Founder of the Living Faith Church International aka Winners’ Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has once again criticised the continuous closure of churches in Ogun and Lagos states over the coronavirus pandemic.
Oyedepo has been vociferous in condemning government for closing churches, alleging it was a grand plot targeted at emasculating the body of Christ.
Speaking in a sermon on Sunday, the popular preacher reiterated his opposition to the closure of worship centres.
He declared that Lagos and Ogun states have been adequately inflicted with anti-virus as against the coronavirus pandemic.
He wondered why people in marketplaces no longer observe social distancing or hygiene but remain open while churches remain closed on account of COVID-19.
According to him: “No handwashing, no nothing, everyone is in the market running over each other every day of the week and there is no outbreak from the market but there is now outbreak, perceived outbreak from the church. Prophets are God’s voices to the nations. Caution!
“Now, freedom of worship is no longer a constitutional right but now determined to buy some individuals. It is a hard thing to kick against the priest.
“This is no longer coronavirus in Lagos and Ogun. It is now anti-church virus, clean and clear.”
Oyedepo claimed 10 members testified to have been healed of the disease in the last one week.
He said they would have been more had churches been accessible to them.
“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.
“And that is the place that is vulnerable, not the market.”