Pastor Poju Oyemade of the Covenant Christian Centre Lagos says the closure of churches in the country does not in any way stop the Holy Spirit from working.
The cleric stated this in response to the criticism of the federal government by Bishop David Oyedepo and Pastor Chris Oyakhilome over continuous closure of churches. Pastor Oyemade says there is nowhere in Jesus’s ministry where the healing of the sick was preceded by a congregational service.
The senior pastor of The Covenant Christian Centre Lagos, Pastor Poju Oyemade, has disagreed with Bishop David Oyedepo and Pastor Chris Oyakhilome against the continuous closure of churches over the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recall that Pastor Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy and Bishop Oyedepo of Winners Chapel criticised the federal government for sidelining churches when it eased the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja.
In his response to this criticism, Pastor Oyemade said the closure of churches does not in any way stop the Holy Spirit from working.
Making reference to the Bible, he 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.”
He said true faith and the anointing of the Spirit has not stopped working even though churches have been shut down.
Pastor Oyemade said: “Closing the doors of a physical building does not in any way mean the closure of the anointing of the Spirit from working.
“Church buildings may be shut down but true faith and the anointing of the Spirit has not stopped working.”
According to the man of God, there is nowhere in Jesus’s ministry where the healing of the sick was preceded by a congregational service.
He said: “There is something wrong, for people to be allowed to be in the market for six hours and cannot be in church for two hours, it is an upside down way for looking at things.
“Which one is more orderly? The market or the church?
“I can smell a rat. The Lord spoke to me on it strongly on it yesterday. I can smell a rat behind all this. It is how do we stop the church from exploding.
The cleric, who addressed his congregation in a telecast, wondered how it is possible to have a vaccine ready in July for a virus scientists claimed they are still studying.
He said: “A virus they told us they are still studying, they are still studying it. Why don’t they study it first? They are still studying it. And they already have a vaccine that could be ready in July.”