- The call for social distancing actually has a Biblical backing
- This was the view of Poju Oyemade, the senior pastor at The Covenant Nation
- Oyemade said that social distancing used to be a measure in Israel to curb the spread of leprosy
In his reaction to social distancing as a means to fight the spread of coronavirus, Poju Oyemade, the senior pastor at The Covenant Nation, has said that the measure is scriptural.
Supporting the idea prescribed all over the world, Oyemade said that the whole idea originated from the Bible as a way of tackling the virus which can be contracted from one person to the other, The Cable reports.
The pastor said: “God designed us to protect the honour of His Church through a principle known as self-judgment. This way we always stay far ahead of the curve when it comes to interaction with the state.
“This principle is outlined in 1 Corinthians 11:31-32: ‘For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world."
He cited Leviticus 13: 21, 46 where Jewish priests inspect persons with possible cases of leprosy and quarantine them for at least one week if they are confirmed as being infected.
Oyemade, therefore, urged Christians to both obey government regulations and stay ahead of the world by observing Biblical principles.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that in a bid to curb the further spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the Nigerian government banned the gathering of a large number of people.
The government explained that social distancing had to be maintained to ensure that people do not contract the virus.
In some states in the country, gatherings beyond 20 people were not allowed. As a result of this ban, churches were told not to hold services especially if they have a large number of congregants and if they must hold, the number of people in attendance must not be more than 20.
Despite this law, some Nigerians were bent on going to church and some churches also opened.
A businessman identified as Ayo Bankole took to the popular micro-blogging platform, Twitter, to hail the Mountain of Fire Miracles Ministries (MFM) for obeying the government’s order on putting a hold on their service on Sunday, March 22.
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