- The reopening of churches in Lagos and Ogun means victory over the devil for Bishop David Oyedepo
- The senior pastor of the Living Faith Church Worldwide said on Sunday, August 2, that the battle is over
- Oyedepo added that in no time, things will return to normal again for all churches
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Bishop David Oyedepo of Living Faith Church Worldwide has reacted to the reopening of churches in Lagos and Ogun state amidst the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.
Oyedepo believes that the decision of both state governments signals the defeat of the devil, PM News reports.
The famous Nigerian Christian cleric stated that the time of victory is now and that the devil is weary having lost the battle shamefully.
He said: “The laughter has begun; the devil is tired, the devil is weary. By next Sunday (9th August), all the churches in Lagos are opened.
“The devil is tired. Why fight a battle you know you can’t win? Can any man win against God? Can any authority win against God? Shame on the devil!"
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Pastor Tunde Bakare, the general overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church (CGCC), formerly known as the Latter Rain Assembly had faulted the reopening of churches by the Lagos state government.
In March 2020, Lagos state placed a ban on religious gathering to check the spread of coronavirus.
Bakare speaking during the church's online Sunday worship on August 2, warned against the government's directive in spite of the pandemic in order not to drive Christians like sheep to the slaughterhouses by reopening worship centres.
The cleric went on to note that if the government and health agency said there will be a peak of the disease in August, why should people rush and re-open churches.
Adding that the government might have bowed to pressure from religious leaders to lift the ban, Bakare urged the people to keep safe and do their best to keep alive by following all the necessary rules.
He said: "Do not let anyone, whether religious leader or governmental leader, to drive you like a sheep to the slaughter.
"If they (the government and the disease control authorities) said that the month of August is going to be the peak of the infection, why should they ask people to rush in (re-open the churches) again?"
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