The Senior Pastor of Trinity House, Ituah Ighodalo, has criticised those who rely on faith to protect them from an infection he claims God has already provided a vaccine for.
This is as some clergymen in Nigeria have tabled arguments against the vaccines developed for the treatment of COVID-19.
The PUNCH reported that Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy slammed fellow pastors for advising their congregation to take a jab of the COVID-19 vaccine.
According to him, they have ignored God the healer, turned from being ministers of the gospel and are now ministers of the vaccine.
The General Overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries International, Apostle Johnson Suleman, recently expressed a lack of confidence in the vaccine.
The clergyman stated that he and his family will not take the vaccine, adding that it is not healthy.
However, Ighodalo who spoke to ARISE TV advised his fellow pastors “to do their research, get the knowledge and stop misinforming and improperly educating people on guesswork, instincts and mere suppositions.”
He said that he has taken a jab of the vaccine as directed by God after he prayed to Him about it.
Ighodalo said, “It is foolishness to keep having faith that God will protect you from an infection he has made provision for vaccines that can provide a high percentage of protection.”
He continued, “I have taken the jab. I prayed about it, and I got a clear direction from God to go and receive it, and I have explained to my people in church that God provides knowledge. I will like to appeal to my brother pastors to do their research, get the knowledge and stop misinforming and improperly educating people on guesswork, instincts and mere suppositions. Coronavirus is real, and you need the vaccination.
“The Bible says my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”
He said that there is a need to correct the wrong notion that people have about the vaccine by showing them that it doesn’t tally with science.
“Some people think the COVID-19 vaccine is a deliberate effort to wipe out the human population.
“We need to address the fears and prove it is not so. Other persons think it is the sign of the anti-christ (666) and we need to prove this is not also true.
“Other people believe the vaccines have long term effect and if you take it today, in 20 years’ time, it would affect them. We also need to address such fears and prove scientifically this is not so,” he said.
“The problem is a lot of these questions about the vaccine are not being properly addressed and there is too much rumour flying all over the place. Some churches believe in divine health but if they study further, they would also know that God provided knowledge for healing,” Ighodalo added.