Friday , January 15 2021
Home / News / Local News / Wearing of face masks in church is unbiblical –  Okotie

Wearing of face masks in church is unbiblical –  Okotie

Spread the love

 Members of the Household of God Church will not re­sume service next Sunday, August 9, despite the reopen­ing of churches by the Lagos State government, because the church considers the wearing of facemasks or shields in church as unbib­lical.

This is the argument of Rev. Chris Okotie, the Shepherd Superintendent of the Oregun, Lagos-based church.

The Lagos State gover­nor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced earlier in the week that worship centres would reopen from Friday, August 7, 2020.

He said, however, that while worshippers were expected to observe all the standard safety guidelines, including social distancing, wearing of facemask or shield, washing of hands, attendance was pegged at 50 percent capacity for each worship centre.

In a special, 28-min­ute broadcast sent via WhatsApp to his church members, Rev. Okotie said although he accepted the imperatives of the safety precautions to contain the spread of the COVID-19 vi­rus, the wearing of mask or face shield was unac­ceptable.

Citing various Bible ref­erences, the pastor said for Christians to wear any type of mask or face shield to church was to reintroduce the veil which was torn the moment Jesus died on the cross.

He said, with the tearing of the veil, there was no lon­ger separation between God and his people, warning that wearing masks would re­verse the order, which was unacceptable.

He said he didn’t initial­ly discuss the mask in his broadcast on the COVID-19 mystery because he was waiting for its full manifesta­tion, adding that he decided to speak out now because the mask is now graduating into a face shield, which is a veil.

Citing various Bible ref­erences, the pastor said for Christians to wear any type of mask or face shield to church was to reintroduce the veil which was torn the moment Jesus died on the cross.

He said, with the tearing of the veil, there was no lon­ger separation between God and his people, warning that wearing masks would re­verse the order, which was unacceptable.

He said he didn’t initial­ly discuss the mask in his broadcast on the COVID-19 mystery because he was waiting for its full manifesta­tion, adding that he decided to speak out now because the mask is now graduating into a face shield, which is a veil.

According to the Rever­end, if a believer wears the facemask, he denies the effi­cacy of the word of God; and as such, he would not allow members of his church to do that, which is why the Household of God Church won’t resume service.

Rev. Okotie said that for the church to resume, the altar had to be in order.

“Before we offer our sacrifices and lift up holy hands before God, we must make sure that everything is decent and in order,” he insists.

About Charles Igbinidu

Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

Check Also

COVID-19: Ijege General Hospital refutes shutdown rumour

Spread the loveThe General Hospital, Ijede, has refuted the rumour being circulated on some social …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *