Govt at war with COVID-19, not the church — bishop

Bishop Tinkoi has urged his fellow clergy to cooperate with government directives for the sake of public health

By Faith Nashipae

The recent government directives aimed at containing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, is not an onslaught against the church, says the presiding bishop of the Revival Gospel Center Julius Tinkoi.

In a short video clip making rounds on social media platforms, and addressed in Maa language, Tinkoi is heard addressing his fellow clergy and telling them that the directives are aimed at safeguarding the lives of our congregations and the country at large.

“Lets then cooperate with the government directive to have churches closed, as this does not amount to silencing the cause of the Gospel… Let’s look for other ways of reaching out to our church members without necessarily congregating as such deviance could attract dire legal consequences,” he advised.

This comes at a time the government is intensifying it’s fight against the spread of the novel COVID-19, and has put in place a raft of measures including; banning of public gatherings, closure of all public open-air markets, bars and clubs, and learning institutions.

The bishop has also urged the Maa community not to panic in the face of the pandemic that has shook the world, saying that, “Throughout all the hardships and dreadful calamities that we’ve ever gone through, God has rescued us, and He will assuredly still save us from this one as well.”

He said that which is impossible with man, is possible with God.

He also emphasized the need for everyone to observe health safety measures including; not shaking hands, and remaining indoors.

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