Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), has urged sympathisers not to cry over the death of his son, Dare.
Adeboye made his first comment since his son’s passing via a pre-recorded video played during the funeral service of Dare held at the Youth Centre of the Redemption Camp, along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, on Tuesday.
Dare, 42, died in his sleep on May 4 in Eket, Akwa Ibom State, where he served the Assistant Pastor in charge of Region (Youth) 35.
According to Adeboye, those who have had a glimpse of heaven should not weep over the death of Dare, noting that there is a marked difference between heaven and earth.
He said: “Cry if you wish but don’t cry for pastor Dee (as Dare is fondly called) because he is resting in glory. Cry because you are the one still fighting the battle. Anyone who has caught a glimpse of heaven will not be crying for pastor Dee because there is no comparison between heaven and earth. But then fight courageously because, on the resurrection morning, we shall meet again.
“I want you to know that God who knows the end from the beginning knew long before the foundations of the world that what has happened was going to happen. And because his word is forever settled, he said all things work together for good to them that love God. We may not understand now, but what has happened is going to work out for our good.
“In one of his sermons, Dare himself said God does not need a visa to pay you a visit or to do whatever he wants to do in your life.
“And I have told you before, death is not a function of age. Young people die, old people die, children die. And it is not about how long you live it is how well. Even Jesus Christ himself died at the age of 33. John the Baptist never lived to be 34 and yet he was the greatest.”
The RCCG General Overseer described his late son as “a seed that we have sown and let’s get ready for a special harvest”, adding that the family and church have lost a special person.
He pledged to show greater interest in the youths ministry, which the late Dare had shown commitment.
“We have lost a champion. You would agree with me on that. Let us consider him a seed that we have sown and let’s get ready for a special harvest. I want us to join our forces together and produce many champions like Damilare that would go round the whole world and shake the world for the Lord Jesus. That is how we can honour his memory.”
The late Dare was subsequently laid to rest after the service at the Youth Centre of the Redemption Camp.
The farewell service was attended by the deceased’s wife, Temiloluwa; his three daughters; his siblings; the Presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church Worldwide (aka Winners’ Chapel,) David Oyedepo; his wife, Faith; as well as his son, Pastor David Oyedepo Jr.