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COVID-19: Bishop Oyedepo laments, says people allowed in markets for hours but not permitted in church

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Nigeria under Buhari worse than 'Animal Farm’ —Bishop Oyedepo

The founder of Living Faith Worldwide, aka Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo has lamented the fact that people can be allowed in markets for six hours, but cannot be allowed in churches for two hours.

Bishop Oyedepo made the comments when he kicked against the government’s decision to continue the ban against religious gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic during the Covenant Hour of Prayer programme of the Church held at its headquarters in Otta, Ogun state today May 6.

Speaking further during the prayer programme, Bishop Oyedepo said that he suspects foul play and that “the voice of darkness is targeting the church because the growth and expansion of the church is the greatest headache of the devil.”

He said; “There is something wrong, for people to be allowed to be in the market for six hours and cannot be in church for two hours, it is an upside down way for looking at things.

“Which one is more orderly? The market or the church? I can smell a rat. The Lord spoke to me on it strongly on it yesterday. I can smell a rat behind all this. It is how do we stop the church from exploding.

READ ALSO: Pastors supporting closure of churches amid COVID-19 pandemic are not ‘prayerful’ —Oyakhilome (Video)

“The voices of darkness are influencing people at various levels targeting the church because the growth and expansion of the church is the greatest headache of the devil. But the gates of hell shall not prevail.

“The devil and his agents shall surely pay for this.I don’t know what hospital that records the kind of healing that the church of God records. And now hospitals where people die everyday is open but the church is closed,” Bishop Oyedepo stated.

The comments by the clergy came days after the founder of Love World Incorporated, aka Christ Embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome also reacted to the order to close all churches amid the outbreak of the COVID-19 disease which has fast spread across the country.

Pastor Oyakhilome in a recent sermon in a viral video, described pastors who supported the closure of churches by concerned authorities amid COVID-19 pandemic as not being ‘prayerful’.

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