The Reverend Chris Okotie of the Household of God Church, has rejected the guidelines issued by the Lagos state government for the reopening of worship centres. The guidelines announced by the state government to facilitate the reopening of worship centres and to curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic include the compulsory use of face masks; restriction of people below the age of 15 and above 65 years from services, while gatherings should not exceed one hour.

Rev. Chris earlier send a note to the leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) urging them to resist any regulation by the government in the way church services are to be conducted as they re-open after the lock down.

Since his earlier request received no attention from CAN or the government, Rev. Okotie in a statement rejected the guidelines, saying that the “fulfilment of the Bible prophecy” against the church is already being played out and that rearranging the church’s mode of worship is “to deny God the divine prerogative of congregational adoration”

Citing how Dagon, the god of the Philistines, was destroyed in the Bible, Okotie said the coronavirus will be annihilated in like manner.

However, Okotie said while his church awaits the defeat of the virus, its doors will remain closed until “these profanation and secularization have been pulverized by the Emperor of heaven.”

“Beloved, yesterday, the abomination of desolation took a giant step towards standing in the holy place. Fulfillment of bible prophecy is being accelerated by the forces of Janes and Jambres,” he said.

“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.”

Okotie had earlier criticised the proposed guidelines offered by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to the federal government, saying they were “unbiblical”.

The guidelines, according to CAN, in accordance with the government’s efforts to tackle the COVID-19, would determine the operations of churches when they reopen.

Here is his earlier letter to the CAN President:

LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT, CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (CAN) ON THE 29TH OF MAY, 2020.
Greetings.
I am Rev. Chris Okotie.
I called earlier to discuss a report in today’s Sun Newspaper in which CAN recommended guidelines for the opening of churches. Social distancing in the Church of Jesus Christ is tantamount to blasphemous infidelity and an impeachment of the integrity of the Word of God. Healing is fundamental to the redemptive work of Jesus.
To allow the idol of Corona Virus to determine the scope of congregational worship in the house of God is an abomination of gargantuan proportions. No true minister of the gospel will succumb to such travesty of the faith. This is a summary of my objections.
I have sent this message hoping that you would respond as one who bears the burden of the Cross of Jesus. I have restrained myself from making a public outcry of this desecration and profanation out of respect for you and the CAN hierarchy. But be assured that this position is transient.
Rev. Chris Okotie