I would rather keep quiet than say a word about certain things but some things cannot be left to spread like fire. I am sure you have a picture of where this is going. Take a look at the quotation below taken from hungry generation website.
“The anointing water came to be through a revelation from God to the man of God, Prophet TB Joshua…Unfortunately the man of God cannot be in every country, or visit many places, so God instructed him to pray for bottles of water and distribute to people all over for healing, deliverance, and breakthrough. Within the Scriptures, we see clear proof that God is able to use any medium to express Himself…By praying with the anointing water, you are setting yourself apart for God’s special attention as you pray in faith.”
When you read the above passage, you would probably want to know where to get this anointing water because it promises heaven on earth. But there are a few concerns. My concern about these statements is twofold. The first is what it undermines. The second is what it promotes. Let me elaborate.
Firstly, I believe it undermines the Sufficiency of Scripture, the Sufficiency of a believer’s prayer and the sufficiency of Christ.
It undermines the sufficiency of Scripture in stating that this water came through a revelation from God. Look at this: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. That the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work” 2 Tim 3:16-17. This verse informs us that if we need to learn of the God we worship, we must go the Scriptures. If you want to know God you must go to the Scriptures. They are the ones that reveal God clearly. If you must rebuke or be rebuked then Scripture will do an excellent work because it is God who is speaking. The other thing we see is that anyone who is in error must be corrected by Scripture. Lastly, we see that Scripture trains. God’s word instructs in righteousness. Spiritual growth will not take place without consistent reading, listening to and meditating on the word. This is all in the effort to make believers ready for good work. So Scripture has God’s full revelation of what he wants us to know. However, according to the above quote, there is a new revelation called anointing water which only TB Joshua has received. We don’t need any new revelations from anyone. God has given us his word and it is his full revelation for us.
It distorts the Sufficiency of a believer’s prayer in saying that when you pray with the water you have God’s special attention. “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth ” James 5:16b-17. Notice it says , “ Elijah was a man with a nature like ours,” meaning that in as much as he was a prophet of God he was only human. There is no superiority when it comes to prayer. God can hear everyone of his children when they pray to him with or without anointing water. The fact that you are a Christian means you already have God’s special attention. The Israelites had God’s special attention because they were God’s chosen nation.
It undermines the sufficiency of Christ by saying that praying with TB Joshua’s anointing water will lead to healing, deliverance and breakthrough because the water acts as the medium. My question is what was the purpose of Jesus’ death on the cross? Who connects us to God? In Scripture we are told that “there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” 1 Tim 2:5. However, according to TB Joshua, there is medium called anointing water. So you need Jesus and the anointing water. Yes God used different channels to accomplish his purposes but that was before Christ came. Many if not all of those things were pointing to Jesus Christ. Remember the bronze serpent? Jesus says in the book of John that that serpent was talking about him. Yes, even the manna that fell from heaven in the wilderness Jesus said that he was that manna. “I am the living bread that came down from heaven…” John 6:51. At the cross Jesus paid the penalty for sin and he can save anyone who comes to him in faith. If through the power of the cross people cannot be delivered then why did Christ die? He died so that he could deliver us from sin and all forms of darkness. And we are told that, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new Creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.” 2 Cor 5:17. So what do I need to be delivered from if I am in Christ? Unless you say Christ does not do a perfect work when he saves us or that he does not protect his own. In 2 Peter 1:3 we are told that in his “divine power God has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness…” So what breakthrough are you talking about? Christ is all in all.
Secondly and lastly this water promotes the name of TB Joshua. The anointing water uplifts no one else but TB Joshua. In fact it is called TB Joshua’s anointing water. As if not enough the “man of God” also has stickers and prayers named after him, TB Joshua’s sticker and TB Joshua’s prayer. Wherever you place this so called sticker, it is said, favor will be upon you. If you are sick and you listen to his prayer you will be healed instantly. So why are these things named after him? I believe as servants of Christ our names must decrease while that of Christ must increase. If we claim to be servants of Christ and our names are the ones which keep becoming popular instead of Christ then there is something wrong. Listen to what this true servant said about himself in comparison to Christ. “He must increase, but I must decrease” John the Baptist, John 4:30. In fact, when you hear someone talking about TB Joshua, seldom do you hear how many were led to Christ and even if Christ is mentioned it is a by the way. It’s like TB Joshua is the Lord while Christ is the servant.
What would I say then in summing up everything? Look at his: “And even if our gospel is veiled it is veiled only to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” 2 Cor 4:3-4. Based on the above verse you need to be careful what you believe in. Many are being used by Satan (the god of this world) to distract people from the truth of the gospel.