COMMONWEALTH of Zion Assembly (Coza) founder Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo has ended his three week self-imposed exile and returned with a bang to the pulpit giving a sermon at the church’s Abuja premises yesterday.
Last month, Busola Dakolo, the wife of musician Timi Dakolo, alleged that Pastor Fatoyinbo raped her in Ilorin 20 years ago. Pastor Fatoyinbo, who has denied the allegations, admitted that Busola once attended the same church with his family and has since filed a libel suit against her.
However, he also took a leave of absence from ministering but yesterday, he returned with a bang, pulling a large crowd as Coza members were seen screaming and jubilating as he climbed the stage for the first time since the crisis broke. Yesterday’s sermon was titled Sudden Victories, delivered to a packed church auditorium in which Pastor Fatoyinbo quoted First Timothy 6:12, Mark 4:35-37 and First Corinthians 10:13.
He said it was written in the bible that Christians would always face persecution but God would ensure that they are victorious. According to the cleric, most times, when faced with troubles, Christians have the tendency to call everyone except God for help.
Pastor Fatoyinbo said: “As a Christian, you must face opposition. If God, who is holy and faithful has enemies, you are sure going to have.”
He noted that the reason most Christians fail is that they address challenging circumstances on the surface, instead of addressing the root of the matter, which is the enemy, and putting him in his place. Pastor Fatoyinbo prophesied that his parishioners would witness victory in the new month of August.
“In wrestling, any method can be used, so when faced with challenging circumstances, pray, fast, decree, confess and prophesy God’s victory over your life. Most contrary situations around you are set up by the enemy to ripple your faith and keep you on a spot,” Pastor Fatoyinbo preached.