Pastor Chris Okotie of the Household of God Church International Ministries has faulted the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)’s proposed social distancing guidelines for churches.
Okotie, who was the presidential candidate of Fresh Democratic Party, disclosed this in a statement he shared on his official Facebook page on Sunday, May 31.
The senior pastor kicked against CAN’s decision describing it as allowing the ‘Idol of Coronavirus’ to determine the scope of worship in Nigerian churches.
The former presidential candidate stated this in reaction to a report published in an online news publication where CAN president, Samson Ayokunle, revealed guidelines for the reopening of churches.
Ayokunle noted that for the places of worship to be reopened in the first week of Jun,e churches should make provisions for alcohol sanitisers, disinfect their premises, adherence to other social distancing measures, among other measures.
However, Okotie expressed his thoughts on the guidelines which he kicked against, stating that social distancing in churches is as good as blasphemous infidelity.
He argued that allowing the virus to determine the scope of worship is an abomination of enormous proportions, adding that no true minister will allow it.
“Social distancing in the Church of Jesus Christ is tantamount to blasphemous infidelity and an impeachment of the integrity of the Word of God. Healing is fundamental to the redemptive work of Jesus.
“To allow the idol of Corona Virus to determine the scope of congregational worship in the house of God is an abomination of gargantuan proportions. No true minister of the gospel will succumb to such travesty of the faith. This is a summary of my objections,” Okotie said.