Lead Pastor and Trustee, Gates of Praise International Centre, GOPIC, Reverend Akinwale Laosun, has charged the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, leading Churches and ordained ministers to strictly adhere to government regulations and health professionals’ advise on the COVID-19 pandemic.
The governorship candidate of the African Action Congress, AAC, in Oyo State in the 2019 general election said that the call became imperative in view of the yearnings of worshippers to observe the annual December 31 cross over/watch night worship services in churches across the country.
The President of Akin and Funke Laosun Foundation, insisted that one of the main responsibilities of a minister of the gospel is to ensure that the believers are safe from any harm – both physical and spiritual, and warned that it will be highly irresponsible of any faith-based organisation not to watch out for the welfare of its flock, especially when the whole world is facing an unknown enemy in the name COVID-19.
Laosun said, “One of the main responsibilities of a minister of the gospel is to ensure that the believers are safe from any harm – both physical and spiritual.
“It will be totally irresponsible of any faith organisation not to watch for the welfare of its flock especially when we are facing an unknown enemy released from the depth of hell -COVID-19.
“As an ordained minister, I hereby implore the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, leading Church organisations and ordained ministers to adhere to the government regulations and health professionals’ advice on this COVID-19 pandemic.
“I do understand the challenges faced by Churches that many of their followers may be unable to join their services, end the year in God’s presence and start the New Year in God’s presence due to the infrastructural deficit in the country and the dividends of bad leadership that is ravaging and destroying our country.
“Therefore, it is time for the Church to raise its game in their involvement in the government of our nation and stop endorsing godless politicians.
“We all know that when the wicked are in power, the people will suffer. Our people have suffered in the last 21years and as long as the Church keeps quiet on this issue, there is no hope in sight.
“The faith-based organizations must now be involved in the politics and governance of the land by supporting and sponsoring God-fearing, selfless and compassionate individuals.
“I trust that Nigeria can experience a turnaround quicker than we all think, if we allow righteousness to reign in our land.”