Chris Okotie, pastor of Household of God Church International Ministries, has said no true minister of God will allow social distancing in church because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said this in a letter addressed to the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria and dated 29 May, 2020.
“I called earlier to discuss a report in today’s Sun Newspaper in which CAN recommended guidelines for the opening of churches. Social distancing in the Church of Jesus Christ is tantamount to blasphemous infidelity and an impeachment of the integrity of the Word of God. Healing is fundamental to the redemptive work of Jesus.
“To allow the idol of Corona Virus to determine the scope of congregational worship in the house of God is an abomination of gargantuan proportions. No true minister of the gospel will succumb to such travesty of the faith. This is a summary of my objections.
“I have sent this message hoping that you would respond as one who bears the burden of the Cross of Jesus. I have restrained myself from making a public outcry of this desecration and profanation out of respect for you and the CAN hierarchy. But be assured that this position is transient,” he said.