The Presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church Worldwide, aka Winners’ Chapel International, Bishop David Oyedepo, has claimed that the continuous closure of churches over the COVID-19 pandemic hints at some ulterior motives by people he failed to mention.
Oyedepo, whilst speaking during the Covenant Hour of Prayer Programme on Wednesday, questioned why churches could not be open for two hours when markets are now open for six hours.
The cleric said he believed there was a ‘gang up’ against the growth of the church in the country.
He said, “There is something wrong. For people to be allowed to be in the market for six hours and can’t be in church for two hours, it is an upside-down way of looking at things.”
“Which one is more orderly? The market or the church?”
“I can smell a rat. The Lord spoke to me on it so strong yesterday. I can smell a rat. Behind all this, how do we stop the church from exploding? The people involved don’t know it.”
“The voice of darkness is influencing people at various levels, targeting the church because the growth and expansion of the church is the greatest headache of the devil. But the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. The devil and all his agents shall surely pay for this.”
“I don’t know what hospital that records the kind of healings that the church of God records. And now hospitals, where people die every day, are open, but the church is closed because the oppression of the devil has no medical cure.”
A few days ago, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of the LoveWorld Inc. also known as Christ Embassy had slammed church leaders who agreed to the lockdown of churches without praying over the decision and consulting with other pastors.