Poju Oyemade, Senior Pastor the Covenant Christian Centre, has said it is wrong for some preachers to condemn their colleagues for closing their churches after the government’s directive on social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19.
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He said this in a post on his Instagram page on Tuesday.
The preacher, who was encouraging his followers to be steadfast as the spirit of God is still working, said criticising others does not show that the critic has strength.
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Read the full text of the post below:
Closing the doors of a physical building does not in anyway mean the closure of the anointing of the Spirit from working. The sick we see healed in the book of Acts were healed on the streets, in people’s homes, in public places and not within the four walls of a Church.
Church buildings may be shut down but true faith and the anointing of the Spirit has not stopped working.
There is a difference between expression of emotions and the manifestation of the anointing to heal the sick. There is no where in Jesus’s ministry where the healing of the sick was preceded by a congregational service.
In the Book of Acts, the sick were healed predominantly on the streets with no fanciful service going on. Closure of a church building does not stop the rivers of living water from flowing out of your belly. It resides in our inner man.
There was collective prayer to receive a supply of the Spirit which led to out door manifestations.
To this Paul himself attested to the fact that we don’t have to be together in a physical space to receive that supply. Did he not say to the Church at Phillipi, I know this shall turn to my salvation through your prayers and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus. The Church was miles away from where Paul was.
Charles Finney began a massive revival by people praying in their homes all keeping watches at the same time. They all chose the exact time to pray and they did in their homes until the Spirit broke out on the streets.
They did not criticize any other Church or ministry of weakness. Criticizing others doesn’t attest to the fact that you have strength. They only stayed with God until something broke out on the streets.