The Lagos State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to the suspension of reopening of worship centers in Lagos, urging Christians to maintain decorum and be calm.
Chairman is the Lagos Chapter of CAN, Apostle Alexander Bamgbola, noted that the state’s decision as announced by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday was based on available data and trend of the unfortunate manifestation of the pandemic.
He said the association has had different dialogues on the need for the church to reopen but at recent meeting on June 13, where the state government virtually met with quite a number of church leaders, the Commissioner for health and professor of medicine explained why it will be unsafe to reopen mosques and churches as originally arranged on June 19 and 21 respectively.
Bamgbola, however, asked that relentless prayers be made for divine intervention in defeating coronavirus (COVID-19) and divine direction for those in authority.
In a statement made available to our correspondent with caption, ‘An Appeal For Intensified Prayers In Peace and Calmness Towards Divine Victory’, Bamgbola stated, “… Doubtless, many Churches were fully prepared while many others were preparing aggressively for the expected opening on Sunday, June 21, and would have certainly been disappointed! Nevertheless, in all situations, as people of God, we must rest in the grace of God’s word.
“Therefore, on behalf of the leadership of C.A.N. Lagos State, I am appealing strongly to all leaders of Churches, Ministers of The Gospel of Jesus Christ and all Christians in Lagos State, for necessary understanding, calmness and peace in this season. Most importantly, we need to intensify our prayers much more now, so that The Lord will hasten to perform His Word, in taking this Coronavirus pestilence away from our land.
“Furthermore, please, let us do all things as guided by our God, through His infallible word. Please, let us continue to intercede for The Church of Jesus Christ and those whom The Lord has put in authority to rule over us, that we may continue to live a quiet and peaceful life, in our dear State of Lagos, to the glory of God.”
Adding,”In patience, we will possess our souls. Our Lord and Master Jesus, will continue to build His mighty Church, and the gates of hell shall never prevail against it. This Coronavirus pestilence, has already been conquered by our God, and will soon be a thing of the past, in Jesus Name.God bless His Church and bless us His people, in Jesus Name. Amen. Thank you and God bless you.”