TB Joshua And The Practice Of Paganism.
When TB Joshua was alive, he was the enemy of all Nigerian pentecostal pastors. He was demonized, called an impostor in the kingdom, called a scam artist and was a pariah in the Christian community in Nigeria. They did not agree with his beliefs and practices. Many people came out openly to attack him, but to his credit he never fought back.
When he passed, some mega pastors stood on their pulpits and rejoiced that their enemy was dead. That their God had ‘killed him,’ as if God puts out contracts to take out his children.
‘who saved us, and called with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, that was given to us in Christ Jesus, before the times of the ages,’
2 Timothy 1:9.
We all are products of grace. We all are standing by grace. There is no person who is better than TB Joshua. Our works are like filthy rags before Christ. If we all are standing by grace, what makes us think we are in any way better than TB Joshua?
In Matthew 5:44, Jesus said: ‘Love your enemies.’
Not hate them,
Not demonise them,
Not rejoice at their problems,
Not celebrate their deaths,
Not tell your ignorant followers that your deity killed them.
God is not in the business of killing people. God is in the business of saving souls, restoring lives, securing great destinies.
But pastors celebrated and rejoiced at the passing of TB Joshua, rejoicing that their enemy was dead.
This makes me so sad.
This is not the practice of Christianity.
It is paganism.
Every pastor who did not acknowledge the passing of TB Joshua, who did not send condolences, is teaching his or her followers hate, teaching them wickedness, taking them back to the paganism from which they were delivered, the paganism in which their deity kills and destroys their enemies, the paganism in which your enemy has to die for you to live and prosper, the paganism which rejoices at the death of TB Joshua.
So sad that many people believe that they are better than TB Joshua so he deserved an untimely death, he deserved to be destroyed. Perhaps the blood by which they were redeemed from sin is of a higher quality and value than the blood which redeemed the late TB Joshua or they serve a different deity than the one which he served. But their refusal to show mercy, to extend forgiveness, to send condolences at his death shows that they serve a God of hate, not a God of love.
‘Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith,’
1 Timothy 1:5.
The Christian faith is about love; love our enemies, love the undeserving, love sinners, love the unworthy, love ourselves. Our Christian walk is not about success, or prosperity or victory over our enemies. Sinners make more money than Christians. Sinners are the richest on the planet. The Christian faith is not about making money, it is about love. Everything starts, revolves around and ends with love. Without love everything we do is a complete waste of our lives.
1 Conrinthians 13
1If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;a but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
4Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
Our spiritual walk is about love. Anything else is falsehood.
Rejoicing at the death of an enemy is not love.
It is paganism.
Praise George. July, 2021.