We are a law abiding organisation – Bishop Oyedepo gives reason for March 20th church service

We are a law abiding organisation – Bishop Oyedepo gives reason for March 20th church service

To diffuse the tension already generated as a result of The Living Faith Church Worldwide otherwise known as Winners Chapel, holding church servic

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To diffuse the tension already generated as a result of The Living Faith Church Worldwide otherwise known as Winners Chapel, holding church service on Sunday, March 20th despite the directive of the Ogun State government prohibiting the gathering of more than 50 persons in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the Church is now making clarifications on the incidence.

The church via the Special Assistant to the presiding Bishop, David Oyedepo, debunked insinuations that it held church services in defiance to the Ogun State government’s directive to avoid high density gatherings to curb the spread of the virus. It said that in a press release from the office of the CAN President, Dr Ayokunle through his Special Assistant on media on Saturday March 21, 2020, CAN said that members who may gather in church premises, many of whom may not be aware of this regulations should be allowed to worship for the purpose of enlightenment.

Also, because the church is made up of both literate and illiterate members, with many not in touch with any of the social media platforms of communication, it became pertinent to follow CAN’s directive to devote service with less than the regular crowd of worshippers, to sensitizing members of the Church regarding coronavirus and the need to play their part by obeying government directives and offering prayers to stem the pandemic.

The church while reiterating that it is a law abiding organisation, said it has engaged the Ogun State Government at the highest level to clarify this issue and any misgivings while also pledging its full support for the state Government’s efforts to ensure public safety, towards curtailing the spread of this deadly virus. This it said is not just a moral obligation or civic responsibility of the church but a spiritual duty.

And to prove it is truly law abiding, it has directed the closure of all the commission’s primary and secondary schools across the nation as well as the commission’s universities; Landmark University, Kwara State and Covenant University, Ogun State – students of the latter who are currently on vacation and were instructed to stay back at home.

Here is the full statement:

PRESS STATEMENT FROM LIVING FAITH CHURCH ON CHURCH SERVICE OF MARCH 22, 2020

*Coronavirus: Compliance with Government Order – Matters Arising*

It has become necessary to issue this statement to clarify issues surrounding why Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, the International Headquarters of Living Faith Church in Ogun State, held church service on Sunday, although with less than half of her regular worshippers.

There have been diverse responses varying from well-meaning concerns to uncharitable insinuations, misinterpretations, and unfounded allegations that the service was held in deliberate defiance of Ogun State Government ban on high-density gatherings, in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. Nothing can be further from the truth.

For avoidance of doubt, as stakeholders and as a responsible organisation, Living Faith Church fully supports and encourages compliance with all initiatives of government to combat the spread of this dreaded virus. However, information has to be strategically disseminated to the grassroot, noting that the Church is a family and not an industry, it is for this reason that enlightenment and sensitization from the Church platform is a most effective way to get people involved in playing their part in terms of prayers and intercessions and not just staying away from Church without knowing what to do.

Invariably, a press release from the office of the CAN President, through his Special Assistant on media on Saturday March 21, 2020, expressed the same position that members who may gather in church premises, many of whom may not be aware of this regulations should be allowed to worship for the purpose of enlightenment on the subject matter.

As we all know, the Church is made up of both literate and illiterate congregants; many are not in touch with any of the modern platforms of communication and this is what we did yesterday. Indeed, the service was devoted entirely to sensitizing and mobilizing members of the Church regarding the danger of this deadly virus and the need to comply with government directives.

The Bishop has since engaged Ogun State Government at the highest level to clarify this issue and any misgivings and reiterated the full support of the church for the State Government’s efforts to ensure public safety, towards curtailing the spread of this deadly virus. He appreciates the opportunity of direct engagement and the understanding of the government. Cooperation to safeguard public safety is not just a moral obligation or civic responsibility; the church also considers it a spiritual duty.

For instance, to show how law abiding our organisation is and in compliance with government directives, all our primary and secondary schools across the nation have been directed to close down. Also, our students at Landmark University, Omuaran, Kwara State were sent back home, while Covenant University Students, who are currently on vacation were instructed to stay back at home while awaiting further directives from government.

As a responsible and law abiding organization we wish to state that will ensure compliance with the government directives in all our churches across the state .

The Church shall continue to engage all necessary logistics to ensure compliance with government directives and continue to pray for speedy divine intervention to stem this deadly virus.

Pastor Steve Ogah
Special Assistant to Bishop David Oyedepo