David Oyedepo, the presiding bishop of Living Faith Church Worldwide (aka Winners’ Chapel), has said individuals who are insulting him over his criticism of the recently assented Company and Allied Matters Act, 2020 are wasting their time.
Oyedepo stated this in a sermon, which was broadcast on the church’s social media platforms on Tuesday.
The cleric has been criticised by several persons, including Lauretta Onochie, a Personal Assistant to the President on Social Media, over his sharp rebuke of the CAMA, particularly the power given to the supervising minister or Registrar-General of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) to remove the board of trustees of churches without recourse to the court.
Following Oyedepo’s argument that the church is God’s body and cannot be regulated by the CAC or a piece of legislation, Onochie told the cleric that he must either respect the laws of the land or manufacture his own country to live in.
But the bishop retorted, saying he is unconcerned by individuals criticising him over his stance on the CAMA as he did not pay attention to listen to their words.
He stated that no force on earth can determine how many people can decide to worship Jesus, adding that his church planted 520 new parishes on Sunday.
He said: “If I ever preached a message where there is no laughter, don’t listen to it. I have been laughing like this 76 till forever since I found Matthew 6:33. I have been laughing at the devil and smiling as I serve. You insult me, I enjoy it. You insult me and I stop going to work because you insult, I will be a big fool. I am going to work.
“They said, see his legs. Yes, I thank God for my legs. See his nose, yes, He made it and He did it beautifully. See how short he is, that’s the size He made me for so I can save more clothes.
“You know, He that sits in heaven shall laugh. If you are not laughing, you are not seated in heaven. And we are seated in heavenly places, so what should we be doing? Laugh. As they insult you? Laugh. As they mock you? Laugh. As they abuse you? Laugh.
“Anybody insulting me is wasting his time. One, I didn’t hear. Two, even if I heard, it won’t pain me. Anybody praising me is expressing his opinion. One, I didn’t hear. And even if I heard, it won’t blow my head because if you praise anything in me, it is Jesus.”
He added: “Nobody has the power to determine how many people worship Jesus. No force on earth has the power. When I’m lifted up, I will draw all men to myself. So, get all the facilities ready. The devil is tired. You ask him and he will tell you. I am tired because there are churches today that are just pushing the frontiers of the gospel in spite of the devil.
“As at last night, we got the report of 520 of our new churches planted. The Lord shall send the rod out of Zion, rule thou in the midst of thou enemies. It’s a divine agenda. No policy under heaven can stop it. 520 churches planted on the 16th of August. If I were the devil, I will start mourning now. Shame on the devil.”