The Senior Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, COZA, Biodun Fatoyinbo, on Sunday returned to the pulpit, a month he stepped down following serious rape allegation against him.
Busola Dakolo, wife of singer, Timi Dakolo had accused Fatoyinbo of raping her 20 years ago while she was still 16 years old in Ikorin, Kwara State.
The rape allegation drew sharp criticism and condemnation from different quarters.
However, Fatoyinbo, in his sermon, titled: “Sudden victories,” told a large crowd that Christians would surely face persecution, but that God would always deliver them.
Taking his texts from 1 Timothy 6:12; Mark 4:35-37 and 1 Corinthians 10:13, Fatoyinbo stated that “As a Christian, you must face opposition. If God, who is holy and faithful has enemies, you are sure going to have.”
According to him, most times, when faced with troubles, Christians had the tendency.
He noted that the reason most Christians fail was 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.
“In wrestling, any method can be used. 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 cripple your faith and keep you on a spot,” he preached,” he said.
Fatoyinbo prophesied that his members would witness victory in the new month of August.
PUNCH reports that Fatyinbo is currently being probed by the Nigeria Police Force for the alleged rape.
Several Nigerians took to social media to react to Fatoyinbo’s return to the pulpit.
See some of the reactions on Twitter below.
— Murewa (@the_murewa) August 4, 2019
Pastor Biodun back on the altar
No Robust Reply
I hope the Same Pastors that advised he stepped down till issues raised were addressed will also speak out and explain this
Has he been cleared?
Or was the stepping down just a PR strateg#COZA
— Bosses Don’t Sleep (@fk149) August 4, 2019
My advice to #COZA Pastor: Beyond what people say or feel or tweet, you must know you are accountable to God. If these allegations are true, trying to muscle your way through it only fills the cup of retribution. Not because God is not merciful, but because the enemy seeks…
— wiseONE (@wiseONE25454484) August 4, 2019
Your Pastor is fake deal with it! Tell him to accept his wrongs and ask for forgives only then will he be forgiven. And he will still pay for his crimes okay? You don’t forgive people that didn’t ask for forgiveness. Immoral lots!#COZA
— MAYOR OF DANGBALA (@Otarumoyor) August 4, 2019
Pastor Biodun and his fellow Rapist celebrating him as he stand on the Alter to preach.
— shamsudeen Abdulkareem (@shamsudeenAY) August 4, 2019
I find it hard to believe that the #COZA Pastor mounted the pulpit and still had the church members cheering him on like a hero!
Religion proves itself again as the biggest brainwashing technique in Nigeria
— Peng Man (@mjjuniormodel) August 4, 2019
Timi and Busola Dakolo dont have evidence yet they went on social media to scandalize a prominent person, With their idiots they even went as far as taking placards to his church to stop people from worshipping. Is that not criminal? #pastorbiodunfatoyinbo #coza
— Sayo (@Lovewins4real) August 4, 2019