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What Is Happening To Churches Qualifies As Persecution”Chris Oyakhilome (video)

The senior pastor of Christ Embassy, Reverend Chris Oyakhilome has once again protested against the COVID-19 guidelines issued by the federal government for religious gatherings.

According to the clergyman while giving a live sermon on Wednesday, July 1, he said the recent challenges that churches face regarding the guidelines qualifies as persecution.

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Black Lives Matter Protests Not About Racism But Microchips – Chris Oyakhilome

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy Church has come out with a shocking allegation regarding the current protests which have rocked the world in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd by police officers in USA.

Oyakhilome, who was in the news recently for falsely claiming the installation of 5G technology was connected to the coronavirus outbreak, stated that the ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests in USA were not about racism but a subtle ploy to implant “microchips” into citizens as a means of controlling them.

“It’s not about the guy that died; it’s not about ‘Black Lives Matter’,” Oyakhilome said in a program broadcast on LoveWorld titled ‘Global Day Of Prayer’.

“It’s part of the game. They want to come in with the alternative method for security – total control with microchips. That’s what it’s about,” he claimed, adding that police would be ‘disbanded’ and everyone would be forced to have a ‘microchip’ implanted into them.

“Look at the people rampaging on the streets – they are not black people… It is not about racism,” he asserted without any corroborating evidence.

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Covid-19: Akwa Ibom Govt demolishes a Church Building for not obeying guidelines

A church in Akwa Ibom State was demolished on the orders of thestate government.
Giving reasons for the demolition, the state revealed that the building was demolished to avoid community transmission of Coronavirus.

The church building that was demolished belonged to the Knowledge of God Ministry, Uyo.

The reason why the building was demolished was disclosed by the newly appointed Chief of staff to Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, Ephraim Iny ang-eyen.
In his submission, he said;

“We got a tip from a concerned citizen informing us that a certain church located at Paulinus Urua Street, Uyo, behind the Ministry of Works was having a special prayer service and we immediately responded.

What we saw was a total disaster. Over one thousand people had assembled in a small cubicle; no social distancing and none of them was wearing a face mask.

In response to this act of lawlessness and in order to avoid the risk of community transmission of COVID-19 in Akwa Ibom State, we decided to arrest the pastor and some members of the church and the building demolished.”

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Daystar Christian Centre Donates PPE To LASUTH

Daystar Christian Centre has donated some Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), comprising packs of N95 facemasks and surgical gowns, to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) to complement government efforts in the fight against COVID-19.

Receiving the donated items on behalf of the hospital, the Chief Medical Director, Prof. Adetokunbo O. Fabamwo expressed his gratitude to the donors as well as his excitement about the donation, stressing that the donors did a good job of researching into the needs of the hospital during this period.

He noted that the country is still in the third phase of the pandemic, which is community transmission, urging individuals to take responsibility in minimising the escalation of the disease by being safety conscious and abiding by stipulated health guidelines.

The CMD also solicited for the continued support of well-meaning individuals and organisations in the ongoing battle against the Coronavirus pandemic, saying that “we are not at the end of the COVID war yet, but l pray that God will continue to enlarge the coast of donors as their assistance is vital to reducing the spread of the disease in Nigeria”.

Responding, the representative of the Church, pastor Grace Ofili stated that concern of the Church for frontline health workers in the fight against the pandemic reinforced the decision and choice of donation to the hospital.

She thanked the management for the good work done and prayed that God will multiply their efforts.

Christ Embassy Sues Akwa Ibom Government Over Arrest, Detention Of Pastor

Uyo zonal headquarters of Believer’s Loveworld Inc aka Christ Embassy has instituted a legal action at a Federal High Court in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, against the Akwa Ibom State government over arrest and detention of one of its pastors, Pastor Emmanuel Effiong, and a videographer, Gabriel Ekpa, over alleged attack on Covid 19 Monitoring Team.

The frosty relationship between the church and the government deepened on Sunday when the COVID-19 monitoring team stormed the church and arrested the duo over alleged breaches of COVID-19 protocols.

It was gathered that the church, in a suit with registration number, FAC/UY/FHR/106/2020, is calling for the unconditional release of the duo.

Joined in the suit are the State Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Ndueso Ekwere and the Chairman, COVID-19 Guidelines Monitoring Committee, Mr. Enobong Uwah.

The church had denied claims that its members attacked and brutalized officials of the state government on Sunday.

A statement signed by Pastor Kelvin Atang and made available to newsmen accused the state government of “acting on falsehood”, noting that it was even the team that assaulted the church’s videographer.

The church decried that its pastor and videographer have been arrested and detained by the Police against their fundamental human rights of freedom of fair hearing by the authorities.

“This action is borne out of malice, hatred and calculated attempt to malign the Church for disassociating herself from the Christian Association of Nigeria.

“As a Church that respects the rule of law, we had envisaged this gang up and also took steps to seek protection of the law by approaching the Court”, the church said.

You can’t believe in Jesus & be afraid of touching COVID-19 patients – Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome in a new audio making the round on internet has slammed fellow pastors for being afraid to lay heads on Covid-19 patients.

In the audiovisual clip now trending on the internet, he was heard saying that it is crazy for a man of God to wear gloves before touching people who have the dreaded virus.

He made biblical reference to how Jesus Christ touched the lepers and healed them.

The man of God also said he is disappointed at some church leaders who have advised government to seal churches and “persecute” defaulters.

Speaking further, he also frowned at how church leaders recommended that Holy Communion be suspended in churches.

“If you are afraid of a virus you have no gospel.”
“We have to pray for these ministers who are afraid of this virus.”

He said that Covid-19 guidelines are means of persecuting Christians who have decided to follow Jesus Christ with all their heart.

Chris Oyakhilome is the founder and president of Love World Incorporated also known as Christ Embassy, based in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Obasanjo pays condolence visit to Pastor Ituah Ighodalo over the death of his wife

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo today Friday June 19, paid a condolence visit to Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, husband of business woman and notable event planner, Ibidun Ajayi-Ighodalo, who passed away on Sunday, June 14 in Port Harcourt.

The former President offered consoling words to the clergyman and also prayed for him.

Ibidun, 39, will be laid to rest in Lagos on Saturday, June 20.

Autopsy Reveals Uwa Was Raped As A Virgin – Edo Attorney General

The Edo State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof Yinka Omorogbe, on Friday said the slain 22-year-old student of the University of Benin, Uwa Omozuwa, was a virgin before she was raped and murdered.

A report had surfaced which stated that Omozuwa was killed by a man who was hired by the pastor of the church where she was found in a pool of her own blood.

The report added that the suspect confessed that he killed her on the orders of the pastor of the church who didn’t want the public to know that Omozuwa was pregnant for him.

In reaction to the report, Omorogbe described it as false because Omozuwa was a virgin as revealed by an autopsy which also showed that she was never pregnant.

The justice commissioner said, “We were all terribly shocked to see what happened to Uwa. It was terrible; it was a brutal experience.

“We were further shocked by some of the different things we saw all over the place, particularly on social media, and that is why it is important we come here.

“For example, we saw a terrible lie being peddled on social media, not regular press, that Uwa was impregnated by her pastor. That has been refuted, though it caused serious anguish to the family members. It’s a terrible story.

“Though one cannot talk at this point, but from the autopsy done on Uwa, it was clearly established that not only was she not pregnant, she was a virgin, so, how boyfriend and pregnancy came in, only God knows.”

Tony Evans: ‘Failure of the Church’ has led to America’s current racial problem

Texas pastor Tony Evans says churches have an obligation to help fix the current divide in America because churches stood on the wrong side of multiple issues of race during the past 200 years.

Evans made the comments this month to Scripps National News and to the Don Kroah Show on WAVA in Washington, D.C.

“The only reason this problem has existed this deep for this long is the failure of the church,” Evans said on the Don Kroah Show of racism and racial injustice. Evans is the author of Oneness Embraced and the pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas.

“Had the church not endorsed slavery, had the church not endorsed … segregation, Jim Crow and many of the systems, [then] they would not have been adopted and perpetuated in the culture. So since the church contributed to this mess, the church has got to fix it,” he said.

Evans gave examples of how he has experienced racism.
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Church of England says ashamed of its role in slavery

The Church of England said it was ashamed of the role that some in the Anglican Church had played in slavery though it also said that leading clergy helped abolish the trade.

“Slavery and exploitation have no place in society,” a spokesman for the Church of England said.

“While we recognise the leading role clergy and active members of the Church of England played in securing the abolition of slavery, it is a source of shame that others within the Church actively perpetrated slavery and profited from it.”

The Anglican Communion has 85 million members in over 165 different countries.

“In 2006 the General Synod of the Church of England issued an apology, acknowledging the part the Church itself played in historic cases of slavery,” the spokesman said.