This article is about the life and ministry of Bishop David Oyedepo, one of the end time gospel legend and Field Marshal Of the Gospel. According to en.wikipedia.org, Bishop David Olaniyi Oyedepo was born on September 27, 1954,
The said David Olaniyi Oyedepo was born in Osogbo, Nigeria, but he is a native of Omu-Aran, Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State. He was raised in a mixed religious family.
His father, Ibrahim, was a Muslim healer while his mother, Dorcas, was a member of the Holy Order of the Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church (C&S), a branch of the Aladura movement in Nigeria.
However, David Olaniyi Oyedepo was raised by his grandmother in Osogbo, who introduced him to the virtues of Christian life via early morning prayers which she attended with him. She also taught him the importance of tithing.
Bishop David Oyedepo studied architecture at Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin and worked briefly with the Federal Ministry of Housing before he resigned to concentrate on full time missionary work.
One thing that distinguished Bishop David Oyedepo is that he is known for his passion and crazy for knowledge. He received a PhD in Human Development from Honolulu University, Hawaii, U.S.
Other information or more of his biography and early life/activities can be seen in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Oyedepo. However, this article is an attempt to bring out some silent information about him that many are ignorant as to gain maximally from his ministry.
It is said that, “the secrets of men are in their stories” which is a real fact. This means that one can get to know more about this gospel legend Bishop David Oyedepo by taking time to listen to his various teachings or messages.
To this end, for yourself, get set as we explore the life and ministry of this Gospel legend and Field Marshal of the Gospel. Many lives have been impacted by him, such lives were transformed into enviable positions.
It is unfortunate that most of the stories we read about Bishop David Oyedepo especially on the net and social media are fake or false/half-truth. Some people, who are writing the said fake or false stories about Bishop Oyedepo, don’t even have the slightest knowledge of him.
Others, who are writing these trashes about him are simply attention seekers, who seek to be noticed or recognized. While some bloggers also write some trash about him just to draw traffics to their website or blog sites.
From all indication, David Oyedepo is consumed by his passion for the gospel and his passion for the gospel took another dimension with the delivery of the liberation mandate by God on May 1981. As said, Bro David as he was fondly called then, what distinguished him from many other ministers of the gospel was his heart beat and passion for God and the gospel.
The Almighty God, having seen his heart beat and passion for the Gospel visited him in an 18-hour vision where the liberation mandate was delivered to him. In that vision, God said to Oyedepo, “the hour has come to liberate the world from all oppression of the devil through the preaching of the word and faith, and I am sending you to undertake this task”.
Obviously, having a vision and calling of God is one thing and running with the vision is another thing. Bro David Oyedepo did not behave like some other men and women that have the call of God today and rushed and launched out into ministry the next day.
Rather, David Oyedepo did not launch out into ministry immediately but started by forming a core group called the Power House. According to David Oyedepo, those that made up of Power House spent 26 months running in prayer and fasting in preparation for the launch out of the ministry.
One secret of David Oyedepo that distinguished him above other men/women of God is that as it was said of Elisha in 2Kings 2:15 which says, “The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha”. So the reason David Oyedepo is excelling more in life and ministry despite all odds is because the spirit of four other gospel legends and field marshals rests on him.
As was said of Prophet Elisha, that he operated with the double portion of the spirit of Elijah. In the same way David Oyedepo is operating with the spirit of 4 other gospel legends.(two of them dead while two are still living)
The first person is Pastor E.A. Adeboye who God used to ordain or commission him into ministry. God specifically directed him to Pastor Adeboye to lay hands on him as to impact on him the spirit of wisdom.
In other words, the spirit of wisdom that operates in the life and ministry of David Oyedepo is the result of the importation on him of the spirit of wisdom by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.
After Pastor E.A. Adeboye imparted on him with the spirit of wisdom, the next was the importation of the spirit of boldness by the late Arch Bishop Benson Idahosah who was a carrier of boldness. According to David Oyedepo, God specifically directed him to get in touch with Benson Idahosah as to receive the importation of the spirit of boldness.
It should be recalled, according to David Oyedepo, he said that personally, he would not have had any dealing with Idahosah but God who saw that he needed the spirit of boldness directed him to get in touch with Idahosah to receive this spirit of boldness which Idahosah carried.
The third person was the of the spirit of Faith by late Kenneth E.Hagin who impacted on him the spirit of faith. The mandate was liberation, and it takes raw faith to minister liberation and that may be the reason God directed him to an apostle of faith Kenneth E. Hagin to impart on him with the spirit of faith.
The fourth person is Pastor Kenneth Copeland, a legend of prosperity, who impacted on him the spirit of prosperity after Oyedepo had initially caught light of what it takes to prosper from Kenneth and Gloria Copeland books.
These 4 gospel legends and field marshals mentioned above, their photo portraits are on display on the reception or conference room of major state church headquarters of winners Chapel.
Here we will end the part one, keep a date with us as we continue next in part two. Shalom!