On the 13th of June, 2012, I logged onto modernghana.com, “moused” my way to the Religious Articles Section and clicked the feature article with title “Why do they Gang up Against TB Joshua?” I smiled.
Don't be deceived. The writer wasn't and isn't really blind to the reason or reasons why people may sometimes try dragging TB Joshua's good name in the mud. He knows why. But assuming he doesn't know it, I'll tell him. I'll air it. I'll write it here. Thanks to Modernghana.com.
TB Joshua, like other “men of God”, is bound to face criticism and scrutiny from both friends and foes. And if they do such a thing, I personally don't see anything wrong with it since the Bible advises us to test all spirits to see if they are of God or the Father of evil.
Of course, how such people go about “testing TB Joshua's spirit” may be a bit too radical and non-spiritual at times; and I'll agree to that.
But critiquing or scrutinizing men of God generally isn't wrong, is it? I'm I wrong if I write an article to criticize Pastor Chris' idea and evident belief that “motivation in itself is NOT a sin against God?”
Well, I wrote such an article and criticized Pastor Christ for that demonic stuff he postulated and preached; and the article is also here on modernghana.com, titled: ““Masturbation is NOT sin,” so said Pastor Chris. And according to the Bible, He's Damn Right!””
Now, it's TB Joshua's turn. But, because I'm not all that much into studying TB Joshua's ministry and teachings, my criticism of him will at best be limited. And before I do that, may I state that the word “critic” does not always mean somebody who says negative and bad things about you?
The word “critic” denotes both good and bad. It can mean someone who will observe your achievements or works and praise you for it. And here goes.
I've heard about TB Joshua's prowess in preaching but have never listed to any of his sermons before (I personally prefer living directly on the Bible, getting the message first hand; of course, it's good to go to church and listen to the Pastor preach!
Now, I've also heard a lot about TB Joshua's prophesying prowess (and the article in question further places emphasis on it shamelessly!)
But, his prophesying prowess and the sort of effort that his OWN church puts into advertising makes me feel like laughing out loud at times.
Fast backward to Bible times, the prophets who lived in those days, did they ever seek to mount pulpits to shamelessly boast about their prophecies which came to pass? And did they ever say that they saw something coming after the thing occurred? I mean, after the thing occurred?
When Jesus healed, did he mount a building to shout about it? Didn't he rather let the healed go their way to proclaim it unto the world? Him and his true disciples; they always tried as much as possible from excessively highlighting their own spiritual achievements. They let others do it.
Now, I'm not in anyway doubting TB Joshua as a “man of God,” but there is nothing wrong with “testing every spirit” to see if they are from our God in heaven or the god of this world, is there?