- The head of Citadel Global Community Church (aka Latter Rain Assembly), Pastor Tunde Bakare, has said he would not reopen his church soon so as not to endanger members' lives
- Pastor Bakare said that it is quite a thing of pity that many religious leaders are lobbying the government to reopen worship centres instead of them to be patient
- In showing how patience could be a virtue, the clergyman alluded to the biblical story of Noah and how he had to wait for God's voice to come out of the ark
The general overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, previously known as Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has said he will not be opening his church yet because he does not want to put his members at risk of contracting the deadly coronavirus.
In an online Sunday sermon, the pastor said that he feels pity for some Christian and Muslim leaders who are putting pressures on the government to reopen worship centres.
He made this known in a sermon he titled “You are free to dream again", where he wondered why the clerics are pushing their members to their untimely death by insisting religious centres must open.
“I’m so sorry for our country at this juncture; I’m so sorry that we are pressurising the government to open churches and to open mosques; you want calamity upon calamity. The church has not been closed; nobody can close the church.
“Yes, it is true that buildings are closed but the church is marching on. No one can close the church. And government can shut down the buildings; they cannot force us to go back because I’m not going to endanger the lives of our people," he said.
He made an apt comparison of the present outbreak with the biblical story of Noah, saying that when the flood ended, “Noah did not jump out of the ark; he sent the raven first to test the ground.”
Pastor Bakare said that Noah had to went for God’s instruction before he came out. He said that people need to be patient.
“He (God) locked him in and He brought him out. Let’s be patient. And they now want to start carrying people to their gravesides and be praying for their families. Let’s stay within until that time when the calamity is over,” he added.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the general head of the Synagogue Church of All Nation, Prophet TB Joshua, on Wednesday, June 3, said that he is still waiting on God’s instruction to reopen his church.
The man of God spoke in response to the federal government’s new guidelines on the lifting of the ban on religious gatherings.
It should be noted that on Tuesday, June 2, the national coordinator of the presidential task force on the coronavirus pandemic, Dr Aliyu Sani, said that: “It is better to stay at home and worship than to go into a place of worship.”
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