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“These are the people that scare you. They steal from you and terrorize you at will. Everywhere in the world, people believe their power. Even witches and wizards, some people don’t believe they exist, but armed robbers; everybody fears them.” These were the words of Prophet T.B. Joshua as some delivered armed robbers came out to give their testimony to the congregation at the live Sunday service held at the Synagogue Church of All Nations on 30th November 2009.
A group of six, made up of four males and two females came out to describe their mode of operation whilst thanking God for delivering them from the spirit of stealing through the prayers of Prophet T.B. Joshua.
First to speak was Favour, a female, who got married to an armed robber and was introduced into the trade of stealing from innocent members of the society. In her own words: “My name is Favour, a former armed robber. I got married to an armed robber who introduced me into the business of stealing from innocent people.”
Explaining further she said: “He (her husband) gave me a handkerchief which he got from an herbalist. When we enter into a bus, I will wave the handkerchief in the air and people will begin to fall asleep. When they fall asleep, the gang will then begin to rob them of their belongings”
She concluded “I was watching Emmanuel TV and I saw how Prophet TB Joshua was delivering some armed robbers. After watching and seeing the kind of support that he gives to them, I decided to come to the church for my own deliverance.”
Next was Marvis, another female, an informant to armed robbers and prostitute. Hear her: “My name is Marvis, a former armed robber. My friend asked me to come to Lagos, saying she would get me a good job. When I came into Lagos, she introduced me into prostitution. Along the line, I met a guy, who is an armed robber, who said he would like to be my boyfriend. He later told me that he wanted me to be acting as an informant to him and his gang of robbers.”
Continuing she said, “When I get picked by rich man, I will interact with him and in the process find out whether he is a rich man or not. If he is rich, I will then secretly disclose our location to my boyfriend who will storm the place with his gang and steal form the man. They will then tie me and the man up so as to avoid any suspicion on my side.”
“One day I was watching TV when I saw how T.B. Joshua was delivering some robbers, especially the case of a brother who came to the church with a gun and was delivered and financially established. It was then that I decided to come to the church for my deliverance.” She concluded.
Prophet T.B. Joshua prayed for all of the robbery troupe, which included two militants, and declared them delivered from the spirit of armed robbery.
In the same vein, ex-armed robbers whose previous deliverance had inspired the others to come forward and give their lives to Christ, came out to thank God for delivering them from the spirit that propelled them into robbery. When asked how long they had lived in the church, they all chorused: Three weeks. The prophet explained that after receiving their deliverance, they needed to be filled with the Word of God and taught the ways of the Lord. He then financially supported each of them, eight in number, to the tune of N200, 000, as well as a Holy Bible and four bags of rice.
A member of the group came out to thank God for saving his life. He narrated that a few days after his deliverance, he was called by a former colleague who invited him to join in a robbery operation, but he turned him down saying he is now a new creature in Christ. Explaining how that decision turned out to save his life, he said:“After my deliverance, a former colleague of mine called me and invited me to join him in a robbery operation. I told him that I am now a different person as I have been delivered from the spirit of stealing. He mocked me and told me that after sometime I will surely get back to the job of stealing as it was impossible to just stop doing so.”
Continuing he said: “Some days later, I got information that all the members of the gang that went out for the operation lost their lives in the process. They were all shot dead. ” He went further to display to the congregation and the world that he was already a changed person, saying: “In the last operation that I was involved in, I stole a bag, which I thought contained money. On getting home, I saw that it contained a laptop (notebook computer), two ATM cards and some documents belonging to the owner. Now that I have been delivered, I decided to bring it to the church so that it can be returned to the owner”
Prophet TB Joshua promised that the bag would be safely delivered back to the owner as soon as possible.