As the world searches for a lasting solution to the present pandemic, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Enoch Adeboye, on Sunday, has said that the current outbreak of COVID-19 across the world will soon subside but will not be completely eradicated.
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Pastor Adeboye, while addressing his congregation across the globe via a live broadcast on Sunday, said that God had revealed to him earlier in the year that the world would experience a “compulsory holiday,” hence his earlier call to church members to undertake a 50-day fast in January.
Like other churches, the RCCG, resorted to online services in line with the directives of many governments to halt mass gathering.
The directives were given as part of efforts to curb the virus which has so far infected about 27 persons in Nigeria and killed thousands across the globe.
“I have heard one prophet say the coronavirus will soon die. And I said ‘amen’. You know prophets are greater than pastors. I heard another prophet say the world will experience rain for seven days and (it) will wash the plague away. I said ‘amen’. But I am speaking with you my children. The coronavirus will certainly subside after God has removed the plague but to say it will die, let me speak in local parlance, ‘na lie’ (it is a lie),” the pastor said.
Meanwhile, during his sermon, he said the outbreak was God’s way of calling the attention of the whole world to godly living, irrespective of class or social standing and to show that He is still in control of human affairs.
Pastor Adeboye noted that this is because the “compulsory holiday” has now affected both the low and high-class members of the society as most nations across the world have closed their borders.
In the meantime, the clergyman disagreed with claims in some quarters that Satan was the source of all evil and not God. He reminded them of the story of Job in the Bible.
He said: “Even Satan could not touch Job with any ailment or tragedy until God gave him express permission. The coronavirus plague is God’s way of telling the world, He is still in control. It will certainly subside and go away ‘for a while’ and the world will recover.”