The General Overseer of the Living Faith Church, also known as Winner Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has come under attack over dismissal of church accountants and some church officials accused of stealing millions.
Bishop Oyedepo while speaking at the Church’s empowerment summit organised for ordained workers on Saturday said professionals trusted by the church to prevent fraud turned themselves into a ‘network of fraudsters, Daily Post reports.
According to him, “Can you imagine accountants perpetrating fraud in the house of God?
“We had no choice but to dismiss them. You can imagine top church officials engaging in doubling figures and other dubious practices.”
Oyedepo, however, advised members against employing those who had looted the church’s treasury.
His decision has since stirred reaction from Nigerians on social media.
Some Nigerians criticized Oyedepo’s decision, adding that judgement is for God, and that the church officials caught stealing should not have been dismissed.
He said, It is God’s money. However, others supported his actions.
Some comments gathered from Nigerians on Twitter:
@Obotubong “He should leave them for God. After all it is Gods money they stole.”
@Jinadumoshood “Since the church is filled with money from various sources: loots, yahoo, honest earnings, olosho funds, ransom, 419 proceeds. If a store is filled with stolen goods, should the owner of the store dismiss his staff for stealing from that store?
@Godwinegwuno “Wrong Move ! The bible says we should forgive those who wrong us, 70 times 70. Oyedepo has once again exhibited his excessive love for MONEY. What then is the difference between him and unbeliever.”
@Ottah_becca “Bible student. Is it not the same Bible that said no sinner will go unpunished? You all will just be looking for any slightest opportunity to drag Oyedepo.”
@MDaralola “Why won’t they steal, when you would take all the funds to yourself and not give them anything? Oyedepo is a bigger thief.”