by Ihechukwu Njoku | Freelance Journalist
Prophet T.B. Joshua addressed several pertinent issues during his church service on Sunday March 22, 2015 especially while ministering prophetic messages to congregants.
“There is a crown in your family but all the females cannot settle down,” the Nigerian cleric ‘prophesied’ to a member of his congregation in a service broadcast live on Emmanuel TV. “No single person has a husband. Those who have – after two to three months, they have a divorce.” Perplexed, the attractive young lady affirmed the message, adding that this predicament was the reason of her visiting Joshua’s church known as The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN).
“That shows that beauty or handsomeness cannot solve this problem,” Joshua stated, turning to the congregation.Waxing philosophical, he continued, “This is to tell you that when it is time to dress, make-up, take your bath and eat, it is time to hurry. Those things have little to do with your future. Don’t waste your time on what cannot guarantee your future; your mirror keeps deceiving you.”
Continuing in his prophetic messages, Joshua revealed another lady was depressed and lonely despite her outward beauty. “A beautiful woman without God is an ugly woman,” the cleric explained before praying for the lady who had traveled from Sweden to the church service.
Earlier on in the service, Joshua relayed some practical tips for businessmen in his sermon dealing with the importance of both confession and belief. “It is what you believe that translates in the life you live,” he stated. “You will never ever succeed in any business unless you really believe in that business. You must believe the product you are promoting,” he added.
Joshua bemoaned the fact that most people don’t actually believe in the job they are doing, hence their swiftness to abandon it when trouble comes and their tendency to be a ‘jack of all trades’, oftentimes holding multiple business cards.
“Today, we promote products we don’t believe in,” he surmised. “How do we know? Eventually your doubt will surface when crisis comes.”
Referring to his own controversial sojourn in the ministry, Joshua added, “If I were not constant in my career, I would abandon Synagogue and become an accountant! If I don’t believe what I am doing, I will close this church and look for another business out there – because of crisis… Crisis should not lead to abandonment or separation. Real faith flourishes on a test.”
Citing another example, Joshua also related his message to marriage. “If you confess, ‘My wife is beautiful’ – it does not mean you actually love her. If there is crisis, you may abandon her, especially if you see someone who is more beautiful.”
The cleric further reiterated his call for prayers for Nigeria in lieu of his prediction last week about an impending plane crash, stressing that Monday 23rd March should especially be observed. He noted that he had ‘spent the night’ at a ‘prayer mountain’ to intercede for the avoidance of the calamity.
Ihechukwu Njoku – freelance Nigerian journalist