Whether it’s addressing contentious issues on Facebook, prophesying world events or celebrity deliverances in his church, the name of popular Nigerian Prophet T.B. Joshua can’t seem to leave the news of late.
“She took me to a club where we went drinking. She took me to her house and started touching me. Because I was drunk, I responded.”
The day after this drunken encounter, Maria (see photo below) had an unusual dream. “A half-nakéd lady came to me in the dream and fed me with rice, stew and meat.”
Upon waking up, Maria’s affection for men disappeared and she began to admire her fellow females…
“That was how the spirit of lesbianism entered me. I noticed that whenever I saw a female that was busty and curvy, I would always admire their features… I became a chronic lesbian,” she admitted. The same lady who introduced her to lésbianism brought her into a local pros’titution ring, assuring her that the riches she desired could easily be attained. If I needed money, I would go to meet men who were very rich – politicians and businessmen – but if I wanted to enjoy séx or feel ‘real’ love, I would go for a woman.”
Pros’titution led Maria to a neighbouring African country where her immoral lifestyle seemed only to worsen. However, resources disappeared as readily as they arrived. After several years of frustration, she decided it was time to return to Nigeria.
“That half-nakéd woman came to me in the dream and said, ‘Look – you think you can leave me! Go and pick up a knife and kill yourself’.” Upon waking, Maria immediately packed her bags and left for The SCOAN that morning.
During the church service on Sunday 16th March 2014, one of T.B. Joshua’s ‘Wise Men’ prayed for Maria and she experienced the ‘deliverance’ her friends had spoken of.
“I have never experienced that type of thing before! I had gone to other places for ‘deliverance’ but it didn’t go. That is when I found myself even craving more for women.”
According to her, when prayed for, she began ‘manifesting’ and a strange voice spoke through her. After the ‘deliverance’, Maria testified to a total transformation.
“I no longer have affection for women. When I see any woman, I don’t feel it again – I see you as a sister or as my mother. I am seeing myself now as a woman that will settle with a man.”
Advising people, the former lesbian told the congregation:
“This lesbian spirit is a very stubborn spirit – it takes the grace of God for it to leave you.”
In his comments, T.B. Joshua said:
“Don’t hate the people; hate the act. Jesus loves the sinner but hates the sin. Now you are delivered, it is time to live in the Word,” he warned Maria. “Because of Christ, you are delivered – for the salvation of your soul.”
The story of Nneoma Onyema was not so dissimilar. Running away from home aged 18 and becoming a hair stylist in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, a rich lady approached her in the salon one day. After complimenting her appearance, she gave Nneoma extra money and invited her to a high profile club. Intoxicating the teen with alcohol, she awoke the next morning in bed with the lady carousing her.
“She changed my name to Jennifer and took me to a man who put tattoo of love on my back,” she explained to the church.
Immediately after this encounter, Nneoma’s affection and attention turned only to females. Dancing in a club to make a living, she had no contact whatsoever with her family who hadn’t heard from her in three years. However, after being viciously attacked by a girl who claimed she ‘took’ her girlfriend, a friend advised Nneoma, whose life was clearly in a mess, to visit T.B. Joshua’s church in Lagos for help.
“When the Wise Man prayed for me, I felt an electric shock pulsating through my entire body” Nneoma said of her experience.
The ‘demon’ that spoke through her said it was ‘a great lesbian’and had tormented her life. In a remarkable twist of fate, Nneoma’s brother Emmanuel who had not seen her for three years was in The SCOAN congregation that very day.
“I always used to put Nneoma’s picture on the screen of Emmanuel TV when T.B. Joshua prayed. I was so shocked to see her in the church that day,” Emmanuel explained, adding that he was hearing this confession from Nneoma for the very first time.
T.B. Joshua pledged to support Nneoma in her education so as to enable her to start a new life.
“Judge not, so that you will not be judged. We should talk to people to be saved and not to die. I mean, we should talk salvation, not condemnation. The Bible is my standard,” TB Joshua said in a Facebook post.