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Bakare : Why I Will Not Reopen My Church

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Following the growing debates over reopening of churches, the Serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, formerly known as Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare , has said he is not prepared to open his church yet at the risk of putting the lives of his congregants in danger of contracting coronavirus.
Bakare , who insisted that it was not yet time to open places of worship , said he was sorry for the country as some Christian and Muslim clerics were putting pressure on the government to open worship centres .
In a sermon titled , ‘ You are free to dream again ,’ which he delivered on Saturday and was posted on Youtube , Bakare wondered if the religious leaders pilling pressure on the government to open worship centres were planning to take people to the graveyards .
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; 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 . And 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 .”
Comparing the coronavirus pandemic with the biblical story of Noah and the flood, Bakare added , “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 ( God ) 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 .”

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