We conclude extracts of an interview that Pastor Godswill Agomah Paul, the former second-in-command to Pastor T.B Joshua, the General Overseer of the Synagogue Church of All Nations had with Nigerian Magazine-Life Way.
In this issue, Pastor Godswill talks about how Pastor Joshua virtually deceived the Head Pastor of the Christ Embassy Church, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome to worship with him at the Synagogue at a time that the Synagogue Church Head Pastor (T.B. Joshua) had been rejected and ostracized by the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN).
According to Pastor Godswill, the PFN had never believed in the Pastoral capabilities of T.B Joshua and therefore would not accept him into its old, until he (Pastor Joshua) proved that he is genuine Pastor. Therefore the Joshua fellowship with Pastor Chris, Pastor Godswill said was orchestrated by the Synagogue head Pastor to send the information out to Nigerians that even Pastor Chris has approved and validated his Pastoral credentials.
So what is this noise about Joshua and Oyakhilome?, the Life Way magazine posed.
…”It is very necessary because Chris Oyahkhilome validated Joshua. Before he came to the Synagogue, we were battling with how to win the affirmation of other Pentecostal ministers. The ministers coming then (to the Synagogue Church) were those from spiritual churches like the Celestial Church. No genuine Pentecostal/ Charismatic ministers came.
When T.D Jakes was visiting Nigeria, he sent a letter to the PFN that they should explain to him who Joshua was otherwise he would visit him as he had heard a lot about him. PFN replied that Joshua was not a Christian, and therefore not a member of the association. That pained Joshua and he decided that the way out was to punch a hole in their rank”.
Pastor Godswill continued: “In Synagogue, we don't watch other television stations, or read newspapers; we only watch our church programmes. He sent for me one evening to come and watch Oyakhilome who was on air. He ridiculed him and ran him down saying he was an amateur who wanted to perform miracles. At the end of the programme, he asked one of the disciples to call the number on the screen…
The call went through and he requested to speak with Oyakhilome. He flattered him, told him how impressed he was with his programme and the healings and miracles. At the end of the conversation, Oyakhilome promised to visit the Synagogue”.
According to Pastor Godswill, “Immediately, he told us to get all the journalists on our pay roll and instructed the visitor's coordinating zone to fix cameras everywhere even outside the gate so that if Oyakhilome gets only as far as the gate the visit would be captured. That was what we did.
The journalists were briefed. And they were told what they would write and release to Nigerians. The day was a fun fare; Joshua took Oyakhilome to every part of the Synagogue. Afterwards, Oyakhilome drove Joshua to the old sit. What happened there I was not privy to. By the way, we gave different conflicting stories to the journalists so that there will be confusion in the minds of the readers. Every story you read about that incident was given to the journalists by us”.
“The strategy”, Pastor Godswill said “was to complicate and confuse the matter. We had about six different versions of the story? How did the journalists get to know the visit? We orchestrated it. The question we wanted to raise in the minds of the people is “If T.B Joshua is not of God why did Pastor Chris go there? That means Oyakhilome also is not of God…
After that visit, Oyahkhilome came again on a Wednesday during a Blood of Jesus Service. By the way Oyahkhilome came again on a Wednesday, visited at various times after the first visit and he and Joshua used to drive alone to the old site (Where the shrine was). The relationship had blossomed before Pastor Chris was invited to the Blood Service. That was the day they both prayed for the purportedly crippled man…
In reality the man only had multiple sclerosis that sometimes made him fall at any time. That was why he went around in wheelchair to prevent accidents that could cost him fall at any time. The man was reported to be crippled and Joshua invited Pastor Chris to pray for him”.
“ Now when Joshua wanted to transfer power to his disciples he would put his hands on their back. That was exactly what he did to Oyahkhilome. So if you watch the video of power transfer to the disciples and that of Oyahkhilome there is no difference. It was deliberate. By the way the man walked the same way he would normally walk“, Pastor Godswill revealed.
He further disclosed that “the distance we recorded in the testimony was not more than what he would do in his house. When it was time to pray for the long emergency line, Joshua invited Oyahkhilome to go inside the ring and join the rest of us junior prophets while he (Joshua) stood by…
It was deliberate; that automatically put Oyahkhilome in the ranks of the junior prophets while he (Joshua) stood by as the leader and supervisor. Immediately after Oyahkhilome's visit Pentecostal Pastors began to come to the Synagogue”.
He also spoke about the hand and leg movements at the Synagogue during healing session: That is the spiritual aspect. The main power flow has nothing to do with the hand movement. What you see on the telecast is hypnotism at its best. When you are filled with that power, if you open your eyes and fixed your gaze on the recipient of the healings or whatever, you can see when the person's spirit will leave the body…
At that point, whatever you think in your mind as you fix your gaze on that person is what the person would do. If you want the person to confess that he killed his mother, it shall be so under that influence. And when the spirit returned they could not remember anything…
We used those hand and leg movements with deep penetrating gaze to control the human body. Sometimes when a person was falling and we observed he could injure himself, we could move the person either from falling away from any dangerous object with our mind. It's pure hypnotism”.
“ I can say that I was personally initiated but I cannot speak for others because, I cannot say since I was not there. But the much that I was privy to, I have divulged”, adding, “was initiated in that shrine. We call it mountain. Every one of the junior prophets has a personal hut in that shrine. We don't call it shrine; we call it mountains, just like every other church consecrates a particular place as their prayer mountain”.
He again revealed that “there is a general place where other members can camp but there is also a special place where only Joshua could go. Next to Joshua were late Prophet Benson and myself. Only the two of us were initiated and given access to the first level of spiritual operation. He told us he had ten levels, but we only got as far as the first level”.