Nigerian Pastor Chris Okotie is the
latest prominent voice to wade into the controversy over Prophet T.B.
Joshua’s proposed relocation to Israel.
Speaking on Facebook, Okotie, who has
long been an outspoken critic of Joshua, described the cleric as an
“He is controlled by a malevolent
misanthropic spirit,” the pastor of Household of God International
Ministries wrote on his official Facebook Profile under a news article
he reposted detailing Joshua’s alleged relocation.
“His hypocritical jeremiad should be
ignored. He is just another frustrated shaman seeking public sympathy,”
Okotie wordily concluded.
However, followers of Okotie were
surprisingly quick to rise to Joshua’s defence, commenting that the
cleric had not been positioned to judge on such matters.
“Honestly, I do not think a brilliant
man like Chris Okotie will castigate another who propagates God’s
throne,” queried Tamaraudoubra Sultan Zimughan.
“On whose mandate is Okotie labelling
T.B. Joshua a shaman? Go to both Churches and see whose is more of God?
Look at T.B. Joshua’s life and that of Chris Okotie and see who is more
APC chieftain Timi Frank and PDP
stalwart Femi Fani Kayode are among those who have joined the growing
call for Joshua to remain in Nigeria, citing the spiritual, economic and
social impact of his church.
Meanwhile, in a post on Joshua’s
official Facebook page, the controversial cleric revealed the secret
behind his ‘money’. According to him, the reward accrued from ministry
cannot be quantified in material terms.
Speaking specifically about his foreign
crusades, Joshua disclosed that he pays for the large majority of
arrangements and does not touch the offerings collected during such
“My joy is to see people healed,
delivered and blessed. That is my money. Each person that is delivered
is more than $20,000 to me! That is the money God gives me – the joy to
sleep in peace,” Joshua stated.
“You need to know what it means if God
uses you to heal and deliver people,” the cleric continued. “If you know
what it means – the joy in God using you to deliver people – you will
never ask the people you deliver to bring money… If God uses you to
remove the pain of one, you are more than a millionaire.”
According to the prophet cum
philanthropist, “If money is your gain, you are robbing yourself. That
money is insufficient – it cannot give you peace.”