On May 2, 1981, at the end of a visionary encounter that lasted about eighteen hours, God opened the eyes our the Presiding Bishop of this commission – Bishop David Oyedepo and he saw a roll of afflicted, battered, beaten, tattered, deformed and all that one could ever imagine, groaning and agonizing, as a result of pains and pangs, crying as it were for rescue.
He was so moved with compassion that he began to sob profusely and asked, “Why Lord?”. In an unmistaken voice, he heard the Lord say to him, “But from the beginning it was not so”.
He questioned further, “But why Lord?” and then came the mandate that is the bedrock of this commission: “The hour has come to liberate the world from all oppressions of the devil through the preaching of the word of faith, and I am sending you to undertake this task.”
Our Mandate speaks of liberation in all facets of human existence, we focus mainly on destinies that have been afflicted, battered, beaten, tattered, deformed and subsequently in groaning and agonies, as a result of pains, pangs and crying.
This mandate was further confirmed from the epistle of Paul to the Ephesians where God Said, “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked ” (Eph 6:16).