.

Prayers progressively signify total submission to God; they are the connecting threads between man and God and significantly symbolize purity of mind and spirit of confidence and courage in what God can do. At The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN), the mass prayer occupies a good place in the Sunday service. It often happens at the end of the service as a “purgative measure” since the congregants must have specific prayer points which draw them to God. When it happens, the service must be getting closed and people’s peculiar trials and tribulations must be addressed.

Most often, people are locked up in the dark bottles managed by evil forces and their experiences may be quite extensive – spiritual wives and husbands, joblessness, ancestral curses, overdue pregnancies, frustrated ambitions, bedwetting, nightmares, attacks on family members, etc. Evil forces have often manifested, so impiously, from different angles, reducing people to a mere shadow of themselves. Quite a high number of people had died from overdose of such problems, who were unfortunate to experience spiritual deliverance and breakthroughs. Wicked forces have often been released by the devil to destroy high dreams, pampered ambitions and noble pursuits.

The SCOAN’s mass prayers are often charged with much power. As specific prayer points are dished out by Prophet T.B. Joshua or the Wise Men, people energetically respond to the spiritual rhythms of action to move God into instant response. The prophet addresses the demon who is “using bad habits to connect you to himself” or those crude agents of darkness who have negatively influenced people’s occupations, careers, marital homes, health, businesses and destiny – such forces are ceaselessly attacked in such charged moments to give way to effective deliverance and freedom for the people.

The mass prayer is crafted to reduce to nought “every influence of satan” because “satan is powerless in the face of the sword”, to use Prophet Joshua’s words. The prayer is meant to achieve “salvation of our souls” and to disconnect people from gloomy forces of backwardness, stagnation and negative experiences. As people (those being disturbed by evil forces) drop on the floor in the heat of the earth-shaking prayers, they manifest the ‘spirits’ plaguing them and there have perpetually been such revealed problems as epilepsy, barrenness, immorality, drug addiction, drunkenness, body infections, lunacy, poverty, failure in business and life, curses, etc. Liberation is achieved by people as the Holy Spirit touches them in the ‘arena of liberty’; they are disconnected from inhibiting forces of retrogression and impotence.

One aspect of this situation is that people who fall on the ground start ‘revealing’ themselves as the spirits of destruction and death, speak the kind of upheavals and travails they have created in the lives of the victims. Through this, the congregants are spiritually purged of the spirits of crocodile, pythons, lust, lizard, marine powers and of ancestral idols. Also , some people are restlessly moving up and down the church, stating what evil powers have done in their lives. As the prayer goes on, they are released!

But not every person drops to the floor. Some still manifest while standing. The prophet and Wise Men move around the congregation, touching the people and delivering messages from on high. Most people have forgotten their past, their history and what events shaped their lives in the past. Mistakes were made in the past whose effects may just be revealed today. Even, performances of past ancestors which influence people’s lives today are exposed. People who experience a life of drugs, robbery, cultism, retrogression in work and marital homes, lunacy, joblessness, failure and destruction have been known to have ancestors who performed badly or wickedly in the past. Deliverance and healing are administered and people are freed from odious devourers, demonic powers and fruitless toiling. Breakthroughs are unquestionably obtained through favours, protection, success, abundance, prosperity and grace of the Most High. Sometimes, the enchanted congregants reveal stories of how they saw Prophet Joshua in the dream, working through for their liberation.

Equally important is that the mass prayer is often directed at “viewers from all over the world” (and this is achieved through Emmanuel TV). People are encouraged to touch their screens because “distance is not a barrier”. There had been thousands of testimonies of people who were delivered by obeying the ‘anointed’ voice by touching or pointing at the screen; they were liberated from drunkenness, suicide, drug addiction, cancer, impotence, ulcers, sickness, ritualism, infections (including HIV/AIDS), marital instability, poverty, nightmares, migraines, painful body parts, charcoal and sand eating, fear, etc.

The mass prayer in The SCOAN is an opportunity for mass deliverance and healing; it is a forum for remarkable experience of freedom from plagues of social inconsequence, sicknesses and moral recklessness. It supplies spiritual energy into people and encourages their spirit of confidence in what God can do for them. It provides foundation and a reason for their faith and strengthens their spiritual desires. Shortly after such a prayer, the congregants’ spirits become renewed and reinvigorated. Millions of people are always prepared to give testimonies on what the mass prayer has done for them, over the years.

Fajenyo and Patrick are authors and Fellows of the Social Engineering and Research Initiative (SERI)

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2012 in International

 

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TB Joshua – when birthday is a gift.

Prophet TB Joshua celebrated his 49th birthday on the 12th of June, 2012. Rather than absolute concentration on programmes of celebration and jollity which attend such events (especially considering the fact that The SCOAN has successfully operated as a tool of light for more than 20 years), the prophet had specifically asked the world to pray for him ‘as you have been doing’. He was responding to what God said; he was obeying a divine assignment – an assignment which has kept assisting humanity to grow and expand; an assignment which points to what should be the fulfillment of a perfect relationship between God and man.

As a special gift of God on earth in this troubled moment, Prophet T.B. Joshua certainly needs prayers because he has been engaged in the assignment of deliverance and healing for upward of over 20 years, which shows that he has been in direct conflict with the powers of darkness. These powers which have engulfed the world have kept destroying men and their lives; and poisoned their existence. Many have died, and many are in a state of permanent frustration and confusion who should be set free. Joshua has been an agent in this uphill task of freeing the citizens of God; people who have kept being menaced by forces of retrogression, entanglement and traps. Disease and affliction have been walking the streets of human societies in contemporary times until T.B. Joshua was inspired by God to become an agent of deliverance and righteous living. Joshua, today, is a celebrated world prophet. And as he told “The Economist” magazine (July 7th – 13th, 2012), “It doesn’t matter how many people come to services. It’s about how many people are being saved”. Gifted with exemplary humility, simplicity and touching goodness, Joshua is an example of the persecuted who has received God’s grace.

Prophet Joshua, during his birthday, had asked for prayers. The church should be committed to the salvation of the human spirit. Joshua did not fail to, therefore, ask the people: “Don’t stop praying for me! You can see the result of your prayer is obvious”. He had added: “Anywhere you are, pray for me. While praying, remember those who are in need of what you have – your love, your care, and your possession”. In other words, he was not only calling on people to pray, but to be good neighbours with others; to support the hopeless and poor, and those without means of livelihood. These commitments have been the trademark of Joshua’s own life – a life of assisting the poor, helping the needy, raising the young, and drawing people to Christ.

Another significant statement Prophet Joshua made during the birthday was that: “The gift I am praying for and expecting from God is to add more wise men and also give wise women in those areas of healing and deliverance, and endow them with prophetic gift not only within the church but prophesying to the nations and the world at large. This is because there is so much work but few labourers. God should add to His labourers, in Jesus’ name”.

Why did he insist on more wise men and wise women? The church is in need of help because satan is spreading evil around, among men, to jeopardize their existence. In the church, deliverance and healing and salvation are no longer discussed and prayed on; what is holding sway is the quest for materialism and wealth.

A lot of men and women of God have been desecrated in mind and belief. Important also is that sufficient souls have not been won for Christ. There are no sufficient labourers to win such souls, and those who do not hear the Word of Christ must hear the word of satan. True laborers are critically few. Though there are many people holding on to the fact that they are pastors, evangelists, prophets and apostles, most of these are yet to be truly delivered, in the true sense of the word. The exercise of owning a ministry or a church or doing evangelism from one part of society to the other is not a signal that deliverance has been experienced.

As shown by hundreds of examples from deliverances in The SCOAN, many pastors are yet to be left alone by satanic agents; their knowledge of the Word is yet to be an integral part of them. Hundreds still confess to being possessed or afflicted by evil forces, which traumatize their lives and ministerial work. It is often shocking to hear such men and women of God confessing, through the influence of evil forces, that they hate Jesus and Christians, and are representatives of ancestral forces, pythons, spiritual husband and wives, crocodiles, mammy water etc.

Such people cannot be described as labourers for Christ, unless delivered. In The SCOAN, are five Wise Men who carry equal fire to deliver, like Prophet Joshua. The Wise Men have done a lot of deliverances for hundreds of such pastors. To be in the pastoral profession does not confer anyone to be innately qualified as a practitioner; a pastor should be ‘a doer of the Word, and grow day by day to gain supremacy over one,’ to quote Joshua. He referred to the Bible, which must be given life in the learner, because Christ and the Word are one. Knowing the Bible is not knowing Christ. There is no disparity, no half-knowledge. Joshua said, ‘God’s power working through His Word and His Spirit brings about a new birth.’ Such should be about bringing forth fruits.

Prophet Joshua insisted in his recent sermons that ‘you cannot build one up spiritually on philosophies or theories about the Word or on the history of the Word. We are made spiritual by living in the Word and the Word living in us.’

These facts point to the relevance of the kind of powers which the labourers in the vineyard should have, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. A heart which is blessed with an integral knowledge of the Word should belong to a true labourer. Millions of people all over the world are in need of freedom from bondages, diseases and afflictions, and the labourers have to be competent in all manifestations. To train a labourer is not easy; it takes time and preparation. ‘What is the process of belief, the ingredients?’ asked recently by Prophet T.B. Joshua. The process is attained through faith which is ‘not imitation.’

The true labourers know that it takes a lot of time, knowledge and commitment to achieve perfection in the job, especially since, ‘God is Spirit; anything of God must also be spiritual.’ Prophet Joshua said that ‘studying the Word’ should not be sufficient for a labourer. He ‘should be able to act upon it and the spirit is renewed.’

The church needs labourers who must act, do and live the Word. This is the only way to attain universal deliverance and healing. ‘What a danger if there is no corresponding action,’ said Prophet Joshua recently.

Fajenyo and Patrick are foremost journalists and Fellows of Social Engineering Research Initiative.

 

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Emmanuel TV and Nigeria’s international image

The Nigerian international image has been bastardized over the years by a number of factors. The unattractive, frighteningly threatening image has been a result of the questionable attitude of some Nigerians who specialize in certificate racketeering, internet fraud, robbery, drug business, credit card manipulations and prostitution.
Though some of these people left Nigeria to foreign countries to pursue “greener pastures” as professionals, scholars, and menial workers hoping to be gainfully employed to better their individual lot, the situation often changed when they got there. In desperation and without respect for the legal system operating in these countries, some Nigerians embraced the shameful culture of devilish acrobatics, dangerously cutting corners and polluting their environments with pestilential social commitments.

Nigerians in foreign countries are hardly ever respected, with some of them facing racial antagonisms and hatred in places. Some are perpetually marginalized in work places, while some are confined to menial jobs despite their experience and qualification.

Some are molested and humiliated in garages, railway stations, airports and in places of their work. The security officials in some places do not allow Nigerians to experience peace. But this has to be understood from the perspective of the fact that some Nigerians (of course, some other blacks from Africa) make life difficult for themselves. Drug business, credit card abuses and prostitution are three major problem areas. Most Nigerians often disrespect the laid down rules. They create measures to distort the existing system and even endanger the commitments of the positive-minded ones. Foreigners do not believe Nigerians with ease in any form of transaction. The recent misunderstanding between Nigeria and South Africa, in which some Nigerians had to be deported on very flimsy grounds (Nigeria also retaliated), was an ample illustration of this reality. Many Nigerians are in prison (and terribly molested and maltreated) in places like Italy, China, USA, Asian countries and the United Kingdom, even when some did not commit the offences slapped on them. Reports daily published or aired in some media establishments on the situation with Nigerians in foreign countries are terribly shocking. The harshness and inhuman treatments meted out to young Nigerians passing through the Trans-Sahara routes to enter the likes of Libya or Spain or Morocco are too disturbingly frightening to be believed.

The Federal Government of Nigeria had some programmes meant to refurbish Nigeria’s image at different times. Every past government had flouted different programmes aimed at restructuring the country’s image, spending billions of naira and recruiting image-launderers – all of which did not yield much fruit. In fact, some Nigerians happened to be involved in making a mockery of such efforts, while praying for opportunities to go and withstand any ‘molestation’ outside (in order to attract hard currency) instead of remaining in poverty and darkness which have ruined millions of people.

Today, many Nigerians are ‘champions’ as jail birds in different parts of the world. Many had been sent out of their chosen countries by the indigenous legal system; some had been killed. Many are rubbished at the airports, regardless of their positions in society. Prof. Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate, had suffered such in South Africa (even when he had gone to deliver a lecture in honour of Dr Nelson Mandela, that country’s former President), as well as General Yakubu Gowon (Nigeria’s former Head of State). Tens of government officials had suffered in the hands of foreign security agents. The situation has not changed drastically.

This is where Emmanuel TV, the media organ of The SCOAN comes in. Founded six years ago, this extensively-received television outfit is managed by well-tested, committed, hardworking and result-oriented staff, all of whom are loyal to The SCOAN and TB Joshua.

One feature of this television outlet is its ability to reach all corners of the globe with scintillating messages of prophetic hope and truth, images of Nigerians and foreigners (from the USA, Africa, Asia, Europe) who receive deliverance, healing and spiritual transformation in their millions. Though The SCOAN came into operation some 23 years ago, the station (which is six years this year) has perpetually beamed spiritual light far and near and the beneficiaries have not been limited to those who personally visit the headquarters of the ministry. Such beneficiaries include people who wisely place their hands on its screen to receive their answers from God (as distance is not a barrier!) on issues of family curses, diseases, nightmares, sicknesses, confusion, marital difficulties, spiritual wives and husbands, ancestral manipulations and madness. Without ever stepping into the church, thousands of people all over the universe do receive God’s mercy and favour, spirits are destroyed, homes are unified and peace and tranquility experienced. Businesses which failed are restored and evil plans on people exposed.

The station has also created a platform of integration among people who believe in the “strength and power” in The SCOAN. In countries as Namibia, USA, Ghana, Pakistan and South Africa, Emmanuel TV Partners have kept emerging and attending faithfully to the unfortunate ones in the prisons and also the orphans, widows, widowers, physically-challenged, the hungry, diseased, sick and hopeless. The partners have been deeply committed and progressive in orientation and are ever cheerful on the number of people’s lives that they touch. Clothes, food, bedding, money and accommodation are often provided in a gesture of love since God insists that we are our neighbours’ keepers. The partners have been active, sensitive and happy doing what God has chosen them to do and they are reaching out to the less privileged and the hopeless, starved, sick and terrified. Of course, the philanthropic gestures of Prophet T.B. Joshua are being widely imitated by the beautiful-minded partners all over the world and they keep attracting applause from the leaders and the led, young and old, men and women across the globe. Their actions have enriched humanity with virtues of goodness, Godliness, helpfulness, love, kindness, sincerity, hopefulness, humility and sensitivity to people’s plights.

Emmanuel TV is being empowered as a reliable channel of information (it is on the internet at http://www.emmanuel.tv) on life generally – its hardship, disturbances and the role of satan in human affairs, the role of evil spirits and what is needed to get emancipated from the manacles put in place by the terrible spirits (from water, trees, family background, environments, etc). The channel has helped to universalize such realities as “the miraculous healings, deliverances and accurate messages of prophecy every service day but also for the works of charity towards the less privileged, physically challenged, widows and widowers, orphans, little people and the citizens of the earthquake-ravaged nation of Haiti and others” (as indicated in the volumes of the book, What The Future Holds). The channel actually makes the ministry an international one and what happens in the main branches (Greece, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa) are beamed to the world. There is the air of active centralization of information and education concerning the church, which is projected through the channel.

The station is effectively packaged by qualitative, serious-minded and focused staff, making use of up-to-date gadgets and well-arranged and well-programmed computer facilities to make The SCOAN’s activities reach the four walls of the universe. Significantly, these well-motivated staff are well-groomed to produce VCD and DVD cassettes which are sold to the public, aside serving as reliable library for past sermons and deliverance and prophetic activities. Interestingly too, most staff are also from different parts of the world and are effectively involved in the day-to-day management of the ministry.

Emmanuel TV has served as a channel through which important messages are urgently sent to the world. These include Prophet Joshua’s prophecies (some of which are earth-shaking!). The world has benefitted from political, economic, social and spiritual revelations which have kept benefitting presidents, prime ministers, business gurus, artistes, diplomats, etc. The Wise Men, who are also active spiritual leaders in the church, are often shown on this channel, preaching and delivering people.

The idea of writing on Emmanuel TV is to project the kind of image it has assisted Nigeria to sell to the rest of the world. The channel has benefitted all religious groups (Christians, Muslims and other believers). It has convinced people that Nigeria is not all about odious negativity and seedy stagnation but a place which is capable of producing world-acclaimed citizens like Prophet T.B. Joshua. Joshua is an international preacher, Bible expositor, philanthropist, spiritual leader, inspirer and mentor to Nigerians and international citizens. Highly respected for his profound humility and sense of humanity, he has shown the world that Nigeria is a peaceful place (The SCOAN is a centre of peace and tranquillity) to which diverse people can meet and unify as members of the human race. Those people (foreigners) who are often afraid of Nigerians, think and act differently whenever they come to The SCOAN – a home of Godliness, belief and nobility of character. The channel has attracted diverse people from USA, Europe, Asia and parts of Africa. Prophet Joshua and the Wise Men have also successfully performed revivals in other parts of the world and are shown on this moving channel. Music is being dished out to people through the Emmanuel Singers on the channel.

It is wrong to see the channel alone as a basically Christian-promoting one but as a moral-inducing, social-training and good economics-inspiring platform, whose clear messages have enriched humanity. It has changed the feeling of non-Nigerians who used to see the country as a dark den of vicious robbers and hiding place for violent criminals, drug addicts and prostitutes. Nigeria is a great country – only if the citizens could attempt to do what Joshua and his team are doing – opening doors for noble minds and seasoned and intelligent workers, believers and preachers. It is a country indeed, where the sick, hopeless and helpless can regain freedom and tenor of their humanity.

Fajenyo and Patrick are foremost journalists and Fellows of Social Engineering Research Initiative.

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Are spiritual advisers necessary?

It has been repeatedly established that prophets are people with special gifts of vision; people who are endowed by God to know the unusual, to discover the hidden, and to redirect men’s actions in consonance with the demands of the Holy Spirit. The gift of prophecy is a special one from God, and only very few are actually blessed by God with such powers. This is not to say there are many others claiming to be prophets but whose sources of power are questionable (and thousands of such are found in many countries of the world). These are people with counterfeit powers (photocopied powers) who try to do and achieve what true men of God are doing.

Prophets are known for the truth of their prophecies – the believability, timeliness, punctuality and permanence of same. Though satanic agents often try to out-do true men of God in making prophetic proclamations, these true men of God often win the day as seen with prophets Micaiah and Elijah, in their days, even when the leaders and the led did not necessarily believe in them.

Every age needs a true prophet. Every period in human history has its peculiar character. Today, the world over, are different trials which people and nations face – political, economic, and cultural and traditional. These challenges make life impossible; poverty and want rule people’s lives; ruler-ship is topsy-turvy; the land is poor and unproductive; the leaders are much used to greed, graft and corruption. Because of these factors, horror, earthquakes, moral disequilibrium, accidents and sheer deaths are forced on people, and dangerously empowered by occultism. There is much uncertainty, hopelessness and helplessness. Life is so tragic in orientation. Kidnapping, rape, drug-addiction, murder and ritualism have destroyed the foundation of many homes. People live in fear; their gifts are buried in the sand of meaningless commitments. People also lack the fear of God because satanism has swollen the ranks of unbelievers.

To avoid many evils which plague the world, it is important for people to listen to the tested prophets, which is why they should know the difference, which exists among the prophets. According to Prophet Joshua, there are two types of prophets. The first are the “General Prophets”. These have the ability to communicate the saving will of God. They teach because they have general knowledge of the Bible. They are aware of things both announced and known; they are general practitioners who have mastery of understanding of the bible chapters from Genesis to Revelation.

The second group of prophets are those who “receive direct and specific message from God and about man”. These people have the ability to predict and foretell the future, and can tell what the situation is, now. Prophet Joshua says that such spies on God’s plans, and reveals same to the world to know of some hidden truths which could serve their purpose.

Both groups are not necessarily antagonistic to one another, for they both belong to God. However, people do not understand the prophetic ministry; they little know the role of prophets in society. Equally, people are better used to pastors, some of whom are only obviously self-called. People are used to pastors who pray for them and recommend moments of fasting, even when such pastors themselves are very much in need of deliverance. Quite a lot of people had suffered in the hands of less-trained and less-gifted ‘men of God’.

The mistake most people make is to the effect that when they need the doctor, they go to the farmer, and vice versa. When they need the accountant, they move toward the farmer, and in the process, their problems remain unchallenged. Specialization, which is highly treasured by the Holy Spirit, is often neglected by people. They see every pastor as real, sensitive and prayerful, even when satan has won the souls of such people for himself.

Prophet T.B. Joshua had, for instance, prophesied in February 2012 to the effect that there was going to be an airplane crash in Nigeria, and that the people should pray with him to avert the looming danger.  Characteristically, nobody gave him an ear. In early June, 2012, there was a Dana plane crash on a Sunday at the Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos State, killing some 160 people. While some people had kept writing through social media to the effect that it was because the voice of a true prophet was disregarded, others felt otherwise. But what is particularly true is that such was not the first time Prophet Joshua had made similar prophecies which occurred, yet the unbelieving have remained unyielding that he is a true man of God. His prophecies within 2012 alone had come to pass, as well as hundreds of other prophecies made in the years past, yet some people keep expressing fears that Joshua, the Man in the Synagogue, is ever in company of satan!

Obviously, one of the challenges of modern times is disbelief in prophets and prophetic statements. We remember that in the church, that Sunday when the Dana air plane was to occur, Joshua was quite uncomfortable in service; he was busy checking his watch as if to leave the place at about 12.00 pm. He later told the congregation that he tried as a “prophet to see that the situation was rescued” through prayers, but he was rather lonely! The same was true of the previous prophecies he made; people never ever bothered with the implications and relevance of joint prayers. Some people later turned to be his adversaries, calling him a prophet of doom for not warding off the bad repercussions! But he had prophesied on governments, functionaries in government, lives of artistes and other professionals, etc. He has never hidden the truths revealed to him by God, yet he is disbelieved; he is even called reckless names.

Now, why should there be spiritual advisers to governments, corporations, private establishments? The answer should be obvious to strong believers: God should be involved in every major decision taken! This means, the God factor cannot be pushed aside in all business transactions, governmental programmes and community projects. Spiritual advisers are prayer warriors and visionaries to whom God reveals His secrets and plans. What is hidden from the ordinary eye cannot be hidden from true men of God. True prophets will tell people God’s mind on every issue. Owners of airplanes, for instance, will need prophets to let them know of dangers in the air, and how to ward off same. There are available calamities, even when God does not say Christians are free from trials. Prophets are endowed with visionary powers to know the unknown; they are allowed to spy into God’s plans and schemes. Many has wondered that if Nigeria knew that T.B Joshua is a prophet, why they should not agree with him.

A spiritual adviser is the mouthpiece of God. A prophet answers someone with the words of the Holy Ghost; the Holy Ghost is true. No wonder, Prophet Joshua says that every time, we should talk scriptures in any situation (whether good or bad). A spiritual adviser is needed to guide people’s moves and strategies in performance; provide spiritual illumination and enlightenment when most needed, and ensure that common human mistakes are avoided in life. He prays and ensures stability, confidence, security, and progress of those concerned. For example, the fact that most national leaders neglect spiritual advisers is responsible for their wishy-washy policies, programmes and commitments. Unnecessary conflicts are avoided and credible appointments go to the rightful people. Leadership in most communities of the world would have been enriched spiritually only if spiritual advisers have been reckoned with. Interestingly, T.B. Joshua is known to have a lot of leaders, business gurus, politicians, professionals, etc from all over the world who see him as a spiritual adviser, and for whom he prays and delivers God’s messages. The prophet has easy facility in the Word (which is an integral part of him) and he talks Scripture in every situation. Moreover, his voice is one of confidence; he said, “If you know where you belong, you will talk like a victor”. The miracles performed by God through him are engineered to help people’s faith and make them stronger than they are. It takes the voice of an authentic prophet to correct mistakes in families, jobs, relationships and religious life. For instance, many people were called witches and wizards in the past, only for them to reclaim their true identities in The SCOAN, though they confessed what they were not. The prophet encourages people to move closer to God instead of accusing people by their confessions. Thousands had also been delivered from the grip of evil forces which made them mad; eat anthill soil and chalk and paper; misbehave to others and commit suicide. Spiritual advisers are certainly needed at domestic, national and international scenes.

Fajenyo and Patrick are foremost journalists and Fellows of Social Engineering Research Initiative.

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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The “unusual eaters” and The SCOAN

People who are not used to the system of spiritual deliverance in The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN) will always want to criticize it for the simple reason that what people do not understand, they call names; what they understand, they destroy!

The deliverance and healing methods in The SCOAN may look quite unfamiliar to the unwary, but that does not make the system a statement in crudity; it is not one in which people in the grip of satanic influences would be asked to put their hands in the pocket and be forced to buy items some of which names are even suspected; items worth several thousands of naira (or other currencies) even when the afflicted, the helpless, and the poor cannot afford to feed or house themselves.

In The SCOAN, sources of afflictions are revealed and attacked with potent prayers. Such sources are exposed to the afflicted, who in most cases do not really realize where such afflictions came from. More often than not, people struggle to cure headaches with drugs which should be applied in curing stomach troubles and pains, and for many years, the afflictions remain and gain momentum, making life practically impossible for the afflicted.

Diseases and afflictions are met, at The SCOAN, with the desired prayer; in the name of Christ they are nullified, cured, removed. And thousands of such exist in women and men, young and old, tearing people’s lives asunder and poisoning their humanity with devastating consequences. However, there are afflictions which are not popular in the world of medical science, but which have reared their heads in the spiritual realms, and leaving many people confused and perplexed on their sources and destructive characteristics. Diseases and afflictions which are uncommon have the tendency to keep destroying masses of people until such a time in which solutions are found. The world knows that despite efforts to curb cancer and HIV/AIDS, for instance, these diseases keep spreading their evil impacts, and brutally destroying more and more lives. But do you realize that even these (cancer and HIV/AIDS) could be spiritually afflicted on people?

Today, there are “unknown” diseases and afflictions which can only be explained spiritually. Let us pick on a few instances. Some people do consume, as regular meals, soil particles, chalk, papers, ice cubes, soaps, raw rice, foams, kerosene, clothes, raw maize, and pen’s ink, (the latter may be drunk like water)! Sand, for instance, could be obtained from people’s environment and from the anthill – both of which have been known to satisfy the taste of some people.

For those in the category of consumers of the listed articles, regular meals are often discarded; these articles must be found, wherever located, to be consumed with passion. Secondly, as discovered from the various testimonies given by those delivered at The SCOAN over the years, such afflictions may have remained with them for many years, ranging from one to 25 years! A soap consumer said she had done so for some 19 years; and ice cubes consumers spoke of 9 and 12 years! Raw rice eaters had spoken of some 12 to 20 years! Moreover, these people are from diverse parts of the world – Africa, America, Europe and Asia.

A very shocking example, recently, was the man who had, for 16 years, consumed with relish his own sperm, faeces, and urine – and those of others! An evil spirit had spoken to him, while in jail, that those ‘articles’ would empower him beyond the human level, and he would be the most powerful man around. He visited public toilets in Germany and Nigeria, for that number of years, to search for human faeces and urine which he allegedly enjoyed like ‘apu’ and ‘eba’ (local Nigerian delicacies)!

To those who are distant from The SCOAN, it is hard to believe that these are human beings who should have common human tastes and interests, but who had been tormented by satan and his agents. In the same way, many people are in hospitals now, who should be free; are in prisons for manslaughter, armed robbery, fraud, etc; are experiencing marital, social and occupational failures (which should not be so).

People who eat ‘unusual’ articles did not do so out of their passion for the unusual; they did not engage in destroying their system just for the fun of it, but had been forced, against their own will, to behave abnormally. Enemies use various wicked arrows against people, turning lives into nightmares. Principalities and powers had menaced some people with afflictions and curses which can only be cured spiritually. These agents do not often give up easily, when the effort is made to expel them from people; they resist and struggle to live on, tormenting the helpless folks.

It shocked the congregants in The SCOAN to witness examples which had been previously named. They could not easily understand why a human being could eat his own faeces, sperm and urine for 16 years (and had to struggle to forget the affliction, following his deliverance, as he openly said he felt ashamed to be so maltreated by an evil agent!), or why people should eat chalks, raw rice and paper! Such people also came with different diseases associated with their consumption pattern. For instance, the restless consumers of ice cubes confessed that pneumonia, and other diseases afflicted them. For those consumers of raw rice and chalk, problems of digestion and accumulated destructive bacteria and viruses had grown in them. The same was true of sand and soap eaters. Women among them suffered from fibroid. Unexplainable sicknesses had troubled the lives of some of these people for many years.

Some of such people had seen agents of evil in their dreams who commanded them to wake up and start eating those abominable delicacies! Some did not understand how they came to admire the ‘meals’ from hell! In most cases, curses pushed them into these acts, reducing them to idiotic and robotic actors and actresses.

But in the same way, there had been those who did not consume, physically, these articles. The satanic agents rather chose to drop such in their bodies, and thus resulted in cancer, fibroid, rare infections, lunacy, and spirits of destructive vampires, lust, crocodiles, snakes, lions, tigers, etc. Demons have been known to be responsible for acute poverty, sickness, hopelessness, helplessness, darkness, backwardness, stagnation, marital insecurity, mental vacuity, lack of promotion, impotence, childlessness, hatred, envy, jealousy, psychological terrorism, disunity among family members, and purposeless living. Failures have been major weapons used by the devil to instigate other people against a decent living and morally sane lifestyles.

In all of these, the truth stands out that it is only in The SCOAN that instant solutions have often been found to these troubled lives. God has kept using a giant spiritual leader, in the person of Prophet T.B. Joshua, to set people free from the unusual plagues which had threatened their good lives; and today, they have been restored to normalcy. Infections and diverse afflictions have been known to cripple people’s dreams and ambitions; have been known to fling terrible experiences into people’s plans. It is only in The SCOAN, and some truly living churches, such deliverances and healings take place, to set thousands free. Miracles happen with clear-cut possible consequences, yet the unbelieving stick to the idea that evil spirits operate in these churches as agents of light! This is rather unfortunate in a soiled world of much spiritual messiness, fear and troubled living. When would the living church become respected for what they are truly worth?

Fajenyo and Patrick are foremost journalists and Fellows of Social Engineering Research Initiative.

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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TB Joshua: The Lessons Of C.S. Upthegrove’s Proclamations

Ezekiel Fajenyo & Sunday Patrick

A few days ago at The SCOAN, headquarters,Lagos, a world-acknowledged man of God from theUSA, Evangelist C.S. Upthegrove came to reveal God’s message to the congregation who were delighted to see him for the very first time inAfrica. Author, preacher, Bible expositor and well-travelled evangelist, Upthegrove, now 83, had come armed with God’s message to the world – a message of assurance, faith, devotion, sincerity of worship and trust in His power.

Evangelist C.S. Upthegrove With TB Joshua

Upthegrove stepped out before the expectant SCOAN congregation in grace, looking radiant and fulfilled. He burst into his biography which revealed a background of total dedication to the service of God for upward of some 65 years, teaching the Word of God and pointing people towards Jesus Christ.

A counterpart of the great names in the contemporary biblical world such as AA Allen, Oral Roberts and William Branham, Upthegrove displayed vibrancy and celestial energy which some had thought his age would not allow. His statements flew around like robust birds freshly bathed and he was full of power, enthusiasm and interest as he revealed his unique vision. He narrated what he was told by A.A. Allen in the 1960’s of a prophet who was to come and whose impact would be felt all over the world, far more than those of contemporary relevance.

"Miracle Man" - AA Allen

Upthegrove told the congregation that AA Allen had actually described The SCOAN to him, so graphically, prophesying that God would sustain his life to see the fulfilment of his message and enabling him to meet the person concerned. He had always prayed to the Lord to give him grace to visit the prophesied church and it’s General Overseer. Allen’s vision had come in a period in which technologies such as the internet, through which many have discovered Joshua’s ministry, had not even been conceived.

Allen was believable because he was thorough, self-disciplined, committed, passionate about God and saw visions which were shockingly true. He was used by God to heal and deliver people as seen in his church at Miracle Valley, Arizona, USA and the multiple worldwide crusades he conducted. His relevance was acknowledged as a committed teacher, devoted preacher and faith-inspirer. His visions were not ruled by gender, colourations or racial separatism; he knew that God belongs to the entire human race, wherever found.

One of the numerous books authored by God's general, Upthegrove

Upthegrove, a father of four children and married for 61 years to his wife, spoke gently and understandably, how he had further encountered several miraculous happening in The SCOAN, which he called “a holy ground” especially through his viewing of Emmanuel TV.

Having been encouraged by the power of God he witnessed on Emmanuel TV, a type matching that which Allen had told him about, this USA based evangelist became further convinced of the enormous potentials of the church and the moving prophetic gifts of Prophet T.B. Joshua. He was moved by the true prophecies which had transformed the lives of millions of people the world over; prophecies which had given people freedom, hope, faith and refreshing confidence in God.

God’s General, C.S. Upthegrove, who had successfully pastored AA Allen’s church as a minister, was also encouraged by the ministration of the wise men in the church. He recounted how seeing such power demonstrated reminded him of all he had witnessed through ministers of God such as Oral Roberts, AA Allen, William Branham and RW Shambach who he had the privilege to work with and know personally.

God had told the church – through Upthegrove – that T.B. Joshua is one of His prophets, one through whom God would use to give people from all over the world their deliverance, blessings, healings and salvation. He said God uses anything to touch the lives of people – sticks, stones, shadows and even dead men’s bones. That T.B. Joshua has been using water to do likewise is in consonance with God’s ability to be present in every matter of nature. The Anointing Water has been successfully used over the years to tear thekingdomofsatanapart, set people free from bondages and fasten people’s expectations on God.

After all, Elisha’s body gave life to the dead. Paul used his apron to do a lot of wonders in human communities. Moses used his stick to perform miracles. David used a stone to end the tyrannical arrogance of Goliath. Sticks ended the lives of some 600 Philistines. He has used all these ‘weapons’ to prove His power – power which cannot be explained by people.

Another unique aspect of his message has to do with his God given revelation that Joshua is one of the twelve end-time prophets in the world. This is a rare confirmation. Apostles, the world over, are in several millions, but God knows exactly the gifts He gives to each individual, if actually they are called! The end-time prophets are bound to face opposition, sometimes vicious, dangerous, poison-edged and evil-laced challenges and criticisms, the kind which T.B. Joshua has been exposed to over the years.

The critics, forgetting that the Creator needs no approval from the created to call His servants, have never stopped asking for T.B. Joshua’s tenure of mentorship, church membership and pastoral training and confirmation. To them, the mentorship of God is insufficient. It is as if they demand that God should come physically to anoint Joshua, even when the fruits from his ministry demonstrate HE is clearly the centre of his ministerial commitments. Critics question the use of water and stickers; they query the stretching of hands and even the use of the word ‘Emmanuel’. They are not satisfied that the true work of God is being done in the midst of people from all corners of the globe – America, Asia, Europe and Africa.

Upthegrove told the congregation to thank God, with him, for using T.B. Joshua in “delivering millions of people,” especially when ‘now faith’ is acknowledged. Miracles at The SCOAN are thorough, provable, and should therefore, not be condemned, desecrated and abused. The elderly man thanked God for allowing him to walk on holy ground, and to give to Joshua an edition of A.A. Allen’s Magazine (Miracle Magazine published in 1964), and personal stamp which was extensively used by Allen between 1965 and 1968.

The lesson’s of Upthegrove’s disclosures at The SCOAN are quite poignant. It is our firm conviction that Joshua is a true, anointed man of God, a disciple of God who has been so empowered to minister to the diverse needs of the human race. He is a symbol of God’s deep interest in the positive transformation of human souls in these last days. Upthegrove’s statements will assist to further galvanise people’s faith in God and improve the quality of their belief that with Him, nothing is impossible!

 

Links:

http://web.mac.com/ccig1/csupthegrove/Welcome.html (CS Upthegrove’s official website)

http://miraclevalley.org/index2.html

http://www.scoan.org/ (The SCOAN’s official website)

 
 

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