Temitope Balogun Joshua (born June 12, 1963), commonly called T. B. Joshua, is a Nigerian prophet and televangelist. He is the leader and founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN), a religious organisation that runs the Emmanuel TV television station from Lagos, Nigeria.
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 TheNEWS 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.”