Many things have happen in the first four phase of the year 2020, but the most threatening among it is the COVID-19 pandemic which has challenged the whole world and called the whole mother earth habitats to the wrestling ring.
Amidst the challenge and as a measure of fighting back COVID-19, the Nigeria government restricted movement, encouraged social distancing and banned any event that would host more than 20 people. The ban affected the education sector, financial sector and religious sector is not excluded.
While some religious leaders listened to the government, some others chose to be a stumbling block by throwing a deafening hear to the ban measure the government introduced to the nations.
Let me take your mind to the story of Saul, who was the king of Israel and on God’s instruction went to war but reserved some things against the instruction which was to destroy everything. Then when Samuel the priest came to him(Saul) to deliver the message of God concerning his action, he(Saul) gave the excuse that he wanted to sacrifice the animals to God who gave him victory. What was Samuel’s response:
And Samuel said, “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.(1 Sam15:22)
How can the body of Christ and a congregation of the saint act against what they preach? Do you doubt the omnipresent nature of God. Have you forgotten that God can be worshiped anywhere_your kitchen included?
Lets reference the conversation between Jesus and the Samaritan woman:
…Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews say that the place where one must worship is in Jerusalem.
But a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father is seeking such as these to worship Him.
God is a spirit and can be worshiped anywhere. it is good to be involved in the gathering of brethren; nevertheless, a time like this you need to obey the government as it is an body instituted by God.
What is your take, should the church obey the government in a time like this? Could COVID_19 be a sign of End time? let us know your opinion in the comment box.