Pastor Oyemade discord with Bishop David Oyedepo and Bishop Chris Oyakhilome over Churches closure

Pastor Poju Oyemade, who is the senior pastor of The Covenant Christian Centre Lagos has discord with Bishop David Oyedepo along side with Pastor Chris Oyakhilome against the continuous closure of churches over the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

In his response to this criticism, Pastor Oyemade said the closure of churches does not in any way stop the Holy Spirit from working. Making reference to the Bible,

he said: “The sick healed in the book of Acts were healed on the streets, in people’s homes, in public places and not within the four walls of a Church.”

He said true faith and the anointing of the Spirit has not stopped working even though churches have been shut down. Pastor Oyemade said:

“Closing the doors of a physical building does not in any way mean the closure of the anointing of the Spirit from working.

“Church buildings may be shut down but true faith and the anointing of the Spirit has not stopped working.”

In a statement by the man of God, there is nowhere in Jesus’s ministry where the healing of the sick was preceded by a congregational service.

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Closing the doors of a physical building does not in anyway mean the closure of the anointing of the Spirit from working. The sick we see healed in the book of Acts were healed on the streets, in people's homes, in public places and not within the four walls of a Church. Church buildings may be shut down but true faith and the anointing of the Spirit has not stopped working. There is a difference between expression of emotions and the manifestation of the anointing to heal the sick. There is no where in Jesus's ministry where the healing of the sick was preceded by a congregational service. In the Book of Acts, the sick were healed predominantly on the streets with no fanciful service going on. Closure of a church building does not stop the rivers of living water from flowing out of your belly. It resides in our inner man. There was collective prayer to receive a supply of the Spirit which led to out door manifestations. To this Paul himself attested to the fact that we don't have to be together in a physical space to receive that supply. Did he not say to the Church at Phillipi, I know this shall turn to my salvation through your prayers and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus. The Church was miles away from where Paul was. Charles Finney began a massive revival by people praying in their homes all keeping watches at the same time. They all chose the exact time to pray and they did in their homes until the Spirit broke out on the streets. They did not criticize any other Church or ministry of weakness. Criticizing others doesn't attest to the fact that you have strength. They only stayed with God until something broke out on the streets.

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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. In other news, Pastor Oyakhilome questioned the search for a COVID-19 vaccine across the world.

The cleric, who addressed his congregation in a telecast, wondered how it is possible to have a vaccine ready in July for a virus scientists claimed they are still studying.

He said: “A virus they told us they are still studying, they are still studying it. Why don’t they study it first? They are still studying it. And they already have a vaccine that could be ready in July.”

However, the clergy also spoke of his dream which he had concerning the idea that would change the world, his dream he said

night’s additional declaration about having an impactful future with ideas that will change my world,

I dreamt a different dream, I was at a long table with VP Prof Osinbajo, Governor Elrufai, Dr Doyin Salami and Uzo Nwani of IBM…

I deliberately forget things I dream about cos it’s usually filled with many scenes that feel that an action movie, but I had to make sure I remember this one as it came after that extra confession last night.

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