Popular Ghanaian televangelist Bishop Charles Agyinasare has questioned the motivation behind Christians staying away from churches but carrying-on with other economic and political activities in blatant disregard for Coronavirus prevention measures.
According to founder and general overseer of the Perez Chapel International, it is amazing how people can go about their normal activities without fear of contracting the virus until the issue of worshipping God in a church where social distancing is being observed comes up.
“Is it not amazing to you that people are okay to go and vote in primaries? They are not afraid that they will get coronavirus. They are okay to go to the market and not afraid to get coronavirus," Bishop Agyinasare said in a video shared on his verified Facebook Page.
He continued: “They are okay to sit in trotro, they are okay to sit in a taxi and go everywhere. But when it comes to church it is like at the gate of the church we are distributing coronavirus. That is what the devil has made people to think.”
He warned churches that had halted church services entirely that their churches would collapse by the time the Coronavirus is eradicated.
He urged Christians to fight against COVID-19 restrictions that affect the church with prayers and fasting.
Bishop Agyinasare found it curious that government officials who were Christians found it easier to reopen markets for normal operations rather than reopening churches.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on May 31, 2020, in his address to the nation on measures taken to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic, and ease the restrictions imposed on its citizenry, announced that religious services can resume.
The president said, “with effect from Friday, June 5, 2020, we will begin stage one of the process of easing restrictions. An abridged format of religious activities can commence.
“25% attendance, with a maximum number of 100 congregants, can worship at a time in church or at the mosque, with a mandatory one metre of social distancing between congregants,” he stated.
The president also said that the maximum hours for the service should be one hour which according to him, would help prevent the spread of the virus as Ghanaians continue to adhere to the safety protocols.
After the announcement, most churches issued press releases saying they would still remain closed, until the coronavirus is effectively dealt with before they open their doors to the public and their members.
Ghana's confirmed cases of COVID-19 is now 14, 568 with 10,907 recoveries and 95 deaths.