By Emeka Okafor
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Tuesday reacted to the death of the founder and senior pastor of The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Temitope Balogun Joshua fondly known as Prophet TB Joshua, who died at 57 on Saturday.
CAN reaction was contained in a condolence letter addressed to the wife of Prophet TB Joshua, Pastor Evelyn Josuha, and signed by its President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle.
Ayokunle described the death of the renowned cleric as a huge loss to the body of Christ, his family, church, Nigeria and the world at large.
He said the country’s Christian apex body was greatly saddened by the demise of the 57-year-old preacher and televangelist whom he described as one true humility.
“The news of the demise of your darling husband, Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua, who was until his transition at the age of Fifty-Seven (57) was the leader and founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) came to us amidst great shock and sorrow.
“We are particularly sad because the deceased showed no trace of illness prior to his demise after an Evening Church Service on Saturday 5th June 2021. We commiserate with you, the children and entire members of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) on this irreparable loss.
“Prophet T.B Joshua was one of the foremost Nigerian charismatic pastors, televangelists, and philanthropists who devoted his entire life to the propagation of the gospel and ministering to the needs of the downtrodden.
“He was renowned for his philosophical simplicity and humility. His death is not only a loss to the family and the church, but to Nigeria and the world at large”, the condolence letter partly read.
CAN, while commiserating with the Joshua’s family, prayed that God will give the family and members of his church the fortitude to bear irreparable loss.
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It added, “There are indeed no exact words of comfort at a moment like this, but we humbly enjoin you to take solace in the Will of the Almighty God, who works in us both to do and work according to his good purpose (Philippians 2:13).
“We know that Our Lord Jesus Christ in whom there is all-sufficiency, and whom you have been serving wholeheartedly will make all grace abound unto you at this trying moment (2 Corinthians 9:8).
“On behalf of all members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), we commiserate with you, and the entire family on this loss. It is our prayer that the Almighty God grant Prophet T.B Joshua an eternal rest in his creator, and may God’s perpetual light continue to shine on his path (Amen).”