IN THE EARLY 90s, AN OFFERING OF 1 MILLION NAIRA (ABOUT $50,000) WAS GIVEN TO ME BUT I SENT IT TO THE CHURCH COFFERS BECAUSE THE GIVER ADDRESSED THE ENVELOPE ‘FOR THE WORK OF MINISTRY’
EVEN THOUGH THE MONEY WAS SUBSTANTIAL, MY NAME IS NOT ‘THE WORK OF MINISTRY’
EVERY AUTHORITY IN NIGERIA KNOWS NOT TO COME NEAR ME WITH A BRIBE
I HAVE NEVER GIVEN A BRIBE ON BEHALF OF THIS CHURCH AND I HAVE NEVER ACCEPTED ANY BRIBE FROM ANYONE
I HAVE NEVER MIXED A DIME OF THIS CHURCH MONEY WITH MINE IN 41 YEARS.
I HAVE NEVER ALTERED ANY FIGURE IN MY LIFE.
I HAVE NEVER TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF ANY SOUL IN THIS CHURCH IN 41 YEARS
I ALREADY GOT INTO THE COVENANT BEFORE THE CHURCH STARTED SO I DIDN’T NEED THE CHURCH TO SWIM IN ABUNDANCE.
I am speaking to you today like a father, I have never taken advantage of any soul in this Church in 41 years. I have only been a blessing to those who are challenged. I have never called any man or woman on the phone for help, from the days of 8 to 10. I already got into the covenant before the Church started so I didn’t need the Church to swim in abundance. If you won’t take the instruction of the Master, you won’t pass His exams. John 13:13. If you don’t subscribe to the authority of the living word, then life is going off. I have never mixed a dime of this church money with mine in 41 years. I am blessed.
Even when you wrote in my name a cheque, I still find out what did you write in your letter to be sure so I don’t mistake what you are sending into my account as mine. Someone sent me a million naira and I asked if I could see the letter, he said: “for the work of the ministry”. I am not the work of the ministry, I am a worker in the ministry.
My accountant who was arguing with me is no longer here. I endorsed the cheque back to the church, one million in the days when one million was very serious to me. So it is not about games, I have never altered any figure in my life. This grace is available to everybody.
I have never given a bribe on behalf of this Church. You can choose to take a stand for God and stand on top of your word. Every authority in Nigeria knows that, don’t come near me if it is a bribe. You will fry. Under what guise? If I shout at you, your shoe will fall off. I shouted at a man in Kaduna, his cigarette fell. I have this shoe falling voice, may you not hear it.
– Bishop David Oyedepo at Financial Fortune Banquet Service || Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland 1st Sunday Service.