The Pastor of the Household of God Church, Oregun, Lagos, Rev Chris Okotie has finally broken his
long silence, with his renewed challenge to the authority of CAN to speak for Christians, an
opinion he has always canvassed.
In an explosive statement released yesterday, Rev Okotie stated his position on the organization:
“CAN is an amorphous organization sustained by a Christian appellation. It is bereft of any
authority to speak on behalf of the Church of Jesus Christ. Arrayed in Episcopalian vestments, they
are the modern day Pharisees who arrogate divine honors to themselves.
“They have a form of godliness and yet hobnob nicodemusly with enemies of the Lord Jesus. The
true ministers of the sanctuary must recognize CAN’s treachery and reprehensible Phariseeism.
That which a man spits against heaven shall fall back upon his face. We shall not bow to the idol
called Corona Virus. Jesus is Lord”.
In a related development, Rev Okotie condemned CAN’S proposed recommendations of distancing
in the seating arraignment in churches as “blasphemous infidelity” and desecration of the Church
of Jesus Christ.
Reacting in the statement issued through his media Adviser, Ladi Ayodeji, Okotie made it clear
that he was in full support of social distancing and other safety measures ordered by the
government to contain the spread of the COVID 19 Pandemic.
However, the Pastor rejects the extension of social distancing to churches because it compels the
reordering of seating arrangements, and the determination of the size of congregational worship
per service for fears of the spread of the deadly virus. Rev Okotie argues that to accept such
arrangement is to nullify the redemptive work of Jesus, which involves healing.
It will be recalled that the CAN President, Dr. Samson Ayokunle had rolled out the guidelines for
the reopening of churches, which he said would be discussed with the federal government for
approval, after consultation with the leaders of the other religious bodies. In the guidelines Dr.
Ayokunle said CAN recommended social distancing of one meter in seating arrangement, in
churches, wearing of face masks by worshippers, 90 – minutes worship sessions, provision of
sanitizers, hand washing with soap, etc.
After reading these guidelines, according to Ayodeji, Rev Okotie called the CAN President and
made his position known. Below is the full text of the Reverend’s message to the CAN President:
“Greetings. Social distancing in the Church of Jesus Christ is tantamount to blasphemous infidelity
and an impeachment of the integrity of the word of God. Healing is fundamental to the
redemptive work of Jesus. “To allow the Idol of Corona Virus to determine the scope of
congregational worship in the house of God is an abomination of gargantuan proportions. No true
minister of the gospel will succumb to such travesty of the faith. This is a summary of my