Founder of Living Faith Church Worldwide aka Winners Church, Bishop David Oyedepo, says the 40 pastors laid off by the church were fired for being “unfruitful”.
He further explained that the term “unfruitful” means the pastors’ inability and failure to win souls for Jesus Christ.
Oyedepo debunked trending allegations in social media that those laid off were punished by the church for not bringing enough money to it.
He described the allegation in a statement on Wednesday as “nonsense”.
He said the only factor that led to their sack was how many souls had been won in the church.
Oyedepo maintained that the pastors were sacked because they were unfruitful.
He said the Church has never lacked money and yet has never prayed for it.
“We are just simply obeying God and He is backing up what He is asking us to do. Awesome God.”
“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 overdrafts 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 learned 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’s 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 one: “how much money do they have?”
“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,”
Recall that a certain Peter Godwin, a pastor of the church had alleged that Oyedepo sacked him and other pastors for failing to make enough money.
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