'Building Not Needed To Worship God' Pastor Oyemade
The Senior Pastor of the Covenant Christian Centre , Lagos , Pastor Poju Oyemade, has said shutting church buildings does not affect the true worship of God.
Oyemade who stated this on his Instagram page said Christians do not need to gather in a physical building to serve God , adding that in Biblical days , people received divine healing in public places .
This was coming after some renowned Pastors have criticised the decision of government not to open religious places of worship due to the COVID- 19 pandemic.
The pastor reacting to the criticism said, “ Closing the doors of a physical building does not in any way 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 nowhere in Jesus ’ 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 .
“ 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 criticise any other church or ministry of weakness . Criticising others doesn ’ t attest to the fact that you have strength . They only stayed with God until something broke out on the streets . ”