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Senior Pastor, Bible School founder and a former administrator of the Ghana Pentecostal Council, Rev. John Nana Antoh, shares with Faith Cometh how his spiritual life took a dramatic turn as a direct result of his encounter with someone who didn't just preach the Bible, but made it work.
FC: Can you introduce yourself to us?
Rev. Antoh: My name is Reverend John Nana Antoh, am a professor of theology and director of a school called the Religious Academy in Ghana. I am also the senior pastor of a church called Berea Christian Center.
FC: When did you first come to know about the SCOAN?
Rev. Antoh: In 1997, I was the administrator of the Ghana Pentecostal Council. At that time, the man of God wanted to come to Ghana for a crusade and the Ghana Pentecostal Council were asked to host him. As of then, nobody knew him in Ghana. I had been a pastor for several years but I never heard the name T.B. Joshua. When he said he wanted to come to Ghana some Nigerian churches sent their pastors to Ghana to ask our council not to accept him because they said he was an occultist. So, at the beginning, we were very lackadaisical in accepting him.
Also a few Nigerian ministers had come to swindle the council before; so we had a very negative impression about Nigerian ministers. Now his own countrymen were coming to tell us: "Don't accept that man; he is an occultist". The man of God sent another group to us, saying that he was ready to pay for four pastors from the council to come to the SCOAN, stay for any number of days to see for themselves. So, some senior pastors were chosen and stayed there for five days. When they came back to Ghana, they said: "Listen, this is from God; let us accept the man!" Some of us were arguing: "How can you use only four days to examine the man?" The council came together and had a vote and those who voted for the man of God to come to Ghana won. So, the man of God came to Ghana.
At that time, I served as an interpreter. I didn't normally serve as an interpreter, but I was so curious, I wanted to get near to the man, as close as possible, so I could examine him. So I offered to be the interpreter. On the first night of the crusade, it was so wonderful! Of the number of Nigerian ministers I have known, they were very boisterous, rough and tough, but here was a man who was so gentle like a lamb. He came so gently, preached a very simple message and then said it was time for healing. He got down from the platform. I was even telling him, "if you go down from the platform the people are going to trample on you! Why don't you stay on the platform to minister?'' But he said, "No let's go down," I had never seen healing like that! Other ministers stand on top of the platform and pray, and if you get your healing by faith, you get it. But this one, he would go to the blind person direct.
Thousands came for healing and they wrote on the placards the kind of sicknesses they had. The first one he went to was an ex-service man, Brigadier Alijah Freeman â€“ I remember very vividly; he had been blind for 12 years. I was watching very closely because I had ulterior motives; I wanted to be sure that he was not going to use any magic. He just took the placard and rubbed it on the guy's face. The old man started shouting, "I can see like a baby! I can see like a baby!" The second person he went to was a cripple, just his leg. He said to him: "Come on â€“ stand up!" and then the cripple jumped! I was so shocked; is it magic or is it a dream? He went to a third person. This was a woman who was brought from London. She was having a problem with her kidney and was paralysed. They had declared her hopeless, so they had sent her to come and die in Ghana. They didn't even bring her out of the car; they had to drive her into the field. So I was following the man of God, and he just opened the door of the car; prayed for the woman and said, "Come out!"And the woman jumped out! I was so shocked!
What really surprised me was the healing of the very well known man in Ghana called â€˜Big Boss'. He has a very famous restaurant called â€˜Big Boss'. The man is a giant, about 6ft tall and very broad. At that time, â€˜Big Boss' had a serious problem with his kidney; he couldn't even urinate. Hearing that the man of God was coming, his relatives brought him from the hospital, where he was awaiting an operation. On the field Prophet T.B. Joshua went to where he was, took his placard and prayed a short prayer: I then saw something I had never seen before â€“ there were so many people in the stadium, but this man didn't even feel shy. He removed the whole of his manhood and started urinating. He urinated for about 30 minutes! When he finished, he breathed and sad "Now, l am healed" So, l said "Big Boss how do you know you are healed? It's not like cripple you can see walking: your sickness is internal. How do you know you are healed?" He said: "my brother, l tell you am healed! The way l was feeling before coming here. I don't feel it. I couldn't urinate for several weeks, but now l can urinate". I told him: Go to the hospital to do a check up and see if you are really healed" He went and to the hospital and the doctor was shocked! He was totally healed. The following day â€˜Big Boss' came to the crusade field to give his testimony!
What actually surprised and made me to love TB Joshua was that Christ was the centre of everything he did. He would do all these wonderful miracles but after that he will say "l am not the healer. I only know the healer His name is Jesus Christ!" I said to myself, "My God if this man is not of God, who can he be? He is doing miracles and not taking the glory but giving it to Jesus'. The following day, after seeing the miracles, l went home and wept because l felt l had been too proud - so proud to criticize a man of God l have never seen before. That night, l wept bitterly. The following day l went to him - he knew what l was doing but he had a lot of patience with me. I greeted him and then had a short conversation with him. After that he shook my hands and told me "From today, we are friends!" Since then l have been calling him a friend that is closer than a brother. That has been our relationship since 1997.
FC: Do you have a personal testimony to share to strengthen our reader's faith?
Rev: Antoh: During those days, l was very strong man, doing a lot of work as administrator of the Ghana Pentecostal Council. But one fateful morning in 2004, at around 2am, I wanted to go and urinate. Ass l was walking there, l suddenly collapsed; l didn't know what happened. When l came around, l discovered that l had been attacked with stroke. It was a very terrible thing â€“ my entire right side was paralysed. The moment l woke up, before even going to the hospital; l was rushed to the SCOAN because everybody knows l know TB Joshua. It was really a matter of death when l was brought here. The man of God â€˜went to heaven for me'. I stayed here for 10 days. The man of God prayed for me and took care me and within 10 days l could begin to walk. He said: "Now if you don't go home, your wife may think something bad has happened to you. So for the sake of your wife, go home nothing will happen to me". I was afraid but he encouraged me. When l went home, l said: "I wanted to know exactly what happened to me" So l went to the hospital for a check-up and they did a CT scan. When the specialist looked at me, he was amazed. He said: "How can you be alive?" The whole of your brain is full of blood. The man thought l could not hear him, so he was speaking with the Pastor who brought me: How can he be alive? It is only a miracle that can keep this Pastor alive". They took me home and l said: "Don't take me to any hospital again" and l decided not to take any medicine. The doctor later assure me: "The way l, have seen Christ uploading you, l believe you will not die but medically impossible". Later on another medical officer, upon seeing what l had been through, told me that it was the same thing Ariel Sharon, former Prime Minister of Israel through. And for years now still lying coma. It was at that time l realized what the man of God had done for me. I am forever grateful.
FC: so, the impact Prophet TB Joshua in your life is truly changing!
Rev. Antoh: Everything about TB Joshua is a model for me though l studied theology for several years, took several postgraduate degrees in theology, came as a professor of theology, set up a Bible school , until l came to TB Joshua all have been teaching was theory. I came to the Synagogue and saw the Bible demonstrated. The things you read in the Bible â€“ you see them here! That's why am so surprised that there are people who can have the audacity to talk against the man of God. They can do that because they don't know. I am sure anybody who is criticizing TB Joshua has never met him personally.
FC: So, in summary what are the lessons you have learnt from the man of God
Rev. Antoh: One thing l have learnt is how to make the centrality of Christ the most fundamental in a person's life. When l see TB Joshua, l see Christ in him Christ in undeniably the centre of his life. So the greatest thing l have learnt from him is to make Christ the center of my life.
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