David Oyedepo, the presiding bishop of Living Faith Church Worldwide (aka Winners’ Chapel), has said pastors who insist that churches remain closed due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic are agents of the devil.
Oyedepo, who has been vehemently expressed his opposition against the continued closure of churches across the country, described pastors supporting the measure as being more diplomatic rather than being grounded in spirituality.
He said: “But they are too diplomatic than spiritual, so they just keep losing ground to the devil! Some Pastors who 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? because I know you are a celebrated pastor.
“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.”
The cleric also stated that some pastors are responsible for the non-accelerated growth of the church, saying that they are ignorant and do not have contact with their congregants.
He stated that pastors, instead of trying to remain politically correct, should find out why their churches are not growing.
“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 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,” Oyedepo said.