What some Nigerians are saying about Oyedepo’s ‘anti-church virus’ statement

What some Nigerians are saying about Oyedepo's 'anti-church virus' statement

By David Royal

Founder of the Living Faith Church International, a.ok.a Winners’ Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has claimed that  Lagos and Ogun states at the moment are contaminated with an anti-church virus, as towards Covid-19.

Oyedepo stated this throughout his sermon on Sunday, June 28, whereas condemning the closure of church buildings and different worship centres by Lagos and Ogun states governments.

His phrases: “No handwashing, no nothing, everyone seems to be out there working over one another each day of the week and there’s no outbreak from the market however there’s now outbreak, perceived outbreak from the church. Prophets are God’s voices to the nations. Caution!

“Now, freedom of worship is not a constitutional proper however now decided to purchase some people. It is a tough factor to kick towards the priest.

“This is no longer coronavirus in Lagos and Ogun. It is now anti-church virus clean and clear.” The cleric claimed his church has recorded 114 Covid-19 therapeutic testimonies.

“Can anybody silence the church? Never! I have never heard of anybody that God healed in the market but people get healed in every church day and night, real tangible healing. We have recorded 114 coronavirus healing testimonies. We got 10 this week,” he stated.

However, social media customers have taken to their platforms to sentence Oyedepo’s assertion.

Below are some reactions on Twitter gathered by Vanguard:

@ouijaicrois wrote: “Not to incite Christian domination war but I haven’t heard the pope, a catholic priest or Anglican priest making a fuss about church lockdown … Chris Oyakhilome and Oyedepo, what’s good? Do you miss your congregation or you miss their offerings ?”

“If Pastor Chris and Bishop Oyedepo imagine that the #COVID19 pandemic is Anti Church Pandemic, fantastic.

But they each have to depart the consolation of their houses and stroll into any Covid19 isolation heart and do the needful, supervised with real-time replace for public perusal. Simple”.

@LayonBountySo you imply you may solely pray and take heed to the phrases or God whenever you go to the church? 

What occurred to the digital providers? What occurred to our holy books? What occurred to the recorded sermons we are able to simply entry on the web? You no purpose nicely earlier than you tweet!”

My ideas

Bishop Oyedepo

Pastor Chris pic.twitter.com/axw7jmN1gQ

— Odogwu.xo (@Stefanchase3) June 28, 2020

@Baldilocks__ “Bishop Oyedepo and friends would’ve been spared all these stress if they had simply healed everyone of the Coronavirus.”

@Uyi00262249 “The Church should be opened. I stand with bishop oyedepo”

@Itz_jusander “The purpose many Nigerians don’t take this virus Seriously is as a result of their pastors take it like a joke.

Let me remind you that your pastor is a wealthy man and has entry to premium healthcare and also you’re YouUnamused face”

@Juliobam22 “Hmmmn  Bishop Oyedepo ought to have maintained a golden Silent on these points.

He appears to be extra involved in regards to the church as a construction and never because the congregant.”

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