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Bishop David Oyedepo
By Tokunbo Olajide and dditional reports by Stephen Oni

Nigeria’s richest pastor and Winners’ Chapel founder, David Oyedepo, flaunts a vast business empire worth billions of naira. And there is no end to his material acquisitions.

To thousands of his devotees, David Olaniyi Oyedepo, billionaire businessman and presiding bishop at the Living Faith Church, better known as Winners’ Chapel, is a preacher of immense spiritual endowment. Fondly addressed as Papa by his congregation, Oyedepo is held in awe – the kind reserved for deities. The cleric’s deistic clout, however, transcends his Winners’ Chapel enclave.

To many outside his fold, the prosperity preacher, who owns homes in London and the United States, and has been owner of four private jets so far, is gleaned from his insatiable material bequest. In 2010, Forbes, the respected American business magazine which keeps a tab on the world’s rich, listed Oyedepo as Nigeria’s wealthiest pastor, with an estimated networth of $150mn (about N23bn). Oyedepo is only followed on the rich list by another Nigerian flamboyant pastor, Chris Oyakhilome of the Believers’ Loveworld Ministries, a.k.a. Christ Embassy, whose worth was put at between N4.7bn and N7bn. In Nigeria, Oyedepo conveniently leads the growing list of pastorpreneurs, church founders exploiting the passion and emotion that Christianity commands to feather their nests.

A proponent of prosperity Christianity, Oyedepo is unapologetic about the materialistic tinge to his gospel. In taking to ministering, God, he repeatedly claims, told him to “make my people rich”. He describes his prosperity-centric teachings as “covenant software for programming yourself into victories and triumphs”. With abiding faith in God, there are no limits, he insists, to how prosperous a man can be. And God’s word, he says, is a goldmine. “It is loaded with treasures — treasures for your pleasure, treasures for your comfort,” he pontificates.

Vast Business Interests

Oyedepo’s business interests span manufacturing, petrol station, bakery, pure water factory, plant (bulldozers, etc.) hiring, education, restaurant, supermarket, bookshop, internet cafe, real estate and the latest addition, aviation. He owns the thriving Dominion Publishing House, DPH, which has turned out countless Christian and motivational literature – usually centred on prosperity – bearing his name as the author, and audio-visual materials. The DPH has more than four million copies of Oyedepo’s works – many of them bestsellers – and those of his wife, Faith, in print.

The most known of the pastor’s many lines of business are his range of educational institutions. Most famous among them is the Covenant University, Ota, where the pastor is the Chancellor. Oyedepo told his congregation that he encountered God in 1981 in a vision that directed him to develop humanity through education.

The world’s largest church and the universities

The move to actualise the “vision” began earnestly in 1999 after the dedication of the Faith Tabernacle, which he boasts of as the world’s largest church auditoriums. Funding for the establishment of the university confirmed Oyedepo as shrewd as the most shrewd of businessmen come. At every service, a special envelope marked “CUP” (Covenant University Project) was circulated for members to donate their contributions towards the school project. The CUP funding, largely from the poor and medium income earners, was exclusive of the regular handouts in tithes, offerings and ‘seeds’ from the teeming members and well-wishers. It was also exclusive of other huge contributions from the affluent church members. Oyedepo, it was alleged, once received a single donation of N400 million from a well-known Lagos business tycoon with interests in publishing and oil & gas.

Oyedepo was assisted in construction of the school’s structures by many devout members of the church, skilled and unskilled, who fell over one another either carrying blocks or fetching water or just offering free labour. The university took off actively in October 2002 with the admission of the first batch of 1,500 students. But if many of the church members thought that, by virtue of their financial contributions to the CUP and their manual labour, they had a university they could call their own and conveniently send their children to for tertiary education, they were soon rudely awakened. The elitist fees Oyedepo fixed were, and remain, way beyond what most of the parents can afford. Covenant University owners currently charge not less than N500,000 for a degree course. Oyedepo’s apologists maintain that the school administers partial scholarships for education to poor church members, but have been unable to put such details like the number of students that benefit and the amount involved, to their claim.

An Advertisement manager in a leading magazine publishing firm narrated that the church continued to circulate the CUP envelope even after the university had taken off for what it (the church) said was for the school’s growth and development. For the manager, that was the last straw. “I stopped my family from attending the church. When the university was being constructed, my wife was always eager to go all the way from our residence in Akute, Ogun State, to the site in Ota, to carry blocks even when she was very reluctant to supervise work on our own site in Akute there. Worse, after the school took off and we were shown in clear terms it is not built for our children, its owners continued to ask us to donate to the CUP. I knew it was time I came to my senses,” he remarked.

Although the university authorities are confirmed to have been accommodating to followers of all religions on admission matters, a peculiar case last year challenged that virtue. The school allegedly refused to admit a muslim candidate, Abdulgafar Ayomide Salami, despite satisfying the admission requirements. The institution blamed “inconsistencies” in Salami’s application for its action, a claim the candidate’s father, Taiwo, vehemently denied. “They should just be bold enough to admit it. They discriminated against my child on the basis of his religion, and that is so unfortunate,” Taiwo fumed.

Oyedepo has established another tertiary institution, Landmark University in Omu-Aran (his hometown) in Kwara State. It officially opened in March last year. The university is believed to have been built with the staggering sum of $100m. Oyedepo claimed that the Landmark initiative was a response to calls from his kinsmen that he replicate the Covenant model in his hometown. It is most unlikely, however, that many residents of Omu-Aran will be able to afford the fees of the new university. But Landmark University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Matthew Ola-Rotimi Ajayi’s explanation was that the institution came to fill the void created by the dwindling standard and paralysis, occasioned by strikes and social vices, in the public educational system. “The institution was established in response to these challenges, poised not only to break new grounds, but also to ensure that the institution’s footprints are left on the sand of time,” said Ajayi.

The VC said agriculture is the focal point of the new university. This, he said, is in demonstration of its commitment to being part of the global response to the impending food crisis. Specifically, he said, the university has set, as its primary objective, a commitment towards an agrarian revolution, making the institution’s farm not only an enviable centre of excellence, but also the food basket of the country. This, he claimed, prompted the institution, through its proprietor – Winners’ Chapel – to award “100 per cent scholarship” to all the agricultural students of the institution, including agricultural engineering. To drive the agricultural revolution, Ajayi claimed, the school is investing hundreds of millions of naira as scholarships to motivate all the agricultural students of the institution, while also investing heavily on teaching and research equipment so as to enhance enterprise agriculture training. In addition, other support services – financial, technical and material – required for sustainable mechanised farming are also provided for the students.

Not unexpectedly, there is an entrepreneurial method to drive the scholarship ‘madness’. Into the institution is built a thriving farm project – comprising poultry, fishery, crop farming and feedmill – whose products are said to be doing well in the market. In response to the increasing demands of the institution’s products, the university has embarked on the second phase of its expansion programme on the farm. It has commenced massive production of the Landmark Bread while plans for production of Landmark bottled water are at an advanced stage, among other products in the pipeline. As a matter of policy, the VC said, the entire university community – staff and students – irrespective of course of study, are engaged in one form of agricultural practice or the other.

A third university, it is believed, will soon become operational in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. It is being located in the expansive 560-acre Goshen City, a replica of the massive Canaanland at Ota, Ogun State. The pastor is said to have already completed at Goshen City, situated along the Abuja-Keffi Road, a multi-billion naira housing project, a 15,000-capacity sanctuary, a printing press, and primary and secondary schools. Oyedepo is also believed to be planning a multi-million dollar college in upstate New York, United States.

Oyedepo’s massive investment in education at the secondary level is the Faith Academy group of colleges spread across Nigeria and run by Faith, his wife. Faith Academy, a full boarding secondary school which opened in 1999, belongs to the country’s elitist league of middle-level schools that make parents pay through the nose for services rendered. The school’s fees range from N250,00 to N350,000. On the Ibadan-Ife road, Faith Academy is currently completing its sprawling complex of not less than six imposing three-storey buildings. Besides the Faith Academy secondary schools, Oyedepo has been smart enough to also establish the Covenant University Secondary School which charges fees that are no less considerate of the lean finances of Winners’ Chapel’s poor followers. Faith, Oyedepo’s wife, also runs Kingdom Heritage Model Schools, the nursery and primary arm located in different cities in Nigeria. There are about 90 Kingdom Heritage schools scattered across the country.

Land acquisition binge, tithes and aircraft

Oyedepo’s business acumen is well-honed. The expansive landed property alone on which the Canaan business empire sits is estimated by estate valuers to be worth, at least, N10 billion. Over time, the pastor has been acquiring many villages adjoining the original property he purchased in the 1980s, so much so that now, were the City to be an ordinary village or town rather than a church monolith that it is, it is big enough to have its own first-class oba, its traditional ruler.

As it is, Oyedepo plays well the role of Canaanland’s traditional ruler and Chief Executive Officer. Church members and workers on the 5,000-acre estate both rever and fear the 57-year-old Papa as he superintends the conglomerate of business entities there. The church itself is a weekly money-spinner. Oyedepo is so shrewd as to concentrate the Sunday service at only Canaanland. Unlike the Redeemed Christian Church of God, the Living Faith Church (Winners’ Chapel) does not encourage the flowering of branches, though it equally has thousands of followers. There is only a handful of branches and then house fellowships. On Sunday, all Oyedepo’s followers, especially in Lagos and Ogun states, wishing to attend service are compelled to do so at Canaanland. From only one service of two hours the church operated every Sunday some years ago, it now runs four services. The Sango-Ota-Idiroko road as well as other access roads to the expressway leading to the church experience traffic gridlocks every Sunday from morning till afternoon as Winners’ faithful populate them.

From the thousands of congregants comes a rake-in for the church in millions of naira and hard currencies, in offerings, tithes and pledges. An an usher confided in this magazine, the church makes, at least, N30 million every Sunday. And even this sum pales into a measly pittance compared with what is garnered annually at the church’s Shiloh week-long special programme held every November attended by devotees in both Nigeria and from abroad, and at every New Year’s eve service.

The church also runs a factory which produces the Hebron sachet water. The product is hot number among church members who view the water as ‘divine’, and thus believe it could help unburden them of their afflictions. It also sells well in the immediate Otta environment. Also operating in Canaanland is a bakery, a filling station, a restaurant, an internet cafe, a bookshop, supermarkets and a microfinance bank. Oyedepo’s investment in property also continues to grow. On the vast land, the church has recently completed a massive housing project and the houses will soon go on sale. Already available are guest houses for paying church members and guests.

Done successfully with medium-scale businesses, the flamboyant preacher has decided to go for the big one. Last week, reports did the rounds about the wealthy preacher’s latest addition to his business lines. The pastor has been reported to have floated an airline, Dominion Air, on whose board he is to sit as Chairman, as he naturally does of all his other businesses. An account has it that the airline project had been in the works for six years. The plan was only unfurled this year. Towards this, a number of aircraft has been acquired, and none of them is said to be on lease. Another version of the reports, however, claims that the crippling cost of maintaining his four private jets forced the pastor to set up an airline where he would put the planes to commercial use.

An online news medium with bias for Nigerian news, Saharareporters, quoted a source in Winners’ Chapel as having said that each of the aircraft costs Oyedepo some $1,000 per hour in parking fees and maintenance. “Last year, as staff costs, fuel prices and landing fees escalated, Bishop Oyedepo had contemplated selling two of the jets. But when buyers were not forthcoming, he turned to Plan B: to set up Dominion Air and put the jets to commercial use,” claimed the medium.

Among Oyedepo’s fleet of jets is a Gulfstream, a business aircraft that is not capable of carrying more than 19 passengers. Apparently overwhelmed with the colossal costs of managing four planes, Oyedepo, had, late last year, reportedly put two of his four private planes up for sale. That was few months after he acquired the Gulfstream V Jet, his fourth plane worth $35mn, and planned a private aircraft hangar. Before he acquired the Gulfstream V, Oyedepo owned a Challenger 604 and a Gulfstream IV. It is thus believed that Oyedepo’s new airline may be targeting the country’s aviation sector’s lucrative air charter services, where only a handful of passengers are ferried at princely sums. Charter services are a staple for the country’s rich, especially business tycoons, state governors and other top politicians, who prefer its exclusive services to the regular commercial carriers. Oyedepo’s church and Oyedepo himself would, as has become their trademark of keeping sealed lips on their dealings, not confirm or deny reports that the bishop is starting an airline.

Flak for the man of God

Oyedepo has attracted flak for amassing huge personal fortune using the church as his springboard, when some of his followers can barely afford basic supplies, let alone enjoy the luxurious lifestyle he leads. But the capitalist pastor continues to trudge on, and has been making a success of his business ventures.

Oyedepo’s expanding business frontiers has re-ignited the long-running debate that places of worship be made to pay taxes to fund critical public infrastructure, education and healthcare. Going by extant laws, a church registered as an entity for the advancement of religious ideals is not expected to pay tax, but where it engages in business, it would be subject to taxation. “Agreed, Oyedepo is a businessman (and not your everyday pastor). Can we begin to see his taxes and for him to undertake Corporate Social Responsibility? The next time you think of taking on MTN for being such cruel capitalists after they invested their hard-earned cash, try asking how much Covenant University charges after church money was invested in it,” remarked Atom Lim, a blogger.

Since establishing his Pentecostal ministry in 1981, his flock has grown in astronomical fashion. The 50,000-seat Faith Tabernacle where he holds court is acclaimed as one the world’s largest worship centres. The church also maintains thousands of mission stations in about 40 nations of Africa, Europe, Jamaica and America. Among Oyedepo’s thriving foreign outposts, which send revenue to the headquarters at Ota, Nigeria are those in Ghana. But in 2004, the high-flying Ghanaian arm of the church drew Oyedepo’s ire when its head, Bishop George Adjeman was suspended for discontinuing the remittance of money to the headquarters. The Ghana parishes were then said to be repatriating to the Nigerian head church about $60,000 in monthly revenues.

Oyedepo’s unconventional pastoring has been attracting to him strident condemnation and criticisms, although he doesn’t ever seem perturbed by them. Sources that had worked for him at Canaanland said he does not suffer staff and pastors gladly. Two years ago, the Newswatch magazine reported cases of two pastors of the Winners’ Chapel Oyedepo had allegedly sacked when they could no longer perform their pastoral duties. Three pastors – Akah Ikenna (Benin), Ifeakwachukwu Sunday (Asaba) and Dick Abiye (Port Harcourt) – were actually said to have been involved in auto crashes that resulted in disabilities. According to the magazine’s reports, the pastors of their respective parishes on N45,000 each per month, were on official assignment for Winners’ Chapel when the vehicles they were travelling in were involved in the accidents.

Sunday, ordained a pastor of the Living Faith Church on 16 January 2001, was serving at Umunede, Delta State, as a pastor of the Winners’ Chapel when his world began collapsing on him. As he narrated to Newswatch, sometime in 2006, he went to Lagos for a meeting of the church. On his way back, he had a motor accident that nearly claimed his life. One of his legs broke into two and he also suffered severe dislocations in the pelvic area. He was admitted in a hospital in Benin where he went through several surgical operations. One of them was a limb operation in which steel braces were inserted into the leg and the pelvis. He was then discharged and asked to come back for a second operation to remove the foreign objects from his leg and pelvis. But, as he claimed, the church abandoned him at the hospital in Benin, “but through the help of some brethren, I came back to my station”, bed-ridden.

In that state, Pastor Sunday was redeployed to the church’s district office at Asaba. Strangely, he got another letter the same day terminating his appointment as a pastor of Winners’ Chapel. Somehow, in that agonising condition, Sunday travelled to the church’s headquarters in Ota, Ogun State, to appeal to Oyedepo for a re-consideration of his case. He recalled: “Luckily, I met Oyedepo himself as he was coming out from the church. After I had introduced myself, he asked me what I wanted. I told him I needed money for the operation to remove the metals from my body. He then directed me to one Ndubuisi who was then the secretary. Ndubuisi asked me what it would cost and I told him I did not know till we meet the doctors. He then asked me to go and do so and get back to them. When I got the documents from the doctors, I went and submitted them to him, but the church never acted on them.”

In one of the documents, dated 13 October 2007, from the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, OAUTH, Ile-Ife, signed by E.P. Osaigbovo, consultant, intensivist/traumatologist, and addressed to the church’s senior Pastor in Asaba, the hospital billed Sunday N230,000. The letter read: “The aforementioned (Sunday) individual has been our patient for the past 18 months. He was managed by our surgical team following multiple fractures to the neck and shaft of the femoral bone as a result of injuries sustained in a road traffic accident. Following-up radiological evaluation reveals that there is enough callous formation in the steel-plated fracture. He is, therefore, billed for plate removal – a procedure that will involve revisiting the fracture site so as to remove the implants.”

A desperate Sunday said he wrote to Oyedepo on 12 August 2009: “I had written series of letters to you, attached with the medical bill for my surgery, but all to no avail. I believe the letters did not get to you. From the time I was relieved of my service to the church, it has not been easy for me following pains from the injury. Now, I cannot stand for a period of three minutes, not alone walk. I solicit for your fatherly care. I have nowhere else to turn to but this organisation I once belonged to.” Till Sunday told Newswatch his story published in the magazine’s 7 July 2010 edition, he never got a response from Oyedepo.

Sunday, an employee of the National Fertiliser Company of Nigeria, NAFCON, Port Harcourt before he resigned his appointment to be a full-time staff/pastor at Winners’ Chapel, claimed that besides sacking him and ejecting him from his quarters, the church would not even pay him his entitlements. He explained he resigned his NAFCON appointment in line with the church’s policy that a pastor and his wife shall not engage themselves in any other job. Worse, on the domestic front, Sunday’s wife, both of whom had been childless for over 10 years before the accident rendered him a vegetable, abandoned him in his bedridden state.

Ikenna’s physical and financial condition is not different. But while Sunday and Abiye elected to sue Oyedepo in God’s court for God to judge him, Ikenna headed to court and popular Lagos-based lawyer, Festus Keyamo, is handling the brief. They won the case at the Otta High Court. But the defendants, Winners Chapel and Oyedepo, headed to the Appeal Court. The case has been at the Appeal stage since 2009. Barrister Vitalis, Keyamo’s deputy, expressed confidence Ikenna would win the case even if it goes up to the Supreme Court because, as he put it, it was a clear case of man’s inhumanity to man.

Oyedepo himself would not immediately respond to enquiries from Newswatch on the matter. But his spokesmen were quoted to have retorted in an official statement that: “They were not abandoned. They were treated on moral ground and in demonstration of good christian character. The church (Winners’ Chapel) has the right to review its workers’ performances and release from service any staff it feels his or her services are no longer needed.”

It was not until in an interview published in the 11 November 2011 edition of Newswatch that Oyedepo publicly commented on the issue. His words: “I almost cursed them (i.e. the three pastors). If there is any case that is serious to take to the court, you go to the court and lawyers will take charge.” Oyedepo also responded to questions on whether members truly contributed to build Covenant University and are still contributing. Admitting the contributions, the capitalist pastor remarked: “Yes, from the offerings that they give. From the offerings that they give and the supplies that God makes. It’s amazing.” He did not explain the nature of those celestial “supplies”.

And to a question that “those who contributed are not able to send their children to his university because of the (high) cost’, Oyedepo calmly contradicted himself on “contributions” he had only minutes earlier admitted that the church collects from members: “We don’t contribute here. People give to the Lord,” he stated. Then he added: “But you see, each one (member) goes for what he can afford in the market (educational market, that is). Even the public schools they are talking about pay as much, if not more. So people are just making noise for nothing. It depends on what you can afford.” Oyedepo would also not point to a single public university that charges “as much, if not more” than Covenant does.

Oyedepo has also had similar brushes with junior pastors at the church’s headquarters. Two pastors, who once questioned the bishop’s dictatorial manner of running the entity, had to leave the church to set up their own ministries. Their complaints ranged from poor welfare, to the absolute power Oyedepo wields. A number of workers at some of the business entities set up by the church have also had to complain of the poor remuneration, even though they feel their employers could afford better pay. One of such workers was a staff in the kitchen of Faith Academy, the secondary school. On duty from early morning till 6p.m., she was earning N9,000 per month. Apart from paying for public transportation from her residence to the Winners’ Chapel main gate, she would need to pay another N100 for the internal transportation arrangement from the main gate to her Faith Academy duty station. She was always complaining of the laborious nature of the kitchen job, which demanded that she alone fry eight cartons of fish every day, apart from other chores. With transportation fare taking so much toll on her miserly salary, and the kitchen’s labour taking so much toll on her health, she didn’t need any telling before she walked away from the job only six months after she was enlisted.

The Dirty slap video

Oyedepo’s controversial ways also achieved international notoriety last year after a YouTube video showing him slapping a teenage female worshipper became an internet sensation. During one of the church’s deliverance services in 2009, Oyedepo had accused the girl of being possessed with witchcraft, a charge the youngster stoutly rejected. “I am not a winch; I am a winch for Jesus,” she insisted, on her knees. Oyedepo repeated his “you are a witch” assertion and apparently expected the girl to quake and submit to his own exact words. But the girl stuck to her words. Stunned by her guts, the pastor, transferring the microphone he was holding in his right hand to his left, powerfully hit the girl’s left cheek with a slap that visibly rocked her, boasting: “Do know who you’re talking too? ” He then began swearing away at the girl: “Foul demon! You are a foul demon…You are not set for deliverance and you are free to go to hell.”

That drama of what came to be known as “holy slap” elicited criticisms from many observers, some of whom cracked rude jokes about the preacher’s unusual methods. But Oyedepo dismissed such criticisms, saying he didn’t regret his actions. “People now complain on the internet that I slapped a witch. If I see another one, I’ll slap again,” the pastor reportedly boasted.

The pastor’s unbridled desire for wealth also makes him unpopular with some other clerics. One of his most vitriolic critics is Tunde Bakare, pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly and running mate to General (retd.) Muhammadu Buhari in the 2011 presidential election. Bakare constantly rebukes prosperity preachers of Oyedepo’s hue, describing them as “apostates”. He regards them as “only interested in the gospel of wealth”. In a fit of rage, Bakare once publicly tore a book written by Oyedepo, claiming its contents were contrary to the teachings of Christ.

Another notable cleric, Anthony Cardinal Okogie also chided the likes of Oyedepo for allegedly placing materialism high above the gospel. “You claim to be a pastor looking after souls. I know you cannot look after the soul without the body, but why would a pastor give 90 per cent of his time to the body and give only 10 per cent to the soul. I wonder what kind of pastors they are?” Okogie queried. According to the Catholic bishop: “That shows really that they are not sheperds of the flock. They have been skinning the flock, taking out of the milk of the flock”.

Though still being kept under the radar, Oyedepo, with his new airline project, has further invited reproach from a section of the Nigerian public, who also condemn the preacher’s compulsive desire for wealth. “Pastor Oyedepo, by his choice of businesses, has severally demonstrated a disconnect between himself and hundreds of thousands of poor Christians who he claims to have come to deliver,” said Lawrence Ofili , who belongs to a faction of the opposition movement, the Save Nigeria Group, founded by Pastor Bakare. Ofili argued that Oyedepo’s decision to float an airline is a misplaced priority. “His Faith Tabernacle accommodates 50,000 worshippers every Sunday. How many of them are going to fly Dominion Air? Honestly this project is not for the poor. He should have settled for mechanised farming to engage unemployed men and women,” the critic said.

Similarly, a blogger, Ofordile Tony-Okeke, in an online post, challenged Oyedepo to channel more of his material endowment to charitable ventures. “With about 70 per cent of Nigerians living in poverty, Bishop Oyedepo would do well to invest financially in the poor in his church and country. I am aware of what the World Mission Agency, an arm of the Living Faith Ministry is doing, as it provides welfare and other health and humanitarian services to the needy in the society,” wrote Tony-Okeke. The blogger, however, argues that the act of giving should never be enough. “We should give as if all things depend on giving. Bishop David Oyedepo should give, give and give until it hurts him. That way he will be doing a sacrifice like Jesus Christ, his mentor, did,” said Tony-Okeke.

While Sunday has become almost a vegetable with a decaying leg and abandoned by his wife and the church he was serving before the road traffic accident, Bishop David Oyedepo is harvesting billions of naira from the church and other business empires he established. While the church policy doesn’t allow pastors and their wives to do any other job, Oyedepo, with Faith his wife in tow, is a pastorpreneur extraordinaire. Oyedepo’s business range has no limits.

Born on 27 September 1954, Oyedepo began his ministry in May 1981. On 17 September 1983, Enoch Adeboye, general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, ordained him and Florence, now Faith, his wife, as pastors. He labelled himself a bishop five years later.
 

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come on

The catholic church is about 2000 years old,Living Faith will be 32 years in May 2013,AND IS MAKING so much impact,God is too faithful to fail!!! Come on Mr correspondant.

The catholic church in the

The catholic church in the actual fact should do more,because it is about 2000 years old,Living Faith will be 32 years in May 2013,AND IS MAKING so much impact,God is too faithful to fail!!! Come on Mr correspondant.

Thank you for expounding the undeniable proofs

On Point!

1 Chronicles 16:22

And I'll advice that you critics should judge from afar, you can claim you know a person until you become his friend or acquaintance.
I am so proud to Have Bishop David Oyedepo as my spiritual father, Since I found myself in this commission my life has not been the same it's been from glory to glory!!!Winners in the house..Double portion!!!!!

1 Chronicles 16:22

The Holy Bible say Dan 11:32"Those who know their God shall be strong and shall do exploits" critics please check you dictionary what "Exploit means" Matt 6:33 say "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all that others are dying to get shall be added unto you" the bibles also says that a laborer deserves his wages"1 Timothy 5:18", Why are you critics hating, He has labored to get to this point, make the same sacrifice(s) he has made and still making and see if you wont get same result "John 14:12,Jesus also said greater works shall yea do" "Philippians 4:19 God also said He will bless us according to His riches in Glory through Christ Jesus" You talked about contribution, come to think of it critics please name one congregation where contributions are not made? Please name just one? I'll suggest you rather invest you time in doing profitable thing than speaking against God's prophet,1 Chronicles 16:22

1 CHRONICLES 16:22

The Holy Bible say Dan 11:32"Those who know their God shall be strong and shall do exploits" critics please check UP what "Expliot means""Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all that others are dying to get shall be added unto you" the bibles also says that a labourer deserves his wages"1 Timothy 5:18", Why are you critics hating,He has laboured to get to this point,make the same sacrifice(s) he has made and still making and see if you wont get same result. "Phillipians 4:19 God also said He will bless us according to His riches in Glory through Christ Jesus,IMAGINE THAT" You talked about contribution,comeon critics point a congregation where contributions are not made?I'll suggest you rather invest you time in doing profitable thing than speaking against God's prophet,1 Chronicles 16:22
And I'll advice that you critics shouldnt judge from afar,you can claim you know a person until you become his friend or acquintance.

Living Fiath

One thing is sure is that God is faithful to His Word in every generation.But the truth is that so many people are interesting in saying all manner of things against ministers of the gospel.My beloved country people you should leave ministers alone, Gods word work to any one that believe and walk according to its principles.Another thing i fell is that so many person are too lazy to do what BISHOP is doing ..... some say studying and reading the word of God... and to me.. it is LABORING IN THE WORD...and that is a big job.PAPA i celebrate you sir. May the grace and heavenly forces that work for you may i be a partaker of them.

A south africant student who

A south africant student who need help financially of registration fee before his course will be counselled please help.

List of Nigeria Rich Pastors

I am not a judge and I will not say what I do not see. I believe that these pastors are just using churches (charity organisation) to acquire wealth.
I have read all about the list of Nigerian Pastors and I am surely convinced within myself that charity organisations are now be used as a business organisation
If am allowed to post a link, I will refer you all to Rich Pastors in Nigeria List.
How many of these pastors uses the money for the charity or helping the needy?
This is not only happening in RCCG, but its happening in almost 90% of churches in Nigeria.

are cardinal Okogie and

are cardinal Okogie and pastor Bakare also Muslims?? u are a dumb ass!!!

Apostle of Wealth and riches - Not heaven

If too much riches (it has too much entanglements unless we want to deceive ourselves) will make one mis-behave and become so proud, then, to hell with riches; however poverty does’t glorify God, that s why David asked for moderate riches; too much will make one proud, below normal will make life too tough. Still if God feels (if at all) to not allow riches, then so be it! It is better to enter heaven maim, poor, destitute.. than to miss heaven. Winner’s pastors concentrate 90% of their sermons on riches and wealth to the detriment of holy living & focusing on heavenly treasures! The followers have grown so much with such that they forgot that heaven exists beyond the blues. Most are genuinely innocent - ‘Innocense of Christians’? They curse, use bad language, defend blindly without the words of Jesus. Hear a highly placed Pastor equating riches to godliness (directly against the Bible). He said ' if you don’t have abundant riches then you don't know God’; what a blasphemy?

Christians without consciense

I ‘ve observed all defenders of winners' chapel methods. The level of hatred and terrible language they use for opponents of the lifestyle of their leader simply show one thing; they don’t know Christ. It reveals the one-sided indoctrination they have been hallucinated with. motivational speaking is not equal to anointing; blind defence of apostasy is ignorance of the WORD! There were chariots before and in the days of Christ; Christ never turned one to His means of movement. Remember Lazarus and the Rich man; it wasn’t a story or parable but reality, what of the rich man who asked Christ about what to do to enter heaven; Christ's response didn’t mean we should be poor or forced ourselves to do anything to be rich. Christ told the rich man to sell his belongings & give to the poor! Of course Christ knew all men and therefore knew the man to value his riches more than heaven. Christ asks us to seek first the kingdom of God first and all other things shall be added unto us

THE TRUTH

Am now rich, though having walked into winners chapel , very poor and frustrated, now i have seen the hand of God, there is no way to explain this.

I got rich just attending winners chapel, my life go turn arround from poverty to wealth and health

Hungry Reporter

Some times I really think we have reporters who are so HUNGRY...I wish I could really meet this one...I live in. CANNALAND and I know what goes on in their...The reporter and his informants are all scam....I went to FAITH ACADEMY.when I was there I paid a total. Of 55,000 naira for both tuition and the bording facility ....God also said. Judge not my anointed and do my prophet no harm..This reporter am sure is so Mel us of the marvelous work of God in the life of Bishop David O.Oyedepo.
Covenant University convocated a few Muslim students.so why giving false facts about a blank
Ie."..."MR REPORTER I SUGGEST YOU GIVE YOUR LIFE TO CHRIST AND LIVE A SIN FREE LIFE. Or u. An try other opions by looking for the. MAB OF HELL ,and driving smoothly into it...or better still their a faster route you can safely GO. AND N
HUG A 16000 KV transformer.

All these write ups are born

All these write ups are born out of jelousy,hatred and busy body. Your write ups are even contradictory and make no sence. Just noise making without clue,go back to those who send you that your propaganda has failed

Noise

There are newsmakers and there are news breakers- it is unfortunate the write belongs to the later. Work towards making yourself a " newsmakers" . It is only fools that doubt proof.

u are GOD sent

good day sir i was browsing wen i saw ur profile here and realy admire the work of almighty GOD in ur life cause he has really used u to transform alot of people,s lives for good and i pray God to strenghten u more in the spirit i persononally will like to see u sir and here is my phone number 08124197750 i do oil and gas business and will need ur asistance in prayers for success and abudant break trough in my work and my business thank u and want to tell u dat u are 4 real

He is a reall man of God

Most of those who are kicking against the man of God are Muslims. There problem is that they are lacking the right wisdom that gives wealth. Give your life to Jesus today. God's wisdom works

speak the truth

U shld speak the truth at all times,its not about judging & damn right its about criticizing & hoping he does what is right,iv a feeling u r a winner's chapel member,what does do wt all that money? For pete's sake y wld he even sack pastors all bcos they re dsabled? & ds happened in d cause of doing duties for the church? Some says she s not a witch & he slaps her & causes her? Dude please open your to reality & truth.

Well said my brother,well

Well said my brother,well said

outrageous

How can a man who said he was called by Christ be so into the things of the world in such a manner that he does that even at the expense of his flock.what a terrible disgrace to the clergy

By criticizing others, it

By criticizing others, it does not mean we are holier than everyone. Experience has shown that most of those who want to publish themselves as being most holy people by criticizing others are just jealous of how others are doing well.
Stones are only cast on a tree if it has fruits so we understand...We can then understand why people can fail to see things that are clear. Man of God , may God bless you richly. I like God because He does not consult people when He wants to bless His people.

blind people who see nothing

It saddens me that educated people who claim to know the gospel so well are still bamboozled by these kind of pastors! U collect from the flock to set up businesses that they can't benefit from. The only case of Christ Jesus collecting from the flock in d Bible was d lil' boy's 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish and what did he do with them, eat them? No, he multiplied it and gave it right to them.We see corrupt individuals parading as pastors and we call dem "papa"... How many members show the same love they show to so called "papa" to their neighbours or even God almighty. He sacked 3 sick pastors, slapped a girl, works people 2 almost slavery and exthorts his congregation but remember what the Lord said "that which u do to the least of my brethren u do onto me". The souls the all claim to find weren't lost before! They were actually members of other churches. Its saddening that people still fall for this. He who has ears let him hear

ignorance 2

This is the concluding part.

Mr rpeorter, go and check the records how many souls have voted for Christ under that ministry and how many have had their lives changed. Many pastors today including tunde bakare are beneficiaries of his bible prosperity idea.

Go and check out the mentors of oyedepo -the copelands, you will understand why christianity is not just a religion but an integral way of life which include active involvement in business or commerce to support the work of the gospel. How would winners chapel collect money from the rich for the gospel if not through business investment. Oyedepo, I am your student and I love you.

Ignorance

The writer showed from his write up that he was out to discredit the bishop oyedopo's name. Mr writer, where were you when this man at the early stage of his ministry sweating it out with empty pocket to feed his congregation with God's word. He never joined the thieves in politics to steal public money.

In 1981, when he was nothing near riches he said publicly that God hask him to make people rich. I would have questioned his call if he is not experiencing all you described today.

We are not God to judge!

We should concentrate on how we deligently and truthfully server the lord individually and not focusing on how the preacher dresses,talks,behaves,drives in or acquires.when we do this we only end up becoming critics which will always find something to write about anyone because every human have there floors!we are not God to judge,he has all judgements to give.

Papa

Papa, u r d best. . . Sahara spels somtin (u knw wat i mean). Hatas, tak a strole dwn d road n go hug a transformer.

My Papa

Daddy I am enjoyin d blessings dat flows frm ur Ministry. Am a Convenant winner, immovable, unshakable n notin can stop me. I beliv in wat God is Doin thru u. Scammers may God 4giv u all. Touch nt my annointd n do my Prophet no HARM. Be warned b4 u attract d anger of God

Thanks for the sharing. Love

Thanks for the sharing. Love it

holy scammers

I gues u are one of d mamonseeking holy scammers
Who don't know essence of christ.but blinded by d
Bling and glint of egocentric materialism . U lack spiritual
Essence.pray and fast to save ur soul!