December 22, 2011
The Slap Happy “Bishop” David Oyedepo
Nigerian Prosperity/Word of Faith Preacher David Oyedepo is gaining international attention due to this video.
While adamantly denying she was a “witch” but a “witch for Jesus,” Oyedepo then called a woman who was kneeling as part of an altar call a “foul devil” asking her “do you know who you are talking to?” then slapping the woman in the face in plain view of the entire congregation. The woman clearly denied being a witch. Oyedepo then dismissed the woman, telling her “You are not set for deliverance, and you are free to go to hell.”
Wow… if that’s not a WWJD moment?
Would Jesus do this? To add insult to injury, Oyedepo one year later then brags about the incident in front of his congregation to applause. Oyedepo claims the woman came back to him and begged him for forgiveness. Manipulation at its height.
Wikipedia reports that David O. Oyedepo, affectionately called “Papa” by members of his church congregation (born September 27, 1954) is a Nigerian Christian author, Preacher and the founder and Presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church World Wide also known as Winners Chapel and its affiliated International churches known as Winners Chapel International, with headquarters in Ogun State, Nigeria. He is also the senior pastor of Faith Tabernacle, a 50,000 seat church auditorium reputed to be the largest church auditorium in the world by the Guinness Book of Records.The Winners Chapel network of churches is present in over 300 cities in all states of Nigeria, as well as in over 63 cities in 32 African Nations, Dubai, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.Oyedepo has been seen as one of pioneers of the Christian charismatic movement in Africa and has been referred to as one of the most powerful preachers in Nigeria.
Much like the Salem witch hunts in early American history, it is quite popular in Africa to abuse, humiliate, and sometimes even kill suspected witches and warlocks, and this behavior is embraced amongst some professing Christians there as well.
Again, we have a case of another wolf who we have allowed to creep in amongst us. The behavior of this man is reprehensible, and no where do I see in the scripture Jesus violently dealing with anyone who was demon possessed. I can’t help but mourn over the mass deception concerning the Word of Faith movement, especially since there seems to only be few which benefit from the falsehood, including Oyedepo who is reported worth $150 Million, and much like his counterparts Creflo Dollar & TD Jakes, Kenneth Copeland etc. who fly around in their own private jets, and live like worldly kings. The video is gaining worldwide popularity and criticism and people are calling worldwide for action against the pastor.
Just another day in the IC where authority is abused through false systems. Incidents like this will continue to happen when one man is set as an controlling authority over people… I mean how many times must something like this happen…. and the people love it so?