Bishop David Oyedepo has lent his voice to the continuous shut down of churches in Lagos and Ogun states. Bishop Oyedepo is the president of Living Faith Church, popularly known as Winners’ Chapel. He expressed his displeasure over the government’s decision to keep churches shut. But it prefers to open markets who have a regular large crowd daily. Hence, he stated that Lagos and Ogun states have been infected with anti-church virus.
The revered cleric made this statement while delivering a sermon on Sunday. Oyedepo said it was ironic that people in marketplaces no longer observe social distancing or hygiene. Still, they remain open but the church is being suppressed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Furthermore, he argued that refusing to open the church contradicts the freedom of worship. It is worthy to note that freedom of worship is enshrined in the constitution.
In the bishop’s words:
“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.”
In addition, Oyedepo said 10 persons testified to have been healed of the virus in the last one week. The cleric argued that the church which had the power to heal people remained closed.