David Oyedepo, the presiding bishop of Living Faith Church Worldwide (aka Winners’ Chapel), has said Christian leaders cannot make claim to the ownership of their churches, insisting that it belongs to God.
Oyedepo stated this in his Sunday message, which was broadcast to members of the church’s congregation virtually.
According to the cleric, it is unbiblical for church leaders to claim ownership of churches, noting that God only used individuals to build the edifice and lead his people.
He stated that he has instructed that no property of the Living Faith Ministry should be named after him when he passes on.
He said: “There is nothing like my wife and I ministry. There is no such thing in the Bible. It’s God’s church, not our church. It is wrong to claim ownership of God’s church.
“Not one single thing that belongs to God should be named after me. Covenant University should never be named after me after I am long gone. The ancient of days owns it, not me. So let nobody be zealous to go and put my name on it.
“One of the things I learnt early in ministry is that it is God’s church and not my church. He said: ‘I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail’. It is His church, not mine. If it is your church, you will build it by yourself. But if it is God’s church, he will build it. You will never hear me say my church. For some people, it’s their church where they make weekly sales and go to pray.”
Oyedepo also preached on how to get divine direction, saying Christians must ensure they are guided by the revelation of God.
He said: “We are guided through the revelation of God’s word. It is God’s surest guide for his people. The seed is the word of God. Keeping sowing the seed of God’s word. Any time you get to the word, you’re in search of guidance. God taught us to go by the word and we go by it. Any time God leads he provides supernatural insight for his people.”
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