Covid-19 Second Wave: Shut Down Churches If Necessary – Pastor Tells Govt
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The Senior pastor of Trinity House Church, Ituah Ighodalo, says the government should not hesitate to shut down churches during this second wave of COVID-19 infections if there is a need to.
Ighodalo said this when he featured on Arise TV “Morning Show”, on Monday. As part of measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, schools, churches, recreational centres and other public places were shut down in March after the country confirmed its first infection but they were later reopened.
But owing to the second wave of infections, some states including Lagos, Kaduna and Benue have put new measures in place to reduce the risks of transmission.
Asked if the government should shut down churches again, Ighodalo replied that if church gatherings would cause a rise in infections, then they should be closed. “If we need to.
There is nothing sacrosanct about a religious house; a religious house is a gathering of people wanting to worship God,” Ighodalo said.
“If that gathering and that intimacy in the gathering will lead to the spread of germs or disease, God, because you want to worship Him, would not say that the physical things that you need to do should not be done.
“So, if we need to shut down the churches, why not? Churches were shut down several months ago. We didn’t die, we survived. The churches learnt to go online, on Zoom.
Christianity benefited from it because we now began to use more technology to offer our evangelism and our worship program.