Rev. Chirs Okotie, Pastor of the Household of God Church, says his church will not resume their routine Sunday service on 9th 0f August in compliance with the Lagos State Government directive because they cannot wear a face mask or shield during worship service. The Reverends position is that it is contrary to the finish work of the cross for face mask or shield to be worn during worship service.
You would recall that Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu gave official approval for Christians and Muslims to reopen thier religious centres in the state to the public for worship beginning from August 7. Following this development Muslim are expected to resume their jum mat service on Friday, August 7, while Christians are to restart worship at their churches on Sunday, August 9. Strict adherence to COVID-19 safety guidelines one of which is wearing of face mask during service is one of the pre-condition given by the governor for the re-opening of the worship centres.
In an apparent dissatisfaction with the new requirements, Rev. Okotie in a statement released today, Thursday, August 6, announced that his church which is based in Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos, would not reopen for services. According to him, the wearing of masks or face shields is unacceptable during worship services as it defeats the finished work of Christ on the cross of Calvary. Okotie has been consistently speaking on the subject and his faith.
“Citing various Bible references, the clergy said, for Christians to wear any type of mask or face shield to church, is to reintroduce the veil which was torn the moment Jesus died on the cross. With the tearing of the veil, there is no longer separation between God and his people.
When a man is standing before God in church wearing a shield or mask, he is denying the finished work of the cross.” he said
Rev. Okotie has been issuing several controversial statements on the covid-19 pandemic one of which was the accusation of Microsoft Founder, Bill Gates as the mastermind behind the pandemic.