Emmanuel-(God with us) is absent at all at the Synagogue of All Nations Church right now.
All has not been well at the church and especially with the church’s leadership since the sudden death of its founder, Prophet TB Joshua.
Things got rough after his widow, Evelyn Joshua was declared the leader of the church with several disciples, under the aegis of the Global Congress of SCOAN members fighting against her leadership and saying at no time did the late Prophet declare her as his successor as she wasn’t even part of the founders of the church; they are the ones caterwauling and at being treated like Judas.
But supporters of Evelyn Joshua, are saying the so called Global Congress members are a cabal of rouges who have been looting the church’s treasury and stealing church’s properties soon after TB Joshua died.
According to Elder Emmanuel Kayode, one of the church members on the side of Evelyn Joshua, these so called disciples have put TB Joshua’s private jet up for sale without the approval of the late founder’s wife, family and church leaders. He said the disciples and evangelists were certain men and women who have been diverting church funds from its foreign partners to an illegal church account they newly created. Not only that, they were said to have carted away all moneys donated by foreign partners and congregation to TB Joshua’s family for the burial of the late Prophet. The disciples were also said to have gone into the church’s strong room and carted away money in several Ghana must-go bags in the dead of night!
No wonder they are against Evelyn Joshua’s leadership, they have cleaned up so much, she would immediately have noticed they had stolen her blind!
So here’s the question again, should spouses or more accurately here, should Evelyn Joshua be the natural head of the Synagogue church simply because her husband was the founder?
Is she succeeding him based on her calling from God, since of course we are talking about a church here, (spiritual things take precedence over the normal or the natural) or is her calling man ordained? (voted by a council of church leaders) Then she wouldn’t necessarily be the spiritual head of that church, right?
This is really the basis of this power tussle in the church and in several churches where the founder/ leader/ general overseer dies whether sudden or foreseen and the person leaves a gaping hole that sees several people falling into it to fill.
Should the fact that she was married to TB Joshua necessarily make Evelyn the next in line to the Synagogue throne?
Let’s pause a bit here, this is Nigeria where church is run like a private business; church business in Nigeria, is family business which is why there is so much hullaballoo about why Evelyn is qualified as the head of Synagogue or not!
Like my friend said, “Was the anointing to lead the Synagogue passed unto her through TB’s sperm? or Did she hear from God like, we assumed TB Joshua did and began the church with a handful of “disciples” who also heeded the call to follow TB to start the synagogue?”
Does Evelyn Joshua possess the stamina, the charisma, the will and even vision to carry on with that mammoth crowd that besiege the synagogue every week?
Has she waited long enough in the gap to understand the new season the church has just begun?
Does she have the same passion, zest, energy to carry on like her husband or will she easily be intimidated and cave in from the crowd of people she now has to attend to, minister to, feed, even clothe…like her husband was said to have done?
She was described as a counsellor, a behind the scene woman who left most of the running of church affairs to her husband and his council but now, she has to deal with so much more than she envisioned.
With stories of massive looting of the church’s coffers and disciples accusing her of commercialising every activity in the church, Evelyn Joshua is in for a rough ride.
Not only is she sitting on a divided church with global partners and millions of congregation, worldwide, she now has to watch her back because like Julius Caesar, there are many behind her who’s daggers are drawn for the kill.
May God help Evelyn Joshua.