- Lagos based pastor, Chris Okotie, has rejected Governor Sanwo-Olu's new guidelines on reopening of worship centres
- Okotie who said the government cannot reorder worship in the house of God indicated his church will still remain closed
- Parts of the new guidelines include limiting attendance to 500, not allowing children below 15 and those age 65 and above, among others
Reverend Chris Okotie, a Lagos based pastor, has rejected the guidelines issued by the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on the reopening of worship centres.
The Nation reports that Okotie who is the pastor of the Household of God Church, Oregun, Lagos, called the guidelines an ‘abomination of desolation’ in a statement he released on Friday, June 5.
He vowed: “Our doors will remain closed until these profanation and secularization have been pulverized by the Emperor of heaven.”
Rev Okotie, who had earlier in a widely published statement lashed out at CAN for proposing similar guidelines, said the government cannot reorder worship in the house of God.
His words: “Beloved, yesterday, the abomination of desolation took a giant step towards standing in the holy place.
“To reorder temple worship is to deny God the divine prerogative of congregational adoration and the holy genuflects of the saints in light.
“Let no man’s heart be troubled by the vengeance of satanic antagonism. Dagon the god of the philistines fell in obeisance before the Ark of God.
“Coronavirus, the god of Secular Humanism will be decapitated in like manner. 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.”
Legit.ng earlier reported that Governor Sanwo-Olu said that worship centres in the state would be allowed to reopen from June 19.
The governor said mosques are to reopen from Friday, June 19, while churches are to begin services from Sunday, June 21.
He made the announcement on Thursday, June 4, during a briefing at the Government House, Marina.
In a tweet by Gboyega Akosile, the chief press secretary to Sanwo-Olu, the government said that children below age 15 and those who are 65 would not be allowed into any religious centre.
Sanwo-Olu, however, said that religious gatherings are restricted to Fridays and Sundays only.
Membership attendance at worship centres is also restricted to 500 members.
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