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TB Joshua Says Synagogue Building Collapse Victims’ Death was “Unavoidable Call to Heavenly Home”



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One year after the tragic Synagogue church building collapse that claimed over 100 lives, the church’s pastor T.B. Joshua took to his Facebook page to pay tribute to the victims.

In the post titled, An Exhortation of Martyrs of Fate, Joshua describes the victims’ death as an unavoidable call to “our heavenly home.”

Here is the post:

It is important to remember that we are members of a family – the family of God. Consequently, for an occasion like this, God should be the Invitee.

My people, we are here because of our loved ones, who fell asleep in the bosom of the Lord. Our faithful and true God will bring them with Jesus, a Rock against which you can lean even as the winds of mourning howl around us.

As Christians, there comes a time when we will need to say good-bye and sing a “requiem” for our lost brethren. It is right and noble for Christians to gather, pray and say, “Requiescat In Pace”. That is, for the soul of their loved ones to “rest in peace”.

It is now one year since our beloved brothers and sisters slept in the Lord. For those of us who find it difficult to let go, we must realise that their death is an unavoidable call – a call to our Heavenly home that no one can disobey.

Of course we all know that this has nothing to do with age, status, rich or poor or even the nature of death itself – as this happened to our predecessors, including the Apostles who paid the supreme price to bring the Gospel to all of us. Some were even beheaded at their prime age. Others were stoned to death in the course of the Gospel. Some others were even crucified upside down, not to talk of the ones that were dropped inside boiling oil.

For those who of us who cannot trace or touch the body of those who are resting in the bosom of the Lord, we must realise that such examples abound among God’s Generals in the Bible.

If you have not yet said good-bye in Jesus’ name, now is your fine grace to do so. You could write a letter to your loved one who slept in the Lord. Express your mind on the good and the bad. Feel free to do whatever you want with the letter. Read and seal the letter. You might decide to share the letter with either your church authority or pastor and do away with the letter as the Spirit of God directs. Once you have done that, leave the rest to the future with expectation as God holds our future.

My people, no mortal man or devil can supersede the plan of God for your life. As a Christian, once you understand and believe this, you set yourself free. Let us set ourselves free from this happening, as it is the will of God, which is unchangeable. When it is the will of God, it happens as His will. If you harbour offence, you cannot stay in God’s will. Let us not harbour offence because it produces more fruit of sin, such as bitterness, anger and resentment, all of which are the purpose and will of the devil.

On a number of occasions, many of us have become victims of maltreatment in the hands of wicked men and women. Honestly you may have been treated unjustly and you get offended. But when you harbour any offence, you fulfil the purpose of your enemy, thereby being pushed out of God’s will. When you free your mind and stop harbouring offence, you will maintain and stay in the course of God’s will. On the other hand, if you continue to harbour offence, you automatically become a victim and captive of the enemy, thereby fulfilling his own purpose and will.

Remember that nothing can come against us without God’s knowledge and approval. Let’s face the fact – if the devil who hates us with passion could have his way, he would not hesitate to destroy us at will. You must keep this exhortation before you.

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man. But God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond limit (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Don’t get offended, neither should you harbour any offence. This is the weapon to resist the devil. Remember the message of the Cross: “Father, forgive them,” said Jesus. This message of forgiveness points to the future and not to look behind.

Finally brethren, I will not leave you without stating this simple conclusion – why are we rushing? Can we reach the end of this road without God’s knowledge and approval?


  1. Ijebujesha

    September 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Well, what the Pastor has said is absolutely true and correct. The only problem is why tell them all these truths at this time, in this circumstance when our churches have been telling them something else before now. Nigerian Christendom give people the false belief that all good happenings are from God, that no harm can come the way of ‘a dutiful child of God’, that the earth is for ‘children of God for the taking”. Many have fallen prey to this fallacies and in the process collectively enriching Pastors who now compete with legitimate businessmen and looting politicians in acquisition of luxuries. Pastors now own multiple private jets, choice properties all over the world and chains of businesses. When a curious mind seeks an explanation for this, the response is always ‘why should a child of God want or suffer’. The teachings through the years have been that children of God should inherit all the good things of the World….money, fame, health, long-life and ‘evil-spirits’ causing poverty, illness, death, marital issues etc are constantly bound and cast. Well, you make a gullible people fall for all these over the years, then life happens, reality happens and you then tell them the truth. i,e life can happen to anyone and it is not a function of how religious or how Godly you are..It’s just a random thing and the best you can do is to take your precautions and pray but that’s no guarantee, just the best you can do. I wonder how these faithfuls are expected to suddenly purge themselves of their long-held beliefs on ‘faith’ ‘miracles’, ‘grace’ and all that and now come to terms with the reality of their loss. I just wonder………. I pray to God to give them the strength and the wisdom to truly learn the essence and dynamics of life and living. Amen.

    • Chinel

      September 14, 2015 at 11:26 am

      I seriously pity you…

  2. Truth

    September 13, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Thunder fire your mouth. Oloriburuku.
    I hope God gives you a heavenly call to jail.
    Useless man.

  3. Le coco

    September 13, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Uggggh. I just can’t. .. .. I blame the ppl tht r still worshipping this man… The collapse was unforseen.. Nd I get that.. but gosh.. hw on earth would he not acknowledge it and take responsibility for the accident that happened in his church. Sha… why would God choose to “call ppl home” in such a gruesome way.?

    • Joseph

      September 14, 2015 at 7:31 am

      May God forgive you

    • le coco

      September 14, 2015 at 10:22 am

      excuse you!!! i am not the one that refuses to take responsibility for an accident that happened in my church.. please have a seat…

  4. dark and lovely

    September 13, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    this man right here is : a scammer , a liar,an hy pocrite.the guy is just playing around with weak minds, I am all for God but this is a FALSE PROPHET right here …i said it ,sue me

    • Le coco

      September 14, 2015 at 9:12 am

      How do we expect this man to be pHeld accountable wen the various ppl that he brought so much pain to are still endorsing him.. He bought them.. Nd for such a low price… how can someone’s loved one die in a church. . And the pastor invites you to come shopping? Like?.. when watching the interviews of these ppl thy were so elated.. talking about how man of God brought luxury buses to take them out for the whole day nd we bought whatever we wanted.. Some of them even said things like “I know my wife died to fulfil a purpose”.. my gosh…
      A few months ago the same south Africans that lost loved ones actually helped throw a birthdAy party for this man.. I just don’t how someone can be brainwashed to this extent

  5. lol

    September 13, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    That headline killed it for me.
    Like who says that!

  6. aikay

    September 13, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Unavoidable call to heavenly home MY FOOT. If it were abroad you should be rotting in jail by now, IDIOT!!!!!! Well I no blame u sha nah people wen dey gullible enough to believe your fake healing come dey attend your SYNAGOGUE abi nah RITUALGOGUE I blame. You may escape earthly justice but not divine justice frm the almighty. You must surely atone for it…

  7. Puzzles

    September 13, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    he didn’t even take responsibility for what happened. No public apologies. Nothing. Even blamed the death of those innocent people on some unseen aircraft. Looks like this incident would be among the millions just swept under the carpet. No justice for those who had died.

    Anyway, I know for a certainty that God will render justice. The blood of the innocent certainly cry out for justice and He is hearing them. He will certainly act one day.

    By their fruits, you will recognize them.

  8. maryjane

    September 13, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Okay! Okay! God don suffer for our hand

  9. Ebere

    September 13, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    Some stones are to be left unturned, sealing my lips on this one……………#LetGodDoTheJudging#

  10. Amh

    September 13, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Why cant he heed the call and go to his heavenly home. Afterall he is tge pastor. Why not him instead of the innocent lives. No justice in nigeria.

  11. Brikoler

    September 14, 2015 at 12:09 am

    Heavenly call my ass. He used them as sacrifice.

  12. Iris

    September 14, 2015 at 2:18 am

    See how he made the deaths sound so peaceful, like they had time to sort their lives out and it wasn’t that due to negligence something avoidable happened. This message is sha for his church followers. Na Una know.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      September 14, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      Him trying to pass of the deaths as an “unavoidable call” just did it for me and the whole darn statement just sounds arrogant and very myopic. We’re not speaking of people dying due to a freak accident (such as lightning striking a rooftop) or mysterious afflictions (such as terminal cancer suddenly showing up and giving patients 3months to live); in this case, people died because of some one or some people were negligent. If I was one of the families affected and saw this on Facebook, Heaven knows that Pastor/Bishop/Cardinal/Pope or not, my scalding hot rejoinder would have been specially prepared and set loose on your insensitive and condescending self.

      Talking about “loved ones who fell asleep”… some people were in pain when they died! Do you know what it feels like for a building to collapse on you?? It’s very likely that some mightn’t have even died immediately and may have either bled out till the end or suffocated while they gave up all hope of rescue – any idea what that kind of suffering feels like? And the gall of him talking about the plan of God for peoples lives … the gall of it, AS IF GOD TOLD HIM TO COMMISSION A SHODDY BUILDING SO THAT IT COULD JUST FALL DOWN AND WIPE OUT PEOPLE’S LIVES. Yes, let’s all just take that lesson away with us from all that’s happened. I mean, silence would have been better than this post and yes, I see certain threads about peace, persecution for the Kingdom’s sake and accepting the will of God in the full post that may have been perfectly reasonable and wholesome teachings in other circumstances but not here and definitely not in the light of what’s happened.

      Very obtuse human being and I can’t stand self-righteous obtuseness in any form, whether it’s coming from the pulpit or otherwise.

  13. woman of God

    September 14, 2015 at 5:16 am

    Thuo shall not judge.Stephan was stoned to death.jusus was crucified

    • Vortex

      September 14, 2015 at 9:24 am

      There it is- “thou shall not judge.” Aren’t a lot of us just hypocrites? We’re especially quick to remember that God asked us not to judge when it comes to issues about our religious leaders but we forget that we’re almost always judging everyone else- strangers, colleagues, friends, family members.

      Many of these religious leaders know the utility of that statement and the other overused one- “touch not my anointed and do my prophet no harm.” They are very convenient shields that protect them from the few followers who aren’t too lazy to think. They entrench these statements in people’s minds so as to gain and retain power. I mean, isn’t it funny how a lot of these church leaders tell us not to judge but are very judgemental?

      Modern day religion is, for the most part, a huge mess. Instead of serving only God, many of us serve our religious leaders; we exalt them and hang on to their every word. Some even prostrate, bow, kiss their feet and do so many other weird stuff that these leaders should tell people to stop doing but won’t… because they need to have firm control over their followers’ minds so no one can speak or act against them and take away the power that allows them get away with things.

      The justification for not questioning these leaders is usually the bible but we forget that there are certain parts of the old testament that can very well justify some sins/crimes. The next thing you’ll hear from church leaders is that the old testament is the old order but when it’s time to pay tithe or give offering, we revisit books like Malachi from this ‘old order’ and are expected to adhere, right?

      Blind followership is wrong. God doesn’t expect us to have leaders who can’t be questioned, called to order or punished. He gave us brains and He expects us to use them, even in religious matters.

      And “woman of God,” I wonder if you’d have remembered not to judge if your loved ones were part of this “unavoidable call to heavenly home.” Nonsense.

    • le coco

      September 14, 2015 at 10:23 am

      very well said @vortex

    • aykvic

      September 14, 2015 at 12:16 pm

      @vortex you speak my mind

    • Puzzles

      September 14, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      Stephen was stoned for his faith and Jesus was killed because he is the ‘Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world’ and the religious leaders refused to acknowledge that he is God’s son.
      These people DIDNOT DIE FOR THEIR FAITH. They DIED BECAUSE OF SOME PEOPLE’S NEGLIGENCE AND GREED. So, pls don’t compare the two abeg. Do you think we are stupid? People, stop following your pastors blindly. Study the bible!

  14. ...just saying

    September 14, 2015 at 7:08 am

    Baba, now that you are here, please ensure that TB Joshua does not go scott free


    September 14, 2015 at 7:38 am

    I don’t understand why this matter was swept under the bus like that. There should be repercussions for this. The collapse was due to negligence. Most people just use church to cover up their sins. How can you build a house without proper planning and materials? What do you expect? It’s only in Nigeria this will happen. Just killed people for nothing.

  16. Joseph

    September 14, 2015 at 7:40 am

    September 12-2014 can’t be forgotten which th devil were tempted the great man of God though in every situation we should give thanks to God almighty he knows everything my mentor said I quote ” IN A EVERY SITUATION GOD HAS SOMETHING TO SAY “

  17. paula .y

    September 14, 2015 at 8:32 am

    This. Agent of. Satan can spew this rubbish because our country is messed up. He ought to be in jail or hung in the gallows. But because our people are so brainwahed and. Stupid,This evil paedophile and criminal is walking. Around free. Shame !

    • Tikka Masala

      September 14, 2015 at 10:50 am

      In a civilized country, he would be in JAIL. NO question! They need to banish him to a dungeon with a very small cubby hole.

  18. enkay

    September 14, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Stephan? Jusus? Who are you talking about?

  19. Bella

    September 14, 2015 at 9:21 am

    How about taking accountability for your actions, and not shifting blame. God didn’t do this, it was you, trying to accommodate all these innocent souls into your building knowing fully well the building was faulty and not fit for that large number. God will see to it that your fake prophecy will take you to where all these innocent souls didn’t go. Hell. If it was in any other first world country, you would be rotting in jail for mass murders!

  20. Bs

    September 14, 2015 at 10:36 am

    What nerve?i guess the unavoidable call justifies it then,as It was initailly an attack,but that’s not soothing enough to the gullible and the weak that he appeals to…

  21. nnenne

    September 14, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Wonder when this heavenly home would call Joshua. Or is his heaven here on earth?

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