Synagogue Tragedy: Hard times may test me, but cannot destroy me, says T.B. Joshua

Synagogue Building collapse

The founder of The Synagogue Church of all Nations, Temitope Joshua (popularly known as T.B. Joshua), has described the recent incident in his church as a hard time that cannot destroy him.

Writing on the church’s official Facebook page, Tuesday, Mr. Joshua said hard times should be counted as joy.

“It is through hard times that you gain the necessary experience and maturity to handle whatever responsibility given you,” Mr. Joshua said.

“We are most likely to go astray from God and forget him when things are easy with us in the world because we often become proud and stupid with wealth and pleasure.

“God visits His people with hard times that they may learn His way.

His ways, though hard to the ungodly men, are desirable and profitable because they lead us to safety unto eternal life,” Mr. Joshua added.

A five-storey building inside the church’s premises at Ikotun, Lagos, collapsed last Friday as three additional floors were being added to the original two-storey structure.

As at noon, Wednesday, the death toll had risen to 70 dead and 131 rescued, according to the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA.

Citing the Book of Chronicles in the Bible, Mr. Joshua said God allowed the enemy to overcome Israel so that they might learn the difference between serving God and serving the devil.

“If not for our hard times, we would not have sought the face of God.

I mean, if not because of hard times, man by his wicked nature would not have sought the face of God,” Mr. Joshua said.

“This means, God sometimes uses hard times to draw us to Himself so that we can take our proper position and possession in Him.”


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  • Olu Ade

    70 death is hard times…May God save us from these Rogues in Robes…They keep imprisoning people by twitching the word of God…only in Nigeria…If it is another part of the world, your hard times is rotting in jail right now!

  • Myson

    When will Lagos state government arrest T.B. Joshuah, the builders and prosecute them for Murder or for Manslaughter. T. B. Joshuah in violation of City building code deliberately allowed a foundation made for two story building for 5 story building. If this same thing happened in Korea, T. B. Joshuah would have committed suicide by now if he does not want to summit himself to state for prosecution for Murder. Are we living in a state with rule of law? Please Governor Fashola enforce the law of the state.

    Also the people that lost their love ones or are injured should bring class action against T. B. Joshuah and his church. Enough with this impunity of Killing people deliberately in Nigeria without consequence.

  • Chris1408

    Wow, and people flock to this man. Tell that to the families of the dead. TB Joshua should be cooling in jail and not posting on Facebook. Only in Nigeria

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      Honestly, my brother, it’s really nauseating

  • redeem

    May their soul reest in the bossom of the Lord——————————-yes blame it on dangote cement

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      Redeem, the unredeemable!

  • teddy

    Why won’t u call it hard times, after all only u know the truth behind the deaths. The Nigerian church is full of disgrace to Christiandoom. If its not Christ Embassy, its household of God, next its synagogue or one nameless man of God committing heinous crime on humanity & their WORTHLESS congregations believe all their rubbish. Even the umbrella body CAN is not spared scandal. Why won’t witches & wizards prophesy for the country. God ll punish all shepherds who devoure the flock instead tof tending it.

  • T.B. Joshua raises the dead, surely this one is no problem for him.

    Nigerians and West Africans called for ZMapp and other experimental drugs.

    Why have Nigerians and West Africans refused to call on their ANOINTED ONES
    (e.g., Adeboye and Joshua) to start laying hands on Ebola patients?

  • King Carlos

    Hmmmmn. … Chris Oyakhilome, Ayo Oritsejafor, TB Joshua, CAN.. all at the same time. What’s going on in the Christian domain, is God shinning the spotlight on them for a reason? Time will tell.