(Culled from the Book “THE T.B. JOSHUA I KNOW”)
In the first introduction of the Church, the Scripture made us to understand that The Lord Jesus Christ did not took stripes on His back, wore a Crown of Thorns on His head, got His side pierced and died on the Cross for what many professed Church goers are seeking for today; rather The Son of God died on the Cross to liberate man from the power of Sin.
ACTS 2:37-39 “When they heard this, they were stung in the heart and said to Peter and to the rest of the Apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all who are far away, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
This simply means, Man’s problem is not about the expensive clothes he has or does not have in his closet, not the kind of car he drives or the house he lives in, man’s problem is Sin, and he need a Saviour and that Saviour is Jesus Christ. When there is no reaffirmation of the transaction Jesus Christ did on Calvary in our Churches, people will be shortchanged of the Truth and pimps will take over the platform. There are different pimps in our Churches today: Pimps of miracles, prophecies, prosperity, turning the house of God into house of merchandise; as they trades in water, oil, apron, etceteras. We don’t need anymore Pimps or snake oil salesmen leading the Church, it is purely Spiritual adulatory, we need genuine ministers who will stand behind the Pulpit and preach the undiluted Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Synagogue of T.B. Joshua in Ikotun-Egbe, Lagos, Nigeria is another hellish place where every genuine Christian must avoid altogether. The Synagogue is a house of Pimps, headed by T.B. Joshua.
|I WAS PRESENT AT THIS SCENE, AS ONE OF THE VISITORS’ COORDINATOR,
I WITNESSED WHEN THE MEDICAL TEAM RESUSCITATED MOSES MAROLE.
Another amazing deception I witnessed at the Synagogue was a 76-year-old Moses Marole, who came from Mmabatho, he travelled to Lagos from South Africa in the company of other 120 guests led by a regular group leader Mrs. Santa du Plessis, from Roodeport. Mrs. Santa du Plessis had become part of T.B. Joshua’s clique when money started flowing into her purse through this arrangement, she is a mother of one of T.B. Joshua’s in-house ‘disciples’ called Angelique Goosen. On April 21, Sunday afternoon, while the group took some time off from the long hour of Sunday service to have lunch, Moses Marole suddenly collapsed on the food table. Many people rallied around to help him: amongst them was a neurosurgeon, Dr. Johan Wilkinson from Bloemfontein; he performed a CPR on Moses to no avail. In no long time, message had reached T.B. Joshua in the service where he was still attending to people on the so-called ‘prayer line’. T.B. Joshua sent Benson, one of the junior prophet to ‘pray’ but without success as usual.
The elderly man was taken aside, and the Synagogue medical team who are always on standby during services engaged the fainted old man, and were able to bring him back to life with their medical skill.
Synagogue in-house Medical Team helping
The medical team discovered that the complications of heat (hot weather in Nigeria), triggered Marole’s health conditions, which were: diabetes, high blood pressure and stress of an old age. The medical team brought him back to life, not the junior prophet. When T.B. Joshua heard that the man had been resuscitated, he said we must keep the visitors in the dark on the new development; and keep telling them that the elderly man could not be resuscitated; even ‘disciples’ were lying to their fellow ‘disciples’ on the matter. Separate room was quickly made available to keep Moses away from the rest of his group members, and one of the medical team, a Nurse, Mrs. Igeodu who always work hand in hand with the ‘disciples’ of T.B. Joshua was called in but none of the ‘disciples’ knew T.B. Joshua’s intention until after the day’s service. After everyone had eaten and rested, at about 11pm, T.B. Joshua summoned selected members of the Studio: two cameramen, two video editors, and two visitors’ coordinators; those that are very loyal, with Mrs. Igeodu, the Nurse into his office. The short meeting was about the fainted man; and since every member of the foreign visitors still holds the belief that the man was already dead, this time was ripe opportunity for him (T.B. Joshua) to do what he had dreamt of doing a very long time, to raise the dead like Jesus Christ did, but the pattern he planned to use was that of Elisha in 2KINGS 4:33-34.
Mrs. Igeodu administered sedative injection on the already fragile man in bad condition of health to keep him still on the bed, wool was inserted into his windpipes, and he was laid straight as a dead man on the bed. Everyone knew exactly what he or she must do after the short meeting with T.B. Joshua. Other ‘disciples’ who were not involved in the brief might be seeing your movement, but they cannot decode or understand what was going on except the smart ones who had been involved in a similar errand before. The Cameramen had set up their gadgets in the room where the aged man was laid, and T.B. Joshua was led into the room by a ‘disciple’ who pretended as if she was just passing the information to him. It was a drama.
NARRATION: –T.B. Joshua touched the man on the bed to see if he had slept off, of course, there can never be any response, thanks to Mrs. Igeodu’s sedative injection. So, T.B. Joshua raised his hand up in the air in front of cameras as if ‘praying’, there were lots of mistakes which was taken care of by Seun Abiola, one of the editors in the Studio. T.B. Joshua practices on the camera cassette were wiped off through reuse of the cassette by Sister Deola. Then T.B. Joshua laid flat on the man for some seconds and stood up; that was his own part.
Joshua the Pimp in his act of deception
Then, we have to be on standby until the man wakes up from the effect of the sedation. With the Voice of T.B. Joshua inserted, the real voice used was Brother Nkechi who shouted the man’s name severally before the man suddenly jacked out from his deep sleep, as he opened his eyes and mouth to answer the caller; that was the reaction the Editor needed to finalize the deceptive packaging, Shina and I were called upon to-do voice over to perfect all gaps of unnecessary noise on the tape.
This video cassette was sold all over the world, and it went viral on YouTube to deceive the naive. The following morning, T.B. Joshua instructed us to play the edited video to the foreign visitors in their dining room. We assembled the entire guests in the dining room, they were looking gloomy as we told them the cock and bull story of the previous day event. It was basically about one of them who had gone to be with the ‘Lord’, they all answered affirmative. They were still in mourning mood; their breakfast was left untouched. We informed them how we prepared the man for the morgue, but message came from T.B. Joshua that the man’s death was to the ‘glory of T.B. Joshua’s fake god’ (always using biblical quotation to deceive people); that they should not bother to take his body to the morgue. The guests were a little confused and perplexed, asking why we should keep human remains
inside the hostel? The packaged video of lies, and deceit explained the rest as we played it for them. When they saw what happened with tight editing, they rejoiced and demanded to see the resurrected man, many of them started calling South Africa to testify lies. We told them that Moses would still need some rest. The sedative injection administered on him was still in his system, he could not yet coordinate himself. It took another day before we allowed Moses Marole to receive visitors from among his group members, and before then, he had been thoroughly brainwashed on the Synagogue version of what happened to him. If you watch the video, Moses had no testimony at all, he was just rambling, a pure patched interview. Some of the visitors knew that Moses case was not as bad as we presented it in the video, but they went back home pondering over the event in their mind. GOD IS WATCHING!
If T.B. Joshua truly has power to heal or raise the dead, what about many other visitors who died under his roof without been able to raise them to life? The incident of the first story I recounted in this Chapter took place at the adjacent room to where T.B. Joshua slept that fateful day in his bedroom; until I woke T.B. Joshua up from his sleep that morning, he was sleeping next room to a dead man. General Tumenta Martin died under Synagogue roof, a Botswana magistrate, Lorraine Makati-Lesang died inside the Synagogue on their so-called ‘prayer line’, if truly Moses Marole died and was raised to life by T.B. Joshua; what about Benson, his junior pastor who worked for him for more than 20 years and died in T.B. Joshua’s presence without been raised to life? Samson, who was a cousin to him died under his roof; and there were other unreported cases of death amongst the general workers inside the Synagogue. I witnessed on many occasions while T.B. Joshua was doing his so-called jingoism type of ‘prayer’ on the sick, and they died right before him. Tamara, a ‘disciple’ from Austria died in two days after she left the Synagogue, Lagos to Austria. T.B. Joshua could not heal or raise any of these people we mentioned from the dead. Ask yourself… what is the authenticity of the Synagogue blatant editing videos that went viral, what is the authenticity of anything you see on Emmanuel TV? Are they real? Forget about what you watch on television; T.B. Joshua manufactures and arranges miracles. Why is T.B. Joshua having pleasure deceiving people? It is for only one reason, to take your focus away from God’s presence, from holding and waiting upon the Lord ISAIAH 40:29-31. Now, the easy one, T.B. Joshua did not travel when the Synagogue collapsed upon him, what a good opportunity presented before him, and his junior prophets or wise men, to get busy by displaying their prowess of healing those that were wounded and raising the dead to life (sic). Even, two of his choir girls were badly wounded, and were hospitalized, one of them was on crutches for many months, while the other was flown out of the country for treatment; but T.B. Joshua would always present on Emmanuel TV to be healing cripple, healing those with cancer, healing the blind, and paralyzed, why does he allow his precious singer to be using walking aid? On top of it, he lied and dodged been prosecuted by the government. IT IS TIME TO WAKE UP people of God! Emmanuel TV propagates falsehood on daily basis. BE WARNED, BEWARE!
(Culled from the Book “THE T.B. JOSHUA I KNOW”)
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How can you tell whether you’re a genuine believer or a false professor? One of the best books describing the true nature of conversion is The Christian’s Great Interest by William Guthrie. The great Puritan theologian John Owen highly commended it and wrote, “The author [of The Christian’s Great Interest] I take to have been one of the greatest divines that ever wrote; it is my Vade-mecum [that is, “handbook”], and I carry it and the Sedan New Testament, still about with me. I have written several folios, but there is more divinity in it than in them all.”Consider what William Guthrie says in chapter 5 of his book about the differences between the true Christian and the hypocrite. Here are some ways in which the hypocrite may be like the Christian.
1. A hypocrite may be influenced by the gospel in every part of himself. He may come to great knowledge of God’s truth (Heb 6:4). His emotions about Christ may be high (Matt 13:20). He may even experience drastic changes in the outward man, like the Pharisee who prayed, “God, I thank You that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, etc.” (Lk 18:11–12).
2. A hypocrite may look to others like he’s a true believer. He might talk of the law and the gospel (Ps 50:16), openly confess his sin to his own shame (1 Sam 26:21), and humble himself in sackcloth (1 Kgs 21:27). He may even carefully consider what duties he needs to perform and seek after them (Is 58:2), persevere even in hard times, give his possessions away to God and the saints, or even give his body away to be burned (1 Cor 13:3).
3. A hypocrite may advance far in God’s ordinary graces. He may come under great convictions of sin, just as Judas did (Matt 27:3–5). He may tremble at the word of God, just as Felix did (Acts 24:25), rejoice in receiving the truth (Matt 13:20), and have many experiences of tasting the good graces of God (Heb 6:4).
4. A hypocrite may have some characteristics very similar to the saving graces of the Holy Spirit. He may have a kind of faith, like Simon Magus who “believed also” (Acts 8:13) but then proved to be a false believer. He may have a kind of legal and outward repentance that looks very much like true repentance (Mal 3:14). He may have a great and powerful fear of God, like Balaam did (Num 22:18). He may experience a kind of hope (Job 8:13). The hypocrite may even have some love, as Herod had of John (Mk 6:26).
5. A hypocrite can even have great and powerful experiences of God. He may have “tasted of the heavenly gift” and become “partakers of the Holy Spirit” and experienced the “powers of the age to come” and yet not be genuinely converted.So, what are the marks of a true believer? How is genuine conversion to be distinguished from false conversion? Guthrie provides five marks of a true believer that are not possessed by the hypocrite.
1. A true believer’s heart is changed forever. In Jeremiah 32:39 the Lord says, “I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me forever.” Hypocrites never have a changed nature. Hypocrites want Christ for the good that He might do them in the world. But a true believer’s heart loves Christ as the all-satisfying treasure of this life and the next.
2. A true believer’s changed life comes from a heart of love to Christ. Hypocrites can clean up their outward behavior to be seen by men, to ease their troubled consciences, or to keep themselves from the consequences of their sins. But true believers love Christ and keep His commandments for His sake, to serve Him, to know Him, and to bring glory to His name (Ps 119:6).
3. A true believer seeks Christ and His kingdom above all else. This is the one thing necessary: Christ’s friendship and fellowship. But that is never the “one thing” and heart-satisfying choice of the hypocrites. True believers, on the other hand, desire that this “better part would never be taken from them” (Lk 10:42).
4. A true believer submits to the righteousness of God. He abandons all hope in himself and his own righteousness, and rests wholly in the righteousness of Christ for his acceptance before God. A true believer rests in Christ and Him only as his Savior. Hypocrites don’t do this (Rom 10:3). They depend, in some degree, upon their own righteousness.
5. A true believer has the three great essentials of genuine Christianity. First, he is broken in heart and emptied of his own righteousness so as to loath himself (Lk 19:10). Second, he takes up Christ Jesus as the only treasure and jewel that can enrich and satisfy (Matt 13:44). Third, he sincerely closes with Christ’s whole yoke without exception, judging all His “will just and good, holy and spiritual” (Rom 7:12). A hypocrite does none of these things.
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Wolf in sheep clothin
MY LATEST ENCOUNTER – SHAME UNTO FALSE PROPHETS
Brethren! How are you fearing? The Good Lord will uphold us till the very end. I know many will rush to say Amen. Why have we become people of Amen, Amen Christians? is that a prayer? Of course Not at all, I am only mimicking the faithful Lord, who promised never to leave us, nor forsake us, even till the very end… Hallelujah!!! And I am persuaded that His Infallible Word must surely come to pass; He will never ever fail. He said, “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” Matthew 28:20 NKJV
Let me share this with you:-
It happened a month ago, on one cool evening of the day which I decided to take a walk around the Estate where I resident. As I was going from one street to another, enjoying the scenery of different building architectural preferences of my neighbors and the beauty of God’s creation around me; I was at the same time speaking in tongues to stay connected in the spirit so that my eyes and thoughts will not put me in sinful trouble. Suddenly I overheard a man walking ahead of me speaking to someone on his phone, instructing the other end user to allow any of his guests who come for prayers to wait for his return. Though I was not eavesdropping, but his voice was loud enough for me to hear him loud and clear, and since I enjoys fellowship with other children of God so much, I was excited to connect with him, believing it would be another opportunity to talk about Master Jesus Christ, and His Kingdom to come with a brother of the same household of God. The psalmist says, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, Running down on the beard, The beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the Lord commanded the blessing— Life forevermore.” Psalms 133:1-3 NKJV
It also occur to me to enlighten him not to make people dependently perpetually on him for prayers; but to teach them how they too can talk directly to their Father in Heaven, this is one of the reasons why Jesus Christ came. Yes, to teach us how to cast our net into the waters to fish, rather than been a weakling who always wait at the doorsteps to beg for fish each time we are hungry. Jesus said to her, “…but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’ ” John 20:17 NKJV. God is our Father (koi·no·ni·aˌ koinəˈnēə/ which is fellowship or communion, with God or, more commonly, with fellow Christians.), no one is a custodian of the Power of God. On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit splits Himself into all, not only to some selected few. As many as are willing and obedient. I hoped In my heart that this man will not be offended if I discuss this with him, because many loves their gifts of the spirit above God’s commandment, but at the end, it is the fruits of the Spirit that will take us to heaven, not gifts. Jesus said, He would say to many who had performed mighty miracles that “I never knew you,” because they used their gifts to cover sin.
The man was well ahead of me, so I quickly doubled up my steps to catch up with him and I asked, “are you a pastor?” He looked back and said, “I am prophet Bassey.” Hummnn… I usually have some strange reservations towards anyone who tags himself/herself as “prophet/prophetess” because of obvious reasons. My past experiences in the synagogue, “church” of all nations, Ikotun-Egbe, Lagos, Nigeria; where lies, deception, falsehood, hypnotism, occultism, brainwashing are use to beguiles the vulnerable, naive and gullible on a very large scale on daily basis cannot erode out of my memory in a light years to come, and this had made me to develop a zero tolerance for falsehood. Be that as it may, there are genuine prophets and prophetesses of God no doubt, to deny that is to deny the authenticity of the Word of God. The Book of Joel says, “And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. “Joel 2:28-29 NKJV
Also in the Book of Revelation, it says, “and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” Revelation 1:5-6 NKJV
Closed Bible is a closed destiny
As Priests of the Most High God, we are meant to be prophesying, but many people don’t understand that the Infallible Word of God is the Book of prophecy, so that as you are reading, meditating and speaking the Word into your life and the lives of others, you are simply prophesying. I am blessed beyond curses, no weapon formed against me prosper, I am a Child of destiny, Abraham blessings are mine, I shall not die, but live to declare the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living, …. So many Word of prophecies. Unfortunately I was born in a part of the world maybe it is the same elsewhere I don’t know but let me talk about my environment where I know as I know my name. This is a place where “word of prophecies” are peddles for money, fame and honor. People have itching ears to hear that there is someone in their families, or offices that are behind their woes. Man is inquisitive by nature, and he wants to know what tomorrow holds for him; people wants to know the unknown, or even the unknowable. This is probably why most people are so fascinated by those who claim to know the future or who claim to possess the gift of prophecy. Nevertheless, if we realized that Jesus is in our future, we shall have peace and rest in Him. The Word of God says, “I know the plans I have for you” (JEREMIAH 29:11). The Word of The Lord says, “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee” ISAIAH 43:2. The Word of God says, “though your beginning may be small but your later end shall be glorious” JOB 8:7. The Word of God says, “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” 1CORINTHIANS 2:9. The Word of God has said many things to us about God, His Love and plans for our lives, we may not know them if we do not read it. When we have these infallible comforting Words in our subconscious, we shall no longer fancy, or give our attention to anyone who parades himself with the name prophet, because we have already known our future through the Word of God. To prophesy is not necessarily means to see something extra-ordinaire, but to speak the Infallible Word of God upon yourself, and belief what you have said to come to pass. Only God knows why He created us JEREMIAH 1:5, the more we trust in Him with our destiny, the more He will lead us into it. There is definitely no point or purpose enquiring about what tomorrow holds or who is your enemies within your family members from seers or prophets. The scripture has affirmed that satan is man’s sole enemy not any human being EPHESIANS 6:12.
Like in the synagogue, most of the people that are pushed out to confirm Joshua’s prophetic messages for them before the cameras are always in a confused state of mind. Why is this so? This is one of the synagogue Abracadabra’s modus operandi, the more you hear, the less you understand. Their complaints are always: they do not particularly hear, or understand most of the things Joshua had said over the microphone about them; but because Joshua is working hand in hand with his agents (his disciples), who had earlier met with the people outside the gate, and informed Joshua about the issues of life which they had earlier discussed with them. Joshua in turn will use the information he received from the informants to form basis of his prophecies in the open service, that is why these ‘disciples’ will compel their victims to come out by force and confirm anything. Some ‘disciples’ do fall into trouble with Joshua when things go wrong while patching this show. If it is a high profile broadcast, voice-over will patch the missing link, and there are so many occasions where Joshua do private voice over recordings in his office to voice the included missing part of the message which he did not remember to say in the open service prophecy for Emmanuel TV packaging.
Now, I hope you understand where I am coming from? So, when this man said he was a prophet, I treaded softly, but I still engaged him in Biblical chat. He said he was heading to a fellowship centre which he do organize with other children of God around the block. I told him that I live around, and was just taking evening walk, if the fellowship centre is not far, I am free to join them. He was happy as we chat on the biblical doctrines as we move along. When we got to his fellowship centre, we entered through a gate into the compound and we met 3men and 2 ladies. They greeted him, and he quickly introduced me as an Evangelist, he told them that through his interactions with me, he believe I am gifted with the Word. They said I should sit down, I realized it was only one chair there, so I declined to be their chairlady while they stand. I quickly disengaged myself, promising to visit another time. So, they ask me to minister to them for 5minutes before leaving, and I opted to pray. My prayer was my life burden which goes thus, “Father, in the mighty Name of Jesus Christ, as a church, we pray that everyone under the bondage of falsehood, false doctrine, false teachers, false churches, we ask you in the Name of Your Son, Jesus Christ to set them free; let the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ shine in their heart in Jesus’ Name we pray. They echoed Amen and I left. I remember Prophet Bassey promised to call me on the phone the next Wednesday for fellowship and I said OK. The next Wednesday was my appointment with my doctor, and as I was rushing home, something was telling me “don’t you see that some things were not right in that place? So, in the taxi I started diagnosing what could be wrong, hummnn… I agree that the environment may not be right and fortunately and unfortunately, Prophet Bassey did not call, so I removed them from my system for good.
You will know The Truth, and The Truth shall set you free
Yesterday morning around 9:30, I received a call from Prophet Bassey, he said God told him that there is something I had been praying for a loooong time ago, that He, God is ready to do it for me before tomorrow. Inside me I thought if God want to speak to me, Bassey is the least that He would contact (I have my reasons); and also who amongst the living that does not have unfulfilled desires. Maybe you desire to go on holiday in Kuala Lumpur, maybe you desire to spoil yourself a little at the newly open Shoprite in town, or to further your education, buy a house, marriage, or you wish one thing or the other for yourself and no money for these indulgences; they are still pending, we are all in this together even the so call prophet; this is a general problem. See my brethren, I am saying all these because these are the ways which false prophets usually use to capture their victims. Anyway, Prophet Bassey said, God told him that I should call him (Prophet Bassey) by 12midday to pray for me so that that loooong awaited miracle will take place within 17hours, and I must prepare 5,000 naira in a white envelope which I should write “that thing” at the back of the envelope. I knew he was a liar, but he was going somewhere and I decided to go with him and uncover his shame. Anything that is not in the Bible is a lie friends. It interest me to see the end of the matter. I ask him ‘what would I do with the money after prayer.’ He said “dont worry, I will tell you after.” I laughed and decided not to call him. By 11:30, he sent me an SMS which says, “Are you getting prepared and ready for the 12noon prayer. Follow the entire instructions and you will have a testimony.”
I laughed but I did not bother to waste my money to call him, but rather, he called me by 12:08, challenging me if I was not conscious of time, and I replied that some other things took my attention. He dropped the line, believing I will call him back, I did not. He called again and started praying, I was replying Amen, amen as I was busy on my laptop. After the prayer, I quickly said goodbye, he said “Wait, Do you remember that fellowship centre, go there and ask for Mama Bose and give her the envelope, I will instruct them to use it for God’s work. I replied, ah, I travelled to my village, I will give the envelope to a poor person around here. He said, ” Noooo, I will text you a FirstBank account to deposit the money. I said there is no Bank in my village, giving to the poor is equally God’s work. Prophet Bassey said “stop arguing, stop arguing,” because I have zero tolerance for false prophet I started chasetising him, I said, prophet Baaaassseey, if you put something in your mouth, that is not my portion, stop deception. He quickly dropped the phone on me. I sent him a text before he might block me from his contact, which says, “Stop deception before heaven descend on you. God spoke to me about you 2weeks ago. I am so sorry for you and ur clique.”
Why are we saying all these? Jesus Christ warned us that “Watch and Pray” the time is evil. Naive, gullible, and vulnerable people are falling into the hands of these lots every second. Some of these evil people targets to have sex with female, married or unmarried; and some of these sex may be to initiates you into dark world. Some will take your hard earn money from you. Through this, many lives, home, marriage, career had destroyed. John 10:10 says, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 NKJV
In the New Testament, Salvation is free, Deliverance is free, God’s blessings is free, Healing is free, Redemption is free. The King left His Ivory Tower to the mundane to be ridiculed, humbled and humiliated to pay the debt that sets us free. If anyone ask you to give anything in exchange for whatever you desire in life, he/she is not speaking for God. Anyone who ask you to go and bathe in the flowing river is an agent of devil. Anyone who ask for a sacrifice in exchange for your need is an hell representative; Jesus Christ paid in full. Stop enriching hirelings to impoverish your soul. Stop crucifying the Son of God the second time again, stop selling your glory to the agents of satan. Stop being led into the camp of the enemy against God. Stop eating crumbs on the tables of demons. The Bible says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV
Prophet Ekeng Bassey and his likes, I have word for you… I am not your candidate anymore. My life is not tied to physical blessings, No matter what come, Old things are passed away, all things are new for me by the Mercy of He, who lives and abides forever. “For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoicing in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh,” Philippians 3:3 NKJV
And to you lazy Christians, who don’t read your Bible, keeping malice with God and don’t like fasting, why would you say God is silent when your Bible is closed? The scripture says, Beware, Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary Ekeng Bassey, Fatai Temitope Balogun alias T.B. Joshua and their likes are on rampage in the world, seeking whom they may devour. Resist them, be steadfast in the faith,” I Peter 5:8-9 NKJV
YAHWEH! YAHWEH!! YAHWEH!!!
“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy, Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, And He delivered them out of their distresses. Oh, that Bisola would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to her! Psalms107:2,6-6, 8 NKJV
I join the living creatures, the awesome foursome, foursome awesome that surrounds the Seat of Majesty in Heaven to give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the Throne, who lives forever and ever, and alongside with the twenty-four elders to fall down on my face before Him who sits on the Throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, Revelation 4:9-10 NKJV.
I celebrates the goodness of His Most Excellency, The Royal Majesty, The Glorious Redeemer, Everlasting Father, All-Powerful, He that overthrown the enemy into the sea of forgetfulness, The Lifter of my head, Agbanilagbatan, Oloore- Ofe, Obangiji, Osa N’oghidua, Osa’lobua, Osẹikhuẹmhẹn Ekhuẹmhẹn, Odogwu Akataka (Fearless warrior), Ejide obi esike (My confidence), Echeta Echezo nkpa (He that takes away pain/worry), Di nwanyi isi mpe (Husband of the widow), Ikuku amanoya(Unquenchable God) Obata obie (He that ends every trouble)
Akwakwuru (Unpushable God), Dike na’gha (Mighty Warrior), Chi ne cherem (The God that thinks for me), Eze ndi Eze (King of kings)
Oke mmiri n’ebu ogwe (Great water that carry fearful storms), Oku n’ere ere (Consuming fire), Ike nkwu aba mba (The authority upon which i make my declarations), Oje na mmuo (He that works in the spirit), Ebube mbekumbe ( Glorious forever), Oloru ihe, loro ihe , loro ihe, loro enyi ( Bigger than the biggest), Nkume mgbe ebighi ebi (Firm foundation)
Today, 8th, February in history marks another unforgettable day that Mercy roared from His Throne to liberate me out of the pangs of death, spiritual and physical incarceration, mental and psychological terror, sexual slavery of Fatai Temitope Balogun alias T.B. Joshua of the synagogue ‘church’ of all nations, Ikotun -Egbe, Lagos, Nigeria.
TIME TO GO
When God saw it was time for me to leave synagogue; some cameras malfunctioned in a conference organized by Joshua for the farmers in faraway South Africa. When he returned to Nigeria, he summoned a meeting and accused the ‘disciples’ that followed him to the conference including the foreign ‘disciples’ that they caused the fault of the machines. Therefore, we must go to the ‘prayer’ mountain to ask for forgiveness for offending ‘holy spirit’. I was not with them in South Africa; but I was included, my sin was that I did not travel with them. He said if I had gone, such experience would not have occurred. While we were at Agodo, I saw in a quick flash the picture of my mother, very aged and frail; and for the first time in many years I felt concern for her. I summoned courage to ask Joshua for permission to go and see my mother in case something terrible had happened to her. The moment I mentioned my mother to him, it was as if a thunderbolt hit Joshua, he was not expecting it, he became highly upset and asked everybody to clear out of his office including me.
My mind was made up, I waited for Joshua until 12midnight to be able to inform him that come sun, come rain, I would go and see my mother in the morning. He said I could not go, period. Among other things he said was, if I went, something terrible would happen on the way, he also said he would lay a curse on his daughter not me, but I insisted. He asked me why I bent on going on a Sunday when every ‘disciple’ supposed to be busy working, I answered him that it has been a long time I have been home as he know; possibly she might have moved out of where I knew. Nevertheless, I know my mother’s church where she has been attending before she married to my Dad (she has been a Christian but my Dad was a Muslim and I grew up with my Dad). We discussed until 3am in the morning. Joshua started cajoling me that he was about to send me to South Africa to handle somethings for him; but within me, I was not interested in traveling, but to get out of the synagogue. Lastly, Joshua played another card, he asked me to go and prepared to follow him to the marine mountain at that ungodly hour (3am), but I refused. If it were before I would gladly have obliged.
In the morning, while others were dressing up for service, and synagogue members were coming into the service, I ran out. As things worked out, I met Joshua by the stairs coming back from his water mountain at about 6am, though I greeted him, but I do not even bother to know if he answered or not.
On my way out, the security men caught me but I fought them with all my strength within me and flagged down a motorbike which drove me away from synagogue’s frontier. When I got into town, I was just perambulating from one place to another until one Mr. Ojooloye called me on the phone and directed me to the motor park. Eventually I got to my mum’s church, an usher helped me to call her out, and just the way I saw her in my vision in a flash, she had aged so much and became frail. A lots had happened to her, she started crying but I encouraged her to be strong. Then, she started praising God for seeing me again, I went with her to her new place as I expected. We talked at length, I apologized for been used not to see her for many years, and informed her that I was planning to leave synagogue. She asked me, ‘why?’ I told her that only God knows but I was no longer comfortable there, I sensed something was not right. I could not bring myself to tell her all my experiences at the time because I was not ready to hear “but we told you so.”
My mother gave me her pastor’s telephone number to ask for counseling, and I left for Lagos, back to the synagogue. When I got there, the security man (Phillip) would not permit me to enter, he said I needed a written permit from Joshua because I did not present one when I left in the morning. I became pissed off, I told him to allow me to go in, and pack my stuff and leave finally. While we were on that argument, someone informed me that Joshua was at the marine mountain and he asked me to come with her. At the marine mountain, Joshua inquire why I disobeyed his orders not to visit my mother, I had no excuse for him, so he asked me what happened at my mother’s place, I knew he wanted to teleguide me, so I gave him a different story that my mother does not wish to see me again because of the past scenarios. Then, he asked Olamide big to escort me back to the main synagogue and instruct other leaders who he had previously instigated against me to sheath their sword.
‘Disciples’ are not allowed to own a personal phone, but I had secretly bought one for myself at the time I worked in ‘The Exclusive’ Newspaper. I called my mother’s pastor the following morning and he prayed with me, after prayers, he asked me where I was, I told him not to worry that I only needed guidance in a step I wanted to take about leaving where I was. What he said thereafter got me panicked. He said, “oh, I am very sorry for asking, but as we prayed, my eyes opened and I saw that you are in a kind of bondage where there were chains on your neck, both hands, waist and your two legs; I saw that you are tied up like a criminal.”
In shock, I opened up to him that I was in the Synagogue, ‘church’ of all nations. The pastor asked gently, ‘what are you doing there? I told him that it was not a story I could relate to him at the time. “Ah! The way I saw it, you cannot leave o,” he replied. I was confused, with a little irritation, I asked him, “I cannot leave? Why? Was I born here? Nobody owns me but God, and right now I am leaving, no one can stop me, not even those chains you said you saw.”
The pastor shouted, “Please don’t try it, if you try it, your enemy can run mad or die because you are already under surveillance radar. If God open your eyes, you will see that there are some horrible looking beings that are manning the gate of where you are; it is not only you, they have the list of the names of those people living there with them.” Ha! as if it was a bad dream to me, I thought within me, is it this bad? I definitely knew some strange things are happening here, but not to this magnitude? I looked around I could not see any strange looking beings, no surveillance radar except security monitors which I know off. In a jiffy, my experience of 7 years backward flashed in my mind, when I left synagogue with strong head, and I ended up roaming the street of Lagos for 3days not knowing where I was heading to (another story). Therefore, I calmed down, almost crying and in a childlike voice, which I could not believe was mine I said, “Sir, am I going to die here? Can God help me? I want to go to heaven.”
The pastor assured me that God is ready to help anyone who call on Him because He owns everywhere and everyone, but I must give my life to Christ genuinely, and walk with God. How, I asked him? He said, “we shall be praying together often for God’s direction, and anytime you finished service in the synagogue, it is paramount that you call me for prayers.” I thanked him and we bade each other goodbye.
We prayed together on the phone for 3 months, he did not at any time compelled or cajole me to become his member, or to send offerings to his Bank account. During the time we were praying, the pastor informed me several things related to the way we lived in the synagogue, it was as if he was living there with us. One time, he asked me if we do eat together as group because he saw something been given to the people living there to eat in form of food but not food, I said yes; he advised me to stop partaken. Therefore, each time we have eating together, which has become rampant at the time; I would collect my portion and flushed it or dashed it out to some longer-throat people. In addition, I became an audience instead of been member of the acting group, I hated every second I stayed back there.
On the last lap, I asked the pastor which portion of the Bible I should be reading on my own, he told me something profound which I can never forget in a light year. He said, “don’t worry yet, because where you are Heaven is not open.” I thought over those words repeatedly. I stopped going to see or greet Joshua except he calls for me. I became deadened towards anything about synagogue and Joshua. I could not stand him as my eyes of understanding opened to the Truth. The pastor gave me a 3-day fast exercise. It will shock anyone to hear that, the very day I started the fast was the day Joshua sent Kemi and another boy in the kitchen with Bose to Shoprite. He gave them enough money to buy foodstuff ingredient as we used to like it, to cook delicious meal only for his favorite girls. Instead of eating with them, I collected mine and flushed it.
On the last day of the fast, Joshua called few girls into his office and ask us to eat with him, while I was standing at the back not knowing what to do, I faked a vomit, he quickly do his so called ‘prayer’ for me, and asked someone to lead me to my bedroom. I was never known to be a sicklier throughout my stayed at the synagogue, I was only sick, and stayed in bed one time in year 2000, but this time, I always pretend to be sick in other to stay away from all of them. When finally, I finished my fast on January 31, 2008, the pastor said I was free to leave synagogue on my own terms. He said he saw a mighty angel descended from Heaven with a long heavy chain in his hand, which he used to tie all those demonic beings standing guard at the synagogue’s gate, who are dangerous for anyone to pass through them.
The big question on my mind then was how would it happen; I knew I was free in my spirit, and in my mind; but how would I approach Joshua? One day, I signed a permit from him to go out to Oshodi with someone to buy new clothes, but before the person woke up, I intentionally took off, and I went to one Prince Awofisayo’s office to finalize my discussions with him over my leaving synagogue, but unfortunately or fortunately, a known face (Baba Ikare) saw me there and reported to Joshua. It was like when Doeg, reported spotting David with Ahimelech to king Saul 1SAMUEL 21.
When I got back, Joshua’s office was expectedly locked up, I knew by then he would have been discussing with his top level ‘disciples’ what I had done and he would also be consulting his magical powers to know what had gone wrong. I did not bother to go back to him; I only went to the general cafeteria to take cup of coffee and return to my room.
The following day was a Sunday; I refused to participate in their running around and deceptive service. I stayed in my bed until the time I needed to go to the general cafeteria to eat. As I descended from the stairs, I saw Joshua and his drama team at the cancer section, when he sighted me, he was transfixed on me as if he saw a ghost for some seconds and I looked directly into his eyes without blinking or shaking. I went back to bed after meal. Then he sent Kemi to me in the room to come out to emergency line to be ‘prayed’ for, since I have been complaining to be sick. After a lot of persuasion from Kemi, I went with her and return to the room. They brought me food, which I flushed through the toilet.
The following day was a Monday, a day which departmental heads and other ‘disciples’ in different department usually go to his office early, to greet him and to sign papers for weekly assignment. When I got there I was practically blocked from entering into his office by Olamide small; I knew she was acting on instruction. This was the same Olamide which Joshua used to snitch on me and stole my handset from my bed when I went to shower, and they deleted all the contacts on the phone. Anyway, that morning, l needed to create some distractions, which will enable me to be seen and be heard by Joshua, that I need to leave synagogue. It is part of synagogue culture if Joshua knew your intention to leave, he can avoid you through his human shield. When David Tonge discovered how Joshua has been having sex with his wife, Angie; they both came from England to confront him in Lagos, but Joshua avoided his two junior prophets for more than two weeks, and did not allow them to leave synagogue premises through his human machineries. Anyway, that day, I thought to myself, I have paid my dues in this place; I have been around for too long to be treated like a non-entity. I tried to enter again, Olamide blocked me and I descended a hot slap on her, Joshua heard the commotion from his office and came out to ask what happened. Before Olamide could open her mouth, I started reporting her that she was constituting nuisance in the office. Immediately, Joshua walked her out to be punished.
The office door became widely opened to all, and all the people that were waiting outside went into Joshua’s presence. When it was my turn to speak to him, I told him “I need a permit to go to Cotonou” (certain boldness entered into me, which I feared myself); he looked up, Cotonou again? ‘To do what,’ He asked. I said, ‘to see my older sister’ then he asked every other person to leave his office immediately, except me and he closed the door behind them. When it remains him and me, Joshua stood up from his chair, and gave me a big false serpentine smile. He stretched his hand to hug me, I knew that stunt as I knew my name; and I moved backward. He paused, stared at me intently for few seconds, and asked me to go and invite my mother. He gave me 10,000 naira and asked if it was enough for me, I answered affirmative and left.
I did not return to the synagogue until the following day. When I entered his office, he asked why I did not return the previous day, I just gave him a lame excuse that my mother was not at home, and I needed to wait for her. He said I should go and give her food, but while I was downstairs doing that, he suddenly had a change of mind and asked me to bring my mother upstairs to his office.
At this time, I have started weighing his word before acting; I had realized tbJoshua cannot be trusted. I loiter a while outside his office, so I noticed some unusual movement of KK and ‘Deola. KK is the head of Camera Crew, we both work together since I was the head of the Studio and ‘Deola had rose to become the head of another part of the Studio called ‘recordings and previewing department’ as the Studio expands. Seeing this two people in the office tell me volume as an insider. Whenever visitors come to the synagogue, Joshua uses these two people to record the visitors secretly, and on this very day there was no visitor around. What is Joshua up to this time? I zeroed it on my mum. I became very upset. I went downstairs to tell my mother not to leave where she was sitting, no matter who called her. I called her son to come and watch over her while I went upstairs to the room (girl’s dormitory) to park my stuff. While I was parking, tbjoshua sent different people to call me into his office and each time they came, I told them I was not coming. After a while, I heard some rowdiness in the room, people were been chased out; I did not even bother to check what was happening, I only concentrated on what I was doing. Tbjoshua himself came into our room and met me by the bed. He asked why I refused to answer him, I told him I was busy parking my stuff as he could see (this was serious), so he raised his hand to hit me, but rather, he hit the pillar by my head and his hand started bleeding. He withdrew from me and went out quietly. When I finished parking my bags I slept off because I have been crying, I was drained physically. The following morning, I went to see my mum so that we could go.
What would have happened the previous night if we had played into Joshua’s hand; already Kk and Deola had gone upstairs inside tbjoshua’s kitchen where they usually setup hiding cameras and tape recorder. The show would have begun this way: My mum comes into tbjoshua presence; Joshua will do what he does to transfer evil spirit into my mum. If her spirit accepts it, she would have confessed to witchcraft, and explained how she wanted to destroy me and wanted me to leave ‘God’s’ presence (synagogue). At the end, I would have a change of mind of leaving synagogue, thinking it was my mum manipulation to make me leave synagogue. I would have a rethink of not to leave, but my punishment of all I had made Joshua to pass through will be postponed to another day. Thank God, it was not as the enemy planned.
In the morning of 8th February 2008, I believe with the current events, it was already dawned on each party that we were done with each other. While I took my mum to the general canteen to have her breakfast, Chikwodi, one of the ‘disciples’ who work inside Joshua’s chalet rushed to us that Joshua would like to see us. We met him on the gallery, He was telling my mum how he had taken me to different countries because he loved me, he did not mention how much I worked hard for him because I thought he was a servant of God. He did not mention how much I sacrificed for his lies (synagogue); and the fantasy Island he built in the lives of many through our efforts. He did not tell her how he held me captive spiritually against my will, under spell for many years, which I would have done myself good outside the gate of the synagogue. Anyway, I requested for my International Passport, it took them almost eternity to bring the passport out; possibly, they were doing some enchantment on it, or they were copying my details down to send to some embassies as a criminal. While he was rambling, my Mum was silent; when it seemed he would not stop, my mother cuts in, she said, “Sir, I have talked to her to stay back since she had used almost her youth here but she insisted on leaving and I reason with her. Now, can you pray for her as she is going out to a new terrain for success, it will be to your glory?” Joshua pretended as if he did not hear her. She repeated her request again, Joshua did not say anything, rather, he asked his personal driver to use his private Bus to take us to the park. Joshua still believes at the time that I would be coming back, he said, “nobody will take over your bed, I just want you to follow your Mum home and stay with her for 2weeks and come back.” He said I should go upstairs to the Studio to hug my sisters that were there, it was a last card psychology breakdown he tried to use to break me to change my mind from leaving. I went and hug them, All of them like me then need to go back into God’s workshop for a total overhauling of body, soul, and spirit, which had been used, abused, violated, and tampered with in the Synagogue. Joshua gave me 100, 000 naira, he gave my mum, 10, 000naira. Therefore, we set out of the synagogue finally. I got into synagogue ‘church’ in my 20’s, I left there finally in my 40’s; I spent almost all my productive life in that enclave but nothing spoils, I thank God I came out with my life, which is not difficult for God to put back together as He created it. He is the rewriter of destinies. (From “Deception of the Age Unmasked” Book)
I look back again, my heart leap with Joy, and I pray like mummy Hannah in Shiloh, saying: “My heart rejoices in the Lord; My horn is exalted in the Lord. I laugh at my enemies, Because I rejoice in Your salvation. “No one is Holy like the Lord , For there is none besides You, Nor is there any Rock like our God. “Ha! Talk no more so very proudly; Let no arrogance come from your mouth, For the Lord is the God of knowledge; And by Him actions are weighed. “The bows of the mighty men are broken, And those who stumbled are girded with strength. I Samuel 2:1-4 NKJV
Then Bisola and those that love the Lord sing this song to the Lord, saying: “I will sing to the Lord , For He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea! The Lord is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; My God, and I will exalt Him. The Lord is a Man of war; The Lord is His Name. TbJoshua’s chariots and his army The Lord has cast into the sea; his chosen captains (demons) also are drowned in the Red Sea. The depths have covered them; They sank to the bottom like a stone. “Your right hand, O Lord , has become Glorious in Power; Your Right Hand, O Lord , has dashed the enemy in pieces. And in the greatness of Your excellence You have overthrown those who rose against You and Your people; You sent forth Your wrath; It consumed them like stubble. And with the blast of Your nostrils The waters were gathered together; The floods stood upright like a heap; The depths congealed in the heart of the sea. The enemy said, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my desire shall be satisfied on them. I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.’ The Lord blew with His wind, The sea covered them; They sank like lead in the mighty waters. “Who is like You, O Lord , amongst the gods? Who is like You, glorious in Holiness, Fearful in Praises, doing wonders? You stretched out Your right hand; The earth swallowed them. You in Your Mercy have led forth The people whom You have redeemed; You have guided them in Your strength To Your Holy habitation.
Exodus 15:1-13 NKJV
Rejoice with me, the genuine saints of the Lord! Rejoice with me, all angels that do His biddings! Rejoice with me, Heavens! Rejoice with me, All the works of His Able Hand! Rejoice with me, Oh earth! Rejoice with me, everyone who has breath.
I will love You, O Lord , my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the Lord , who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies. The pangs of death surrounded me, And the floods of ungodliness made me afraid. The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me; The snares of death confronted me. In my distress I called upon the Lord , And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry came before Him, even to His ears. Then the earth shook and trembled; The foundations of the hills also quaked and were shaken, Because He was angry. Smoke went up from His nostrils, And devouring fire from His mouth; Coals were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens also, and came down With darkness under His feet. And He rode upon a cherub, and flew; He flew upon the wings of the wind. The Lord thundered from heaven, And the Most High uttered His voice, Hailstones and coals of fire. He sent out His arrows and scattered the foe, Lightnings in abundance, and He vanquished them. Then the channels of the sea were seen, The foundations of the world were uncovered At Your rebuke, O Lord , At the blast of the breath of Your nostrils. He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, From those who hated me, For they were too strong for me.
As Dagon fell flat before the Ark of the Covenant, so shall our enemies continue to fall. The Lord said, “I saw satan fall.” Period.
Many today are worried about the Zika virus. But I’m just as concerned about certain destructive doctrines that are spreading like an epidemic.
During a recent trip to Uganda, friends there told me of a growing church in the capital city of Kampala that has been infected by the most serious form of American-style “hypergrace” teaching. This church attracts hundreds of young people who like the idea that they can fornicate whenever they want and still be right with God.
False doctrines are nothing new. In the first century, Paul sternly warned Timothy about certain preachers who know how to slice and dice God’s Word to make it fit what people want. He wrote in 2 Timothy 4:3-4: “For the time will come when people will not endure sound doctrine, but they will gather to themselves teachers in accordance with their own desires, having itching ears, and they will turn their ears away from the truth and turn to myths.”
The King James Version says the crowds who crave this reconfigured gospel “have itching ears.” The Greek word here,
knēthō, can mean “to tickle” or “to itch.” It means that people will gravitate toward teachers who tell them what they want to hear instead of what they need. And while the Bible sharply rebukes the teachers of these dangerous doctrines, Paul also blames the people who ravenously consume this distorted message.
The warning is clear: Be careful what you listen to!
There are many false doctrines circulating today, but there are four that have spread widely in the modern Pentecostal/charismatic movement. You may not be able to stop the person who is preaching these heresies, but you should never, ever submit to this teaching or support it financially. Don’t ever believe these four lies:
Lie No. 1: You don’t need to repent of your sin or focus on sin. This is the crux of the “hypergrace” movement. While it is true that many legalistic Christians don’t understand God’s love and forgiveness, we can’t swing the pendulum to the other extreme and portray God as being lax about sin. God is still holy, and true grace gives us the power to live a holy life. If a preacher minimizes repentance, or says you should never worry about sin in your life, you should run out the door.
Lie No. 2: You can live however you want to live sexually. Jesus Himself warned us in Revelation 2:20 about the influence of “Jezebel” in the church. He said she was leading Christians to “commit acts of immorality.” You can see tolerance of sexual sin in many segments of the church today. Catholic bishops allowed their own priests to commit child sexual abuse for years; mainline churches have embraced same-sex marriage. But their error is no worse than that of certain charismatic preachers who minimize or ignore the sin of adultery and cohabitation among straight people. We should never evaluate a minister just by what he or she preaches; we should also take note of what he or she refuses to confront from the pulpit.
Lie No. 3: You can buy God’s blessings. I do not believe in a poverty gospel, but the prosperity gospel that emerged in this country in the 1980s almost ruined our witness. The greedy televangelist who manipulated audiences to give in the offering so he could buy airplanes or mansions will give an account for every soul he turned away from Christ. Especially egregious are the preachers who promised people healings, spiritual gifts or the salvation of loved ones in exchange for a $500 “seed” offering. God’s blessings are free. Shame on those who merchandised His anointing.
Lie No. 4: God never calls us to suffer. Whenever the church enters times of prosperity and ease, our message gets soft. This happened during the 1980s, when preachers in silk ties told us we could name and claim whatever we wanted in Jesus name. And while the verses they quoted about faith certainly apply to prayer, they mixed the message with the idea that life with God is like a bowl of cherries and that any hardship that comes our way is from the devil. These preachers avoided 1 Peter 4:1, which says: “Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose.”
I don’t know about you, but I don’t trust an arrogant preacher who says he never has struggles or problems. I don’t follow a man because he has a Lexus or a four-car garage; I look for a broken minister who walks with a limp. The preacher who says Christians don’t suffer has never felt the fire of God’s testing, and he is likely an illegitimate son since he has never known the Father’s discipline.
God is cleaning up His church today, and He is refining the message we preach. Don’t prop up or support the false doctrines of the past. Purge their influence from your life and embrace the true gospel—the message calls each of us to take up our cross, die to our own desires and be mature disciples.