Prophet TB Joshua, pastor of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) has spoken out on the heels of the announcement by the federal government lifting the ban on religious gatherings.
The popular Nigerian pastor in his reaction said despite the announcement from the government, he will only open his own church when he “hears from God” to do so.
It will be recalled that a ban was imposed on religious gatherings across the country about two months ago, to check the spread of coronavirus.
According to the pastor, he received a “revelation” from God about the church’s initial closure and won’t reopen until he receives express instruction to do so.
“Viewers, that same God we are waiting to hear from on when to reopen – when things will go back to normal – as usual,” Joshua said in a statement released to his official social media channels.
“God’s time is the best. We are waiting at His feet for that time. We are tarrying for the Holy Spirit’s instruction,” he continued, calling on his followers to “pray without ceasing”.
The cleric added he would continue his usual broadcasts on Emmanuel TV “until we hear from God when to reopen.”
“It is God’s work, not our work.” “Here, our thanks go to the authorities for understanding. Jesus is Lord!”
Naija News recalls the federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, 1st June 2020, eased the ban on religious gatherings in Nigeria, announcing the reopening of churches and mosques.
It however noted that the relaxation will be based on guidelines issued by the PTF and protocols agreed by state governments.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State government has dismissed reports that Churches, Mosques and other religious centres would be allowed to reopen in the state.
Speaking to newsmen on Tuesday, the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Anofiu Elegushi said the reopening Churches and Mosques is not being considered at the moment.