TB Joshua Interview – Jesus Christ Is My Mentor

Here are excerpts from an interview Prophet T.B. Joshua gave to The News Magazine of Nigeria, titled ‘Jesus Christ Is My Mentor’.

Did you have any pastoral training?
Apart from the little training in school, no other formal training. The Holy Spirit has been teaching me since then.

Who are your mentors in Christ?
This question has been asked by many journalists. And this is the area where I have been grossly misunderstood by fellow ministers of God, who are always asking who my mentor is. Apart from the Anglican Church in my village that I attended as a young man, I have no other mentor than Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is my only mentor and he has been very faithful to me because when I look into the bible and look at God’s messengers, I look at the life of Elijah. In 1 Kings 17, the bible says: “And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants  of Gilead….” That was all we knew about Elijah’s origin. I challenge bible scholars to tell me more about Prophet Elijah. We do not know anything about his background, his parents. My fellow ministers have not asked who his mentors were.

TB Joshua

Prophet TB Joshua - Jesus Christ Is My Mentor

Before you became a pastor, did you take other jobs?
Yes, I did many menial jobs, all because I wanted to make ends meet. There was a time I was working on a poultry farm here in Lagos. That was when I knew that fowl waste can really smell. I worked there as a poultry attendant. If you met me in the street, the odour was always on my body. I worked there for about two years and I was attending some evening classes to improve myself because I couldn’t pay for the regular schools. I did many other menial jobs that I don’t want to bore you with.

There are many churches in Nigeria with prominent pastors, but when celebrities, kings and heads of state seek help, especially healing, they come to your church. What do you think is the attraction?
I think that question should be directed at the celebrities and the presidents who visit this church. The book of Matthew chapter 24, verse 28 says that wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered and moreover, wherever there is honey, insects seek to find it.

But to answer your question in my own little way, works of healing, salvation, deliverance, broken families and reconciliation, charity and so on are not brought about by anything done by us, it is purely the work of grace.
I have always told people that I am not the healer, but I know the healer; He is Jesus Christ. Most of the time, I marvel when I see people healed, the same way those who are watching marvel too, which is purely the work of grace, not my work.

How many members does your church have?
Must we brandish the population of worshipers? Our concern should be the number of souls being saved, the number of lives being touched and the number of people who worship in spirit and in truth.

Some pastors in Nigeria seem to doubt your miracles. Some even claim you are using Satanic power to heal people. What is the source?
The source of my power is the author of the calling and that is Jesus Christ. He is the source of the power. Those who doubt think that because they cannot do what Jesus Christ is using me to do, the power is from somewhere else. All you need to do is to show love. Faith works by love and whoever does not love cannot  forgive and therefore cannot be entrusted with such power to heal, to deliver, to bless and to save. This is because such a person will misapply the power. He will harm himself and others with it.

Some pastors have made their opinion about you known in the media and there is a feeling that you don’t always reply them because you have something to hide. Why don’t you defend yourself?
Thank you for that great question. I don’t like joining issues with anybody, either in the media or anywhere else. There are two sets of pastors: those who fight for themselves and those who God fights for. I belong to the second category; God fights for me. I can never go out and start defending myself. If you don’t believe in me, believe in the works I do. If I am not righteous, the work that I do is righteous. It’s not for me to join issues with anybody on the pages of a newspaper.

I don’t do that because I know that one day you will come to me. The Bible says God sets a table before me in the presence of my enemies. If you are saying anything negative about me and I start replying you, then, I will have the burden of apologising to you when we meet. I know that there is still going to be a meeting point.

Some who were close to you and broke away have made some accusations. What do you have to say about this?
I wish you could spend about 24 hours with me here and see how I relate with my workers and the evangelists. There are some pains in building a disciple. Those who are ready to be disciples will have to go through some painful experiences during their training. Those who want to do the work of God will learn by looking at their master and his way of life.

If we all know what it takes and the risk involved in changing a person, in moulding a person to the picture of the grace of God, we will know that you cannot change everyone. That is why people avoid the issue of mentorship. Everybody avoids that area. All over the world today, founders of big or mega-churches place adverts for pastors. Mentoring people is the most dangerous aspect of the ministry. If you mentor 10 persons, five may come out successful, while the remaining five will try to destroy you. This is why church founders prefer to go to theology schools to recruit or employ pastors. But, that is not mentorship. In mentorship, there is a bond between you and your people. If you are looking for pastors to assist you, there are many pastors all over the place. If you go on the internet, you will see many pastors, bishops and archbishops looking for jobs. You only need to employ them and pay their salaries. It is purely the master-employee relationship.

I thank God that today, we now have five wise men who are performing so well that the heavens are rejoicing over them. And more are in the making, both men and women.

Who are the five wise men?
They are: Wiseman John Chi Meh from Cameroon, Wiseman Racine Bousso from Senegal, Wiseman Daniel Emelandu from Nigeria, Wiseman Christopher Orji from Nigeria and Wiseman Harry from Greece.

The Five Wise Men

The Five Wise Men At The SCOAN

How do you get money?
Where God guides, He provides. He who gives the commission, gives the provision. We have Emmanuel Television partners, who are moved when they see what we are doing. So, as we are doing it, God is also giving the supply.

When you are not healing people, how do you spend your time?
I pray and I study the scriptures.  It varies from day to day. Sometimes, I read more and pray less and at times I pray more and read less. But those are the things I do. I also train with My People FC team.

SOURCE: The News Magazine



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11 responses to “TB Joshua Interview – Jesus Christ Is My Mentor


    i like the response of prophet TB Joshua His realy a man of God.Many the Lord Continue using Him to bring thousand in the kingdom of God.


    praise be to God i like the response of Prophet TB Joshua. may God continue using him to bring thousand in the kingdom of God. AMEN!!!!!!!!!


    Prophet T.B. Joshua is indeed a man of GOD. May the ALMIGHTY LORD JESUS CHRIST continue to bless him and all that are working alongside him. Prophets did not go with the old testament. Praise the LORD ! I have seen one during my days, and that’s Prophet T.B. Joshua.


    Praise God to have such man of God and i would like you to be my mentor in Jesus name.

  5. Joseph Mtemang'ombe - Mzuzu - Malawi

    I have read and heard so much from both sides – from those who believe that TB Joshua is a man of God and those who believe otherwise. I do not have a satelite receiver to access Emmanuel Tv – but from the excerpts of this interview – I am touched by Joshua’s sense of humility.

  6. Simon musimeki.
    I have seen God in Tb Joshua and i will always believe in what God is doing through him.If the fire do this damage to the wet clog of wood how will it be to the dry one. I love Jesus so much who is at work in you TB JOSHUA. be blessed.

  7. Rex Maifala

    Oh what the wisest responses the Senior Prophet TB Joshua is giving especially when he deals with his critcs – by NOT fighting back! What a great lesson to learn from this HUMBLE MAN of GOD!! May God richly increase HIS Annoiting on Senior Prophet TB Joshua.

  8. samuel orji

    prophet prophet temitope Joshua is a prophet who made me to belief more in christ works and prophets of old.Iam hearing about miracles of christ and prophets of old like Elijah without see it.i do only belief as church goes.until recently i belief that christ is real,Holy spirit through the miracle work of christ and his holy spirit through prophet joshua.Jesus christ has delivered and healed me,my wife and every member of family through prophet tb joshua.May God almighty grant him longevity and progress of his ministry for the benefits oe mankind

  9. As i watched Prophet T B Joshua on d telecast indeed he is a real man of God

  10. Maitumelo

    Prophet Joshua is real man of God who is so inspiring. May God almighty call me to do like Joshua. Man of God pray for me so that I can also follow your steps as woman of God. In the Name of Jesus I know that my wish will be granted.

  11. Matodzi Madima

    I learned a lot from man of God Prophet T.B. Joshua and repented from lot of things through his teachings.At the beginning i use not to believe cause it was too much for me,till i grow Spiritually by engaging myself on the things of God and studying the Word of God.Forgive me on that.May God continue to Bless you and Do more works through you.Amen. We love you……

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