Lockdown: We’ve to remain careful on reopening churches – Pastor Adeyemi

Lockdown: We’ve to remain careful on reopening churches – Pastor Adeyemi

- Pastor Sam Adeyemi wants churches to hold on for a while and not reopen yet due to the coronavirus pandemic

- The Senior Pastor of Daystar Christian Centre Lagos, however, urged Christians to remain calm despite the COVID-19 pandemic

- Pastor Adeyemi said although he is pained churches are closed, everyone must bear with the situation and hold on for a while

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Senior Pastor of Daystar Christian Centre Lagos, Pastor Sam Adeyemi, has urged Christians to remain calm during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pastor Adeyemi said although he is pained churches are closed, he, however, counselled that everyone must bear with the situation and hold on for a while.

The revered preacher made the comments in an interview with BBC News Yoruba.

Lockdown: We’ve to remain careful on reopening churches – Pastor Adeyemi

Pastor Sam Adeyemi is one of Nigeria's most respected preachers. Photo credit: DayStar Christian Centre
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He said: “This is a worldwide issue, pastors are clamouring for the reopening of churches.”

Giving an illustration of how a church in South Korea got affected by the outbreak, he said, “the church members were badly hit by this infectious disease and the pastor had to go about seeking for forgiveness.”

He continued: “Even if there is going to social distancing in our churches, how many services are we going to hold? Looking at the differences between churches with a big number of members.

“We have to be careful and remain calm because there is no vaccine yet… As a preacher, I travel all around but I have remained indoors with my family.”

Speaking on the post-COVID-19 survival for churches, he expressed fears that things might not be the same as before.

His words: “When I think of the situation, many are now watching online service, many have seen the flexibility of worshipping from the comfort of their houses and might jettison the idea of going to church physically after all of this is over. It has brought about weariness.

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“Also, with the way things are going, many church members are even displeased with their churches for forsaking them during this period and not taking care of them in their own little way, it might come back to haunt some of these churches.”

He, however, commended the Lagos state government for its handling of the pandemic so far, saying the government deserves to be supported.

Similarly, the senior pastor of The Covenant Christian Centre Lagos, Pastor Poju Oyemade, has said the closure of churches does not in any way stop the Holy Spirit from working.

Making reference to the Bible, Pastor Oyemade said: “The sick healed in the book of Acts were healed on the streets, in people’s homes, in public places and not within the four walls of a Church.”

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