The General Overseer of Living Faith Church Worldwide, otherwise known as Winners Chapel Worldwide, Bishop David Oyedepo has broken his silence on the reports that he sacked 41 pastors for not generating enough income.
DAILY GIST had reported that a Winners Pastor, identified as Peter Godwin, alleged that he and 40 other pastors were sacked for underperforming and not making enough money for the church branches
The video has generated reactions from Nigerians as some condemned Bishop David Oyedepo, while others said the action was in line with the gospel of Christ.
Addressing the report on Wednesday, Oyedepo said the only criteria for their sack was how many souls had been won in the church.
Oyedepo maintained that the pastors were sacked because they were unfruitful.
”When we employed 7000 pastors at once social media was dead. We have more employees than most states in Nigeria and we have owed them or taken bank overdraft once.
”The pastors were asked to go because they were unfruitful. Many of the churches built can never pay for the church building in 30 years. We have no patience for failure here.
”We have built more than 1,000 Churches in rural areas where in the next 30 years, they can never generate such fund, with each costing more than 14 Million Naira. We are hunting after souls, not income.
”People are confused about our Ministry. I learnt some fellows said, “you know, they are not bringing income, that is why they asked them to go.”
”We asked you to go because you are unfruitful. Unfruitful! Blatant failure. Doing what there? We have no patience with failure here.
”When we employed 7,000 people at a time, Social Media was dead.We have more employees in this Organisation than most of the States.
”No one is owed a dime salary and we don’t borrow, we don’t beg. Ask our bank whether we take overdraft.We are covenant bound, working in the light of God’ Word.Enjoying an open Heaven.
”Money: NONSENSE! We have never lacked it and yet we have never prayed for it, we are just simply obeying God and He is backing up what He is asking us to do. Awesome God.
”Now the next set is about to be flagged off, just certifying the landed property issues, nothing else. We have no lack of anything. The world is confused. Walking in the light of God’s Word. Please obey God to the full and watch out for His manifestations in your life.
”Well, you don’t need so much Mathematics to know a thousand buildings; that is not 1000 Naira each, that is not 10 Million (Naira) each, that is not 12 Million (Naira) each, that is not 14 Million (Naira) each. Some are 35 Million (Naira). At a go!
”We have never seen it ourselves. We just watched God doing it.The only criteria: How many souls have they gotten there? Then, build for them.
How many souls? Not once: “how much money do they have?” he asked.
”You want to see what we see, go and do what we do. But if you are not saved, there is nothing you do that matters,” he said.