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Oyedepo accuses presidency of jealousy over the prosperity of the church

Oyedepo accuses presidency of jealousy over the prosperity of the church


Bishop David Oyedepo has accused the presidency of jealousy over the prosperity of the church and attempt to gag it.

The founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide a.k.a Winners Chapel slammed the government over the application of the Company and Allied Matters Acts (CAMA) in churches, following its signing into law by President Muhammadu Buhari on August 7, 2020.

The CAMA law permits the registrar-general of Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and a supervising minister to strictly supervise religious bodies and charity organizations.

The law also gives the commission power to suspend the trustees of an association or a religious body and appoint an interim manager or managers to coordinate its affairs where it reasonably believes that there has been any misconduct or mismanagement, or where the affairs of the association are being run fraudulently or where it is necessary or desirable for the purpose of public interest.

Bishop Oyedepo in his sermon on Sunday August 16, questioned the rational behind subjecting churches to same laws as companies, averring that such laws were borne out of government’s jealousy about the prosperity recorded by the church.

While flaying the country’s electoral system which allows old and tired politicians into political offices,  maintained that the CAMA law will not work out in the church.

His words;

“The church is God’s heritage on earth. Molest the wife of somebody and you will see the anger of that person. The church is the bride of Christ. You know how a strong man is when you tamper with his wife. The church is the body of Christ. We are under obligation to give warnings to wicked rulers so we could be free from their blood.

“The church works on the pattern delivered by God not the pattern of man. Government has no power to appoint people over churches. This is a secular nation. The church is the greatest asset of God in this country. Please be warned. Judgment is coming. The Lord says I have been still but now I will arise. Anybody that is in this deal is taking poison. This will never work. I am waiting for a day when anybody will appoint a trustee over this church… You can’t gag anybody. We own this country together.

“It is only in Africa that people who are over 80 years still run around to become president. I know that it is the prosperity of the church that is making them jealous. But I am going to live to see an army of many winners soar greater. In this church shall emerge one of the largest concentrations of giants on earth.”

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