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Article Source The unprintable invectives hurled at them as they carried their belongings out included direct accusations of theft. A news article from The Daily Post claimed a ‘family source’ revealed their main transgression was “disrespecting” the wife of the cleric, Mrs Evelyn Joshua, during her husband’s earthly journey. To provide context, this event was preceded by the news that the Lagos Judicial Division of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos State had approved the appointment of Mrs Evelyn Joshua as a Trustee of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations, affirming her as the de-facto leader of the world acclaimed ministry. Now, let me quickly clarify that I am not a direct member of The SCOAN but an ardent viewer of Emmanuel TV who has been greatly impacted by the life and ministry of Prophet TB Joshua. God used him to heal me of hypertensive heart disease during a memorable visit to The SCOAN from Enugu State in 2015 and his remarkable teachings have brought peace to my once- fractured marriage and wholesome reality to my Christian journey. I lay no claim of direct knowledge of the internal workings of The SCOAN or the wrangling that has clearly taken place in the aftermath of Prophet TB Joshua’s unfortunate demise. One thing I can attest to as an avoid onlooker of SCOAN’s unique model of ministry is that Prophet TB Joshua’s Evangelists are absolutely instrumental in the running of church affairs and fiercely loyal to him. Anytime I visited the church, I would marvel to see these young men and women – many of whom I sadly saw enduring public humiliation and verbal abuse in that repulsive video – working tirelessly to attend to the needs of the thousands of us who converged at the Arena of Liberty for spiritual succour and renewal. Rather than attempting to delve into the shadowy area of personal issues which may have arisen between Mrs Joshua and his Evangelists – which I am most certainly ignorant of – let me explain the reason for my shock at the aforementioned video. Prophet TB Joshua is known worldwide as a man of love with a message of love. His Christ-like reaction to even his most ardent critics and accusers is now written in folk-lore. But the crude actions on display in that clip – irrespective of the claimed transgression – were the exact opposite of everything he stood for during his earthly ministry. Some would certainly point to the case of Judas Iscariot in the Scriptures as an attestation that if one of the disciples of our LORD Jesus Christ could betray our Saviour, how much more so the disciples of one of His servants? But I would argue that Judas was an individual – one among twelve who fell victim to the tempting tactics of money and thus betrayed his conscience. But I am led to understand that almost the entirety of the Nigerian Evangelists at The SCOAN have been sent away in such manner. Do you mean that every single one of them went from devoted worker in Christ’s vineyard to a power-hungry money-monger in a matter of months? No human is perfect and all relationships are fraught with managing the idiosyncrasies of human behaviour. If Mrs Joshua truly had issues with her husband’s disciples over their alleged disrespect, her husband’s message and ministry of reconciliation has provided the perfect role-model for amicable settling of issues amid refusal to harbour offence. Offence, as I learned from TB Joshua’s breath-taking teaching on the subject, is the devil’s speciality. As we read in Scriptures, satan himself is the author of lies, deception and confusion – and is certainly on the prowl for every available opportunity to attack this ministry that has been at the forefront of exposing and disgracing his kingdom for over three decades. I am praying fervently for The SCOAN that no individual involved – either from Prophet TB Joshua’s biological family or his Evangelists and followers worldwide – will allow satan to use human differences and petty materialism to tarnish the legacy of God’s faithful servant. From my humble perspective, this seems more like a case of attempted vengeance than attempted justice. I say ‘attempted’ because vengeance belongs to God alone. May HE have mercy on us… Dr. Arinze K Kalu

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