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Why people still choose TB Joshua

By admin
15 October 2014

A look into the possible reasons behind individuals flocking to Nigeria for spiritual comfort by Afrika Mhlophe a pastor at Good News Community Church in Port Elizabeth. He is married with two kids and wrote the book, Christianity and the Veneration of Ancestors.

I n the aftermath of the

death of 84 of our compatriots in the building collapse in Nigeria, South Africans are left with many questions regarding the factors which caused so many deaths.

While we wait for the independent investigation to be concluded, I want to deal with some issues that arose from this tragedy. I wish to deal specifically with the reference to those who perished as ‘martyrs of the faith’, and the reasons why some South African Christians make a regular pilgrimage to the Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN).

they are NOT MArTYRS

The English dictionary defines a martyr as ‘a person who chooses to suffer or die rather than give up his faith or his principles’. The people who passed away in Nigeria did not choose to suffer or die, did they? Referring to people who died from what could be a building’s structural defects as martyrs

actually cheapens martyrdom.

WORSHIP GOD, NOT MAN

Now let us deal with the question of why people visit SCOAN. I believe that they see someone like TB Joshua as having special powers that other ministers do not possess. Many Christians profess with their mouths that God is omnipresent, but feel that if they are prayed for by TB Joshua, this would somehow make God to have a more favourable disposition towards them. In other words, God needs to be persuaded by a man of God in order for Him to do a kind act. I believe this kind of thinking is connected to the big-man-small-people syndrome where people believe that God will hear their prayer when a man of God prays for them. God has called us all into a relationship with

Him. He can hear us when we pray.

MIRACLE-SEEKERS

Another issue is the obsession with the supernatural. Some Christians are simply miracle-addicts who will do anything to get a fix. Some enterprising ministers have identified this and are now selling various products of 'faith' in church. Therefore, the mushrooming of churches in South Africa should not be confused with a sudden interest in Godly living, but rather in what God can do materially and physically for the individual.

similar to pagans

Interestingly, traditional pagan beliefs are also based on the idea of manipulating supernatural forces for personal benefit, and so Christians who chase after miracles are not different from those people who frequent traditional healers. In both instances, people are seeking after miracles and they are obsessed with strange activities. People should seek God for themselves by reading His Word, the Bible, instead of looking for quick fixes.