CHRISTIAN BREAKING NEWS: Who was TB Joshua? Founder of One of the World’s Largest Christian Evangelical Churches – Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) – Megachurch Leader Raped and Tortured Believers according to the BBC [#TBJoshua #SCOAN]
Man of God? Or predatory cult leader? A ground-breaking investigation into the world famous televangelical preacher, TB Joshua, told by the people closest to him: his Disciples.
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The BBC has discovered evidence of horrific abuse and torture committed by the founder of one of the world’s largest Christian evangelical congregations.
Dozens of ex-Synagogue Church of All Nations followers, including 5 British, have accused Nigeria’s late TB Joshua of crimes like as rape and forced abortions.
The claims of torture in a secluded Lagos complex date back nearly 2 decades.
TB Joshua, who died in 2021, was a charismatic and very popular preacher and televangelist with a massive global audience.
The BBC discovered the following over a 2-year investigation:
1) Dozens of eyewitness stories of Joshua’s physical aggression or torture, including child abuse and individuals being beaten and chained
2) Many women allege Joshua sexually abused them, with others saying they were raped regularly for years inside the property.
3) Multiple reports of forced abortions inside the church in the aftermath of Joshua’s alleged rapes, including one lady who claims she had five terminations.
4) There are several first-hand testimonies of Joshua faking his “miracle healings,” which were televised to millions of people throughout the world.
The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) has a global following, including a Christian TV channel named Emmanuel TV and millions of followers on social media.
During the 1990s and early 2000s, tens of thousands of pilgrims from Europe, the Americas, South East Asia, and Africa traveled to Nigeria to witness Joshua’s “healing miracles.”
At least 150 tourists lived as followers inside his Lagos property, sometimes for decades.
More than 25 former “disciples” from the United Kingdom, Nigeria, the United States, South Africa, Ghana, Namibia, and Germany testified to the BBC, providing compelling corroborating evidence about their experiences within the church, the most recent of which occurred in 2019.
When they first joined, many victims were in their teens.
In some of the British cases, Joshua funded for their transportation to Lagos in collaboration with other UK churches.
TB Joshua was remembered as one of the most prominent preachers in African history when he died in June 2021.
He rose from poverty to build an evangelical empire that included scores of government figures, celebrities, and international footballers.
During his lifetime, he did, however, spark some controversy when a hostel for religious pilgrims collapsed in 2014, killing at least 116 people.
The BBC’s investigation, conducted in collaboration with the international media platform Open Democracy, is the first time that a number of former church officials have come out to talk on the record.
They claim to have spent years attempting to raise the alarm but have been successfully silenced.
After previously speaking out against the abuse and publishing films detailing claims on YouTube, a number of our witnesses in Nigeria allege they were physically attacked, and in one case fired at.
SCOAN is still thriving today, thanks to the leadership of Joshua’s wife, Evelyn.
She led a tour of Spain in July 2023.
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