TB Joshua’s ‘holy water’, over which four Christian worshippers died in Accra on
Sunday, was apparently meant to bridge the poverty gap between the poor and the
rich in Ghana, one of the Nigerian Prophet’s Evangelists has told XYZ
Evangelist Samuel Excellence said: “[TB Joshua’s] position about
this whole anointing water has to do with the fact that he realises that there
was a large gap between the Rich and the Poor, and the grace of God is what
brings healing, deliverance and blessings for the salvation of the souls; so his
intention is that as people participate in this grace, through the medium of
anointing water, that gap will be bridged”.
Thousands of Christians
trooped to the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) at the Spintex Road on
Sunday to have access to the free anointing water.
A scramble ensued
within the humongous congregation with virtually every Worshipper pushing and
shoving for access to the ‘holy water’.
The chaos resulted in a stampede
in which four Worshippers got trampled and asphyxiated.
The bodies have
been deposited at the Police Hospital in Accra.
At least 30 others also
got seriously injured and had to be rushed to the Hospital.
Excellence said Prophet TB Joshua had to personally intervene to prevent the
disaster from exacerbating.
“Immediately the stampede took place….he was
made aware and right on Emmanuel TV, he spoke to the whole world that he
understands this and that and that is what is happening at the Ghana branch and
as a result the church [was] coming to an end so that the Evangelists could take
care of the situation on the ground; so he spoke publicly declaring that the
service was coming to an end”.
The ‘holy water’ stampede has sparked a
major debate in the Ghanaian media about the genuineness of what some critics
have described as highly celebrated Christian cult figures who are followed by
millions of people around the world.
A Ghanaian Pastor, who is the
Founder and Leader of the Glorious Word Power Ministries International, Isaac
Owusu-Bempah, is quoted by local News Paper ‘Gye Nyame Concord’ as having
accused TB Joshua and fellow Nigerian Evangelist, Chris Oyakhilome of devil