by Akan Ido
In the wake of Nigeria’s anti-gay bill signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan, popular televangelist, TB Joshua addressed the issue of homosexuality during a live broadcast of his Sunday Service on Emmanuel TV. A young man by the name of Tedus visited the church and was apparently delivered from a ‘demon’ which he (Tedus) claimed was the cause of his homosexual lifestyle.
T.B. Joshua addressed the issue saying, “God loves sinners but hates sin. We should hate the act but not the people – because sinners can be delivered and changed. Sinners can be reformed since our battle is not against the flesh and blood but against the spirit beings that cause these acts.”
He used the Bible scriptures Romans 5:8, Jude 1:23 and Ephesians 6:12 to support his teaching.
During the live broadcast Mr. Tedus, who said he had been a homosexual, was asked a series of questions and shared his experiences which were posted on the ministry’s Facebook page in a post titled, “Deliverance is the Answer”. He said that he remembered a time he felt a spirit enter him and after that, he began to feel affection for men. That was how his journey as a homosexual started. He said that after his deliverance at the church his desires have changed and he no longer has passion for men but rather for women.
TB. Joshua said, “If we fail to see that there are powers that cause people to be bowed down in bondage, we are fighting the wrong battle. That is why so many churches today are fighting the wrong battle. When you are armed for battle, you will not fight the wrong battle; you will listen to the inner voice of the Holy Spirit. The issue of faith is not an issue of man’s flesh. It is of man’s spirit, not man’s flesh”.
Tedus later gave advice saying, “If you come across someone with the same problem, you should not condemn. The only answer is deliverance.”