In one of his last interviews, the late Nigerian preacher TB Joshua spoke in explicit terms about succession plans saying he would not anoint his wife as his successor.
This comes as his widow Evelyn Joshua has been named the new leader of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN).
In an interview published in This Day Newspaper on June 13th 2021 under the headline ‘Why It’s Difficult For Me To Display My Wife’, Joshua explained the work of God was “not a business venture” and “the issue of the family should not come into the issue of the church”.
When asked about his immediate family’s role in The SCOAN, the late cleric explained:
_I would have loved my wife to be like me but I cannot make her what I am; it is God. It is not possible for me to anoint her; God is the one that anoints people. This is not a biological issue; it is inherited from the saints, it is a partaker from the saints. Therefore, I should not use anything in my biological life to stop my spiritual life._
He further described The SCOAN as “an apostolic ministry” that required God’s anointing to minister in, not theological training or biological connection.
_I am a native of Arigidi-Akoko but as for my divine nature I am a partaker of the inheritance of the saints, therefore, it is so difficult for me._
_This is an apostolic ministry. It is not a ministry where you read the Bible, go to theology school and you start preaching. No! It is purely divine. So, it is so difficult for me to display my wife. She has to be ready for God. As much as you are ready for God, God will display her._
When the journalist asked in clear-cut terms who would take over his ministry, Joshua responded by calling on him to observe the recent activities on Emmanuel TV, the popular television channel owned by The SCOAN. He said:
_Don’t you watch Emmanuel TV? This is a year now or six months since I preached last and the church still continues. There are five prophets and prophetesses; they are working. They have taken over from me already. There is an American, a British, a French, and a Nigerian._
Joshua was finally laid to rest last week on Friday, July 9th 2021 within The SCOAN premises after a series of services celebrating his life and legacy.
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