Winners Chapel president, Bishop David Oyedepo is been taught a lesson on social media after he criticized the government’s action of easing up the lockdown by allowing markets to operate while insisting that churches remain closed.
In a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the Nigerian government banned major gatherings at public places including religious activities until further notice.
David Oyedepo while speaking on Wednesday morning during the church’s usual Covenant Hour of Prayer said the continuous closure of churches was suspicious if markets are allowed to operate.
The pastor claimed that the Lord told him that the ban on churches was partly a strategy to stop the church of God from expanding. That statement has sparked lots of criticism on social media.
Social media users argued that David Oyedepo was so wrong by making such a statement as the church is not part of essential services as the market is while suggesting that the pastor was fighting for his pocket and not God, as no one can fight for God. See comments below:
Twitter user: Justinabenson10 “It is quite simple for me, churches aren’t running “essential services” like our markets offer. Bishop Oyedepo of all people should understand this. So who has died because he couldn’t go to church or mosque? Same can never be said of the markets, people need to re-stock supplies.”
Twitter user: Ogbenibambam “I guess Bishop Oyedepo is fighting for his pocket and not God, No one can fight the battle of the Lord.”
Twitter user: Boxypiper “Churches aren’t running essential services papa. Do you know what it means for Muslims not to pray on Fridays during Ramadan?
Twitter user: Ichinazam “Even the Bible preaches of quarantine. God told Moses that if someone had leprosy he had to separated from everyone and kept in isolation. Stop free styling with Christianity and read your bible. Spreading false information like this damages our beliefs.”
Twitter user: Kene_Onyemaeme “Meanwhile his churches in UK and US are still closed but his Nigerian churches should operate. What do you take Nigeria for? The lockdown was partially lifted because of the impending economic implications on the masses, instead of his Church to support the government he’s smelling a rat.
Twitter user: Abdrahimnda “This is why we are so poor in mind, in thoughts and pockets. We think everything is about religion. Why won’t people go to markets for 6hours? Will you feed them at the church? Or is it that prayers and worships are no more accepted at homes?
Twitter user: Lorenzodgenius “Market is a place where people go to buy basic things they need to survive, church is not. If Oyedepo is a common man, can he and his family survive without food stuffs. What purpose does the church serve right now? This is not about being sentimental, no need for church now.”
Twitter user: Wolenchy02 “Sentiment aside, Bishop is making sense. The church is more organized than the market and bus stops though, so God helps us.”
Twitter user: Cephas_Basu “He has a point about the church being more orderly than the market. But please all these Pastors should know that not everything is an attack on the church. The paranoia is too much.”
Twitter user: Supaflyest “Papa doing the most to secure his bag, hurts bad when you suddenly stop seeing free weekly money. Growth and expansion of the church worldwide but 95% of the members are not growing. The market provides food but the church wouldn’t. You are not going to eat the words. God is everywhere!