Pastor Isaac Oyedepo, son of Bishop David Oyedepo, has tackled slammed some Christians who think the church is only built onmaterial prosperity, healing, and all the good things they could get in the church.
He disclosed that such Christians are building on the wrong foundation.
According to him, rather than build on prosperity and the rest, “the life of the believer should be built on sanctification.”
Quoting one of the messages of his father, he said, “Christianity is not built on healing, miracles, deliverance. It is built on sanctification.”
He explained further that Christians must never mistake the products of the faith for the foundation of the faith.
Healing and the rest according to him are products of the faith.
“The foundation of faith is sanctification. Without sanctification, our faith has nothing to build on.”
He noted that many believers in today’s world “have anchored their faith on what God can do rather than who God is. But, in the past, it was not so. People anchored their faith on who God is. They were ready to serve God even if they didn’t get what they wanted.”
“People come to God because of what he can do. This is wrong. The anchor of our faith must not be on the product of the faith.”
He maintained that it is the solid foundation that his father has that makes him stand strong, stressing, “It is that foundation that makes him tell God; where you can never take me to never let me get there.
Whatever you can’t give me may I never get.”
The cleric noted that many have duplicated the prayer of “I can never be sick. But have not been able to pray, Lord whatever you can’t give me may I not have it.”
He warned his listeners not to be carried away by the products of the faith adding, “There are things you can’t say as he (Bishop David Oyedepo) says except you are standing right. We all have authority but our mouths can’t say the same thing.”
Still referring to his father, he said, “After 41 years in ministry, nobody can claim money was borrowed, nobody can claim miracles were doctored. Let’s wake up to this reality. Anchor your faith on the foundation of the faith not on the product.”
He said people had given heavy gifts of vehicles that were not common to his father, but were turned down. “It is not every gift that is receivable. Some gifts are traps of the devil,” Isaac Oyedepo said.
He made an allusion to the kind of revival that took place centuries ago, noting, “It was the revival of holiness that shook the world and not the revival of miracles.
“Charles Finney walked in blazing holiness. How do you enter a train and people are running out without a tract?
“There must be a change in our lives. When revival broke loose it was a revival of dogged holiness not the revival of miracles. People were crying and begging for forgiveness. Prison houses became empty because everybody was walking in the holiness.”