Pastors afraid of COVID-19 have no faith in Christ – Oyakhilome

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy, has alleged that church leaders are responsible for the guidelines placed on churches.

Oyakhilome insisted that some leaders have insisted that government should ensure that churches remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.

The founder of Christ Embassy made the remark while faulting the guidelines issued by government for the gradual reopening of churches.

Addressing his members, Oyakhilome also said pastors who are afraid of the virus don’t believe in God.

He said: “You can’t believe in Jesus Christ and be afraid of virus. Jesus touched people with leprosy and healed them.

“But these people who are afraid are pretending to be representing the Christians. It’s a shame. I think the leaders are laughing at them.

“If you are a Christian and minister of the gospel and you are afraid of the virus, you have no gospel. Your gospel has ended. The moment you start giving such guidelines to people in the church, you’ve repudiated your faith in Christ.

“We have to pray for our leaders and pastors who are scared of the virus.

“You may not know this but the reason many churches are still shut down is not just government but church leaders who insisted that government should not let the churches open, except the churches follow these wicked guidelines.

“Some of those guidelines like wearing of gloves before laying hands on the sick, suspending holy communion, holy communion that Jesus Christ told us to take, now we are told to suspend them because of a pandemic, this is crazy.”

President Muhammadu Buhari had months ago placed a ban on religious gathering in the country, following the COVID-19 outbreak.

In a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, had issued guidelines for worship centres across the country.


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    1. Hmm, but Government is instituted by God and God said ppl should obey the authority?

  1. It doesn’t have to do with jacking faith in God. We must not take the divine protection of God for granted. King David is an example.

  2. Faith is the absence of fear, Fear is a tormentor, you can’t please God without faith- Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

  3. Wow!! But God has the power to heal every patient that is suffering from the pandemic so if he cool pray God he will heal the patients of the pandemic even in the hospitals.

  4. I am beginning to suspect that d guidelines for religious gathering are actually designed to keep pple away from churches and mosques, wearing of face masks and social distance clearly negate d spirit congregational prayer particularly in d mosque.

  5. Very correct Pastor. Your are very correct. Such pastors and leaders need prayer of deliverance from fear

  6. Same thing that killed a pastor in Cameroon, wetin concern me¿?🚶🏽‍♂️🚶🏽‍♂️

  7. That’s not true there’s a saying that says prevention is better than cure since they don’t know what corona virus patient looks like it’s better for them to stay at home and pray to God

  8. Chain I can not laugh somebody will see fire and enter all because he is a Christian… Oga Chris carry on I don’t know when you became Jesus of Nigeria…. If you feel you have that power abeg go and heal those affected already so our numbers will not be increasing.

  9. Well what I want to say is that heaven help those who helps themselves. We should not be afraid but we should be careful