Imagine the scene, your father has lost his job, your mother is dead, you have no hope of furthering your post-secondary education, because there are others before you. Suddenly, there is an announcement from the Church that science students would be given scholarship, especially, those interested in Agric-Science. So you decide to apply and you get the scholarship with no strings attached. Ordinary with a tuition fee in six figures the chances of you attending that Church owned University is zero, because of your background! Little did you release that it was a wicked and deceptive bait to make it look as if the Church offer is a charitable cause.
The reality of this big deception surfaced when in their final year. Landmark University, the Bishop David Oyedepo’s owned institution in Nigeria, wrote to all the scholarship students that those with anything less than first class must pay N500,000. to write their final year exams.
The shockwave caused many of the students to develop high blood pressure and anxiety attacks. One student complained of sleepless nights’ and constant headaches, because of the thought of not completing the five year degree course at this final stage. Majority of the students were going to graduate with second class upper in the Agric-Science course. Families who believed Bishop Oyedepo benevolence was going to give their children an upstart in life, are now thrown into confusion; how to raise half a million naira for their wards to complete their degree programme by the summer of 2016.
Bishop David Oyedepo, is the founder and General Overseer of the Living Faith Ministries aka Winners Chapel International Church. A prosperity preacher and a proponent of wealth empowerment, the Bishop rose from zero to riches through much emphasis on tithes, offerings and seed sowing by his church members. He owns three jets and Covenant and Landmark Universities in Nigeria. Though majority of his church members cannot afford to send their children to these A-class universities owned by him or is it the Church? His satellite television channel is the only Christian station that is not free to air, but available only by subscription.
Our pray for the Bishop and the ministry is not far fetched from what the angel of God says in Rev. 3: 13-20 “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God:
“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.
“So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’ –and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked– “I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.”
Evangelist Phillips Eteng