PEOPLE MATTER...Bishop Oyedepo Tells Government



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Interior view of the magnificent auditorium

The President of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, aka. Winners” Chapel with headquarters in Ota South West of Nigeria said, governments must recognize that people matter. Also speaking on   the significance of the church, he said, the church is the light and salt of the world and ordained to set the pace for development in all aspects of human endeavor. This was at the dedication of a multi-million naira auditorium built by the Fountain of Life Church at the Industrial Estate of Ilupeju, in Lagos State, South West Nigeria on Saturday, 28th June 2014.


Vintage Bishop David Oyedepo
Among dignitaries at the event were the Lagos State Governor, Mr.Babatunde Raji Fashola [SAN] and the Minister of Communications Technology of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mrs. Omobola Johnson whose birthdays were 28th of June,  the dedication day.


 Bishop David Oyedepo said, “Authority only has value when it is adding value. The government must recognize that people matter. We gave them the charge, not they us. Those in government are responsible to and for the people. That’s what democracy is all about under whatever definition. This is what I call “demoncazy”…demonstration of demons. The church is a huge constituency across Nigeria.

 We are the one who marks not you. Every student believes s/he has done well in an examination. However, it is the teacher who should decide and not the student.
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Lto R. Their Excellencies Governor Babatunde Fashola and his wife and Pastor Taiwo Odukoya and his wife.

In a special report published in the Guardian newspaper of Saturday, June 28, 2014 regarding the information management  of the Federal Government of Nigeria over the adduction of the Chibok school girls in April 14 by the terrorist Boko Haram Islamic militants Mr. Yemi Fakayejo, journalist, lawyer and Public Relations professional with more than 27 years media experience said, “Information Management is more than responding with caustic insinuations…President Jonathan should ask the questions that those who mandated him through their votes would ask…He always speaks defensively. He should be more forthright, posture as the man –in-charge and give Nigerians hope. It is extremely defensive,…more importantly, it does not resonate with the stakeholders….people like to know what is happening …it is because everything is treated first on the altar of politics and what is in it for me?

Concerning the current crisis in Iraq, Bishop David Oyedepo said, “If Iraq was responsive enough, it would not have found itself against the wall panting”
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Niru a- Maliki
As Iraq losses control of Syrian and Jordanian borders to Sunni insurgency led by ISIL and al Qaeda offshoot, the United States Secretary of State, John Kerry met Iraq’s prime minister in Bagdad Monday, June 23, 2014 to push for more inclusive leadership, as Nuri al-Maliki’s  forces abandoned the border with Jordan,leaving the entire Western frontier beyond government control.

However, the crisis is taking a new turn as the ISIL on Sunday [29/6/2014] announced it was establishing a “Caliphate”-an Islamic form of government last seen under the Ottoman Empire-extending from Aleppo in Northern Syria to Diyala in Iraq, the regions where ISIL has fought against the regimes in power.

According to the Agence France Presse [AFP], in an audio recording distributed online, ISIL declared its chief Abu Bakre al-Baghdadi “the Caliph” and “Leader for Muslims everywhere”. This may mark a new era in Jihadism.




The Governor of Lagos State said, the auditorium is a response to infrastructural investment.  Many people like architects, engineers, builders, suppliers, laborers, food vendors, etc must have been employed. This is the type of inclusive partnership Lagos state government expects from churches and mosques”
 
Bishop David Oyedepo who is an architect described the auditorium as an “edfice of global standard”, emphasing that “, we are largely not associated with excellence. Excellence, he explained is a product of tireless commitment to a task.

“There is nothing greater than an idea whose time has come. Our predecessors may have been stronger in prayers, dedication, consecration etc.  The vision is for an appointed time. Until the time comes it appears a thing is cursed. The time of the fig tree was not and Jesus cursed the fig tree.”

“Divine agenda speaks without sweat. “Interpreting from the book of Isaiah 2:2, “And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow into it”, [KJV] he said, we are people born in due season- a season of just church growth but church flow.”

The church, Bishop David Oyedepo said, is a center for unveiling the way things are done. The church is ordained to be like a school where divine principles are used to enlighten the dark world and push darkness away.

Therefore, it is not time the church needs but timely action. The church also needs humility and the learner’s attitude and being thankful for every grace experienced.

Referring to this “church flow” ,  Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, founder of and leader of all Nations, an international evangelistic ministry with  headquarter in Frankfurt, Germany in his book,  “Evangelism by Fire”  said,”We did not have this harvest because we were superior to those precious men and women, but only because the harvest season had arrived. …Knowing that so much already was done, long before we ever arrived on the scene, should keep us humble in times of success”.

Alluding to the spates of attacks on the church, Bishop David Oyedepo said, “Nothing has succeeded and will succeed in wiping away the church from existence... The church is an indestructible entity on the earth. The word of God is indestructible in nature and advancement. The Bible says, I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail over it.”

“The light that comes from church people makes the church extremely significant as it results in social expressions like the building of Universities, Schools and hospitals etc. There are unlimited opportunities to express our beliefs and Africa is more than fertile.”




Comments By Some Dignitaries At The Dedication Service.

Bishop [Dr.] Mike Okonkwo, president, TREM
 
Bishop Mike Okonkwo

“The church is winning. It’s the devil that reacts, not God. God just speaks”.

Pastor Paul Adefarasin, House on the Rock.
 
Pastor Paul Adefarasin

“Thank you for believing God to make this edfice a reality. I mention the Fountain of Church in my church every Sunday as a church our first time visitors and new converts can go to worship. As an architect, this is a phenomenal edifice... Thank you our fathers [Malachi 4;] for building us so we can build another generation for consecutive capacity”.

Pastor Sam Adeyemi, Day Star Christian Center, Oregun Alausa, Lagos, Nigeria.
 
Pastor Sam Adeyemi

“This is not a building. It is a message…a message that communicates God’s vision and values. Like Naaman requested to take away Isreal with him to Syria in 11kings 5: …There is something to take away into our homes, businesses and whatever platform God has called us to raise. I think I hear the strife is over…welcome to a new season of fruitfulness”.

Bishop Mankato, of Upperroom Cathedral to the Holy Spirit,Yola, North East Nigeria.
Bishop Peter Makanto
Gasping, “…wao…hee. I am very humbled to be here. All I planned to say has been completely and correctly said….this is a tourist’s center.”

Dr. Felix Omobude, President, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria [PFN].
 
Dr. Omobude

“This is a testimony to the glory of God. This should be humbling to us. We call all leaders to walk in integrity. PFN will never apologize for the blessings of heaven upon our lives. Adversity did not stop you. Circumstances have not changed your character. This is what we should continue to see. The victory of one person is a victory for all”.

Bishop Peace Okonkwo, “Grandmother” of Fountain of life Church. 
 
"Grandma" Bishop Peace Okonkwo

“This is the reward for service”.

Pastor Odukoya, Senior Pastor Fountain of Life Church
 
Pastors[Mr. and Mrs.] Taiwo Odukoya

“This is a new landmark for us in this ministry. I give thanks to all who contributed in any capacity in the words of Apostle Paul’s thanks giving and prayer in Philippians 1:3-6,

“Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.
  I always pray for you, and I make my requests with a heart full of joy...because you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. ..And I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again.
  because you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now.
  And I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again.
” [NLT]

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