The head of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Prophet TB Joshua says people who inherit stolen wealth will live under stolen future thereby having their future mortgaged.
TB Joshua said this while responding to questions from different people on his Emmanuel TV broadcast.
When responding to a question posed by a viewer about how he raises funds as he is never heard preaching on the subject of tithes and offerings, he said:
“I am very careful when it comes to receiving offerings from congregants.
“Because if I receive something from you, the source and the manner you give will determine whether it’s a blessing or a curse that I receive from you.
“Also, the force behind the money given determines the kind of money it is’’.
The cleric described giving of offerings as scriptural but emphasised that people should give as God prompts their conscience”.
“They may not be many but people of good conscience are giving, I mean, the right people are giving genuinely, for the salvation of their souls and their giving will be blessed by God’’.
He said that only people without conscience would be reminded many times before they can give.
“They are reminded because it is not from their hearts: wrong people referred to here are dubious or corrupt individuals who got their money from the wrong sources.
“Such people will only give to be seen, to be heard and to be praised.
“If hard times hit them later in life, they will write letters to the church reminding them of the money they had previously given.”
He said such people feel that their offerings were a form of bargaining with God to get what they want or a way of manipulating Him to give approval to their selfish motives.
“Giving is like service and both should be done with joy without being reminded.
“You don’t need to be reminded to do that which gives you joy, believers should therefore ask for the Holy Spirit’s help in giving, receiving and asking’’.
He admonished that if you give something from your heart, it will bless you the giver and also bless the person or ministry that receives it.
He cited Apostle Paul’s admonition in 2 Corinthians to give as each one purposes in his heart, not grudgingly, ‘for God loves a cheerful giver’.
TB Joshua has gained a reputation for not focusing on money during his sermons, asking for offerings during his broadcasts or selling merchandise during his large overseas crusades.
With nearly 1.7 million YouTube subscribers, he is also one of the platform’s largest users that doesn’t monetise his videos with the placement of third-party advertisements.
During this global lockdown, his ministry has engaged in extensive humanitarian programs, assisting vulnerable citizens most affected by the economic impact of the crisis in nations spanning Africa, Europe, South America and USA.