Finally, Oyedepo’s church reacts to ‘gates of hell’ statement (READ)

by Kolapo Olapoju

The Living Faith Church, better known as Winners Chapel, has strongly refuted reports that its founder, Bishop David Oyedepo, said he’d to unleash the gate of hell on the opponents of the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Jonathan had visited the headquarters of the church in Ota, Ogun State on Sunday, January 25, and after the visit, it was reported that Oyedepo made the contorversial comment.

However, a statement released by the Resident Pastor of the church, Pastor Ubong Ntia, revealed that the reports were far from the truth, saying that the peddlers of the rumour should have obtained the video clip of the service and verified the claim.

The statement said: “There was nowhere, nor was there any time the following prayer or words were uttered by the Church or the Bishop: ‘I will open the gates of hell to anyone who opposes you’, or ‘I will open the gates of hell to anyone who opposes the peace of this nation.”
“President Jonathan along with his entourage, like the rest of the congregation, was upstanding, and prayers were made for him and all those in authority, and the nation.”

“The President and his entourage arrived at Canaan Land (Faith Tabernacle) for the third service at about 9. 30am. He and his team were ushered in and asked to occupy the front seats alongside the resident pastor and other senior pastors. Thereafter, in honour of the President, Bishop Oyedepo invited Jonathan to ‘bring a word of greeting’ to the congregation.”

“President Jonathan spent approximately six minutes in his address, clearly stating that he would be careful not to sound political so that his visit and intentions would not be construed as electioneering campaign.”

“In his brief speech, he adulated the ministry and person of bishop for the mighty works of faith, prayer for Nigeria and educational milestones the Living Faith Church has engendered for national development. He then expressed his belief that the elections of 2015 would go peacefully, while also asking for the people of God to pray more.”

“Our church of over 33 years has been a sanctuary for all people with no prejudice to colour, ethnicity and political persuasion. We stand for righteousness and cherish our integrity.”

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