Founder and Senior Pastor of Living Faith Church Worldwide, Bishop David Oyedepo, has finally reacted to the reports that he sacked some pastors of his Church for not generating enough income in their branches.
One Peter Godwin, a pastor of the church had claimed that Oyedepo sacked him and other pastors for failing to make enough money. According to SaharaReporters, Godwin stated, in a video, that he was employed on the 28th of August, 2020.
Godwin who claimed to be a former pastor said he alongside forty of his colleagues were invited by the state pastor on July 1, 2021, and were all sacked over low income in their branches.
Naija News reports that the video has generated reactions from Nigerians as some berated Bishop David Oyedepo, while others said the action was in line with the gospel of Christ.
Reacting to the development in a statement on Wednesday, Oyedepo described the reports making the round as ‘nonsense’.
He said the only criteria for their sack was how many souls had been won in the church. Oyedepo maintained that the pastors were sacked because they were unfruitful. According to him, the Church has never lacked money and yet have never prayed for it. “We are just simply obeying God and He is backing up what He is asking us to do. Awesome God,” the Bishop said.
The statement reads: ”When we employed 7000 pastors at once social media was dead. We have more employees than most states in Nigeria and we have owed them or taken bank overdraft once.
”The pastors were asked to go because they were unfruitful. Many of the churches built can never pay for the church building in 30 years. We have no patience for failure here.
”We have built more than 1,000 Churches in rural areas where in the next 30 years, they can never generate such fund, with each costing more than 14 Million Naira. We are hunting after souls, not income.
”People are confused about our Ministry. I learnt some fellows said, “you know, they are not bringing income, that is why they asked them to go.”
”We asked you to go because you are unfruitful. Unfruitful! Blatant failure. Doing what there? We have no patience with failure here.
”When we employed 7,000 people at a time, Social Media was dead. We have more employees in this Organisation than most of the States. No one is owed a dime salary and we don’t borrow, we don’t beg. Ask our bank whether we take overdraft. We are covenant bound, working in the light of God’ Word. Enjoying an open Heaven.
”Money: NONSENSE! We have never lacked it and yet we have never prayed for it, we are just simply obeying God and He is backing up what He is asking us to do. Awesome God.
”Now the next set is about to be flagged off, just certifying the landed property issues, nothing else. We have no lack of anything. The world is confused. Walking in the light of God’s Word. Please obey God to the full and watch out for His manifestations in your life.
”Well, you don’t need so much Mathematics to know a thousand buildings; that is not 1000 Naira each, that is not 10 Million (Naira) each, that is not 12 Million (Naira) each, that is not 14 Million (Naira) each. Some are 35 Million (Naira). At a go!
”We have never seen it ourselves. We just watched God doing it. The only criteria: How many souls have they gotten there? Then, build for them. How many souls? Not once: “how much money do they have?” Oyedepo asked.
”You want to see what we see, go and do what we do. But if you are not saved, there is nothing you do that matters,” he said.