For months now, the coronavirus pandemic has restricted the freedom that comes with worship at various religious centres.
The government had earlier in march banned churches, Mosques and other place of public gathering from operating.
Due to this, many churches became consistent with their services online, and many who weren’t online started to equip themselves appropriately to reach their members.
However, the FG again in June declared that religious centre could open, and in line with the directive, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos, also gave churches in the state the green light to reopen as from August 7.
But as churches resume today, some churches clerics have insisted on not opening for service. These churches have been listed below:
Daystar Christian Centre
Pastor Sam Adeyemi had in a statement on Friday said the online services would continue until it is safe for physical gathering.
“The leadership of Daystar Christian Centre has resolved not to open her worship centres for physical gathering on the immediate,” the statement partly read.
Dear Daystar Member,
We are aware of the Lagos State Government’s announcement that churches can resume physical services. However, the leadership of Daystar has resolved NOT to open her worship centres for physical gathering on the immediate.https://t.co/jw4hmEnwRE pic.twitter.com/g6uv29fe56
—DaystarNG (@DaystarNG) August 7, 2020
Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries (MFM)
In the same vein, the leadership of the Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries (MFM) said its buildings would remain closed for all branches in Lagos and Ogun states until September 12, 2020.
According to then, they are making the move to ensure that they put in place the required preventive measures as stipulated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) as well as federal and state governments.
The Household of God Church
Chris Okotie, its founder, who had been critical of government’s directive on reopening of worship centres, said he will not reopen his church.
“Our doors will remain closed until these profanation and secularization have been pulverized by the Emperor of heaven. Unto him shall the gathering of the people be. To thy tents O Israel,” he had said.
The Fountain of Life
On Saturday, the Fountain of Life took to its social media page to announce that its online services will continue, adding that it would communicate date for resumption of physical gatherings to members of the congregation.
“Our Church Service this Sunday will hold online by 7am and 10am across our live streaming platforms – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Mixlr, YouTube, Rave TV, and our website,” it wrote on Twitter.
Our Church Service this Sunday will hold online by 7am and 10am across our live streaming platforms – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Mixlr, YouTube, Rave TV, and our Website.#SundayService #OnlineService #JoinUs #CovenantVictory #ANewSong #FountainOfLife #TFOLC pic.twitter.com/45CrdbCmZh
—Fountain of Life (@TFOLC) August 8, 2020
The Covenant Nation
Pastor Poju Oyemade, senior pastor of the church, in a post on social media, however, fixed September 6 as the tentative date for reopening.
“The Covenant Nation has set Sunday September 6 as the tentative date for the reopening of onsite Church services. We will continue all our services online for now. Let’s stay in prayer,” he wrote.
The Covenant Nation has set Sunday September 6 as the tentative date for the reopening of onsite Church services.
—POJU OYEMADE (@pastorpoju) August 8, 2020
Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN)
TB Joshua, founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), on Tuesday revealed that his church would remain closed until he “hears from God.”
He, however, commended the Lagos state government for the directive.
“Good Morning And Win Today! Following the announcement that church services will resume in Lagos on August 9th, 2020 – that is, this coming Sunday – I wish to commend the authorities for their efforts so far… pic.twitter.com/jAFEzTCBNj
—TB Joshua (@SCOANTBJoshua) August 5, 2020
“However, having heard from the authorities, we are now waiting to hear from God. Please be assured that as soon as we hear from God, we will inform you when our services will resume. Emmanuel – God is with us,” he wrote on Twitter.
Source: Naija News