modern-day Pharisees bereft of any authority to speak on behalf of the Church of Jesus Christ.”
Reverend Chris Okotie, the senior Pastor and Founder of the Household of God Church International Ministries in Lagos believes that the rampant online church services is unbiblical.
Reverend Chris Okotie believes that Christians must physically worship God in the Church not virtually.
Okotie made this declaration while delivering a sermon titled; “The COVID-19 Mystery’,where he maintained that the pandemic is a satanic arrangement meant to keep Christians away from the Church.
“We are dealing with one of the most sinister conspiracies in human history. What we call the online church is absolutely untrue, because for you to be in church, you have to be ecclesia, which is translated from the Greek word, ec, which is out, and the word caleo, called out.”
“You cannot gather unto God until you are called out. That’s why Israel was called out of the world. So, this thing, this phenomenon that we are talking about, the Internet and cyber churches, is totally unscriptural.”
“God knows where you are; if He was not interested in the assembly, you don’t need to come to church; you can pray in your house. I pray in my house. You praise in your house. I praise in my house. He can see all of us. He doesn’t need computers. But that denies Him who He is; so, we must – that’s why the bible puts that verse as an imperative – you must not forsake the assembly of yourselves together.”
Reverend Okotie also recently criticised the Government’s social distancing regulation for churches as well as the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria as he labelled them “modern-day Pharisees bereft of any authority to speak on behalf of the Church of Jesus Christ.”