Anthony Agbo, a former Senator representing Ebonyi North Senatorial District has blasted an unnamed pastor who slammed late Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua.
Recall that two days after T.B Joshua was confirmed dead, a Lagos based Pastor, Chris Okotie shared a cryptic post on his Facebook page in which he referenced to a certain ”wizard of Endor” who assumed the title of ”Emmanuel” and had been consumed by divine indignation.
T.B Joshua during his life time was known for using the name ”Emmanuel” in his church.
Responding, the Senator wrote in an article a “few days ago, I read of a Lagos- based top Pastor who mocked TB Joshua and jubilated at his exit.”
According to the article, “This Pastor had always attacked and condemned TB Joshua when he was alive.
“Reading about his inglorious descent to mocking the dead Saint even at his death, I immediately remembered the story of Theagenes of Thasos, a celebrated ancient Greek Olympian who was the overall champion of Olympic games in 480 B.C.
“When Theagenes died, the Greek city of Thasos erected a giant statue of him at the public square. But a jealous citizen of Thasos who hated Theagenes so much for his heroism and great success will visit the statue every night to flog, beat and spit at it, yet he was not satisfied.
“Then one night he took instruments and began to dig the statue so as to bring it down. But the statue fell down upon him and killed him.
“The people of Thasos still erected a bigger statue for Theagenes. I leave this little story for that beloved Lagos Pastor. Envy, jealousy, hatred are great evils, moreover when associated with those who are supposed to be teachers of the word. But for TB Joshua, ‘the son of man must go as it is written of him’.
“Ecclesiastical history has shown that often, the greatest appears momentarily to light up the dark corners of human horizon, and then shortly disappears in a cloud of glory.
“Our master and Saviour, Jesus Christ stated in the scripture that among all those born of women, that John the Baptist was the greatest. But we recall that John the Baptist was beheaded by King Herod just in his 20’s. In today’s christianity, the “High Priests” would have declared that John the Baptist was not of God, having died such death.”