– The closure of churches over Covid-19 by Lagos and Ogun governments have again been condemned by Bishop Oyedepo
– The cleric said the two states have been infected with an anti-church virus, as against Covid-19
– Oyedepo also claimed his church has recorded 114 Covid-19 healing testimonies so far
Lagos and Ogun states are now infected with an anti-church virus, as against Covid-19, so claimed the founder of the Living Faith Church International aka Winners’ Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo.
The renowned pastor said this during his sermon on Sunday, June 28, while condemning the closure of churches and other worship centres by Lagos and Ogun states governments.
Oyedepo wondered why markets are allowed to open with traders allegedly not observing social distancing or hygiene while churches remain closed on account of COVID-19.
His words: “No handwashing, no nothing, everyone is in the market running over each other every day of the week and there is no outbreak from the market but there is now outbreak, perceived outbreak from the church. Prophets are God’s voices to the nations. Caution!
“Now, freedom of worship is no longer a constitutional right but now determined to buy some individuals. It is a hard thing to kick against the priest.
“This is no longer coronavirus in Lagos and Ogun. It is now anti-church virus clean and clear.”
The cleric claimed his church has recorded 114 Covid-19 healing testimonies.
“Can anybody silence the church? Never! I have never heard of anybody that God healed in the market but people get healed in every church day and night, real tangible healing. We have recorded 114 coronavirus healing testimonies. We got 10 this week,” he said.
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Early, Legit.ng reported that the Nigerian government had released an updated version of the guidelines required for reopening places of worship.
The updated guidelines which were released by the presidential task force on COVID-19 contains a list of safeguards that church and mosques should adhere to.
The federal ministry of information said the guidelines were needed to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
Some of the 16 COVID-19 preventive guidelines for churches include attending church only on Sundays, opening church from 5am to 8pm, holding multiple services with a maximum of one hour per session, and so on.
The guidelines for mosques include: observing only five daily prayers and Friday prayers, holding Friday prayers and sermons for a maximum of one hour, sanitising all worship areas including taps, doorknobs, light switches, mandatory use of face masks by all, providing handwashing facilities and temperature checks, etc.
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