Pastor Chris Okotie One of the top leading pastors in the country who pastors a church known as the “Household of God” Church, has vehemently kicked against the condition prescribed by the Lagos State government over the reopening of churches, as he declared his church will not br reopening for sunday service, come August 9, if they must do so wearing a face mask or shield during service.
The Household of God pastor believes, 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.
This is coming after the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu last week lifted the ban on religious gathering that was mandatory to prevent the spread of Corona Virus, which was fast spreading In the state as at then. But the Lagos state Government having been able to manage the epidemic sort to make thing return to normalcy by declaring that religious centers should reopen for worships beginning from August 7. With a date set for mosques to open by August 7 which is a Friday, and churches to resume service on August 9 which falls on a Sunday. But with conditions such as Wearing of nose mask, face shield, maintaining social distance, avoiding contacts such as hand shake and hugging amongst other guidelines.
But it is surprising as the pastor is kicking against the guidelines, to buttress his stance the pastor took reference from the Bible by stating that, 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.
He believes as Christainity and children of God protection is divine and as such the wearing of the protective gears endorsed by the Government make light of God’s work, hence it cannot be accepted.