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Bishop Oyedepo, Prosperity Gospel, and 419 in the Church – Part 1

10/23/12

Bishop Oyedepo, Prosperity Gospel, and 419 in the Church – Part 1

*Bishop Oyedepo, Prosperity Gospel, and 419 in the Church – Part 1

By Rev. Dr. C. Kingston Ekeke

Nigeria’s wealthiest pastor, Bishop David Oyedepo is in the news again – this time in the United Kingdom. Sadly for him, Britain is not Nigeria, where the corrupt courts absolved him of all wrong doings, his abuses and violence against a young worshiper of his church at Winner Chapel – aka “Cananland” It was the video of his satanic slap of a young girl, probably an uneducated parishioner, who didn’t know how best to express her love and witness for Jesus, that exposed the abuse and muddled message that is being promulgated by the bishop to his gullible and biblical ignorant followers. Since then, I have penned a couple of articles calling on the federal government intervention to enact laws and policies to checkmate abuses - physical, sexual, emotional, mental, and moral abuses in places of worship in the nation in order to protect the vulnerable. I’m not too concerned about the learned and intelligent parishioners that sit under such blasphemous teachings every week. Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” To earn a PhD or have a lucrative job or business does not make one knowledgeable. However, it still baffles me how an educated and intelligent person could sit under such teachers and listen to the junks that some of them teach from their pulpit every week. So, it behooves the government to protect the weak and vulnerable especially from physical and sexual abuses in the name of God.

Christianity is no longer an intellectual exercise in an age of prosperity gospel

The Rev. Dr. Jonathan L. Walton, the new Pusey Minister of Harvard’s Memorial Church, and professor at Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in his first “morning prayers,” a ritual of welcoming freshman move-in day to Harvard University at Cambridge, said, “Religion (faith) is an intellectual as well as spiritual exercise. The Memorial Church, he declared, is a place to educate minds and expand hearts - action that defines faith, belief that encourages discussion, and joyousness that allows for the occasional bout of existential angst.” I agree with Professor Walton. If theology, spirituality, faith, religion and the call to teach the infallible Word of God, was not an intellectual exercise, I would have quit being one long time ago. Training to become a priest/pastor takes years of study and preparation. Sadly the “holy office” is no-longer sacred and intellectually stimulating because cone men and women, who have no business with the “holy calling”, have desecrated it in order to dwindle and deceive the gullible and weak in the society. This kind of unbalanced gospel messages that are being promulgated by the so-called “men of God” and super pastors and preaches of our day around the world is appalling and troublesome.

Christianity has lost its moral mandate and mission. Today, the gospel message, the good news of the kingdom is perverted. What we have nowadays is another gospel, a false gospel, and a religious syncretism. “The gospel teaching that subtly implies and often overtly states that God wants you to be rich is a false gospel,” writes Pastor Jim Bakker, a former prosperity preacher and proponent of “God wants you rich theology,” who dwindled his parishioners millions of dollars and later while serving term in prison, he diligently read and studied the Scripture and God opened his understanding. That teaching he says, does not lineup with the tenets of the Holy Scriptures. It is another gospel – another Jesus, in fact, a gospel of Satan and message of hell fire - a prosperity-tinged Pentecostalism.” ( Continues below..... )

 Bishop David Oyedepo

Photo Above: Bishop David Oyedepo

Christianity is in crisis

Dr. Hank Hanegraaf, president of Christian Research Institute in California, and one of the finest and courageous Christian apologists of our time, in his book, “Christianity in Crisis” prophetically and passionately argued that modern-day Christianity is in crisis. He said that the Church is undergoing a major transformation and that millions of Christians have embraced another gospel, another Jesus, a gospel of false promises of prosperity, wealth, healing, signs and wonders. He attributes the problem to lack of sound biblical training and Seminary education. George Barna, the famous Church consultant, researcher and writer, also supports Dr. Hanegraaf postulations that the Church is dying due to lack of sound Bible teachers and strong Church leadership. There is no doubt that the Christian faith has lost its value, respect and dignity. C. S. Lewis, the famous Oxford apologist for the faith, wrote: “We must return to Christianity in order to preserve the things we value. But we cannot return to Christianity at all unless the thing we value above all else is Christ….. Otherwise, we are in effect, asking to save our idols for us.”

In his best-selling book, “Crisis in the Village,” Dr. Robert M. Franklin, a theologian and public intellectual, wrote that the “Church has lost her moral mission, call and commitment.” Today baby boomers and the new “millennials” are flooding to churches and synagogues because of widespread hunger for meaning and many bring aversion to such traditional teachings such as sin, evil, forgiveness, commitment, even truth itself. As a result, what we have today in many large churches is “designer gospel message” and “religious syncretism” where the gospel are re-packaged to suit those who want a faith to satisfy their “felt need,” the gospel message that “God wants you to be rich.” “Send money as a step of faith and God will bless you message.” “Give a $1,000 pledge and God will bless you.” Name it claims it.” “Give to get rich message.” “100 fold return-blessing and even 1000 times return” is another gospel, a different gospel from what Jesus Christ taught. Their tricks are working because many of those who profess faith in Jesus Christ are biblically ignorant and gullible and that is why ‘god-want-you-rich theology’ is a booming business for their proponents. It is true that Jesus taught on the subject of money and finance more than any other subject in the Bible – but all His teachings on money were in negative connotation. I will write more on Jesus’ teachings on prosperity in the part-2 of my article.

Big faith equals wealth $millions$

In the July 2007 edition of Christianity Today, it carried a survey conducted in 2006 by the PEW forum on religion and public life. They found that 25% of Nigerian Christians are renewalists - that is Pentecostals and Charismatic. The same survey noted that 33% of South Africans and 50% of Kenyans were also renewalists. Out of nearly 900 million Africans, which include Christians, Muslims, pagans, Atheists and other religious persuasions, about 150 million Christians are now renewalists. Professor Paul Gifford of the University of London, England, in his 2004 book: “New Christianity: Pentecostalism in a Globalizing African Economy” writes, “African Christians believe that success is determined by your faith.” Professor Gifford notes that these renewalists have moved beyond traditional Pentecostal practices of speaking in tongues, prophesying, and healing to the belief that God will provide – money, cars, houses, and even spouses – in response to the believer’s faith – if not immediately, then soon. In the same 2006 survey by PEW forum, 92% Nigerian Christians, 90% South African and 85% of Kenyan Christians agreed that “wealth and material blessings are based on one’s faith.” What a tragedy and travesty!

This is how sad and drastic prosperity gospel has become among Christians in Nigeria and most of Africa. Prosperity message is destructive and has negative effects. This blind spirituality is not only destructive, damaging, and deceptive but worse than slavery. It is bondage, abuse, deception, manipulation, godlessness and satanic capitalism. Most Nigerian Christians are only not enslaved spiritually, morally and financially but intellectually as well. It is economic, moral, and intellectual slavery. Million of Nigerian Christians are now victims of Satanic Churches and their false prophets. The prosperity gospel is also destroying Nigerian society –family, homes, causing a combination of disappointment, hurts, discouragement, and anger toward God and sometimes causes people to turn away from God. What we have nowadays is moral bankruptcy, biblical ignorance, a modern day voodoo and satanic spiritual spiritualism. In a nutshell, what we have today is 419 in the Church. What we have today is materialistic Christianity and there is enormous danger in it. ( Continues below….. )

US Dollar Notes

Photo Above: US Dollar Notes

Warning against false doctrine and false prophets and teachers

Jesus Christ warned his disciples and followers about false prophets who would rise up to lead many astray and to destruction (Matthew 24:11). In Oliver Discourse, Jesus warned, "Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name. And will deceive many" (Matthew 24:4-5). Jesus said if you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free – John 8:31-32. People remain in bondage when they are ignorant of what has been provided for them through the life and death of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, today, too many Christians are more interested in this present world materialism than in the balanced teachings of Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul dedicated the entire epistle of Timothy to teach against false prophets, false doctrines and godlessness in the last days. He warns Timothy, his son in the ministry, to flee from such things. He writes, “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths” – 2 Timothy 4:3-4.

In 2 Timothy 3:1-5, Paul warns, “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God — having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17 say, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. The Apostle Paul charges Timothy, “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction.” As teachers and preachers of the Word of God, we are reminded to do our best to study and show ourselves approved to God, a workman who odes not need to be ashamed but who correctly handles the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 2:15).

There is no doubt that that the Nigerian Pentecostal Church and certain bishops in the fold are emulating and borrowing from the rich American Church and her superstar pastors, bishops and televangelists like Pastor Benny Hinn, Bishop TD Jakes, Dr. Creflo Dollar, Bishop Eddie Long, Bishop Dale Bronner, Pastor Joel Osten, Pastor Joyce Myer, Pastor Paula White, and Pastor Darlene Bishop etc. These imitators and imposters refused to understand that United States is a rich and capitalist country. The American Church organizations are big businesses and they have learned to tap into the wealth and prosperity of the nation without depending on the meager tithes and offerings from their members. Today, the streets of major cities in Nigeria are littered with all kinds of Churches promising healing, wealth, prosperity and happiness and yet Nigeria and vast majority of its citizens are among the poorest people in the world. Additionally, the presence and practice of rituals, divination, astrology, sorcery, witchcraft, voodoo, magic, envy, greed, jealousy, hatred, idolatry, hypocrisy, ungodliness, wickedness, lust, immorality, adultery and corruption remain rampant and alarming in the society. There is no sign of righteousness, love, peace and hope, but injustice, unrighteousness, hate, anger, resentment, bitterness, evil, wickedness, violence, killings, and hopelessness reign supreme in every household, neighborhood and city.

Modern-day designer Church is perverted

I’m afraid to say that what we have today is a perverted Church; a Church that is totally misconstrued, misguided and misinformed where spiritual witchcraft and biblical ignorance are in abundance. What we have today is a Church that is bewitched, a Church that is preaching and teaching another gospel; another Jesus and a message of “get rich and get healed theology,” a Church were the so-called men of God are preaching eisegesis rather proper exegesis and sound exposition of the Word of God, where they are using pragmatic psychological philosophies for attaining success and for solving spiritual issues rather than sound exposition of God’s Word, men who are using the Word of God for lucre and for profit.

The Church was called upon to uphold the honor, glory and authority of Christ on planet earth. Instead of upholding this divine mandate with dignity, the Church and her leaders have been deceived and trampled upon by demons of antichrist and cultic and pharisaic associations where the presence of God is completely absent and self and pride are enthroned. What we have today are Church buildings where sin, wickedness, witchcraft and all manners evil are practiced and people accept it so; multimillion dollar buildings and temples where the spirit of Christ has been thrown out and Satan himself is enthroned on the altar. No wonder atrocities and exploitations of worshipers such as the ones we read in our newspapers and watch on television are happening every day. The Church must pray for revival and renewal. I agree with Rev. D. Peter C. Moore, who wrote that, “The Church that God cherishes is one that is “Evangelical in Teaching, Catholic in Sacrament, Reformed in Doctrine, Charismatic in Ministry Gifts, and Liberal in Ethos and Global in Scope.” Anything else is just humanistic and designer religion.

The danger of prosperity and materialistic message rather than true gospel

The danger of Pentecostal prosperity and materialistic message is giving people false hope – that God will fulfill His promises based on their twisted interpretation of Scripture. Biblical hope is more of a simple wish; it entails certainty based on God’s demonstration of faithfulness to people in the history of salivation recorded in the scriptures and as experienced by promise of Christ’s return and the anticipation of resurrection from the dead. That is the blessed hope in God. Most of these prosperity preachers may have earned PhD’s in other fields of study but not in theology, divinity or ministry. They should go back to school – Seminary to study the Scriptures – and take course in exegesis, biblical interpretation, hermeneutics, homiletics, and biblical languages such as Hebrew w and Greek in order to be qualified to correctly teach the Bible. Because what most of them are teaching today is another gospel, a twisted and muddled gospel - a gospel of hell and that of Satan designed for the coming of antichrist. Prosperity teachers are preaching arrogance, foolishness, sin, and false doctrine – because what most of them are propagating today is not true gospel but another gospel, a muddled message. They should repent and confess their sins for contradicting and twisting the gospel message of Jesus Christ.

In Part 2 of this essay, I will unpack the teachings of prosperity preachers and share what the true gospel message is about including the prosperity aspect of the gospel from the teachings of Jesus Christ, who is the Gospel.

Rev. Dr. C. Kingston Ekeke is a public theologian, author, and leadership scholar. He is the president of Leadership Wisdom Institute.

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37 comments

Comment from: Lucky onyeador [Visitor]
Lucky onyeadorMill kudos to you Rev, Dr K. Ekeke, What you have just poured out has been in the minds of many Nigerians of the christian and Muslim fate too, but the biggest question remains that, who and who will take the lead to expose these carnivores, mammonist in the name of God and keptocrats in the house of the Lord.It's pathetic and shamefully appalling that Our present and past leaders can not even protect the common vulnerables being the innocent worshipers who have beeor constantly brain washed, hypnotized and completely mesmerized for decades now.Churches, these days, have inadvertently become the boomiest industry of our own time in Nigeria and the many so called pastors,impostors and the "new generation clerics"are taking advantage in the "ugly and horrendous church scam" in Nigeria.I humbly implore our government to double check and also checkmate their ignonimous activities all in the name of our Lord.Posterity may not forgive them, if they are let loose.
10/23/12 @ 15:59
Comment from: jude obinna omattah [Visitor]
jude obinna omattahMAY GOD FORGIVE YOU GUYS.COS YOU PEOPLE ARE TALKING SHIT ABOUT THE ANOINTED TRUE MAN OF GOD.THAZ ALL.
10/23/12 @ 16:45
Comment from: Mohammed Kwarah Tal [Visitor]
Mohammed Kwarah TalIntellectually sound, spiritually astute, brave and courageous. Wolves in sheep's clothing,impostors. fraudsters, etc. have taken over the pulpit. Would it be an overstatement to say that Satan and his disciples are on the rampage?
10/23/12 @ 17:26
Comment from: Adekunle [Visitor]
AdekunleRevd. Dr. and soon to become professor of theology yet with pitiable emptiness about the Gospel of the Lord. This write up is warped and full of several references that provides no edification for the body of Christ. It only portrays the vanity of "head" knowledge of the Scriptures by our dear Rev. Dr. His write up about gospel and prosperity is muddled up and th topic misleading a minus to his many years of "rigorous" academic exercise at knowing the scriptures. The scriptures he is trying to "defend" is what ordinary folks worldwide have put to practice with simple faith and got their results. Hoping that he truly gets born again before the coming of Christ, the Glorious King.
10/23/12 @ 21:19
Comment from: Harry Ordy [Visitor]
Harry OrdyRev. Ekeke it is apparent that you misleading your readers through your myopic criticism of Bishop David Oyedepo.If you have issue with the ministry God has given him why not really seek God's face concerning wealth.God certainly wants His children to prosper and not leave in penury.It is ungodly to give people the impression that Christianity is synonymous with poverty.Let the man of God and try to put your own house in order.God is using bishop to empower believers to tap into God's riches through faith.By the way, you never mentioned the numerous ways God has used him to positively touch, and change thousands of life.Please use the precious time God has given you wisely.Write objectively to build up and not to tear down.
10/23/12 @ 23:11
Comment from: omolade temi [Visitor]
omolade temiDear Rev. Dr. C. Kingston Ekeke, this writeup of yours gladdens my heart.Sir, keep up the good work but remember you have just started WAR with FALSEHOOD but they wont triumph. It takes the grace of God not to be enslaved by these people.
10/24/12 @ 12:43
Comment from: Success Justice [Visitor]
Success Justice@ Rev, Dr K. Ekeke, You certainly look so aggrieved that you are very far from being objective. It is very obvious you are biased. I want to disabuse your mind and that of those you have corrupted of some very erroneously remarks in your publication.
Christianity is balanced and has always being.
Isa_28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
Mat 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. So if you choose to be poor, well its your choice & the I pray that the spirit from the valley of the shadow of poverty will possess your absolutely from this moment.
3Jn 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. Perhaps you are mistaking the word prosperity for poverty.
Deu 8:18 But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
Hello, please wake up, God won’t give unbelievers power to grab wealth and abandon his children in abject poverty. Besides, we need good cash for the end time harvest.
Mind you, criticising such a heavily anointed prophet of God is treading on a very dangerous ground. Remember God said in Psa 105:15 … Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.
I really wander I you are Born Again …You seem to be full of borrowed quotations here and there. Remember the letter killeth but the spirit giveth Life.
10/24/12 @ 17:28
Comment from: jackson2j4 [Visitor]
jackson2j4A very educative and courageous write-up,some who may be connected to these sects or cults as I see them will call you names, but it takes courage and honesty to be who you are. Honestly, if I were to be in power in this country I would have worked to pass a law on religious criminality, we have beaten every known negative records on religious fraud and criminality.
Unfortunately,the proliferation of these criminal churches has brought more woes and evil than ever before.Nigeria is a country that seems God doesn't visit,He seems to have turned His back to us because of our numerous atrocities and immoralities, especially by committing evil in His name and calling his name in vain.
10/25/12 @ 13:18
Comment from: Mike [Visitor]
MikeI quit agree that modern prosperity conscious pentecostal churches have missed the mark. It is unfortunate that the laws of God are relegated to the background while everyother thing possible is encouraged and supported to gain physical wealth. Christian churches must return to the old path (Jeremaiah 6v16. How can you convince one that God is in the centre of your worship when you blatantly disobey God's laws and encourage your members to do same.As God was in the days of Abraham so is He during the times of Moses, David, Jesus Christ, the Apostles and even to today. The Laws of God are as fixed as God Himself. Modern churches have denied and rejected the Laws of God while pretending to have accepted Christ.but Christ said "If you love me keep my commandments". "I and my father are one".paul said" Do we make void the law through faith? God forbid, we establish the law"(Rom 3v31.
10/25/12 @ 13:33
Comment from: Kenny [Visitor]
KennyWhy will someone who claim to be a Christian call the body of Christ...the church , a perverted church. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ who died. Am embarrassed by the depth of mis understanding and parochialism displayed by this write up. Unfortunately by a purported dr of theology.
10/25/12 @ 18:08
Comment from: Jarrett G. [Visitor]
Jarrett G.@ Success Justice. I agree with you to a point; but the verses that you used were woefully taken out of text. The whole chapter of Matt 6 talks about how we as believer in Christ should not seek after the things the gentiles (world) seeks. It even mentions that Solomon was not cloth greater than the lilies in the field. 3 john was speaking about the how generous that church was to EVERYONE not just a pastor. and Duet is speaking about how the children of israel were worshiping other god's and giving them offerings hoping that they would make them like the other nations around them and egypt that they just left. I am not saying that Christians should't be rich; God though is saying that we should not pursue the things of this world. If we are counting our bank accounts more than we are speaking of Jesus then we or that church are not doing what Jesus commanded us to do. Again, I suggest reading the word fully and not handpicking verses for an argument. Remember, in Matthew 6 it does speak about not heaping riches up for ourselves on Earth and that we cannot serve God and mammon. So, again read it through and you will understand why we must call out these apostate pastors.
10/26/12 @ 01:14
Comment from: K Churchill [Visitor]
K ChurchillWho gave you the right to judge have you completed the task God gave you, how many persons have you led to Christ this year alone. What is your business in what God is doing to and through others. Remember the those pharisees and scribes that killed Jesus are well read as well as you are.
10/26/12 @ 15:22
Comment from: dare david [Visitor]
dare davidAm so disapointed on your write up. Considering the face that you are a rev. You knw wat, make a work for yourself to go on the street daily and preach the gospel to the people.direct you energy there.
10/28/12 @ 02:55
Comment from: GRACEC PINPONG [Visitor]
GRACEC PINPONGplease let God judge them. dont take God's place yhanks
10/28/12 @ 15:03
Comment from: ademigunle akeem [Visitor]
ademigunle akeemHi Dr Kingston Ekeke,

Have taken time to read through your write -up and I can see that you only throw fire into Dr Bishop David Oyedepo name without a conclusive evidence regarding the child slapping saga also you use your knowledge of the holy book only to say nothing but defermation of character of the founder of living faith bible church.

What made me to read your story was that you said the Bishop is at it again in United Kingdom so what is your message regarding this united kingdom ? rubbish write up only to drawn peoples attention to your church and books isn't it ? Dr Bishop Kingston Ekeke , it is unfortunate that it does not work like that , is he whom God has call that he will bless so wait and pray for your time sir.
10/29/12 @ 08:48
Comment from: Starlight [Visitor]
StarlightMr. Dr, so what is the message here? and who are these people applauding this pathetic script of yours. i also am thinking of asking the government to prohibit 'unlearned individual' from posting jargons on the net.
11/04/12 @ 14:58
Comment from: nneka [Visitor]
nnekaI can't wait to read the 2nd part. Its such a pity how we Nigerians never want 2 hear anything negative about preachers. Nobody is touching him. Neither are we haring him.get a grip people.its okay 4 him 2 harm people by slapping them and taking their money but I'm not allowed to point it out? He's not a god.stop treating him like one. U gullible, desperate people have 4got wat the christ said about the camel and the rich man.u only pick a few verses in the bible and allow some fraud interpret it 4 u so u'll hear wat u want. Only God can help u see clearly. I can't wait 4 dis country 2 begin 2 work so all these poverty induced religious convictions will stop. Kudos reverend.
11/05/12 @ 16:39
Comment from: Favor Omokhaiye [Visitor]
Favor OmokhaiyeWhen have you become God's deputy to look out for wrongs of others in order to cover up your own wrongs? If you have listened to this man of God's testimonial encounter, you will submit looking for how you can make it. Please let's take God's message to the unsaved. Jesus is coming soon.
11/14/12 @ 10:15
Comment from: Maxwell Smith [Visitor]
Maxwell Smithwhat is this man talking about?
11/18/12 @ 13:24
Comment from: Okoye mko [Visitor]
Okoye mkoA good research work it seems to be, but built on bias. Rev. Ekeke k.,I read your work with keen interest to find out the offence of Bishop Oyedepo in the prosperity message, but i could not find any. You could not justify your topic in the body of your work.
12/04/12 @ 14:23
Comment from: Tunji Oye [Visitor]
Tunji OyeRev Okeke has successfully revealed to millions of Nigerians, not only his level of bias but his absolute ignorance on the subject he is tackling. obviously his "book" knowledge of theology was his undoing. Anyway you are entitled to your opinion, but all you have written is just to show your level of bias and frustration against a man that has achieved what you envied. Please note, what you despise you cant attract. Good luck Rev Okeke
12/05/12 @ 16:33
Comment from: VINCENT OMEGBA [Visitor]
VINCENT OMEGBAInteresting write up but lopsided. While i agree with the general premise, i see a failure to acknowledge that there are preachers of the Pentecostal clime who teach balanced or what is called "full gospel" that include consecration, discipleship, well-being (prosperity) in every facet of life. Shalom is a Jewish word that means peace or well-being. What is wrong in teaching people how to tap by faith into these blessings God has so graciously provided through His son Jesus Christ? Am on all fours with you Rev Dr Ekeke, that education is necessary in the noble pursuit of ministry but was Peter not a mere fisherman who God used so mightily. It's not everyone who will be as well honed educationally like Apostle Paul who through his writings especially the epistles gave us more insight into the Christian conduct and attitudes than the gospels.Write ups like this will cause more division in Christianity than help solve the problem you seek to highlight. By the way, i wonder why some preachers like you use the prefix Reverend which is one of the exalted titles of God used only once in the Bible (Psalm 111:9)
12/07/12 @ 20:42
Comment from: oyinkuro asiaye [Visitor]
oyinkuro asiayeEven Jesus waz seen as a blasphemer!!!
Ride my bishop!!
:p
12/10/12 @ 18:46
Comment from: prince perper [Visitor]
prince perperWhatever you have to say revrend, you are saying because you lack wisdom. If you want to investigate a man, you'll search him down to the last leter. This man youre talking about has written over sixty titles out of which prosperity is not up to five. He preaches thw word of faith on which the ministry was established more than prosperity. Let me ask you, is it God's will for the church to be poor? Didnt your bible tell you that jesus was never a pauper. It was said that you are an author but those that read your books should better start watching music videos instead. The fathers of faith that this man follows are rich men, the likes of keneth hagin, t.l osborn, smith wigglesworth, and what do you say about the very wealthy keneth copeland? I have never seen anoited men of God criticize others, even the man you are talking about here. If you envy the greatness of God in a man all you need is connect with him and recieve. If you call yourself a revrend and you write things like this about other men of God then youre the one God has not called. No matter what you do, it doesnt change the believe of those that has walked with this man and are focused on the move of God in his life. You were talking about harvad, what do you know about it? If you enter harvard today will anyone ever recognize you. You had better refill yourself and stop writing about what you dont know, may the Lord help you.
12/12/12 @ 01:44
Comment from: gaby [Visitor]
gabyGod have mercy on you Dr. sorry judge. Try another way because this one is shameful. Take heart and ask God to butter your bread, trust me, He will do it for you.
12/13/12 @ 14:50
Comment from: OLA ADE [Visitor] Email
OLA ADEDr Kignston or whatever you are, you and your cohorts r first class fools! Ah! How can people be so stupid and they do not know? what do u know about Oyedepo and his ministries?what do u think u know that made u call us gullible and ignoramus? Listen to me, may all the evil and sicknesses and diseases and troubles and challenges and persecutions and lack and oppressions that the mandate given to Bishop Oyedepo has healead and solved through the power of God be your cohorts n your household's portion. It shall be to you and your children's children until the 6th generation. Except God has not sent Bishop Oyedepo, is when all these evil will not befall you n your entire family!
12/24/12 @ 21:22
Comment from: adetu samson adeleye [Visitor]
adetu samson adeleyeDr ekeke may God have mercy on you that
is all I have for you.
12/25/12 @ 16:39
Comment from: Imho..... [Visitor] Email
Imho.....I have keenly observed and i have seen with my big eyes that the wealth of GODs choosen are mysteriously gotten.it is not how much craftiness you are or how eloquent mysterious your wealth amass if God is with you.seek ye first the kingdom of God and all other things shall be added is clear.
12/27/12 @ 07:04
Comment from: Tyna Ogbonna [Visitor]
Tyna OgbonnaI truly sympathize with innocent souls that might be fooled to believe the trash put down here.

You quoted Hosea 4:6 "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee,
that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children". Surprisingly, you just stopped at the first sentence. If you fail to repent God is gonna forget you and your children.

The Bible speaking in Matt. 6:33 "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. That is exactly what has happened to this anointed man of God. Bishop David Oyedepo should be celebrated and not castigated. He has liberated millions of people all over the world as a result of the liberation mandate God gave to him.

I will advise you to get a copy of the Shiloh 2012 tape where 60 nations of the world including Israel (God's own people) gathered to celebrate Jesus, the reigning king. 'God of Shiloh' is quick to answer

Wake up and face the reality and avert destruction for yourself and your family.
01/12/13 @ 12:04
Comment from: Daniel Lascaze [Visitor]
Daniel LascazeDear Nigerians brothers and sisters in Christ.

To all that call upon the name of Christ in sincerity and truth; please listen. I was involved in the Pentecostal-Charismatic-Faith movement for some years, until the Lord led me out in 1999. Jesus said in John 8:31-32 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
I want to encourage you to become familiar with "Biblical Historical Christianity, the whole counsel of God, the apostolic doctrine. The bible is not a book, to be taken as abstract principles for our own gain, but it is the unfolding of the great drama of redemptive history, and what that means for God’s people and the world as we know it; not only now, but throughout eternity.
It is the revelation of God in Jesus Christ, His Final word revealed in the flesh, to atone for our sins, who became sin for us so that we might be declared righteous, being made right with God. 2Cor 5:21
We need to know who God is, He is Holy, Just, Perfect etc.
We need to know ourselves, we are sinners, and deserve death, eternal separation from God. The gospel is good news. Before we can appreciate the good news of Jesus Christ, we need to understand the bad news of our guilt and offense before the Creator and Great Judge of the universe, not only through our first parents Adam and Eve,Gen3:1-6; but our own sinfulness and wickedness and rebellion against Him. Listen to what the apostle Paul says in Romans 1:18-31 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Also in Romans 3:5-19 Here is God's indictment upon all of the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve.
5 But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man)
6 God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world?
7 For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?
8 And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just.
9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:
17 And the way of peace have they not known:
18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.
19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Notice, the very last verse, the whole world is guilty before God.We are law breakers by nature, we are in rebellion against God. God's plan from eternity past is to redeem His people by the Lamb that was slained from the foundation of the world Rev 13:8. The good news is: Rom 5:6-11 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
Christ's work is complete on our behalf. Through the new birth, we receive repentance and faith, turning from our own ways, and we turn to Christ, and receive the forgiveness of sin and eternal life. John 3:3-6;16
I had the privilege, of being in Lagos in April 2006 to lay to rest my mother in law and attended a worship service at an Anglican church, I was very moved, and blessed by the care in which the pastor sought to instruct the people of God. He was, I believe called by God, he was a trained minister of the word, and he loved the people. The people were also very attentive and hungered to know the word of God. This was my first time attending a service where the adult Sunday school was part of the worship service at the end. Very moving, and joyful for what I saw. At the end of the service, I personally extended my appreciation and encouratement for his labor in the word of God to the people of God. Again, this past July 2012,I was in Lagos to lay to rest my father in law; due to circumstances, I was taken to a charismatic church where I ended up walking out of the service. When I visited in 2006, I had a copy of the Westminster Confession of Faith with me, which is a summary of the doctrines of Christianity taught in the bible dated back to 1643 when it was compiled. When I showed a family member the chapter on God and the Holy Trinity, he wept and said “We used to know this God in Nigeria”
Here is the chapter, and the proof text are available for those interested:

CHAPTER 2
Of God, and of the Holy Trinity
1. There is but one only, living, and true God, who is infinite in being and perfection, a most pure spirit, invisible, without body, parts, or passions; immutable, immense, eternal, incomprehensible, almighty, most wise, most holy, most free, most absolute; working all things according to the counsel of his own immutable and most righteous will, for his own glory; most loving, gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin; the rewarder of them that diligently seek him; and withal, most just, and terrible in his judgments, hating all sin, and who will by no means clear the guilty.

2. God hath all life, glory, goodness, blessedness, in and of himself; and is alone in and unto himself all-sufficient, not standing in need of any creatures which he hath made, nor deriving any glory from them, but only manifesting his own glory in, by, unto, and upon them. He is the alone fountain of all being, of whom, through whom, and to whom are all things; and hath most sovereign dominion over them, to do by them, for them, or upon them whatsoever himself pleaseth. In his sight all things are open and manifest, his knowledge is infinite, infallible, and independent upon the creature, so as nothing is to him contingent, or uncertain. He is most holy in all his counsels, in all his works, and in all his commands. To him is due from angels and men, and every other creature, whatsoever worship, service, or obedience he is pleased to require of them.

3. In the unity of the Godhead there be three persons, of one substance, power, and eternity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost: the Father is of none, neither begotten, nor proceeding; the Son is eternally begotten of the Father; the Holy Ghost eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son.
I believe there are still churches in Nigeria, where the God and Christ of the Holy Scripture is proclaimed, and not another Jesus or another spirit as the apostle Paul warned us:
2 Cor 11:3-4
3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.


God has called us to love Him with all our hearts, with all our souls, with all our minds and with all our strength. Mark 12:30
There are those who want you to lay aside your critical faculties, your mind which God Himself has given us and commanded us to test all things, to search the scriptures to see if those things be so Acts 17:11, and the apostles welcomed it and praised the people for testing what they were saying, not cursing them or using fear and intimidation tactic to silence them, or taking verses out of context such as: touch not the Lord’s anointed. We are warned all throughout scriptures of false prophets and teachers, who for filthy lucre would make merchandise of the people of God, and by which the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
2Pet 2:1-3
1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2 And many shall follow their pernicious( destructive,loss,ruin) ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned( in the greek this word is plastos. It means artificial,false, and fictitious) words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

My prayer to God and encouragement to you is that those who desire to know Him; who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life; Jesus Christ the Savior, that you pray and ask the Lord to lead you to a true church, where the word of God is faithfully preached, where baptism and the Lord’s supper is faithfully administered, and church discipline is exercised. Where the people of God is learning to love Him and serve Him and one another.

Daniel from the US






01/15/13 @ 00:58
Comment from: aLEN [Visitor]
aLENGod cannot be glorified by what you said. We know David Oyedepo for his contributions.
01/15/13 @ 08:37
Comment from: Daniel Lascaze [Visitor] Email
Daniel LascazeDear Nigerian brothers and sisters in Christ,

I am posting this article that was very helpful to me in my search of a local church back in 1999. I hope some of you will find it helpful in your search, and may the Lord lead and bless you.

Daniel from the US

Grace to You : Unleashing God's Truth One Verse at a Time
What should I look for when choosing a new church home?
We've all heard that the choice and purchase of a home
is one of the most significant decisions a
person will ever make. In this temporal world that may be true. However, choosing where you and
your children will learn the things of God and serve the Lord Jesus Christ has eternal ramifications.
Every week at Grace to You we receive letters from people asking us to recommend a good church in
their area. Those requests indicate three types of people wanting to make a wise choice in selecting a
church home: those who have moved or will be moving, new believers wanting to choose a good
church, and those whose current church has departed from biblical principles. Such circumstances
force us to consider what's really important in a church.
Is This Church Right for Me?
What are the biblical criteria you need to be aware of when considering a new church? Let's compare
the search for a new church to that of a new home. When looking for a house, people typically ask,
How much does it cost? Is it large enough to meet our family's needs? How well is it built? What kind
of neighborhood is it in? Does it have a warm and homey atmosphere? Is it conducive to hospitality?
Similarly, before choosing a church home you need to consider its foundation, structure, function,
and environment.
Before we consider those important components, please realize that no church is going to be perfect.
Some local churches may be in seemingly excellent condition, while others are obvious fixer-uppers!
Many fall omewhere in between. You must seek God's will and be led by the Holy Spirit in selecting a
church. Also you need to evaluate how you and your family can contribute to that ministry so it is not
just another church, but truly a church home.
Investigating Its Foundation
Jesus said that the wise man builds his house upon rock and the foolish man builds his house upon
sand (Matt. 7:24-27). When storms come, the stability of the foundation determines both the direction
and durability of the structure. Whether you're searching for a home to live in or a church to worship
in, its foundation is crucial.
There are four main components that make up the foundation of a strong local church:
A Proper View of Scripture. When investigating a potential church home, pay particular attention to
how it views the Bible. Does it hold to the inspiration and inerrancy of the Scriptures? Does it believe
the Bible is the only rule for faith and practice (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21)?
An Emphasis on Bible Teaching and Preaching. Observe what kind of preaching is done. Is it
primarily expository, topical, or evangelistic in nature? Is the main diet repetitive salvation messages
each week, or are believers being fed from the Word (Acts 20:27; 1 Tim. 4:13-16; 2 Tim. 4:1-5)?
There should be astrong commitment to high-quality Bible teaching.
Doctrinal Soundness. Just as you would inspect the soundness of a house's foundation, so you
should investigate the doctrinal stance of the churches you visit. Where do they stand on such crucial
issues of the Christian faith as the virgin birth and deity of Jesus Christ; the depravity of mankind; the
work of Christ on the cross; His death, burial, and bodily resurrection; salvation by grace through faith
alone; the second coming of Christ; and the ordinances of baptism and Communion?
Doctrinal Practice. Observe whether the church practices the doctrines it claims to believe and teach.
As James said to the church at large, "Prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers
who delude themselves" (James 1:22; cf. Luke 6:46; John 13:17).
Examining Its Structure
Once you are satisfied with the foundational aspects of the church, you need to look at its structural
components. Recently I walked through a new house under construction. I noticed posts that weren't
plumb, seams that didn't meet properly, and beams that were crooked and uneven. Those were
glaring structural defects in a home advertised as being built by "the last of the true craftsmen"!
The structural components of a local church provide not only its strength, but also dictate the
character and direction of itsministry. Those components include:
Church Government. Find out if the church's leaders function according to New Testament principles
(1 Tim. 3:1-13; 5:17-20; Titus 1:4-9; Heb. 13:7, 17). Do they understand the centrality of Christ as
head of the church and His desire to rule His church through a plurality of godly men (Eph. 1:22; 4:15;
5:23; Col.1:18; 1 Cor. 11:3)?
Evidence of Order. The church's ministry, including its services, teaching, and administration, should
have an obvious sense of order. Some church services exhibit as much lack of planning as do homes
with poorly thought-out floor plans. Some churches handle the Lord's resources and work in such a
haphazard way that they bring shame to the name of Christ. As Paul said in speaking of the church,
"Let all things be done properly and in an orderly manner" (1 Cor. 14:40).
Functional Goals and Objectives. As you investigate a new church, find out if the leadership has set
any goals. Has the church planned for future progress and direction? Does it have in mind particular
methods of reaching those goals? Like Paul, we as a church need "to run in such a way, as not
without aim" (1 Cor. 9:26).
The Size. When purchasing a home, some people prefer the warmth and quaintness of a small home
in a quiet rural setting. Others prefer living in a larger structure in an urban area. The same is true
when considering the size of a church. Some Christians love being involved in a large urban ministry
with hundreds or even thousands of people. Others feel lost in the vastness of such a ministry and
fare much better in a smaller congregation. Again, finding your niche in the Body of Christ requires
the leading of the Holy Spirit in your life.
Seeing How It Functions
When satisfied that the foundation and structure are what they should be, the wise home buyer will
then look at how functional the house is. Does it fulfill the purpose for which it was designed? Does it
meet the needs of the family?
As you observe how a church functions, look for an emphasis on worshipping God. See if the
leadership stresses the importance of honoring and glorifying God in all things (1 Cor. 10:31;
Col.3:17). Also observe the involvement of the individual members. Do they exercise their spiritual
gifts among the Body of Christ (Rom. 12:3-8; Eph. 4:11-13; 1 Pet. 4:10-11), or do they seem to
expect the pastor to do everything?
Does the church emphasize evangelism as one of its primary functions? Are home and foreign
missions an important part of its ministry (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8)? What about
discipleship? Do you see church members and leaders seeking to make disciples and reproduce
themselves in the lives of others (2 Tim. 2:2; Titus 2:3-7; Matt. 28:19-20)?
A strong local church is marked by love. Do the members seem to genuinely care for one another?
Do they minister to each other's needs? As you become acquainted with the church, do you sense
that the members are loving one another as Christ commanded (John 13:34-35)? Notice if friendships
form easily (cf. Heb. 10:24-25; Phil. 2:1-4; Eph. 4:1-3).
The leadership of the church you choose should be committed to teaching and supporting God's
design for the family (Eph. 5:22--6:4; Col. 3:18-21; Titus 2:1-8; 1 Pet. 3:1-7). Does the church
schedule contribute to or take away from the strength of the family?
Checking Its Environment
If you have ever gone house hunting, you know what it's like to walk through and sense the
atmosphere of the place. It can feel cold and gloomy or warm and inviting. It can have a homey feel
or it can be impersonal--almost like a museum.
Doubtless you have had the same experience when attending various churches. Certain observable
factors contribute to the overall atmosphere of a local church. Those environmental components are
usually manifested in attitudes.
A High View of God. Proverbs 9:10 says, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." It should
be obvious that the people, from the leadership down, focus on the glory and majesty of God. Do they
take God seriously and exalt Him in all they do? Their view of God will affect every aspect of their
lives and ministry. Ask yourself if God is the focus of their worship or if they're preoccupied with each
other or themselves.
The Presence of a Sincere Faith. Is it obvious to you that the church lives and operates by faith? Are
the people willing to trust God (Heb. 11:1, 6; Eph. 3:20; 2 Cor. 5:7; 1 Thess. 5:24)?
Spirit of Sacrifice. Can you see that the church members are willing to sacrifice themselves and their
possessions to advance God's kingdom (Rom. 12:1; 2 Cor. 8:3; Matt. 6:33)? Do you sense they
would sacrifice themselves for one another (Phil. 2:3-4;John 15:13; Eph. 5:1-2)?
Proper Attitudes Toward the Pastor and Other Leaders. As you talk with the people, be sensitive to
how they regard theirleaders. Do they appreciate and esteem the pastor and other leaders "very
highly in love because of their work" (1 Thess. 5:13)? Are they fully behind them, giving their spiritual,
emotional, and material support (1 Tim. 5:17-18; Heb. 13:7, 17)?
Spirit of Unity. This is often the most obvious attitude radiating from a local congregation. An outsider
is usually able to sense very quickly whether a church is unified in its ministry. That has a great effect
on its testimony to the community and reflects on the name of our Lord (John 13:34-35; 1 Cor. 1:10-
17; 3:1-9; Eph. 4:1-6; Phil. 2:1-5; 4:1-5).
Am I Right For This Church?
We have looked at the foundational, structural, functional, and environmental components of a vital,
healthy local church. Now look at yourself and ask, Are there opportunities here for me to serve and
exercise my spiritual gifts? Does this local body have a need that by God's enabling I can meet? Am I
willing to get what the church can do for me, but also what I can do for the Lord as I serve Him in this
church? Am I willing to give of my time, money, energy, and prayers to contribute to the success of
this church (Mark 12:30; Rom. 12:1)?
A house is not a home until all the members of a family contribute to its success. The same is true of
a church home. Only when each member in the family of God exercises his or her God-given gifts will
God's children feel at home in His church.
The decision you make about what church to attend will greatly affect your spiritual life and the lives
of your children. In fact, the decisions you make now will affect your descendants and the generations
to come. That's a sobering reality.
Remember that no church will ever perfectly fulfill all these criteria. There is no perfect church. Also,
remember that every church is going to have its own special blend of the characteristics we have
examined. The key is to find a church that has them in proper balance, not overemphasizing some or
de-emphasizing others. A balanced ministry is a Spirit-controlled ministry. If you find a church that
possesses most but not all of the characteristics we've mentioned, don't immediately disregard it.
Consider whether God wants to use you to help improve that local body as you exercise your own
particular spiritual gifts.
Choosing a church home is one of the most significant decisions you will ever make--one that
reaches into eternity. May each of us spend at least as much time and effort making that decision as
we do deciding on our earthly dwelling.
Taken from an article written by Mike Fitzhugh appearing in the July/August 1990 issue of
Masterpiece Magazine.
Available online at: http://www.gty.org/Resources/Questions/QA121_What-should-I-look-for-whenchoosing-
a-new-church-home?q=what+to+look+for+when+choosing+a+home+church
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01/15/13 @ 19:06
Comment from: prince from Lagos [Visitor]
prince from LagosWhenever you judge, compare via people's comments, because we have many intelligences people out there. So i have tried read about people's response, and the majority spoke good about Bishop David Oyedepo whom you condemned. To me you are not just bias and misleading, but you dont sound like a true man-of-God. John the baptist couldn't progress in his ministry because he doubt "Jesus Messiahship". So change your way and settle your rift with Bishop Oyedepo or hte ministry and dont draw us back as God has change many of us from our unbelievers way to believers
03/19/13 @ 15:33
Comment from: Emmanuel Nkorba [Visitor]
Emmanuel NkorbaI am not a member of Bishop David Oyedepo Church, Yet I believe in all his gospel. Each Minister has a manadate to fulfil on earth. he is fullfilling his manadate by preaching the word of faith and deliverance of people from satanic bandage.Testimony abound that God confirm all his messages with signs and wonders. I wonder how and what inspired you to castigate heros of faith in the making. Please examine yourself and see wether you are stiil in fath. Only a moslem or atheist could write this kind of letters. Delete this write up immediately. chritianity is not necessary intellectualism, it is an inspiration by the Holy Spirit which is intended to redirect a lost nation or individual to the saving grace ofour Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. It is change from sinful life to Righteouness, transformation by renewal of our heart, reconcialiation of man to God., blessd life, abundant life, poverty to Riches 1corith 8 v 9. Yes I must admit that there wolves among the sheep but that is sufficent generalisation for condemnation of the penticostal faith. tell me wha`t God has done your life and i will say that the Lord all the heros of faith from the Old testament to the New Testament. Repent criticism and contribute to efforts of others. Dont let them (agents of darkness) laugh at us. God Bless.
03/20/13 @ 13:33
Comment from: Owoade f [Visitor]
Owoade fGreetings to you all. There is an adage in my language that says that: the dog that will be lost wil not hear the whistle of the hunter. The write-up is an eye- opener for us all. So, let him who has ear hear what the Spirit is telling the Church. Thanks.
03/31/13 @ 15:12
Comment from: Usher Tommy. [Visitor]
Usher Tommy.How old were you when Papa Bishop David Oyedepo started his GOD calling ministries? If not for the fact that you address yourself as a Rev, I would have rain courses on you. Jealousy has completely blind you, making Satan to take over you.

Have you not read or heard that GOD personally warns that, "TOUCH NOT MY ANOINTED AND DO MY PROPHET NO HARM" then why do you want the wrap of GOD upon yourself.

Repent and ask for forgiveness so that GOD will have mercy on you.

If you were calling yourself an ALFA OR IMAM i would have says you are ignorant of the truth but, you claim to be a Christian and a Rev for that matter you are insulting the man with full of grace, may GOD forgive you.

Repent so that you will not end up in hell fire.

Usher Tommy.
11/04/13 @ 07:41
Comment from: Rev. Shadrach [Visitor]
Rev.  ShadrachHi, Rev. Doc God bless you for taking the time to point out the evil of these misled people who think that "godliness is a means to financial gain." They are preachers of another gospel, presenting another Jesus, and a different spirit.
Their gospel is of prosperity based on a wish in John's epistles. There are many wishes in scripture, but which do not state the facts of life. Their Jesus died to give them money, by this they make God to be a ritual killer who allowed his Son to be crucified for money. Who died to make Dangote richer than them all put together? Their holy spirit is bottled a.d sold out as anonting oil, shame on them all.

You hit the nail on the head when you pointed out that their basic problem is lack of education in the things of God. A PhD in Architecture is not a substitute for a good seminary education. I am sure that none of them will want to occupy a storey building designed and built by someone who has no training in Architecture and Building Engineering. Yet without any formal training in the things of God they are building spiritual skycrappers and gullible followers are paying dearly to occupy them. I have read some of their works and listened to some of their messages. As a Theologian with good working knowledge of the Greek behind the Christian scriptures I can testify that they are spreading damnable heresies. Paul wrote in Greek and his teachings were sometimes hard to understand, as the apostle Peter would affirm. Leter says that ignorant people twist Paul's teachings as they twist other scriptures to their own destruction a.d that of their listeners.

God, bear me witness, that of all the pastors of prosperity gospel, Bishop David Oyedepo has the most unbiblical doctrine of salvation. I think that he means well, but his lack of biblical education has killed him and the millions who look up to him for guidance. If he is a child of God, he will stop preaching these heresies and seek God's face in repentance. It is hard to such things as this to a person who thinks he has succeesed in the ministry. But my love for his soul and the souls of many he has put in spiritual harm's way cannot allow me to remain silent.

Let me conclude by stating a more painful truth. Prosperity preachers do not make disciples for Christ, but for mammon. They invite people to recieve Christ not as an end in himself but as a means to getting rich or getting healed. In other words, Jesus is a means to a higher end, money and divine health or healing. This is damnable heresy. May God open their eyes and grant them repentance.
01/06/14 @ 15:03

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