David Oyedepo, founder, Living Faith Church, has said God will fight the government if it attempts to control the church through the Company and Allied Matters Act (CAMA).
He said this on Sunday at a church service.
Fuming, Oyedepo had said the church is God’s property and does not belong to any man, saying He would fight the government if it attempted to control the church.
“The church is God’s heritage on earth. Molest the wife of somebody and you will see the anger of that person. The church is the bride of Christ. You know how a strong man is when you tamper with his wife. The Church is the body of Christ. We are under obligation to give warnings to wicked rulers so we could be free from their blood,” he said.
“This will never work for the Church works on the pattern delivered by God not the pattern of man. Government has no power to appoint people over churches. This is a secular nation.”
“The church is the greatest asset of God in this country. Please be warned. Judgment is coming. The Lord says I have been still but now I will arise. Anybody that is in this deal is taking poison. This will never work. I am waiting for a day when anybody will appoint a trustee over this church. You can’t gag anybody. We owe this country together.”
However, Tomi Vincent, legal adviser to the Lagos Chapter of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, told Church Times that Oyedepo’s anger over CAMA is late.
He explained that the bill had passed several stages and that since it has been signed to law no church leader could do anything about it again.
“Government is positioned to even do more than what is contained in the laws of CAMA. The process to get the law out took about five years. I believe there is nothing that can stop CAMA from being implemented except the church is asking to be governed by a separate body of laws which is not possible.
“They are the same laws that are being applied in the UK but many leaders don’t want to comply with what the law says.” he noted.
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He explained further that a pastor cannot be a trustee of the church and still draw salary from the church. He also said the law had been discussed for years, right from former president Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration.