By Megito Audu
One thing that the late Founder of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Prophet T.B. Joshua took away with his death was his rejection by the Christian bodies in Nigeria.
24 hours after his demise the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), the two bodies regulating activities in Nigeria are yet to issue a statement on his death.
Despite his great exploits, the Christian bodies in Nigeria never accepted him, both the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN). To them, the late Joshua was simply an exorcist.
The late Joshua claimed he was converted in his mother’s womb. And many Pastors in CAN and PFN among whom are: Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of Nigeria (RCCG); Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor of Word of Life Bible Church; and Bishop David Oyedepo of Living Faith Tabernacle among others rejected him and didn’t absorbed him into the fold until his death on June 6 2021.
Adeboye, in 2009 reportedly said he would never go to the Synagogue church to minister. He was quoted as saying in the Vanguard when asked whether he could worship in the church, “No! Definitely not! If he wants me to come and minister in his church, we will sit down; we will discuss the issue of salvation the way I understand it, according to the scriptures.
“If we agree on that and he now wants me to come and preach the same message of salvation in his church, then I will go.”
To the General Overseer of RCCG, the late Joshua was never born again and so, he could not associate himself with him.
The ex- PFN President and former CAN Chairman, Oritsejafor, during his administration said the body would not admit the late Joshua to its fold because they were not convinced that he was a child of God.
He had said then that before the late Prophet could even qualify to be a PFN member, he should show who tutored him as a pastor in the first place.
According to reports, Oritsejafor was quoted as saying that “Jesus did not say by their words you will know them; he said by the fruit you shall know them. If T.B. Joshua can show me his pastor who pastored him before he said he was called into the ministry; if T.B. Joshua can tell me when he got converted and how he got converted, then we would consider him. Anybody who is a Christian is a Christian because he received Jesus Christ at a point.
“I gather he said he was converted in his mother’s womb and I don’t see anybody like that in the Bible. It is a conscious decision you make and it doesn’t happen in your mother’s womb”.
To Oritsejafor, healing and miracles were not criteria for admitting anyone into the PFN fold or CAN.
According to Oritsejafor, “We are not taking T.B Joshua but like I said, he too can repent and be converted tomorrow. T.B Joshua can say I accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and personal saviour; I repent of my sins. Then he can say, come check me out and see what I am doing then we can consider accepting him. PFN is for all; nobody is really excluded.”
The late Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua was a Nigerian charismatic pastor, televangelist, and philanthropist. He was the leader and founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations. The late Prophet is regularly in the news for his alleged prophetic prowess, the controversial deliverance said to be occurring in The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) as well as the purported miracles, signs and wonders.
He bid the world goodbye on June 5 2021, few days to his 58th birthday on June 12.