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COVID-19: Some Pastors are angry that I said churches should be opened – Oyedepo

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The President of the Living Faith Church, Worldwide (a.k.a Winners Chapel), Bishop David Oyedepo has reacted to ‘some Pastors’ alleged angry mood against him for calling on governments to re-open Churches amidst COVID-19 pandemic.

In his reaction on Facebook page post, the Prophet said, “Some Pastors were angry that I said Churches should be opened and we are praying that Churches must be opened.

“Now, ask them: “Do you want Churches to remain closed?
They will just be looking at you.
Do you want Churches to remain closed?
Then you are an agent of the devil.
If your children scatter around and you can’t see them; they now say when do you want them to come back? You now say, ‘anytime’, then you are a witch.

“No, it’s just normal.
People fight prosperity, (if) you ask them, ‘do you want poverty?’ They will be looking at you.
‘Okay, why are you fighting prosperity?’ Hmmmn
Talk now
If I wish you long life and poverty, will you say Amen?
The same people fighting prosperity, if you say, “I wish you long life and poverty”: they will say, “No, I don’t agree.”
Why are you fighting?'”

“Some are upset with Church growth!
(If) you ask them, “Do you want the Church to start going down?” because some of them are Pastors.
Are you praying, “Oh God, let this Church go down in the name of Jesus. Let this Church go down!” Are you praying like that?
Find out why the Church is not growing. You must have a problem and most of the time, the problem is ignorance, not knowing what to do and not ready to find out…”

“There are many, many Churches that don’t have any platform of contact with their members. They don’t have any: no house fellowships, nothing. They don’t have any and nature abhors a vacuum. These fellows will start looking for options and alternatives: some to the cults and some to native doctors’ places.

“We have tens of thousands of House fellowships: vibrant. Even under this lockdown, my own outreach office has created 82 new Home cells for our new converts.
There are many, many big-time Churches, big networks that don’t have any contact.

“We must have crossed maybe a Hundred Million (Naira) of welfare packages to our people since this lockdown began.
There are some that don’t have any touch with them, you wake up in the morning and you are snoring?
Not only to our people, to the environment, communities, maybe about 70 communities that we have been servicing with certain needs.
– Somebody’s story is changing!

“If you are ashamed of His Word, He will be ashamed of you (Mark 8:38). That’s why those who can’t say it, never see it.
You can’t say what God says concerning you, you will never see it (Luke 9:26), he said.

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