In our last post, we made the bold claim that nobody has ever been healed of HIV at SCOAN or by TB Joshua. Since then, several cases have been brought to our attention where people proclaimed healed of HIV by TB Joshua, clearly werenâ€™t.
One reader told us of 4 soldiers from Volta Barracks, Ghana who went to SCOAN and received their â€œhealingâ€ for HIV. Sadly all 4 remain HIV positive.
A HIV positive reader from the UK told us that of all the people from the UK who have visited SCOAN for healing from HIV, not a single one has been cured â€“ he and his wife are living testimony to this. Apparently SCOAN London are no longer organising trips to Lagos because of the embarrassment caused by so many non-healings.
An African reader once organised groups to visit SCOAN, including several HIV positive people who came without their infected partners. He wondered how they would avoid being infected again if they continued sexual relations with their partners. Apparently none of them had an answer, and nor did they want to go for tests to validate their claim of being healed.
Out of all the correspondence we received about the article, only a single person claimed to have been healed of HIV by TB Joshua, but when we asked whether he had actually taken a test to verify this we received no reply.
An ex-disciple sheds more light on the situation. He says:
Iâ€™ve been to TBJâ€™s crusades, many more donâ€™t get healed than do.
How many people have been prayed for healing from HIV during the last 16 years at SCOAN? Iâ€™d estimate at least 15,000. How many of those people have returned with negative test results, perhaps 200, maybe a few more. What about the rest? Even those 200 are a bit dubious considering how rife corruption is in Nigeria.
How many people have been healed from HIV from outside Nigeria? ZERO. None. Nada. Is the Nigeria strain of HIV easier to heal than othersâ€¦â€¦..
No confirmed cases of HIV being healed outside of Nigeria? Why only Nigeria?
An investigative journalist named Jacques Pauw wrote about TB Joshua a few years ago. He tells of the fate of several people â€œhealedâ€ by TB Joshua:
â€œWium Basson died within days of returning to South Africa. Maxie Claasen, suffering from brain, liver and breast cancer but declared healed by TB Joshua, also died shortly after returning homeâ€¦
John Rindel went for an AIDS test at a private clinic in Johannesberg. He called me minutes after he had recieved the results. â€œIâ€™m still HIV positive,â€ he said. â€œIâ€™m sure itâ€™s a mistake. They make mistakes with these tests, you know?â€
â€œI hope they did, John,â€ were the only words of consolation I could think of.
â€œI might go back to Lagos,â€ he said. â€œI want the prophet to pray for me again.â€
John Rindel never made it back to Lagos. He died a few months later.â€
All of the cases listed above are in addition to the 3 deaths reported by the BBC and Sky News.
What are we left with? Lots more evidence of non-healings, no more credible evidence of genuine healings and reports of several unnecessary deaths. This is an incredibly serious issue, there could be thousands of people now infected by HIV because of these fake claims of healing. If a pharmaceutical company claimed to be able to cure HIV, a serious amount of empirical evidence would have to be gathered before they were allowed to make the claims. TB Joshua, or any other pastor making similar claims should be held to the same standards. The power of God can withstand scrutiny.