The founder of the Living Faith Church, Bishop David Oyedepo yesterday met with selected journalists at his church premises in Ota, Ogun.
A buildup to his 60th birthday on Saturday, September 27, 2014. the celebrated pastor refused to be dragged into his recent banned from entering UK.
It would be recalled that the Charity Commission for England recently launched an investigation into an alleged exploitation of members of Living Faith Church Worldwide also known as Winners’ Chapel in the UK by the church founder and general overseer, Bishop David Oyedepo.
The authorities also barred the revered ‘man of God’ from entering the UK, and have forwarded a letter banning him from entering the country to Nigeria’s major point of entry and exit, Muritala Mohammed Airport (letter below).
It was journalists’ chance to personally ask him about how he runs the church but when the topic turned to his ban and Charity Commission in the UK, Bishop Oyedepo ducked the issue.
He said, “My understanding of opposition, persecution is simply someone’s opinion harshly expressed. Everybody has a right to his opinion. Today, millions follow after Christ but you will be surprised that when you get to Israel some people do not believe that Christ has come.
“People have rights to their opinions. I naturally don’t feel it’s necessary (to respond). The energy I would need to react, I can use it to make moves. I have enough to think about than start running after a man who says you are a fool.
“If he says you are a fool and you are behaving so, then he’s right. If you leave your job and start pursuing somebody who says you are a fool, he has already said so, your going around doesn’t change it. So why going around, why don’t you settle on your job and make moves?
“I’ve also come to understand that those who make news hardly watch them, they are so busy making news while others are busy watching.”