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Why I Slapped A Worshipper – Bishop David Oyedepo

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Why I Slapped A Worshipper – Bishop David Oyedepo

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Jan 25, 2012 – Why I Slapped A Worshipper – Bishop David Oyedepo

According to a report from News of the people, the General Overseer of The Winners Chapel Int’l, Bishop David Oyedepo is no doubt a man of God that is revered both at home and abroad, as he has excelled in his calling as a preacher of the word  and by extension has touched the lives of many through his ministry, educational institutions and philanthropic gestures.

But with all these glowing virtues, the very opulent and noveau riche  pastor has been in the eye of the storm over a substantiated claim that the man of God at his expansive Cannan Land worship centre, slapped a young lady, one of the many worshippers that attended the yearly Shiloh programme of the winners chapel. The reason for the physical “spiritual” slap on the face of the lady by Bishop Oyedepo has since generated reactions and counter reactions from many quarters. On the heels of the heat generated by the expensive slap,this may have spurred the Omu-Aran, Kwara State-born pastor to react in very strong terms why he had to slap the young lady.

According to the bishop, he slapped the lady, allegedly claiming to be a witch, in order to save her from the claws of the devil. The man of God was so vehement in his reaction that he blasted his critics via a video clip  that has even been posted on the internet showing Pastor oyedepo boasting about his deed of valor in the slapping matter, even in the presence of his congregation.

Video: Bishop David Oyedepo Slaps a Witch


The mercurial man of God boasted further that the girl had even returned later to beg for forgiveness. Oyedepo went further to re-iterate, boasting about his now controversial deed: ‘I slapped a witch here last year. She came back in February to apologize. She begged me to please forgive her” Oyedepo then went on to give spiritual advice to members of his congregation who may be under similar attack by the forces of evil’’ “Starting today, the things harassing you, you will start harassing them” he blustered.

Invariably and rather spontaneously, Oyedepo’s blunt attitude to the self-evident fact of his ‘misbehavior’ has been attributed by many of his critics to overweening spiritual pride and arrogance. His critics say his behavior may be attributed to the fact that he is probably looking upon himself as a “man of God” with spiritual right to assault anyone he declares a witch.

For example, a group called “Stop the Violence Against Women in Nigeria” has purportedly written a petition calling on the Ogun State Government and the state ministry of justice through the attorney general to commence formal investigation into Oyedepo’s assault of the poor girl. As if this step was not enough, they went further in very unambiguous terms to condemn Oyedepo ”bestial attack on the lady via slapping.

With the outrage and confirmation by the bald-headed pastor, many opposing comments have been flying about, as to the efficacy and genuineness of such an assault on a young gullible lady, all in the name of deliverance or what ever they call it in Christendom. One of the comments, as reported through an online publication reads “the flamboyant Nigerian mega pastor, David Oyedepo…..caused international outrage after a video posted on youtube showed him assaulting a teenage girl during a Shiloh service at the headquarters of his church in Otta, Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria……, it went further, “It appears as though the Bishop may have violated the Criminal Code Act of (Chapter 29 of part V; sections 351 to 365of the Nigerian constitution.

The group, based in the US is not even stopping there, they are at the moment pulling all their acts together to try and get at least 101,000 signatures that they will submit to Gov. Amosun of Ogun State, insisting that they are tired of this kind of Conduct and extreme violence against women.

The critics did not stop there; yet on another blog, a concerned free thinker posted thus “In spite of Oyedepo’s best efforts to label the poor girl a witch, the young girl insisted that she was not the kind of witch Oyedepo was insinuating and that she was a witch for Jesus”

This may have been the statement that irked Oyedepo, thus spurring him to unleash a dirty slap on the gal, as a way of reproaching her. ‘ Of course it may be argued that Jesus does not have a group of followers that are called witches, but this was a girl that had been browbeaten and spat upon by a man who calls himself a bishop, a man who was mentally torturing a wretched religious captive into abasing herself enough to accept being described as a witch. The girl must have been desperately inventive, after a fashion, to come up with the ‘Witch for Jesus’ fallacy of definition, which I do not think is better or worse than the description of nuns as BRIDES OF CHRIST.

Critics such  as  this maintain that Oyedepo deliberately took the girl’s expression “witch for Jesus” out of its context. The girl apparently was creatively trying to tell the “man of God” that she is not a witch but a dedicated follower of Christ. Had the pastor acted in good faith, rather than trying to make public show of a helpless girl, he would simply have corrected her unintentional “misuse” of language (“misuse” as it would appear from the Bishop’s perspective). But in pandering to his personal pride and vainglory, he preferred to deal her a resounding slap on the face for “blasphemy.”

Reactions to Oyedepo’s action on several popular Nigerian websites have since then been mixed. While many have flagrantly condemned Oyedepo’s behavior, others, unduly impressed by his claims to special “spiritual anointment” either seek to exonerate him or caution critics. A critic of Oyedepo comments:

Oyedepo would be in jail by now serving his time if he tries this in any western world, sadly in Nigeria anything goes…for you Oyedepo supporters, shut up, you’re nothing but worshipers of man (sic).”

But a supporter of Oyedepo on yet another website reflects what the earlier critic calls “anything goes” attitude of followers captivated by Oyedepo’s charisma. The commenter cautions Oyedepo’s critics:

“It’s dangerous castigating men of God, please desist from doing so)”

From the foregoing, it’s very obvious that the man of God, Bishop David Oyedepo, has gotten more than he bargained for as the matter is causing an increasing uproar in the polity, especially in the media. In conclusion, one is at a loss trying to figure out why he thinks he is fit to condemn anyone to hell, but if we take this matter back to the Bible, even Jesus did not show any act of violence. One therefore does not need the Bible to show how wrong Bishop Oyedepo was because as a human being, just like everyone else, not even Oyedepo should show an act of violence in the name of Jesus. Bishop Oyedepo needs a better explanation for his unwholesome act.



  1. Wale

    January 25, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Oyedepo acted senselessly, his action doesn’t jibe the claim. If our Lord Jesus were to slap every sinners, He wouldn’t have had followers today. Jesus Christ said: “those that are whole has no need of physician”. In other words if the poor girl is truly a witch, Oyedepo ought to have pray or rebuke the evil spirit in her instead of humiliating her publicly. Can Oyedopo carry out such crime on a child of prominent Nigerian without paying heavy price for it? If Oyedepo was truly a man of God he should lead by example. His action was criminal,and he knew he can get away with anything in Nigeria. Proverb 8:13 says: “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth,do I hate”., Prov 11: 2 “When pride cometh, then commeth shame: but with the lowly is wisdom”. The question then is: where is Oyedepo’s wisdom as a leader of great congregation? he has the gut to come out the second time humiliating the innocent girl by arrogantly claiming that: “the witch whom he slapped last year came back to apologize to him”. He dare not try such thing in the Western world. It would have been the end of his beginning.

    • Dayo

      December 3, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      your comments are very stupid………

    • Amaka

      June 8, 2015 at 10:33 AM

      She dey misyarn about being witch again? Frankly the slap cured her stupidity.
      Witch for Jesus..mtschew!!!

  2. Udo di

    January 25, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    yea you are right but wot really concerns the government or wot so eva organisation with that? Did the girl complain? Is it not his congregation? Is it not within his span of control? Y should he be questioned at all.Did he force the girl to join his ministry? If d girl didnt want the slap she shouldnt hav been there.this is the man of God’s busines wit God.nd let us also mind the way we refer 2 men of God.they are special people 2 God.yes d man of God might hav done dat as a result of hot temper.its simply a mistake not dat his reason.SIMPLE

  3. ed

    January 26, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    If he had made a mistake he should have acknowledeged it and apologise,he could even use that in one of his sermon as an example to preach to us his congregation about accepting wrong doings and seeking forgiveness.I’m a member of winners chapel but I disagree with Bishop this time.

    • deborah james

      June 18, 2012 at 4:59 PM

      ed or what you call your self,of all the comments i read,you strike me as the most foolish person,you said you are a member of winners and you publicly speak against your spiritual head in such a manner,i am not a member of winners but i will never join others to criticize the man of God even if i feel what he did was not proper,must you comment?you are a shame to winners church.Leave the man of God alone!!!!!

    • Phronesis

      November 15, 2012 at 2:12 PM

      Thank you so much for your candidness.God bless you real good.Your kind are rare.

    • Faith

      April 9, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      Who ar u reprerntin? Ar u sure u ar a true winner? Mr ed

  4. ihunanya

    January 26, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    This same fellow wrote that our LORD JESUS CHRIST was bleeding in the garden of Gethsemane – something sunday school boys know to be profuse sweating. Obviously most worshippers are in trouble.

  5. Michael o

    January 26, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Personally, i think if u r 2 use a thing 4 refrence, u shuld b sure u know d stuff well enough, those who said Jesus never used violence, how about when he had to use a whip & force 2 evict money changers & traders frm d temple? I’m not in support of violence against any body but let’s take note dat d man is question is human. Some of u critics culd we b wife batterers at home, dat guy is human, he still has emotion & passion 4 wat he belives, he culd have to go to dat lenght once again to address wat ever tries to negate his belive. My point? Leave dis man alone, if d girl feels offended, let her take it up herself,

    • oo

      March 28, 2012 at 11:00 AM

      do not blesphem,add or subtract from d bible,which of d verse in ur own bible was it written dat jesus used violence? i will advice u go back nd read dat chapter if at all u know d bible.
      no hard feelin b.u dnt hit, u appoulled by d whole event cos d bishop…,if he is realy a man of God,dat is bein called by God..he will definately know d teachings of d bible not actin contrary to d bible.

    • tola

      December 5, 2014 at 11:12 PM

      Jesus used whip? I didn’t read dat in my bible. bt even if u claimd Jesus used whip, u said he used it on traders nd money changers (thives) bt let me remind u dat it ws 4 a just course. Jesus heald so many people dt were demon possessed (by prayin for them not by slapin ’em)even the man that ws possessed wit legion. so pls, pls nd pls Michael o. don’t argue blindly. FYI, Jesus never used whip on any one. the bible says he ws angry nd he snt them out of his father’s house.

  6. Abidjan

    January 26, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Please let us be realistic, the truth is that this Bishop David Oyedepo did not act as a real man of God by slapping the poor girl and don`t be surprise the evil spirits maybe working under him. How could a real man of God slap his or her follower, is she a thief ? Let him go and try that nonsense in western world.

  7. Afolarin

    January 27, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    D problem with nigerians(myself inclusive) is that we are extreme religious fanatics and yet it doesnt show in how we portray ourselves and the nation to the outside world and it’s affectin us a great deal.
    Im baffled at the comment(s) of some of the respondents here.I still cant imagine how an educated mind can say ask if d slapped girl was complainin?!,in this modern age?…If a girl gets raped,wud u say u cant bring d culprit 2 book bcus d girl isnt complainin.D fact that she is a worshipper dere doesnt giv anyone a right 2 dealt her any inhuman treatment,she was there 2 worship God n nt man,Bishop is only a custodian,he has no right 2 do that.
    No wonder we have too many probs in this country,must u complain before you are fought for?….Is that what God preaches?

  8. Vic

    February 27, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Why wil she say she is a ‘witch for Jesus’ she deserved wat she got. Thank God she has denounced her cult afta going 2 dem for safety n dey could not help her. She came back. She is a believer now. Warnin 2 all those who claim 2 b christians dont comment on wat u dnt knw otherwise u may sin against d Holy Ghost.

    • oo

      March 28, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      vic…u sound like a hypocrite(no offence),a pastor goes wrong, u support him meanwhile if dis act was carried out 2ur mum or sister,u wuld say all dis.jesus casted out demons from d possessed man.he neva slapped d demon out of d man! so wen a pastor goes contrary 2wat is written in d bible,den his position is questioned.if realy he was been called by God den,he shuld know d rite thing 2do.nobody in dis forum dat is not in support of d bishop’s act is sinning against d holy gost instead u and d pastor are biting d fingers dat fed u.tell d truth and u shall b set not support evil.

  9. Oladepo stephen olaoluwa

    February 27, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    This issue is not wha we should be drag because wheneva this type of thing happen to somebody like bishop we always castigate and condem them and forget that many of those men of God always act accoding to the leadig of the holy spirit. Have u people forget how boko haram killed innocent nigeria in the name of religeon, is it not deliverance they were looking for?wat did u do to them? Pls mind the way u comment on any issue tha concern anointed men of God.

  10. Joy

    March 2, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Wel,al i av 2 say is dat every1 should mind his or her own busines & b carefu of wateva u say or write……

  11. Joy

    March 2, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Let each1 mind his/her own busines.

  12. kc nelson

    March 4, 2012 at 7:33 PM



      March 7, 2012 at 6:48 PM

      everyone is speaking his or her voice but caution what ever you say about every man of GOD.For will never know the harm what you allow to flow from your mouth.those criticizing please for the love of GOD control your words and the lovers also know what you are really saying and say it well. especially the abusive and insults from your mouth are very dangerous. no very well destinies are at a great task and risk. but if you don’t care continue and watch your on life. please one’s again caution yourself.

  13. Endy

    March 5, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Hmmmm…. Somtims I wounder if most socalled “christians” read d bible on their own cos it baffles my imagination why pointin out d wrong doin of a socalled man of God mean sining against d holy spirit. Most of u ar so engrossd in wat u ar told in d church nd nt wat u read frm the bible. If talkin 2 supposed religious leader is a “big” lie, y did Jesus condermed d religious leaders in his time? Was he sining against d holy spirit? Infact, is anger, arrogant nd pride among d fruitage of d holy spirit?

  14. Ossy

    March 11, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    People in this country are so brainwashed! It seems all the school we go to is to pass exams, come out and get jobs, live an only-me-and-my-family, selfish and hypocrisy life without getting educated along the way. Even the plenty church we de go no even fit educate many of us. Its a shame! People are afraid to question a pastor as if he is God. Its only when we stop being sentimental on issues that this Nigeria will cease to be a laughing stock of the other nations of the world.

  15. chikaodili

    March 11, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Ossy I wish Nigeria had 5 million who could think like u. Unfortunately the country is full of idiots who fail to understand that education goes beyond attending universities. They would rather worship religions with their pastors and sheiks and babalawos.

  16. PODS

    March 12, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    Well first most you talking hash like this am core sure should you see bishop today u won’t even utter a word not to talk of insulting a man who has gone through alot over years to help many nigerians via the gosple. Am not troubled at all for whatever anyone is saying especially negative and insultive words, if you ask dear bishop he surely has seen more of this even in his congregation human love is so fickle! They cheer you today they woo you the next minute,I always tell people never swallow the praises of men-treat it like a chewing gum;chew and throw away. I LOVE YOU DEAR BISHOP this is some of the hazards of the job of a minister.

    • oo

      March 28, 2012 at 11:30 AM

      HA! HA!! HAAAAA!!!!!!,pple just amuse me wit wat de say or blinded wit.d bishop is wrong and if am opportuned 2speak 2him face 2face,i have a thousand and 1 qtions for him

  17. Glo

    March 26, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    One thing we all shld no is dat despite the fact dat he is a man of God doesn’t mean he is God.he has a rite to act as a human.he has done this out of anger just the way most human will so please make ur comments and stop the insults. Its a man of God we r talkin about the first place the girl is not even complainin,she knew wat she did was wrong and she apologize,if it wasn’t wrong why wld she apologize, why r we now makin the complain for her

  18. arowojobe elijah a.

    March 27, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    i’m short of words…

  19. Online Nigeria

    March 28, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    lol…’a witch for Jesus’. what next? ‘a demon for God’…
    I don’t support his actions here and I don’t believe Jesus himself would slap the girl if she told him, “Jesus, I’m a witch for you.”

  20. javlen

    April 20, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    U re a very stupid ful am very sure u re witch u hv no home trainin u re a liar bishop neva spat on d lady am very sure u re 1 of d demons in d bible.may God punish u 4 does word u said.u re a ful dat just want attention.may d curses in d bible 4olow u.cause a normal person wnt ly like dat u deserve 2 b dead.useles ful.stupid idiot.witch or pahabs a wizard. U were nt dere to witnes y u complainin.i wish it ws u d bishop slapd.idiot

  21. sunkanmi

    April 21, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    the girl is a young girl, and out of fright and anxiousness i think she used the wrong words, if u watch the video u will understand what i am saying, she was asked if she was a witch and she replied no, when asked the second time she said she was a witch for jesus, i am sure she did not really understand what she was saying. the pastor was too emotional, and should have apologised instead of boasting, what he did was WRONG. what kind of example is he to his congregation?

  22. Agbons

    April 23, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    the simple truth is that the people condemning the slap are demons in human form,agent of darkness.I put it to you if you go dare go to Shiloh 2012 you will be slapped.

  23. Blu4

    April 25, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    After going through these comments, all I can say is, I wish we Nigerians would have a passion and supportive zeal for Jesus Christ and God as we do for the Bishop. We are so used to idolizing and referencing men of God and belittling the person of Jesus Christ. TO all supporters or non-supporters, let’s ask ourselves this: What will Jesus do in a case like this? or What did Jesus do in the typical case in the Bible?

    We have so worn religion and man-worship like a cloth that we don’t even know our Bibles or be able to stand up for Jesus when His name is being blasphemed.

    All-in-all, Its a big shame to say the least. Jesus never beat or hit anyone to deliver them, He didn’t even approve of the men who accused and were about to stone Mary the adulterer so why will He or the Holy Ghost approve of such conduct. To those who say the Holy Ghost approves such character, remember the Bible says, the Holy Ghost is a gentle spirit and also Jesus Himself said the Holy Ghost who He is sending after His ascension to Heaven will not do anything or say anything without first hearing from the Father in Heaven.

    God is love. And He has told us to be more like him, to love our neighbours as ourselves.

    The slap could have come out of natural anger not a spirit led anger like some people claim. Please know your God and His ways before you speak for Him.

    Thank you.

  24. ruth

    May 2, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    My heart is full of tears,cause you worshipers of winners has be bless by this man and yet you still judge him,who are you to judge many occultic men can speak evil of their members like this or you think the muslims don’t know who are behind the bombing in our country but yet they are silien,now is no longer pastor chris,or TB J is now oyedebo,if you know the condemination you will bring upon yourself and your general you will remain silent and judgE not,we christain where is our own convanat love?

  25. Ndombi

    May 6, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Regardless of what they..judgement will come only once..
    .bt by the coming of Christ Jesus.He’s our papa ‘WINNERS’ and will always overcome the challenges.amen.

  26. Okwey

    May 20, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    It is well! All ds ar d signs of d coming of Christ. D bible say’s ‘let him dt reads understand’.

  27. Anderson

    June 3, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    This bishop was here recently and I was fortunate to listen to him before he jetted back to Africa and things have never been the same in my life since then. It was like being back in the days of Jesus Christ himself of which it was said ‘Never has any man spoken this way’ I read some foolish things said about the man on some postings and I wondered why born again Christians should be posting replies to such rubbish, for how could you even argue spiritual matters with people who are spiritually blinded. You cannot. We do have a very few pastors like that here but How I wish many here are like this bishop who knows the meaning of discipline -whether physical or spiritual. Then the christian churches will really sit up.

  28. Abe Lawrence

    July 1, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    I know if many Nigerians were alive during the ages of Martin Luther,William Tyndale and others,nobody would have been able to challenge the bullying age of papacy and our world would have been left in more darkness and shackles fashioned out by these powerful clergies…open your eyes and be able to discern between good and evil.A man can have a divine gift,but can nonetheless be full of flaws

  29. Flora

    July 23, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    All those that are speakin bad against men of God, i pity u guys becos vry soon judgment shal be4 u guys. Bible say we shold touch nt his anointin and do them no harm. So mind d way u talk dat u’ll nt be course. Beware?

  30. Adarabioyo monday olaniyi

    August 2, 2012 at 5:33 AM

    All is well,wat u i know is that,let’s try to mind our speech.,….and then,remember the bible said judge not, for you not to be judge,…moreover if u see what you don’t understand what is realy going on,then you stop your coment on it,no matter what happens, don’t try to judge an ordained one of GOD, case of distruction, if you see a thing like these,why can’t you wait till the judgement day,or are you in haste?we shall all be there to see the truth by then……pls beware of your tongue..

  31. Onyemechi Kelechi

    October 26, 2012 at 6:16 AM

    elisah cursed 42 children who were mocking him as a bald headman and 2 bears came and tore d children, who petitioned elisah? Was he judged? This is God's affair, do nt judge. Beware dat wat so eva u said against d bishop, u are saying it against God. No mata wat u guyz says he is d real man of God. His ministries is increasing per seconds irrespective of any force allegation on him. Appreciate d hand of God in his life, dnt try 2 look 4 fault wen u cannot find one.

    • Faith

      April 9, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      It is wel,jude nt for u shal nt be judge,do to men wat u wel lik dm do to u in return.wat if u wea bishop oyedepo?.men of God cary fire be minful of wat u say abt dem!!.

  32. Bman

    November 7, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    I’m not here to creticise anyone, i have read the whole story watch the video and also read all coments, i want to undastand 1 tin, afta the slap, was the lady delivad of the witchcraft or she was let go dat way?


    March 25, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    i don’t think that my pastor is an illuminatic member let me ask a queation is it a crime or an abomination for the man of God to be rich even richer than the devil worshiper cos God is the creator of good weath for his thougth for his children is of good and give we his children an expected end

  34. Stephen

    March 25, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Well, whatevr people say God will still remain God in his life double portion next level….carry on sir

  35. Faith

    April 9, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Thank u and God bles u 4 kwin wat is ryt.

  36. Faith

    April 9, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Who ar u reprerntin? Ar u sure u ar a true winner? Mr ed

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