Pastor Oyemade disagrees with Oyedepo, Oyakhilome on closure of churches

Pastor Oyemade disagrees with Oyedepo, Oyakhilome on closure of churches

The senior pastor of The Covenant Christian Centre Lagos, Pastor Poju Oyemade, has disagreed with Bishop David Oyedepo and Pastor Chris Oyakhilome against the continuous closure of churches over the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recall that Pastor Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy and Bishop Oyedepo of Winners Chapel criticised the federal government for sidelining churches when it eased the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja.

Pastor Oyemade disagrees with Oyedepo, Oyakhilome on closure of churches

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.”

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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.”

According to 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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