It is common knowledge that Bishop David Oyedepo rarely does interviews.
5 interesting things we learnt from Living Faith founder’s latest interview
Popular Man of God discusses everything from how many times he has read the Bible to how money from Covenant University is spent.
This is why we pay attention when the founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide A.K.A Winners Chapel International finally grants one like he just did.
Here is what we learnt from his latest interview with the Education Explorer.
Bishop Oyedepo has lost count of how many times he has read the Bible
When asked how many times he has read the scriptures, he says, “The Bible is an unfinishable book, you keep reading. A student once met me after a meeting and said that I quoted 68 scriptures verbatim. He asked if I memorised the scriptures, I said no, I eat them.
“No matter how unintelligent you are, you can’t forget the food you ate last night, except you are mentally derailed. If you are given three seconds, you could tell what you ate about five days ago, if you truly ate it. So, the Bible is just not for reading, it’s actually for eating. I’m not among the people that have read the Bible three or five times, I don’t know how many times I have read the Bible and I’m not planning to know how many times. I just know it’s my delight to feed on it daily, and I can’t claim to have finished reading it.”
Living Faith members are rich because they have access to divine revelation
In his words, “The Bible is an open chequebook, it is by revelation we access what belongs to us; by faith, we take delivery of it. Someone had access to our empowerment programme and she is a pepper seller, while others sell one basket a day, she sells six, seven.
“I learnt she had become the envy of all the pepper sellers in her area. Such person has an understanding that whatever she does, she prospers and she knows that when she pays her tithe, she experiences open heavens. But in case people don’t know, they perish for lack of knowledge, and in case they think when you are rich you miss heaven, then they perish for lack of knowledge.”
Bishop Oyedepo cares about helping others
According to him, “Every normal Winner takes good care of his parents. We also give to the poor. My family has sponsored close to 150?? people out of university and others at Landmark University are on scholarship on our own ticket because of our commitment to agriculture. It is a lifestyle; it didn’t start yesterday or two days ago.
“Since 1992, I have been consciously sponsoring students in various universities in Nigeria. The church is blessed because the church is a giving church. Just today (before you came), I signed millions for people who have health needs from the welfare account. And that continues. For instance, the church gives scholarships annually, not N100m or N150m. And it’s not in the news. And that we have been doing for years.”
He feels good when people accuse him of using church money to buy and maintain his jets
Bishop Oyedepo’s response to these accusations is this, “I feel very good. It’s an opinion. Let me tell you what my understanding of persecution is; it’s simply an opinion harshly expressed. And everybody has a right to his opinion.
“People who are walking in the truth are hardly bothered when things are said negatively about them because they have nothing to hide. The truth is I have never felt it, some say it’s not human, but I have not. I can’t be wasting my time trying to reply lies because I have too many things to do.”
The Man of God does not agree with the popular opinion that the church is a money-making factory
In his words, “Let them go and start one. Almost every house in some parts of Nigeria is a mosque. So what is the complaint about? Multitudes still flock the roads on Sunday mornings going nowhere. Are churches enough? No. Until everybody is saved and everybody is off the street on Sunday mornings, we don’t have enough churches.
“So for those who are angry, they would be angry for too long because we haven’t seen churches yet. A time is coming on Sunday morning that we won’t see anybody on the street because they would be in church. And those who go to church to make money go bankrupt before they start. The church is not a money-making platform; it is a life-raising platform.”
Meanwhile, the pastor also used this interview to announce that his church has never profited from Covenant Universty (CU).
The Bishop wears one more than one hat
Bishop Oyedepo is not just the head of Living Faith, he is also the chancellor of CU, which was established in 2002.
It is currently is one of the institutions with a very high tuition fee in the country, where fees are N799, 500 and N819, 500 per session.
The university is also one of the best in the entire nation.
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