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Opinion: Will Our Nigerian 'Men Of God' Take Covid-19 Vaccine? ~Omonaijablog

“Where is your God of Elijah, your God of Moses? Where is your God of Peter, James and John? What is the matter with you?”.

These were the words of the founder of Christ Embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, as he slammed fellow pastors who are telling their church members to go ahead and take a jab of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Pastor Oyakhilome in a sermon which was shared on his church’s YouTube channel, lamenting how ministers of the gospel became ministers of the vaccine.

According to him, pastors should channel the belief they have in the vaccine to the word of God which made them healers.

Christ Embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome.

So, my question. Will our 'Men of God' not take Covid-19 vaccine?

Just recently, researchers announced the results of the United State-based AstraZeneca vaccine clinical trial and they found out that the vaccine is 79% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 and 100% effective at preventing severe COVID-19. They also didn't find any serious side effects associated with the vaccine.

This in all ramification is a welcome development considering the numbers of casualties and economic downturn the world all over has witnessed since the outbreak of the virus over a year ago.

Since Nigeria got delivery of its own dose of vaccine, front line workers, politicians, policemen, journalists, sport men and women have been taking their first jab of the vaccine but, no 'man of God' I mean our pastors, have come out to take or encourage their fellow colleagues to take the vaccine. 

General Overseer of Champions Royal Assembly, Prophet Joshua Iginla.

Although, the General Overseer of Champions Royal Assembly, Prophet Joshua Iginla, vowed that he will be taking the vaccine and show it publicly to his church members, and all Christians in order to prove that the vaccine is harmless, but has a positive objective. Being the first to have said it, we are still waiting for him to make true his promise after almost two weeks of the administration of the vaccine in Nigeria.

The vaccine has caused a lot of confusion and division in the Christendom which has made some totally reject it, and describe the vaccine as an unholy substance, some even described it as a mark of the beast, and a manifestation of the anti-Christ.

Reasons why Pastor Oyakhilome said; “I can’t understand how a minister of the gospel would be waiting for some vaccine to be the solution for the world. Where is your faith? What happened to you?

“We cannot make such recommendations, it is not our calling to make such recommendations. We cannot be used for that. As a minister of the gospel, you should not be used for that.

“How can you become of minister of vaccines? What happened to you? Where is the word of God in your mouth?

The clergyman lamented how pastors have now forgotten about the God they serve to the point of leading God’s people into a belief in vaccines.

This is a clear indication that he, his pastors, his church members and those who has made him their role model may not be taking the first vaccine jab.

No wonder, as at Sunday March 28, 2021, less than 300,000 thousand Nigerians have taken the first jab of the vaccine.

Imagine a Lagos based pastor also saying; "Humans require a higher power to fight off these calamities. Throughout the face of global struggles, many empower and improve themselves to endure and succeed through the efficacy of prayer. World religious leaders have taken upon themselves the initiative to seek God in these turbulent days. Many church leaders have formed platforms to enable global prayers to fight the pandemic that has caused the comprehensive financial breakdown."

So, does that means 'our men of God' won't be taking vaccination against Covid-19?

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