The Pastors’ Council of the Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church Worldwide has called on all Christians in Nigeria to be joyful as they celebrate an “unusual Easter”.
This was made known in a release signed by the Conference Supervising Pastor, Special Apostle Pastor Moses Ademola Popoola and sent to THE ECHO.
In the the press release tagged “Let Your Joy Be Full in this Unusual Easter” Popoola also enjoined Christians to seize this opportunity to reflect on the finished works of Christ.
He urged them to be courageous as what they were going through had already been prophesied in the Bible.
It reads “Most importantly, I want to urge Christians to remain unshaken in these trying times. It is indeed “Easter unusual” for us all. This had already been pre-emptied in John 16:33 that we shall face tribulations in the world but we should be of good cheer because he had defeated the world. Hence, no pandemic can take away the joy and celebration of a true child of God.
“This period calls for a deep reflection on our faith and walk with Christ. Have you been a mere church-goer all these years or a Christian indeed? Without mincing words, what God wants to achieve by allowing this coronavirus pandemic is to draw men closer to Himself. That is why it coincides with the period we are celebrating the death of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. For those who are truly His, you have nothing to fear. He promises to watch over all that are His” he opined.
He further called on the government to intensify its efforts in helping the needy at this crucial time when their sources of livelihood have been blocked.
Popoola continued “I also want to seize this opportunity to appreciate the efforts of governments at all levels since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria. May God give them the wisdom and knowledge to make the right decisions at all times. However, the Governments need to do more by providing more palliatives for the downtrodden in the society. Most people in this part of the world live from hand to mouth. Thus, they usually find it difficult to eat in a day without working. As the government enforces the lockdown order as a measure to curtailing the spread of the pandemic, they should also accelerate efforts in providing relief materials for the poor so as to alleviate their sufferings.”
The clergyman also tasked church leaders to shoulder the responsibility of feeding their members both physically and spiritually until the pandemic subsides.
According to him, this was the best time the church could practise “old-time Christianity.”
In his words, “Also, this pandemic is a wake-up call for the body of Christ. The church, more than ever before, must leave up to her responsibility in this critical time. She has taken enough from her members. This is the best time to give back to them. The flock should be duly catered for. The society must feel the impact of the church; we must echo the essence of our existence. COVID-19 has afforded us the opportunity to practice the old-time Christianity where no member lacked anything.
“To shepherds within the Christendom, be courageous and unwavering. This is a trying time that will soon pass away. Keep your congregation bonded by taking advantage offered by technology. This is to ensure that the sheep are nourished spiritually despite this lockdown.”
He concluded by enjoining all Christians to pray for the peace of the world.
“In conclusion, I urge every Christian to intercede for the nation and the world at large. This is our core responsibility as believers” he concluded.