Living Faith Church, a.k.a Winners Chapel, has finally revealed why, despite a ban on public gatherings of 50 people and more in Ogun State, full-service services were held at its International Headquarters.
In a statement issued by Steve Ogah, Bishop David Oyedepo’s special assistant, who is the founder of the Church, the Church stressed that its full Sunday service was devoted entirely to sensitizing and mobilizing its members against the dangers of coronavirus (COVID-19).
It was also gathered that Bishop Oyedepo has since engaged the Ogun State Government at the highest level to clarify the issue and any doubts and to reiterate the Church’s full support for the Government’s efforts to ensure public safety and to reduce the spread of this deadly virus.
The statement reads, “It has become necessary to make this statement clear why Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, the International Headquarters of the Living Faith Church in Ogun State, held church service on Sunday, albeit with less than half of its regular worshippers.
“In order to avoid doubts, as stakeholders and as a responsible organization, Living Faith Church fully supports and encourages compliance with all government initiatives to combat the spread of this dreaded virus.
“However, information needs to be strategically disseminated to the grassroots, noting that the Church is a family and not an industry, it is for this reason that enlightenment and awareness from the Church platform is the most effective way to get people involved in prayer and intercession, and not just to stay away from the Church without knowing what to do.
“As we all know, the Church is made up of both literate and illiterate congregations; many are not in touch with any of the modern communication platforms, and that is what we did yesterday. Indeed, the service was entirely devoted to sensitizing and mobilizing members of the Church about the danger of this deadly virus and the need to comply with government directives.
“The Bishop has since engaged the Ogun State Government at the highest level to clarify this issue and any doubts and reiterated the Church’s full support for the Government’s efforts to ensure public safety and to reduce the spread of this deadly virus. He appreciates the opportunity for direct engagement and understanding of the government. Cooperation to safeguard public security is not just a moral obligation or a civic responsibility; the Church also considers it a spiritual duty.
“The Church shall continue to engage in all the necessary logistics to ensure compliance with the government directives and continue to pray for speedy divine intervention to stop this deadly virus.”