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Pastors yet to reopen churches were never believers – Chris Oyakhilome

President of the LoveWorld Incorporated, aka Christ Embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, says pastors who are yet to reopen their churches for physical services after the lockdown occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic were never believers.

The Federal Government had, in March, ordered the closure of all public places, including worship centres across the country, as part of measures to curb the spread of the virus.

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 later allowed the reopening of worship centres in June, but some states in the South-West region, among others, did not permit the reopening of churches and mosques till August.

However, some pastors have announced that their churches won’t reopen because it is still not safe to do so.

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“I have laid hands on some of the most infectious people on earth and had no fear of being infected. The word of God guarantees life in  Christ. When you get to that point where you are afraid of opening churches for fear of being infected, you have denied the faith. You never believed.

“You could be a preacher, but your fear and unbelief have put you in bondage. If Jesus is real and you have Him inside you, shouldn’t you be a healer of diseases? Should you be afraid?

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