The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has said that social distance is not enough to prevent him from laying his hands on the sick.
He spoke at the church’s national headquarters in Lagos State’s Ebute-Meta region on Sunday.
However, Adeboye, who preached on the subject of Divine Lifting, urged members of his church and Nigerians to follow all of the government’s COVID-19 protocols to prevent the spread of the virus.
The 78-year-old cleric, wearing a face mask, cautioned his church members not to be afraid of the virus, but encouraged them to play their part by complying with all health guidelines.
“I want you to relax, but don’t be careless,” he said. I don’t say be reckless when I say relax. I hope the distinction between the two is known to you. When they say you’re wearing a mask, wear a mask. Clean your hands when they say wash your hands. You know that we are very specific about hygiene. Keep washing your hands, even though the crown is gone.
Last week, a viral picture of the cleric wearing a face shield while laying hands on a bedridden person drew criticism, but speaking on Sunday, the cleric said social distance would not stop him from laying hands on the sick.
When they talk of distancing themselves from society, do so as much as possible. To the government, obey.
“But I can’t distance myself from my wife and I’m not going to allow social distance to stop me from placing hands on the sick so that they can recover-my that’s duty and I’m going to do it,” said Adeboye.
Note that last Thursday, Adeboye cancelled the physical crossover service of the church and opted for the virtual experience in submission to the government and Nigeria’s Christian Association.