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Pastors yet to open churches are not believers – Pastor Chris

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Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of the Christ Embassy Church has described clergymen who have refused to reopen their churches as unbelievers.

The religious centers were closed in March as a part of measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus. The Federal and state governments have given religious organizations the go-ahead to reopen for worship. The approval came with conditions such a mandatory social distancing, wearing of masks, and other protocols.

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

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While preaching in his church on Wednesday, August 19, Oyakhilome said such pastors have denied the faith and are no longer believers. In his words

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“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.

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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.

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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?

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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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