- The Living Faith Church has reacted to claims that it recently sacked some pastors for having a church growth index that falls below expectations
- The founder of the church, Bishop David Oyedepo, stated that people are confused about the organisation’s ministry
- The cleric insisted that the sacking of the pastors was done in adherence to the commandment of God
According to The Punch, Oyedepo, speaking to his congregation, said the pastors recently sacked by the church were unfruitful.
He dismissed the allegations that the pastors were sacked because they did not generate enough income into their branches.
‘’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.’’
No employee of the church is owed salary
According to PM News, the cleric questioned why there was no buzz on social media when the Living Faith Church employed 7,000 people at a time.
He pointed out that the church has more employees on its payroll than most of the states.
Oyedepo stated that no employee of the church is owed salary.
Sacked pastors fell short of certain standards
Similarly, Vanguard reported that a senior pastor of the church who does not want to be named said the story claiming that the pastors were sacked for not making sufficient income was false and misleading.
He stated that pastors sacked were pastoring rural churches which depend so much on the headquarters for funding rather than bringing in money into the church’s purse.
The source explained that the pastors were sacked because they fell short of standards expected from preachers.
Mixed reactions from Nigerians
However, Bishop Oyedepo’s explanation attracted mixed reactions from Nigerians. While some backed the sacking of the pastors, others faulted the decision.
Stanley Chinda told Legit.ng that the pastors should not have been sacked by the Living Faith Church.
‘’Why Sack someone you believed was called by God? Pastorial ministry isn't a profession but a calling.''
Another commentator, Damilare Alabi, also disagreed with the sacking of the pastors.
He argued that pastors are ordained by God and should not be sacked.
But Inyeka Isaac said Bishop Oyedepo has the right to sack the clerics.
The maritime worker told Legit.ng that the sacked pastors are free to join other religious organisaion.
''Sacking them under his denomination or ministry doesn't mean stopping them to do the work of God. If they were truly called by God, let them go and report Bishop Oyedepo to God or start their own church.''
In another news, Bishop David Oyedepo has revealed that he loves all ministers of God but he can’t be a friend to all of them.
Oyedepo in a sermon shared on the official Facebook of the church disclosed that it’s not possible because he can’t be friends or hang around with people who say nothing can work in Nigeria.
The renowned clergyman during a church service on Sunday, July 11, said he is a repairer of the bridge.