The President of Ghana on Sunday made it known that churches can open on June 5th despite the number of positive Covid-19 cases recorded in the country. The president made it known that Churches can resume with a maximum of 100 people and an hour service limit. Even though most pastors were desperate to open their churches as a result of hunger as some state it, some church leaders have also decided still not to open their churches.
The General Secretary of the International Central Gospel Church(ICGC) in a communique made it known to their church members that all churches will remain closed till further notice. He made it clear that they would use the month of June to assess the situation and yet warned all local pastors to comply with the directives. In the communique , the secretary said that the lives of their congregants is important and they don’t want to risk that.
The founder and leader of the Life Assembly Center, Rev. Dr Christian Kwabena Andrews popularly known as Osofo Kyiri Abosom responding to Angel 102.9FM’s Midday News on Tuesday, said he isn’t prepared to reopen his church. He argued explained that, he isn’t all set by the President’s decision for partial re-opening of churches.
“I have about 700 congregants, so how can I open the church so that others will come and be behind the gate for them to so that they will later accuse me of having a congregation which is over 100…even my first floor takes more people…,” he said.
Also, Bernard Taylor founder of the Divine Empowerment Chapel revealed in a letter signed by himself that he chooses to close his church till further notice and that church service will still be held online.
He however gave an advice that we shouldn’t downplay wisdom with spirituality. He also spoke about the lives of their congregants being a priority.
However, many are still shocked of these statements since they were the ones asking the president to lift the ban of social gathering.