THE SECRETS OF TB JOSHUA’S DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING (Part 1)

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There seems to be much controversy surrounding the life TB Joshua’s disciples are coached to live at the SCOAN. The reasons for the irresponsible inquiry into the personal lives of TB Joshua’s disciples by SCOAN critics are unclear.

Though one would really expect nothing less from fanatical faultfinders of SCOAN, even if it means to intrude on the private life of ex-disciples for any filth they can uncover to hurriedly attribute to their former master as his fruit. As a consequence, it’s not very difficult to come across defamatory articles online featuring stories of supposed ex-disciples alleging diverse ill-treatments and emotional breakdown taking place in the SCOAN premises.

However, there are also growing concerns from TB Joshua supporters that the bulk of these slanderous insider stories online are deceitfully fabricated. In any case, considering the hateful and biased criticism of SCOAN detractors we’ve observed, coupled with  renamed and faceless accusers that leave nothing to track, we would say their concern is very likely. But as much as SCOAN supporters would love to answer favorably to the allegations with that assumption, only firsthand insider experiences would hold their sway against these distasteful rumors. It is on this note that we publish Sandra’s story; a disciple who recently contacted us to publish her story. She tells her story from a unique perspective which we presume you would find in-depth and enlightening.

 Sandra Hall tells Her Story

A couple of people, claiming to have been “disciples of T.B. Joshua” have “come out” regarding their life experiences at The SCOAN. They aim to tell fascinating stories, revealing “what really goes on”. But they haven’t told my story yet.

I was one of them. I stayed at The SCOAN for several years before I was pointed to my calling in life through Prophet T.B. Joshua, the man God used to reshape my life, my character and my destiny. I have a lot to say concerning life as a disciple.

The moment I entered The SCOAN so many years ago, I realized that I was not in an ordinary place. As I witnessed the miracles, I realized that I was not witnessing ordinary events. I noticed many people following the prophet in the services and during the week I was there and learned they were called “disciples”. This too, was not ordinary. The only disciples I was aware of where those that followed Jesus in the Bible. What had I just discovered?

I recalled that in the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ, here were 12, then 72 and many times “great multitudes followed Him”. The same was happening at The SCOAN. As can be expected, in most large public gatherings you have attended, you will find those who believe in the cause with their spirit, soul and body and those who don’t believe at all, those who have come to contribute to the meeting and those who have come to steal from the crowd. Remember Judas sneaking out with the money bags in the small assembly of 12. Such was the case with the disciples of Jesus. Such is the case of those who join the ministry of Prophet T.B. Joshua. Not everyone who joins is perfect and not everyone joins for the salvation of their souls.

At the end of my week’s visit, I had a meeting with the prophet and was ecstatic when he told me that I could stay and become part of his ministry. It felt as if my life had changed completely – but it was just the beginning of the change.

Life at The SCOAN is unlike anything I could have imagined. Every day, I was witnessing miracles first hand. I received lectures from the prophet himself, worked with the ministry’s projects, travelled with them to international crusades and developed a relationship with the prophet, his family and those who were also working with him, people from different countries, with different backgrounds. I met a young man whose family were practicing witch doctors but who wanted to accept Jesus as his Saviour (You can see him on Emmanuel TV). I met people who came for healing, like the girl from a poor family in the US who was healed from a debilitating case of scoliosis, surrendered her life to Christ in response to His love and is still there (You can also see her on Emmanuel TV). I met people who came as if they were on a school field trip, like a secretive technical genius from an affluent family in the UK who came with his youth group and stayed for a time with several of them. I met ladies from South Africa who came separately but lived as if they were twins (You can see them on the Internet). It was amazing. As a disciple, I saw that many at The SCOAN really wanted to be changed and used by God and many simply wanted to get the glory quick, without any change on their part. That was their great mistake.

It is true; there is a lot of hard work going on at The SCOAN. Ask any of the thousands who visit on a weekly basis and they will tell you. There are currently three services a week going on and can last up to 15 hours or more each! I have never seen it done anywhere. Thousands throng to the church to be attended to, interviewed, accommodated, prayed for, listened to, helped. It is the disciples that attend to them. You can imagine the challenges they face.

But let us be sincere. Everyone knows the saying, No pain, no gain. You have to be ready to go through a season of pain to receive a season of gain. Ask every Olympian athlete and they will tell you of the rigorous training and injuries sustained on their way to greatness. Ask every soldier and he will tell you the relentless work and physical and emotional training he underwent to overcome the challenges of wars he would later encounter. Ask every successful businessman and he will tell you the small successes and failures he encountered before his breakthrough. What we are working for is the greatest success of all – the salvation of souls.

Yes, I worked long hours until I was tired many nights. I sometimes postponed my meals so that I could finish an assignment. I fought with fellow disciples over nonsense and over serious problems alike. I cried when I didn’t get what I wanted. I shouted at people who made me angry. I refused to do some assignments. I turned in poor work to my coordinators. I also delivered wonderful messages, kept my room very clean, always showed up for assignments on time and was cheerful with everyone that was “nice” to me. That was in the beginning. That was before I really understood that to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ is not just to change my location (i.e. from living in my country to living in Nigeria) but to change my character (i.e. from lying, stealing, thinking lustfully, behaving rudely to imbibing the character of Jesus Christ). As the prophet used to say, “Anyone can get a Mercedes Benz – you can buy it with money from your salary, you can steal it, you can receive it as a gift – you can have a Mercedes Benz but not everyone can maintain a Mercedes Benz”. To maintain the gift of God, we must have the character of God. This is the ultimate lesson in The SCOAN. This is the primary focus of the discipleship programme. This is the most difficult challenge to overcome.

It was a daily challenge for me. I fought every day, not only with others but mainly with myself. I realized when I went wrong but to prevent myself from misbehaving was my biggest problem. Disciple meetings were my saving grace. Yes, I said it. Disciple meetings saved my life. I received some terrible reports – in response to my sometimes terrible attitude. But listening to the negative impact my bad behavior had on others and most especially the work of God, tore at my conscience. I came to see how destructive negative behavior and thoughts can truly be. Unfortunately, most people cannot change in theory but only in practice. Fortunately, the prophet held regular disciple meetings so that we could discuss those bad habits and make correction. Correction truly makes future possible. I am who, what and where I am today because of the correction I received in those much talked about meetings.

But those who failed to take to that correction went down a long and windy path – a path to destruction. I remember one girl in particular. She was constantly being reported for embarrassing the men in the church. She refused to admit she had a problem. Instead, she would try to lay the blame on the men, claiming they were trying to seduce her, or had stolen something she wanted to retrieve, or were simply “wicked people”. Several times I advised her privately to explain her problem to the prophet and go for deliverance. She flatly refused to believe she had a problem with lust.

There is a saying that goes, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”. This was the case of this girl. As time went on, we realized that her seductive acts had a target – the man of God. When she couldn’t achieve her goal, she became literally wild. Hers is the voice one hears throughout many negative sentiments on the internet. It is the voice of a seductive spirit. Now, if you have watched Emmanuel TV, you would have heard the confessions of thousands of people possessed by evil spirits. Many have confessed that they were sent to destroy men of God, pastors and bishops, those who could cause harm to their kingdom of darkness. Many have described the way they dressed, the way they moved or sat, the attempts they made to get attention from the men of God they were seducing. The similarities are crystal clear. It is those who truly desire to be free from the chains of satan, those who truly desire to have a relationship with Jesus Christ that will be open for their deliverance. Countless women have been set free from this life of seduction and destruction while countless others remain in their bondage and continue to capture others thereby. We, Christians, must be careful lest we are drawn into these seducing lies.

These are just a few short stories of the lives of disciples of T.B. Joshua. I promise to reveal more in the next edition and to let you know exactly what I am doing now, by the grace of God. Until then, I encourage you to continue to examine all things in the light of God’s Word and watch a few of these eye-opening stories:

When looking at the lives of those around the prophet, you will see that some are there to add, some to subtract, some to multiply and some to divide. Those who have become Wise are those who have overcome their human spirit and been set free from every evil spirit that had been operating in their lives. They are shining examples to all on how God can transform our lives.

But not everyone rejoices in the success of others. Many want to get success cheaply – without the necessary sacrifice on their part. Nothing genuine in life comes cheaply. This is a principle of life.

Jesus knew the disciples were not perfect but He called them around Him for a mutual relationship – one in which each

 Peter chopping of the guard’s ear

Peter chopping of the guard’s ear

party would benefit. When Peter became a disciple, the kingdom of God benefited by having a superb ambassador and Peter benefited by receiving a new lifestyle, new job and new focus. But it wasn’t a bed of roses. Peter passed through serious trials and tests of faith. His character was questioned and he was rebuked and praised before he developed a Godly character. This is the aim of The SCOAN and Prophet T.B. Joshua. I saw that clearly in the years that I was there.

When I joined the ministry of Prophet T.B. Joshua, I became a disciple. I was excited to be part of such a fellowship, It is true that Large crowds followed Jesus, people lived with Him, they went to the mountain to pray, they went to the seaside to rest, they cooked, went fishing, travelled, received lectures from Jesus personally, attended to huge crowds (remember the feeding of the 5,000), reported each other, received rebuke and praise from their leader (remember Peter, one moment he was called satan for his actions and motive and in one moment, his character was referred to as the rock upon which Christ would build His church), fell asleep at the wrong times (remember the disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane), were rude to visitors (remember Peter chopping of the guard’s ear).

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Thumbs Up! TB Joshua supporters

Here in this reflective editorial, we would love to give glowing tribute to laudable commenters who stood in stout defense of the truth on tbjoshuawatch. We carefully followed the thread under their (abominably biased) TB Joshua’s Boston Prophecy post and found some insightful comments. We referred to some of their comments as that of “angels” in a twitter post because of the peace it would bring to weak-willed Christians wrestling with doubt about TBJ due to negative propaganda; while also publishing a collection of them in this post. Quite surprisingly, after we exposed the deceitfulness with which tbjoshuawatch one-sidedly criticized TB Joshua’s Boston prophecy in our last post, they not only updated their article with disjointed viewpoints (in a shameless attempt to salvage their reputation), but also blatantly confessed hostile bitterness and anger toward TB Joshua as the motivation behind their writings in their latest post; even by saying:

We’re not writing to mock a self-proclaimed prophet who’s “prophecies” really don’t stand up to scrutiny. No, we’re writing because we’re angry.

A secret about anger is that it bears witness while on display that it has long consumed the angered. More so, a little measure of anger unjustly directed at another indicates a greater measure we’ve directed at ourselves. These obsessed critics of TB Joshua really need help. Here are the comments of a few sound- minded individuals whom we suppose are first time contributors on the reputed SCOAN critic website after carefully reading their blasphemous article.

I was just wondering if what u r doing here is spiritually correct. I mean u r actually devoting a good portion of ur time to commenting about someone’s life. Is this ur way of carrying ur cross daily? What are u doing with ur life that is building God’s Kingdom? What mighty exploits are u personally doing for God? Any miracles, signs and wonders following u? Can u picture Jesus looking u strait in the eye and saying ‘well done, good and faithful servant’ because u devoted some of ur time to this? ‘A tree shall be known by its fruit’ and issues of life flow from our hearts, wud u say urs is pure. Honestly, r Ur motives for this site pure? This will only make sense if u r not a Christian

By Joan on April 17, 2013 at 10:52 am

Do u have any idea how silly ur review of the Boston prophecy sounds? U sound like a child piecing together any incriminating info about an ex-friend to prove to whoever likes the friend just how bad she is, so they will stop liking her also! Most of ur comments seem so childish and totally subjective! Surely, there has to be more to being a follower of Jesus than policing others to prove their unrighteousness! It’s hard to find any spiritually uplifting value here.

By Joan on April 17, 2013 at 11:28 am

U r not at all coming across as people doing this out of christ-like concern. Instead u comes across as bitter and vengeful. I could quote a few scriptures to build a case against what u r doing, regardless of whether ur stories/comments are true or false. However its possible that u would also respond with a few that confirm ur righteousness. The question is: who are u doing this for? Jesus, other people or yourselves? I won’t speak for Jesus or you, but if its for other people (like me) I’d like to say that ur approach Is so overwhelmingly and singlemindedly negative that I felt like YOU are the ones needing help. If all u say about tb Joshua is true, unfortunately u have somehow seemed to sink lower

By joan on April 17, 2013 at 7:43 pm

You are here busy bring down someone instead of building God ‘s kingdom. Come up with a website where people will be discussing the bible for instance, put up a verse and a topic every week so that people can discuss the topic like bible studying. Then you will be on the right path in building God’s kingdom, because I guarantee you this website won’t make you inherit the kingdom of God instead it will make you go to hell that is if you believe there is a God and he is in control of everything. The more you want to prove that TBJ is fake the more popular he becomes as for me my faith has been lifted by this ministry and am stronger than before in my faith. Just see how many likes you have you are still straggling to even reach 1000 shame! So if you want to go to haven I say it again stop this nonsense do something better for God!

By Carol 2 on April 17, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Mr Terrific am not trying to defend TBJ am defending the work of God. Battered you say oh interesting….when people stop commenting on this site its simply because they have realized that you are a bunch of liars so why waste time on this rubbish?? Actually will do the same but will keep on checking on your progress and see how far this rubbish will take you!! Good luck again if you want to bring TBJ down.The SCOAN where alot of people are finding help you will manage to convince them that he is fake good luck you need it!!! Hopefully by the end of this year you will have 3000 likes at least Pwahahahahaha… so at least you will know you are making progress in convincing people to stopwatching Emmanuel TV or going to the SCOAN. One more thing you will also have alot of people that will came up with stories like former disciples with better and convincing allegations with real names and address, at least 1000 comments from different people who all will say bad things about TBJ. My family visited the SCOAN last year and we were helped by God through the prophet so I have been affected by SCOAN in a good way.

By Carol 2 on April 18, 2013 at 5:40

 

And here is the response given to Giles, a member of the disgruntled bunch of ex-disciples; whose comment forms the bulk of the cynical critic opinion in their latest post accusing TB Joshua of being responsible for the tragic Boston marathon explosion.

First Giles TBJ’s prophesies are wrong, now you are blaming him for the dead people. You people you are really pieces of work to say the least. Shame!!!

By Carol 2 on April, 19, 2013 at 11:15

And here is a very brilliant comment to round up this post  by a commenter who admits to being in the past, one of the most skeptical of Joshua’s ministry;

Whenever appraisal is given of T.B. Joshua’s prophetic ministry, I think it must be looked at holistically and within the confines of context. If this prophecy was an isolated incident, your cynical and scathing analysis would be more understandable. However, when you consider the fact that this is one of over 100 documented international prophetic accuracies, oftentimes spoken in a parabolic fashion, it paints a different picture to the one your article is propagating.

Consider every other aspect of Joshua’s ministry – the accurate prophetic words to individuals every service day, the deliverance ofthose under demonic bondage, the simple and practical biblical teaching, and the extensive charitable endeavours. All the various components add up to a picture which simply doesn’t match up with the deception and malevolence you are insinuating in your article.

I confess to being one of the most sceptical of Joshua’s ministry in the past, based on the distasteful rumours going around. However, after watching live services on Emmanuel TV fora period of several months, the testimonies and experiences I witnessed were far too real and relevant to be dismissed simply because they are intellectually challenging to assimilate and break traditional convention.

I encourage those still sceptical (including the TBJ Watch team) to take time out to watch any of The SCOAN live services on Thursday, Saturday or Sunday. If editing is a major SCOANploy, as accused in this article, the live services eliminate such opportunism and provide a platform for an unbiased look at the ministry.

By Eric on April 22, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Well done Joan, carol 2, Florence, Martins and Eric, we at watchtbjoshua encourage you to continue in the light of your conviction and not to surrender to the devious smear campaigns projected by the hater of all good towards TB Joshua through his writers and bloggers at Tbjoshuawatch. May the LORD in his boundless mercies help you to become stronger in your conviction about God and his holy servant, TB Joshua, and may the reward of honoring a prophet be credited to you all. Amen.

*all comments are left in their original form left by the commenters.

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