Springbok ‘Healed’ by T.B. Joshua Sadly Pass Away
If only people would just read the Word of God when it comes to the warning signs of spotting false teachers. I just hope that springbok Ruben Kruger saw the truth of the matter before his passing and that he had not fallen any deeper into deceptive doctrines passed off as genuine Christianity. Let these stories be a warning to all who love the truth, to heed God’s warning of entertaining false doctrines that can lead to spiritual destruction if not repented of.
T. B. Joshua is a witchdoctor who uses witchcraft (obviously) to heal people, among other horrendous deceptions. His manner is satanic, he does not at all preach the genuine Gospel, but a poisoned version. His entire setup is based around con-artistry.
[T. B. Joshua] Once asked by one of his disciples if he is a man of God, his answer was: “Brother, I can not answer you this question. It will be self-righteous if I should say I am a man of God. But let my works testify of who I am.”
[All emphasis added to articles below by DTW]
Blow for Springbok Ruben Kruger
2000-12-17 – News24 – © 24.com
A week that started with great expectations for Ruben Kruger and his wife, Lize, ended in heartache on Sunday when Ruben was told at the airport that his wife was to lose the baby about which they were so excited.
Lize met him at the airport and the two then went to a clinic in Pretoria where she underwent tests. Although she is brave about the loss, her husband was visibly upset when he was told.
He is, however, positive about his healing. “I no longer have to drink my chemo pills”, he said on Sunday. He believes his healing started on Sunday already when he arrived at the synagogue.
After he had said Kruger was healed of a malignant brain tumour, “Prophet” T.B. Joshua also gave him an oil to rub on the place where the tumour was. Kruger said he should undergo further examination in January, but he would still decide about it. “I will take the Lord’s lead.”
When Rapport spoke to Kruger earlier this week in Lagos, he excitedly told about his experience at the synagogue.
He had tackled many people during his rugby days. He also came down hard himself – he could take it like a man. But what happened in Lagos was bigger than him. He cried like a man.
“You cannot describe the feeling to anyone who has not experienced it. It was an unbelievable, or should I say believable, experience.”
Before leaving for Lagos, Kruger told his doctor, Pieter Slabbert, not to be worried because he would return cured. Until the healing service on Wednesday from 06:00 to 0930, Kruger did not know what to expect.
“I heard about people being cured, I watched videos of miracle cures, I believed I would be cured and still there was a big doubt deep within me.”
Kruger and his wife are celebrating their seventh wedding anniversary quietly at home. Lize says after so many days in the heart of Africa, she is going to make boerekos for her husband.
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See Youtube video below of springbok Jaco being ‘healed’ by T.B. Joshua. (Read below article FIRST, before you watch the video!)
Triumph and despair
When serious injury threatened to end his rugby career, the tough Afrikaner, Jaco van der Westhuyzen, turned to the only man who could save him: a Nigerian faith healer
by Xan Rice
Sunday 8 February 2004 – © Guardian News and Media Limited
Sure, I believe in miracles. I’ve seen them with my own eyes. From an early age I was very religious. Both my parents were Dutch Reformed Christians. But it was not until 2000 that faith healing and T. B. Joshua, the Nigerian they call ‘the Prophet’, came into my life. I had just broken into the Springbok team when I ruptured my posterior cruciate ligament playing against Western Province one Sunday in August 2000. The doctor took X-rays and said I needed to have an operation that Wednesday. I was really down, because I desperately wanted to go on the end-of-year Bok tour.
Here I must give credit to my wife. Her family are charismatic Christians, which means they stand up in church, clapping and singing. She, or rather her brother, had shown me this video of the Nigerian faith healer T. B. Joshua. I saw all the miracles he performed, such as curing people with HIV, freeing people from their wheelchairs, healing those with cancer. My wife said to me: ‘You’re pretty religious. Your faith is strong. I think you should give it a go.’ I was sceptical at first and I wasn’t too sure about the miracles. I read about them in the Bible but I thought: ‘Can this be true?’ Still, I decided not to have the operation and to take a leap of faith instead.
Our church group landed in Lagos on a Sunday. We drove for about 45 minutes before coming to a very basic church site – 10 people to a wooden bench. It was just phenomenal to see how primitive Christianity can be while at the same time remaining so powerful. At each service, there are between 10,000 and 20,000 people, mainly poor blacks. Their riches are their faith. At five o’clock in the morning, there are 3,000 people queueing outside the church gates to get the best seats.
For the first few days we had discussions with the disciples and talked about religion and its power. Then, on the Saturday, ‘the Prophet’ came out and delivered his message to the congregation, even though there were people in the church, scared of his powers, who wanted to kill him. It was a real eye-opener. But these doubters could not get near him. He said to us: ‘There’s somebody here who wants to kill me.’ If the guy does not come forward, the Prophet will identify him and the person ends up confessing to what he was planning.
Towards the end of the service about 300 of us gathered in what they call the ‘healing line’. The Prophet walked down the line, identifying illnesses. When he came to me, he said I should remove my leg brace. He looked at me and it was like he had x-ray vision, like he could see immediately what was wrong with my knee. Moving his hands around as if he was tugging a rope, he seemed to pull out all the dirt and other stuff that was in my knee. Then he said to me: ‘Stand up and run.’ The brace had been on for weeks and running should have been impossible. Well, I trusted my faith and started to run – and at full speed. There was no pain.
Back home I had another x-ray, and it showed the ligament was fine. The doctor could not believe or explain it. News of what happened started to spread and the wife of Ruben Kruger, the former Bok and Blue Bulls flanker, called me. Ruben had a brain tumour and his wife wanted me to take him to see T. B. Joshua. We went back to Lagos, Ruben’s brain tumour was healed and he has had no more symptoms since then.
All the time, T. B. Joshua stressed that it was not him doing the healing, but the Holy Spirit operating through him. And we did not have to pay for anything, not even food. He even gives people money to buy plane tickets. He did that with me. Another Bulls and Bok player, the young lock Wium Basson, had developed terminal cancer and also went to see the Prophet. But he died soon after coming back to South Africa. You know, initially when I went to see T. B. Joshua it was for a quick fix, to make the Bok tour. Maybe Wium felt the same. I know for certain that he did not know the Lord as well as he should have at that time. If your faith is not right, the Lord will tell T. B. Joshua not to heal you. But Wium did make peace with God in Nigeria and that, for me, was the miracle. In going to see the Prophet, he probably saved himself from going somewhere else when he died. Luckily in South Africa religion is important; we often pray before matches. Most of my team-mates were not too sceptical about the faith healing. A few of the guys did give me some stick, teased me, but, really, I did not mind. I knew truthfully what had happened to me out there.
Back home, and I think here in Britain, too, religion can become too commercialised. Often it’s not something you really believe in: it’s just something that’s there, that you do to make you feel good. I think it would be good for faith to play a bigger role in rugby, where there is a stigma that players are merely hard blokes without feelings.
Was it strange for a white Afrikaner to seek help from a black Nigerian faith healer? I think the older generation, such as my grandparents, would have found it very difficult to fathom. But for me a person is a person and everyone has a soul. Whether you are black, white, brown or yellow we are all the same in that respect. I never thought of T. B. Joshua as a lesser person than me. In fact, I envy him because he has such a deep, meaningful relationship with God.
Now I’d love to go back to Nigeria and get my spiritual batteries recharged. During the weeks we were there you could feel the presence of the Lord the whole time, even as we slept. Whenever I hit a bad patch in rugby or my life, I just think back and remember what that was like. The big thing I’ve learnt is that this life is just a dress rehearsal for what’s to come.
The life facts
Jaco Nicolaas Boshoff van der Westhuyzen was born in Nelspruit on 6 April 1978. A boy wonder, he made his Super 12 debut at fly-half for the Natal Sharks in 1997, at the age of 19, and won an international call-up against New Zealand three years later. He has since worn the Bok jersey eight times and played at full-back against England and the All Blacks in the 2003 World Cup. Last year’s South African Super 12 player of the season joined Leicester Tigers for their 2003-04 campaign.
Former Springbok Wium Basson dies of cancer
April 22 2001 – © Independent Online
Former Springbok lock Wium Basson died at his Pretoria home yesterday. He was 25.
Basson, who played for the Blue Bulls, was diagnosed with terminal cancer late last month.
Doctors could not do anything to help him and gave him a few weeks to live.
Basson flew to Lagos, Nigeria, to consult a faith healer, T. B. Joshua, who was reputed to have healed a range of illnesses, and had helped rehabilitate former Springbok flyhalf Jaco van der Westhuizen, who had torn knee ligaments.
Basson undertook the pilgrimage to The Synagogue with 130 other South Africans who had various illnesses. He returned disappointed on Friday. Although he had queued for hours, the faith healer did not see him.
Basson had played 48 games for the Bulls and toured with the Boks to Argentina, France and England in 1998, but his career was ended abruptly by a serious neck injury last season.
Basson was the third Blue Bulls player to have been hit by a life-threatening illness in the past six months.
Bok lock Krynauw Otto’s career was ended in August by bleeding on the brain, while Reuben Kruger is being treated for a brain tumour.
– Own Correspondent
Springbok 1995 World Cup hero dies
Jan 28, 2010 | By Sapa
Ruben Kruger, former Springbok, Free State and Blue Bulls flanker, passed away after a protracted battle with brain cancer.
Kruger, a 1995 Rugby World Cup winner, would have turned 40 on March 30. He was diagnosed with a brain tumour soon after his playing career ended in 1999.
Kruger had fought back from a broken leg suffered in a Tri-Nations match in 1996 to earn selection to the 1999 World Cup squad and fought his recurring illness with typical bravery and stoicism.
Nicknamed the “Silent Assassin” by coach Kitch Christie during the 1995 Rugby World Cup, he scored a controversial try in the semi-final played in a deluge against France in Durban but was denied what appeared to be a certain try by referee Ed Morrison in the Ellis Park final.
Considered the kingpin of the side, he was named SA Rugby Player of the Year for 1995.
Kruger, who hailed from Vrede in the Free State and went to Grey College, is survived by his wife Lize and two daughters Zoe and Bella.
Kruger made his debut for the Springboks against Argentina in 1993 and went on to play 36 Test matches for South Africa, scoring seven tries. At provincial level he was a stalwart of both Free State and the Blue Bulls.
Kruger had battled the brain tumour since 2000, where he blacked out during a game and it was diagnosed.
After the initial operation to remove the tumour seemed to be a success, Kruger found a few years later that the tumour had resurfaced, but battled on against it with a strength that was a hallmark of his playing days.
He was in the news again early in 2009, when he had to be airlifted from Bloemfontein after feeling ill while returning with his family from holiday in Herolds Bay. A massive five-hour operation followed, where doctors said they had removed “90 percent” of the tumour in the operation.
The tumour was described “as the size of a man’s fist”.
Sadly for Kruger, the tumour was too sensitively placed to completely remove, and it resurfaced in June 2009 when he blacked out while driving and was involved in a car accident.
This past week Kruger began feeling unwell again and was admitted to hospital, where family and friends waited until the end.
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Springbok Ruben Kruger sterf
2010-01-28 – by Amy Johnson – Nuus24 – © 24.com
Kaapstad – Die voormalige Springbok- en Bulls-flank Ruben Kruger (39) het sy jarelange stryd teen kanker verloor.
Kruger is gisteraand oorlede.
Dokters het in 2000 ‘n breingewas by hom diagnoseer en in 2007 en 2009 het hy breinoperasies ondergaan waartydens gewasse verwyder is.
Hy het van 1993 tot 1999 as Springbok-flank uitgedraf en was deel van die seevierende Wêreldbeker-kampioenspan van 1995.
Kruger is ook in 1995 as Saru se speler van die jaar aangewys.
Hy het 36 keer vir die Bokke uitgedraf en sewe drieë gedruk.
Aan die einde van sy rugbyloopbaan het hy ‘n kameraverkoopsman geword en het ‘n Minolta-franchise in Pretoria besit.
Kruger laat sy vrou Lize en twee dogters Zoë (7) en Isabella (4) agter.
‘n Aanhanger op sy Facebook-blad skryf: ” Jammer oor sy afsterwe…ons weet jy is nou op ‘n beter plek sonder lyding en pyn! Dankie vir die voorbeeld wat jy gestel het! Rest in peace”.
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