All the Popular pastors in Nigeria have until this moment, refused to react to the sudden death of their colleague in the ‘kingdom assignment’, Prophet TB Joshua.
Temitope Balogun Joshua was a leading pastor in Nigeria, including Africa and Asia, his performing miracles brought tourists from around Europe, America and other continents of the world to Lagos state, he was confirmed dead on Sunday morning.
TB Joshua was said to have died after concluding a programme at the Synagogue Church of All Nations on Saturday, however, Church members, friends, politicians, and well-wishers as well as those who did not seem to like his ministry, have used different means to condole and sympathies with the deceased family and his church.
But very surprising, some notable ‘men of God’ in Nigeria, such as leaders of the Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor W.F Kumuyi, Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye; Dunamis Church, Pastor Paul Enenche, Living Faith Church, Bishop David Oyedepo, Pastor Chris Oyakilome, Pastor Chris Okotie, to mention but a few, have refused to acknowledge the death of their colleague T.B Joshua.
Recall that T.B Joshua was one of the first Pastors to send his condolences and went on to observe a minute silence when Pastor Adeboye’s son died.
According to his message of condolence to Pastor Adeboye and the Redeemed Christian Church Of God (RCCG), he said the sad event would not have happened if God did not permit it, adding that He needed no human’s approval to His will.
“God does not need our permit; God’s time is the best,” the cleric said in a live broadcast on Emmanuel TV.
“It is not how long we live that matters but how well we live,” he added
The reason these Pentecostal pastors have been quiet over Joshua’s death is not yet clear but one thing is certain; the late cleric until his death, was not a member of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, neither was he a member of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN.
As Apostle Suleman Johnson of the Omega Fire Ministries, Edo State, had suggested, there may have been a misunderstanding between Joshua and some of these top preachers. Addressing his congregants on June 7, 2021, Suleman had said, “Prophet T.B Joshua is too small.
“And my problem is that when I respond, I respond raw. I don’t edit. You are too small. The Synagogue is too small. Too small. I cannot fight…Church cannot fight Church. None of my pastors has followed me to my father in the Lord. Me, I book months before I see him. Then I carried a frustrated fat-bodied baboon to go and meet who? There’s no mountain on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. You’re sick! What I don’t understand is, was it a mistake? …”
But even at that, some Nigerians who spoke to newsmen on this matter shared a diverse opinion.
“It’s not biblical for anyone to hold grudges against their fellow human being even unto death. Although they might have sent their condolences to the family and Church without making it public. If there was a face-off between Joshua and Adeboye for instance, the former did not harbour it in his mind because immediately he learnt about Dare’s death, he sympathised with the RCCG leader,” Rebecca Akpan, a member of Assemblies of God, told our reporter.
According to Emmanuel Oche, “I’m sensing enmity, acrimony and envy among these pastors against the late Joshua. These top pastors are mainly known in Nigeria while T.B Joshua brought foreigners to Nigeria. So, some of them might have felt belittled and this might have made them develop everlasting hatred for him.”
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