Pastor Tunde Bakare of Citadel Global Community Church, formerly known as Latter Rain Assembly, has said that the church will remain closed even after the ban on religious gatherings was lifted.
The Lagos State Government had announced that worship centers in the state are to reopen by June 21st after two months of lockdown due to coronavirus.
However, Tunde Bakare advised churches to wait till the calamity brought by the coronavirus pandemic is over before reopening.
Delivering a sermon on Sunday, Tunde Bakare said;
“I’m so sorry for our country at this juncture. I’m so sorry that we are pressurising the government to open churches and to open Mosques”.
He added that:
“You want calamity upon calamity. The church has not been closed; nobody can close the church.
“Yes, it is true that buildings are closed but the church is marching on. No one can close the church. Government can shut down the buildings; they cannot force us to go back because I’m not going to endanger the lives of our people.
“Noah did not jump out of the ark. He sent the raven first to test the ground. The raven never returned. He sent the duck twice. On the third occasion, it did not return. He knew it was safe to go out but he still stayed there until God said, Noah, come out.
“He locked him in and He brought him out. Let’s be patient. And they now want to start carrying people to their gravesides and be praying for their families. Let’s stay within until that time when the calamity is over.”