Nigeria’s most controversial pastor, the “prophet” T. B. Joshua, has passed away at the age of 57. He leaves behind his wife and three daughters.
Joshua was best known for being the head of the Synagogue Church of all Nations (SCOAN) that claimed 15,000 members, along with owning and operating Emmanuel TV. His net worth was estimated to be between 15-25 million dollars and was considered one of the richest pastors in the world.
A false prophet and heretic, he routinely made prophecies that did not come true, including saying that Flight MH370 would be soon be discovered, that the 200 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram would quickly be released, and that the 2014 Ebola scare and COVID-19 would end mere months after they begun.
He was known far and wide for his claims he had healed thousands from HIV, cancer, blindness, deafness, and had even raised people from the dead on a regular basis. A prosperity preacher huckster in its purest form, he pushed the usual tropes like miraculous healing water, miracle bead, and even “holy stickers” that would cure every ailment and physical malady under the sun.
He claims that he had a divine origin, spending 15 months in the womb, and had his YouTube channel of nearly million 2 million followers taken down over accusations of homophobia. This claim was exacerbated with the release of a video of Joshua doing his best Todd Bently impersonation, repeatedly slapping a woman nearly 20 times in the face and sending her to the floor in order to cure her of lesbianism.
Notably, 116 people under his care died when a church building he owned collapsed in Nigeria. He initially claimed that it was on account of a “strange aircraft” that buzzed by, and then tried to bribe reporters to pass on that narrative. A later investigation would show that the building was poorly constructed and that several floors were added without engineering support, causing the deaths.
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