The Living Faith Church, also known as Winner’s Chapel have released an official statement concerning the claims by individuals in certain quarters who quoted their presiding bishop, Bishop David Oyedepo saying “I will open the gates of hell to anyone who oppose you” to the incumbent president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan during his last Sunday visit to the church. The church has categorically stated that the clergy made NO such statement.
The clergy has been widely criticized by supporters of the opposition party All Progressives Congress (APC)’s presidential candidate, General Muhammad Buhari. The former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo also attacked the bishop for the statements, which has gone viral, yesterday.
According to the statement,
“these were the exact words spoken by the Bishop while he was leading the congregational prayers for the President. As always, he took his bearing from the Word of God:”
And they went on to quote the bishop as follows;
“1st Timothy 2:1-2: I exhort you therefore, that first of all, supplications, prayers and intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men.” Then on the priority list is “For kings and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
“I only had an idea of the President’s visit just yesterday. It wasn’t there last Friday when we had the One Night with The king. So we are going to be praying for our President. Let prayers and supplications and intercessions be made for all men; first of all, for kings, and for them that are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
“And after that I will do what the priests are asked to do. It says “Speak to Aaron, that after this manner shall ye bless.” Proclaim blessings as a priest of God over our President, and the blessings will answer, in the name of Jesus Christ.
“In Numbers 6:23-26, The Lord said to Moses and the children of Israel saying “On this wise shall ye bless the children of Israel saying: The Lord bless thee and keep thee; the Lord make His face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee; The Lord lift His countenance upon thee and give thee peace.”
“When that blessing comes to stay, something happens. You see, the generation of the Old Testament knew the value of blessings; they would even cry for it. Every blessing proclaimed upon you today must answer on your life.
“I like us to be on our feet and lift the President up to God. Whatever you desire to see God bring about in his life; bring about in our nation, begin to pray that prayer right now.
“Father, release your grace upon the President to manage the demands of his office. Release unusual grace in increasing dimensions, to manage the demands of his office. Cause your face to shine upon him. Lord, grant the desires of his heart. Grant Nigeria peace. Under him, grant Nigeria greater advancement. Thank you father, in Jesus’ name we pray.”
The bishop’s words continue thus;
“This entire church proclaims the President blessed today. Blessed with divine wisdom to manage the demands of his office. Blessed with keys to see the miraculous in his life. Blessed with grace that will advance His cause in our nation. Every time we pray here, God hears. The Bible says “Wherever 2 or 3 are gathered, I’m there in their midst, and if we agree concerning anything, it’s done for us.” Therefore, in the name of Jesus, our President is declared blessed.
“His going out is blessed, his coming in is blessed. The will of God is blessed in his life. Thank you father, blessed be your name, in Jesus precious name.”