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‘Churches can’t open but people can go to markets’ — Oyedepo kicks against lockdown

‘Churches can’t open but people can go to markets’ — Oyedepo kicks against lockdown
May 06
19:24 2020

David Oyedepo, the presiding bishop of Living Faith Worldwide, has kicked against the revised lockdown directives which prevent churches from operating.

The federal government had placed a ban on religious and social gatherings as part of measures to stop the spread of the COVID-19 but markets have remained open.

During a programme titled ‘Covenant Hour of Prayer‘ on Wednesday, Oyedepo questioned why markets could be opened for six hours daily while churches have remained closed.

The 65-year-old cleric also said God spoke to him about the situation on Tuesday, adding that the “voice of darkness” has now targeted churches in the country by influencing people at various levels.


“There is something wrong; for people to be allowed to be in the market for six hours and can’t be in church for two hours, it is an upside-down way of looking at things,” he said.

“Which one is more orderly? The market or the church? I can smell a rat. The Lord spoke to me on it so strong yesterday.

“I can smell a rat. Behind all this, how do we stop the church from exploding? The people involved don’t know it.


“The voice of darkness is influencing people at various levels, targeting the church because the growth and expansion of the church is the greatest headache of the devil.

“But the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. The devil and all his agents shall surely pay for this. I don’t know what hospital that records the kind of healing that the church of God records.

“And now hospitals, where people die every day, are open, but the church is closed because the oppression of the devil has no medical cure.”

Chris Oyakhilome, the founder of LoveWorld Incorporated, had earlier scolded pastors for shutting down their churches in compliance with the federal government’s ban on religious gatherings.


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  1. Olanbiwoninu Koselupa
    Olanbiwoninu Koselupa May 06, 22:01

    This man surely has a problem. Forces of which darkness? Are the mosques opened? Markets opened – is the church now selling food for the population? If you need money to pay for the aircrafts in the hanger, pls say it. Why this noise. If govt’s decision is wrong, posterity will decide. When did bishop become the mouthpiece of churches? We’ve had enough from you sir. I know someone will wake up to say do not touch or speak evil of a prophet. Pls tell the prophet to a ide by the rules of the land as ordered by the authorities…een the bible says so.

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  2. Wale
    Wale May 07, 05:18

    He is more intelligent than to say all the illogical things he’s claimed to have said in this news article. I actually think he offended God if he said these things. How can going to the market to earn a living or to buy things with which to survive by some of the most downtrodden be less important than congregating in a church, when there are many avenues to fellowship? And his comments are not fair to government because all the evidence so far does not suggest any religious organization has been given any preferential treatment. This pandemic is proving to be a lesson on many fronts!

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  3. christian
    christian May 07, 11:13

    fake pastor david oyedepo

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  4. Ola
    Ola May 07, 12:18

    If truely churches have recorded so much healing, it is time that healing quality be taken to the confirmed COVID-19 patients and not restricted to people who the pastors pay to claim to be sick and got healed. Let them heal the REALLY SICK at the isolation centres

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