Influential clerics in the country have conspicuously maintained silence over the death of founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations Prophet Temitope Joshua.
Known to the public as TB Joshua, the SCOAN founder died on March 5 after a church programme in Lagos.
General overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye; presiding bishop of the Living Faith Church, David Oyedepo; and the general superintendent of Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William Kumuyi have not publicly said a word concerning Joshua’s demise.
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) have also kept mum over his death.
While Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor was PFN president, he was quoted to have said the body would not admit Joshua to its fold because they were not convinced that he was a child of God.
“Jesus did not say by their words you will know them; he said by the fruit you shall know them. If T.B. Joshua can show me his pastor who pastored him before he said he was called into the ministry; if T.B. Joshua can tell me when he got converted and how he got converted, then we would consider him. Anybody who is a Christian is a Christian because he received Jesus Christ at a point,” he said.
“I gather he said he was converted in his mother’s womb and I don’t see anybody like that in the Bible. It is a conscious decision you make and it doesn’t happen in your mother’s womb.”
Joshua, who died aged 57, was into the healing ministry, becoming the go-to person for sick people who needed healing.