TB Joshua, founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), has urged his congregation to pray for YouTube, a video sharing site, after Emmanuel TV’s channel was banned.
The online television, operated by SCOAN, was reported after Joshua prayed for persons with ‘same sex attraction’ in some of his videos. The videos were described as violating the platforms hate speech guidelines.
“That is the work of God! It is like honey; wherever it drops, insects seek and find it,” Joshua stated during a ‘Partnership Meeting’ held last Friday, April 16, 2021, according to a statement from the church.
“What happened is a blessing. I want you to help me pray for YouTube. Don’t see them the other way around; see them as friends,” Joshua added, stressing that many discovered his ministry through the video-sharing website.
Continuing his message the following day, the cleric added such situations should be “expected” by believers.
“Whatever we are going through is to prepare us for the future… If you want to be strong, you need hard times to be strong. My message to the viewers all over the world – our struggle makes us stronger,” he counselled.
“Every response – take it to God. Every response – take it for prayer. The channel we are talking about, Emmanuel TV, is a Heavenly channel. This is not a worldly channel,” he calmly concluded in a video uploaded to a new channel named ‘Official TB Joshua’.
Emmanuel TV had over 1.8 million subscribers at the time of its suspension and its content had been viewed over 600 million times.