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Conman sends ‘holy’ water to fight Ebola

Conman sends ‘holy’ water to fight Ebola

Last month a government official in Lagos state, Nigeria, issued a stern warning: pastors and faith healers claiming to have a ‘cure’ for Ebola could face jail time.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Aderemi Ibirogba, said:

Only medical solutions are known to be appropriate for the disease.

This warning was undoubtedly issued to protect people within Nigeria from charlatans, so we guess one of the most notorious conmen in the country, televangelist T B Josua, above, felt safe to offer 4,000 bottles of “holy” water to  Sierra Leone, claiming his “anointed water” would cure Ebola.

Joshua, according to this report, is leader and founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN), which runs a Christian television station seen across the African continent called Emmanuel TV.

His followers call him a prophet, and Joshua has a large and dedicated following of true believers. In fact, with over 1.2 million likes as a public figure on Facebook and 107,000 followers on Twitter, labeling the pastor as ‘popular’ is a drastic understatement.

According to the T B Joshua Watch blog, Sierra Leone took Joshua up up on his offer.

Joe Fayia Nyuma, representing the Sierra Leone High Commission to Nigeria claims that the request for anointed water came straight from the President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma himself.  Joshua responded by sending a $50,000 donation, 4,000 bottles of anointed water on a chartered jet, costing an additional $50,000.

Nyuma claims that the anointed water will be used to:

Curb the deadly Ebola yoke that is about to destroy our nation.

The author of the blog posting added:

While we at T B Joshua Watch fully believe in the healing power of God, we do not believe that he operates like a vending machine, dispensing healing at the puff of a spray.

The anointed water is completely unbiblical and idolatrous, and in a case like this will only hamper the efforts of brave health workers battling this disease. The World Health Organization reports that so far 170 health workers have contracted the virus and 80 have died.

Meanwhile, TB Joshua uses the crisis to promote his anointed water and brag about how much money he spent on a private jet.

Of course it is possible that SCOAN have made all this up and that Joe Fayia Nyuma was not acting on behalf of his government. If this is the case, it is imperative that the authorities in Sierra Leone clearly distance themselves from this stunt.

(Update: the website for the Office of the President have announced TB Joshua’s monetary donation, but no mention of the anointed water).

We hope it is only a matter of time before the Nigerian government takes decisive action against this dangerous con artist.

15 responses to “Conman sends ‘holy’ water to fight Ebola”

  1. barriejohn says:

    While we at T B Joshua Watch fully believe in the healing power of God, we do not believe that he operates like a vending machine, dispensing healing at the puff of a spray.

    The anointed water is completely unbiblical and idolatrous…

    Who says? Let’s have some even-handed treatment here please!

    http://www.directfromlourdes.com/?xtr=Bing

  2. barriejohn says:

    “Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.”

    (James 5:13-15)

  3. Broga says:

    Good stuff barriejohn and the point is well made. What is the difference between this dangerous con man and the RC con artists raking in the cash from the Lourdes scam? Their effrontery takes the breath away. Or it would do if we hadn’t seen them at their scams for so long,

  4. barriejohn says:

    Broga: The Catholics give a 10% discount. That must be it!

  5. Paul Cook says:

    Barriejohn

    many thanks for that. I can get all my family gifts from there and save their souls. Not to say to fill the sellers bank account.

    I am tempted to order a Miraculous Medal.

  6. Trevor Blake says:

    I invite T B Josua to demonstrate the effectiveness of his cure by the most direct and personal means possible.

  7. barriejohn says:

    It’s not only the Roman Catholics, either:

    http://www.walsinghamanglican.org.uk/the_shrine/index.htm

    Sprinkling is a healing service. After listening to a short address and prayers, the pilgrims make their way to the well where they receive a sip of the water, are signed with cross on their foreheads and then have water poured through their hands.

  8. barriejohn says:

    Wasn’t T B Joshua one of the A Team?

    A humble and hardworking man, toiling tirelessly for the advancement of God’s kingdom.

    Sounds like Adolf Hitler again. Bet he’s living in poverty as well.

    http://www.scoan.org/about/prophet-tb-joshua/

  9. barriejohn says:

    Here’s a man being delivered from The Evil Spirit of Silly Haircuts:

    http://youtu.be/XNqcWqZFjAI

    It’s sad that people are still taken in by this chicanery, but Morris Cerullo has been drawing thousands to his “healing mission” at Earl’s Court, so we in Britain have nothing to boast about.

  10. L.Long says:

    I would have no sympathy for anyone dim enough to believe this or any other com-man’s BS. The real problem is that WELL people who are so phuckin’ dim as to believe this con-man’s BS and then use his “cure” on the incapacitated sick rather than get proper treatment if any such is available. That is the real crime. Any ADULT with the capacity to figure out 2+2=4 and goes for this con-man’s BS than good luck to them I wish them the best.
    But when any gov’mint has anti-fraud laws then they should shoot anyone who says “this is exempt because RELIGION!!!!!”
    Religion SHOULD be no different than any other group of con-men making bogus non-provable claims, release the marijuana users from jail to make room for frauds.

  11. AgentCormac says:

    @ barriejohn

    That truly dreadful Lourdes gift shop site you linked to earlier represents a wonderful yet appalling snapshot of what those shyster carpetbaggers who run the rcc are, if any of their deluded followers cared to stop and really think about it, actually all about.

    Beneath a micron-thin veneer of crass, utterly insincere ‘caring’ (best summed by the crap, Thora Herd-would-have-loved-it music) is an almost palpable sense of avarice and Fagan-esque, hard-sell money-grabbing. To the point where it is all so blatantly false you’d have to be a retard to not see through it. (Oh, sorry – I was forgetting that the rcc loves retards.) Even the comments are so obviously made-up it’s untrue.

    I just wanted to write and thank you for all my beautiful items – it is a joy to open the box and unwrap all the Lourdes treasures inside, especially the Rosary Beads and Miraculous Medal, it is lovely. I also received two extra prayer cards and a wooden all saints bracelet! Goodness, what kind and generous loving souls you are. I will be constantly buying from you, because each gift brings me closer to the Divine Holy Mother. I feel blessed to hold some of the miraculous water in my hands. God bless you and thank-you for making these gifts so beautiful to open. I feel like I’m at Lourdes, even though I’ve not had the pleasure of actually being there.
    Mrs B, Lancashire, UK.

    Thank you so much! I received my order of Catholic Goods yesterday and I am so excited to be able to buy Holy Water from the Lourdes Grotto, in this way. Thank you for offering this wonderful service. I will be sure to order more gifts again in the future.
    Mr & Mrs B, Ontario, Canada.

    In the real world, how many people actually leave reviews effectively saying ‘I’ll be happy to keep on handing over my money to you in perpetuity’? Hateful conmen, one and all.

  12. barriejohn says:

    AC: I did read those “testimonials”. They sound genuine. I didn’t have the heart to mock them!

  13. Matt Westwood says:

    @barriejohn — that passage:
    “Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.”
    from James wrenches me back some 40 years to the church I attended when I was religious and stupid.

    There seemed to be a cancer epidemic at our church (yes I know it’s not a disease you can catch like measles, you know what I mean). This person was diagnosed, that person was diagnosed, etc. etc. The church elders seriously believed that prayer would heal them. Several sermons went by with the above message, and how because they *weren’t* miraculously cured, “it must have been because they still had sin they weren’t fessing up to.”

    They all died, IIRC, usually by the second or third relapse.

  14. barriejohn says:

    Matt: The elder daughter of members of our “assembly” was found to have a brain tumour when very young (around 1960). They discovered this when she couldn’t do somersaults on a summer outing and her younger sister could. This was devastating news for everyone, of course, and there were, over the years, numerous prayer meetings, with fasting and much weeping and earnest entreaty for the health of their daughter – who was a delightful and cheerful girl much loved by all. Many times she was at death’s door, and was “miraculously” saved…by the intervention of neurosurgeons at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. With the help of medical science she survived into her early forties, and had a happy life despite her difficulties, yet it was always “the Lord” who had to be thanked for her survival, even though he must have been responsible for her affliction in the first place!

  15. Robster says:

    Where’s that Peter Popov when he’s needed? That conman has a warehouse full of magic water waiting for suckers to buy. If they’re going down this path, why not use the magic catlik red wine, you know the jesus blood they love slurping down on Sundays. Surely if a priest can turn the wine into the dead jew, they could turn it into a magic medicine that clears up ebola in minutes and all for a small donatation. There would have to be a place for the terminally tasteless jesus cracker too with a bit of godly magic from the priests. A two pronged attack would surely sort things out and prove the magic power of god/jesus/mary etc, won’t be much fun though for the ebola patients waiting around for something to happen and realising it won’t.