The televangelist and pastor of the Household of God Church International Ministries located at Oregun area of Lagos State, Reverend Chris Okotie, says holding online church service, which has become the order of the day due to the Coronavirus pandemic, is unscriptural.
In his opinion during a sermon titled “THE MYSTERY OF COVID-19”, The 62 year old cleric said that God demands the physical gathering of believers for worship to be accepted by him. In his words, he said that the novel disease is a satanic conspiracy to challenge the power of God by keeping Christians out of the church.
“We are dealing with one of the most sinister conspiracies in human history. What we call the online church is absolutely untrue, because for you to be in church, you have to be ecclesia, which is translated from the Greek word, ec, which is out, and the word caleo, called out.
“You cannot gather unto God until you are called out. That’s why Israel was called out of the world. So, this thing, this phenomenon that we are talking about, the Internet and cyber churches, is totally unscriptural.
“God knows where you are; if He was not interested in the assembly, you don’t need to come to church; you can pray in your house. I pray in my house. You praise in your house. I praise in my house. He can see all of us. He doesn’t need computers. But that denies Him who He is; so, we must – that’s why the bible puts that verse as an imperative – you must not forsake the assembly of yourselves together.”
Published By: Ifeoluwa ORISAKAHUNSI
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