Bishop David Oyedepo has rejected the application of the Company and Allied Matters Acts (CAMA) in churches, recently signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari on August 7, 2020.
The law provides for the registrar-general of Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and a supervising minister to strictly supervise religious bodies and charity organisations. It also gives the commission powers to suspend the trustees of an association or a religious body and appoint an interim manager or managers to coordinate its affairs where it ‘reasonably’ believes that there has been any misconduct or mismanagement, or where the affairs of the association are being run fraudulently or where it is ‘necessary or desirable’ for the purpose of public interest.
Speaking on Sunday August 16 during a church service at the church’s headquarters in Ota, the founder of Living Faith Church Worldwide picked holes with the new law which subjected churches to same laws as companies, averred that such laws were borne out of government’s jealousy about the prosperity recorded by the church.
While critizing the sit tight syndrome of old politicians in Africa, Oyedepo maintained that the law, which is tantamount to persecution of the body of Christ cannot be practicable in the church.
“The church is God’s heritage on earth. Molest the wife of somebody and you will see the anger of that person. The church is the bride of Christ. You know how a strong man is when you tamper with his wife. The church is the body of Christ. We are under obligation to give warnings to wicked rulers so we could be free from their blood.
“The church works on the pattern delivered by God not the pattern of man. Government has no power to appoint people over churches. This is a secular nation. The church is the greatest asset of God in this country. Please be warned. Judgment is coming. The Lord says I have been still but now I will arise. Anybody that is in this deal is taking poison. This will never work. I am waiting for a day when anybody will appoint a trustee over this church… You can’t gag anybody. We own this country together.
“It is only in Africa that people who are over 80 years still run around to become president. I know that it is the prosperity of the church that is making them jealous. But I am going to live to see an army of many winners soar greater. In this church shall emerge one of the largest concentration of giants on earth.”