Barely three months after the death of TB Joshua,, founder of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), the crisis over his successor has deepened with a caucus in the organisation challenging the emergence of his widow, Mrs Evelyn Joshua as new leader and senior pastor.
The members of the church who rejected the emergence of Evelyn Joshua, as the new leader of the church say that the husband never envisaged her in that role as leader or SCOAN.
Late Prophet TB Joshua died suddenly without naming a successor but his wife, Evelyn Joshua was last week named as the leader of SCOAN.
But those against Evelyn Joshua’s emergence said the late founder expected his successor at SCOAN to be from among the Pastors in the Church whom he had anointed.
They claimed that the rule has been swept aside by a few members whom they alleged were building stumbling blocks against the progress of the Church.
In a statement in Akure under the auspices of Global Congress of SCOAN Members, (GCSM-) and signed by one Adedeji Opeyemi, President of GCSM and Secretary, Mr. Brown Chimieze, the SCOAN members called on all Christians and people all over the world to help in sustaining the church from ruin following the emergence of Evelyn Joshua as leader.
The statement said the biggest task was to honour the last wish of Prophet TB Joshua and keep his flag flying.
“We are worried about the emergence of Mrs Evelyn Joshua, the wife of the late founder who made unilateral declaration of herself as the new leader of the Church.
“She claimed a congregation of 2000 Church members appointed her. This is ridiculous: Where did the meeting hold? Was it through a Yes vote? Was it through election? Was it through ‘anointing’ by the 2000 members?
“Where is the resolution of the 2000 members? Can 2000 members pick a successor in a Church with millions of members all over the world in five continents? What is the constitution of the Church? Was it followed?” the SCOAN members asked of the emergence of Evelyn Joshua as pastor.
“Pastor TB Joshua never ran the Church on the basis of profit. Today, there is a design by the newly self- imposed leader, Mrs Evelyn Joshua to commercialise every activity in the Church for money.
The SCOAN members further said: “Mrs Evelyn Joshua is not a Pastor. She was never anointed by Pastor Joshua. She was not part of the founding members of the Church. What is the basis of her emergence as the person now parading herself as the new leader?
“Under the aegis of SCOAN Congress, made up of members from 188 countries, we shall continue to inform and educate the public, peoples all over the world on every development at SCOAN until wisdom, the ways of God and common sense prevail.”