The head pastor of The Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, Prophet TB Joshua has disclosed that God is the secret behind his powers.
He said he could not have succeeded in using demonic powers to deceive foreigners flocking into his church.
Stressing that his mission would not be thriving if it wasn’t from God, he told GISTNATION MEDIA that: “Right now I am talking to you, there are over 400 foreigners from 10 different countries here. Are these people being deceived, destroyed or killed (as my detractors alleged)? If I have been using occultic power, the congregation here will not increase. If my mission here is not of God, it won’t stand just as Gamaliel said.”
“When people have their problems solved or they have salvation, they tell others,” the prophet added.
Reacting to critics who insist he uses demonic or occult power, Joshua shared from the Act of Apostles thus: “the early Christian preachers were being disturbed by the Pharisees, Sadducees and the High Priests in the Synagogue and the Temple in Jerusalem.
“But among the elderly religious Jews was a man called Gamaliel, a doctor of the law. He quoted the example of Theudas who boasted to be somebody and who attracted over 400 men. He was slain and his followers scattered.
“Gamaliele cited example of Judas of Galilee (not Iscariot) who rose in the days of the taxing. He attracted many people, but he perished while his adherents were dispersed. Those were in the days when Israel was under Roman colonialism.
“Gamaliel, therefore warned the Jewish, elders. ‘Refrain from these men (Christian preachers) and let them alone. For if this counsel or this work is of men, it will come to nought. But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it, yet, haply ye be found to be even to fight against God’ (Acts 5:38-39, King James Version).
“So, if I am not of God, I will not survive this trial. But if I am of God, this trial will not destroy me. Trial is the soil in which faith flourishes. God sees his own people through trial.”
Giving insight into circumstances surrounding his birth, the SCOAN General Overseer stated that he was in his mother’s womb for fourteen months before coming into the world.
His words, “My mother was pregnant in April 1962. After six months, the foetus did not seem to be moving. My mother was taken to a medical doctor and the baby kicked…. the child stopped kicking again. Seven, eight and nine months, there was no kicking. A strange man advised my mother to stop visiting medical doctors. The old man recommended prayers and that my mother should move to a different area entirely.
“After the 14th month, my mother gave birth to me. The information was conveyed to my father in the farm, who became so happy that he threw away his hoe and cutlass, ran home and named me Temitope (my experience requires gratitude to God).”
Joshua further disclosed that over 100 years ago, a certain farmer, hunter and warrior named Balogun Okoorun predicted that a young man shall emerge from his clan, who would be powerful, famous and would have a multitude of followers.
According to him, “Over 100 years back, there was one Balogun Okoorun, a farmer, hunter and warrior who was from Oosin Quarters of Agbaluku, at Arigidi Akoko. The man had prophetic powers.
“He predicted that a section of my town would move from their original place to Imo in the north of Arigidi. That was fulfilled in 1952.
“The second prophesy was about my humble self. He said that a young man would emerge from Oosin quarters, who would be powerful, famous and would have a multitude of followers, as well as that his life and works would explain that the human grace is one, notwithstanding different religions, culture and skin pigmentation.”
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