Popular Nigerian preacher, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome has called his fellow pastors who are yet to open their churches “unbelievers”.
The founder and CEO of Christ Embassy Church echoed this following the Federal government’s go-ahead to reopen churches for worship after suppressing COVID-19 pandemic.
His statement is coming after 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, refused to reopen their churches.
Read his full statement below:
“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.
“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.”