The General Overseer of Winner’s Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo who came under severe attack recently for his statement that was perceived to favour President Jonathan, has come out to denounce ever saying that he would open the gate of hell for anyone who opposes Mr President. The clergyman who said he was misquoted made effort to reach out to as many as possible stating what transpired in the church that very day of the visit. Below is the message his media team sent to cityrovers.blogspot.com.
“Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to the President and founder of the Living Faith Church worldwide, also Known as Winners’ chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, which has gone viral. He was reported to have made the statement last Sunday when the president of the federal republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan came to worship at Bishop Oyedepo’s Church, Faith Tabernacle, which is the headquarters of the 34-year-old ministry.
The falsehood that is being spread around by mischief makers is that the Bishop, while praying for the President, said “I will open the gates of hell to anyone who oppose you.” A little later, some others who in a futile attempt to “defend” the Bishop, came up with another quote purportedly said by Dr. Oyedepo, which is: “I will open the gates of hell to those who oppose the peace of this nation.”
Well, let’s set the records straight: the Press and Publicity Unit of the church, publishers of Faith Tabernacle News, was at the 3rd service and recorded (on tape), the president’s 6-minute speech, the congregational prayer for him and the Bishop’s blessing on the Commander in chief of the armed forces.
Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, who is also the presidential candidate of the ruling party – the PDP, came to the church as the President of this country, not as a candidate in the forthcoming elections. And Bishop Oyedepo prayed for him, as instructed in the Bible book of 2Timothy 2:1-2, as the President of Nigeria not as a PDP standard-bearer.”