The Christian Association of Nigeria broke its silence on Tuesday, more than 72 hours after the death of the founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, and extended condolences to his family and the SCOAN congregation.
The condolences, which some thought were belated, came after global outrage of the church’s silence and some organizations’ social media posts.
Critics questioned why CAN would commiserate with others yet hold off on making a statement about Prophet T. B. Joshua for so long.
“The news of your loving husband’s death, Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua, who was the leader and founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations till his passage at the age of Fifty-Seven (57), came to us with tremendous shock and sorrow,” he added.
“We are particularly saddened because the deceased showed no signs of sickness before to his death on Saturday, June 5, 2021, during an evening church service. We share your grief, as well as that of the children and the entire SCOAN family, over this unrecoverable loss.
“Prophet T.B Joshua was a well-known Nigerian charismatic pastor, televangelist, and philanthropist who dedicated his life to spreading the gospel and ministering to the needs of the poor. He was known for his humility and intellectual simplicity. His death is a loss not just to his family and church, but also to Nigeria and the rest of the world.
“At a time like this, there are no specific words of comfort, but we humbly implore you to rest in the Will of the Almighty God, who works in us both to do and to work according to his good plan (Philippians 2:13).
“We know that Our Lord Jesus Christ, who is all-sufficient and whom you have been serving wholeheartedly, will let all grace overflow unto you in this difficult time (2 Corinthians 9:cool.
“On behalf of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), we express our condolences to you and your family on your loss. We pray that the Almighty God grant Prophet TB Joshua eternal rest in his creator, and that God’s everlasting light shine on his road (Amen). Please accept our sincerest condolences once more.”