Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy, based in Lagos, Nigeria condemns pastors that supported closure of churches over Covid-19 pandemic.
While preaching in his church recently, Oyakhilome said the government held meetings with several pastors and leaders of chuches to seek their opinion before going ahead with the lock down. He said the clergymen should have told the government to allow them go and pray against the disease first before agreeing to the lock down.
He however said, most of them agreed to the lock down because of the compensation they received from the government.
In different cities, countries, states, before the government went ahead with the lockdown, they held meetings with pastors, leaders of churches. Why did the pastors and leaders not say give us a few days to go and pray? Because they were not prayerful before.
Hearing such a thing as Ministers of God and you are called for such a meeting, you couldn’t say give us a few days and you would call the Ministers and say this is what we just heard from the government authorities and we need to pray. We have asked them to give us three days. Then you would have seen the hand of God.
But you weren’t thinking about the father’s house. Do you know what it is for you to shut down the congregations of the lord? Do you know what that means? It never meant anything to you, that is why. And there were pastors and Ministers that were sending strong warnings to others not to venture entering the church because of the virus. This is because Christ has never truly being your lord. You have been the master of your life. You have never truly known him” he said
He also expressed doubts in claims that a vaccine for the ravaging virus will be ready in June.
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the #COVID19 pandemic. During a sermon recently, Oyakhilome said what the government plans to have is a COVID19 compliant church which is a church where people with the virus cannot come there and where people must be tested for the virus just before they can enter a church. . . He called out pastors who lobbied around government officials and agreed for the lockdown. He opined that the clergymen should have told the government to allow them go and pray against the disease. According to him, Christ was never truly the master of these set of clergymen. He said some of them agreed for the closure of their church because there was a compensation they received from the government. . . The cleric also expressed doubts in claims that a vaccine for the ravaging virus will be ready in June.