Thursday, 21 May 2015

Why Goodluck was turned down from visiting deeper life church

The pastorate of the famous Deeper Christian Life Ministry  turned down President Goodluck Jonathan’s request to worship at the church during the presidential election campaign

According to Daily Post, President Jonathan, who worshiped in some churches across the country before the presidential election, was refused entry into the church, when he wrote authorities of the ministry informing them of his intended visit.
President Jonathan explained his reasons for the presidential church tour. He said, “Traditionally, we have the State House Chapel where I worship every Sunday. If we do not have the chapel, probably I would have been here one or two times before this time.
“It is only during the Christmas period, maybe two Sundays before Christmas and the Sunday before and after New Year that we sometimes close the chapel, and allow people to participate in their church services and that time, I do go round.
“This year, we have decided that from now onward, until I leave the State House, every last Sunday of the month, I will go to different churches.”
It was gathered that the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the president, Dr. Reuben Abata wrote to the authorities of the church through the office of its spokesman, Pastor Segun Babatope to informing them about his visit but the pastorates of the church did not acknowledge the letter.
According to sources, when Babatope informed leaders of the church about the president’s visit, many of them kicked against it, saying that the ministry is not a platform where politicians come to campaign.
The president was supposed to visit Deeper Life after leaving the Redemption Camp, but proceeded to the Lord’s Chosen when he discovered the church was not ready to welcome him.

The source added that the church’s decision to gently turn down the request was because of the way media misquoted Bishop David Oyedepo of Winners Chapel during President Jonathan’s visit to the church.
Bishop Oyedepo was quoted as threatening to open the gate of hell to anybody who campaigned against the President Jonathan. This triggered a lot of talk especially on social media as many blasted the pastor for using his church to campaign for politicians.
The bishop however denied making such a statement.
Meanwhile the church has congratulated Muhammadu Buhari on his victory at the recent presidential election and praised President Goodluck Jonathan for conceding defeat.

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