Pastor Chris Oyakhilome Describes Clergymen Yet To Reopen Churches As Unbelievers

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome COVID-19 OnoBelloChris Oyakhilome, the President of Loveworld Inc and Pastor of Christ Embassy Church has referred to clergymen refusing to reopen their churches as unbelievers.

As a measure to contain the spread of Coronavirus, places of worships were closed in March. A month later, federal and state governments granted them to reopen for worship, however the approval came with conditions such a mandatory social distancing, wearing of masks, and other protocols.

Despite the approval, few Lagos-based church leaders such as Pastor Tunde Bakare of Latter Rain Assembly; Pastor Sam Adeyemi of Daystar Christian Centre; Pastor Poju Oyemade of Covenant Christian Centre, and Pastor Paul Adefarasin of House on the Rock, have refused to reopen their centers.

While preaching in his church on Wednesday August 19, Oyakhilome said such pastors have denied the faith and are no longer believers. “If you refuse to open church for fear of being infected, you were never a believer. This is a great concern because there were churches that were thought to be churches until recently,” he reportedly said.

Oyakhilome continued, “We find a lot of ministers who were thought to be advocates of the gospel advocating for shutting down the churches because they cannot guarantee safety. It is pressure like this that reveals what is a church and what is not. Do they really believe in God, the same God of the patriarchs in the Bible?

When you get to that point where you are afraid of opening churches for fear of being infected, you have denied the faith. You never believed.”

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