The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) President, Rev Samson Ayokunle, has blamed man’s sins against God as the cause of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a special sermon he delivered on Sunday and entitled “Looking unto Jesus: I shall fear no evil,” Ayokunle pointed out the sins to include pride and arrogance against God.
The sermon was transmitted on New Frontier TV.
Referring to the Bible book of Numbers 21: 4-9, Ayokunle said that the dreaded disease currently ravaging the world should cause mankind to refrain from their wickedness.
“As in the case of the children of Israel in this passage, the arrogance of man against God and lawfully constituted authority led to God’s anger and judgment over the people.
“People say anything today against God and against the word of God. The Holy Scriptures injunctions, which are God’s commands, no longer matter before us. We query the validity of the word of God and equally deliberately act against it. All practices that would make us worship God we reject or abandon under the guise of fundamental human rights.
“In some advanced nations, anything about God must not be mentioned in any public event neither can people worship God nor share the gospel with their neighbours. Doing so is an offence. This pride and arrogance against God came because of advancement in technology. We feel we can do many things without God and thus become ‘god’ to ourselves. Technological advancement should make us to reference God the more because he is the revealer of knowledge,” he said.
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He also regretted the situation in Nigeria, where he said violence was now a daily occurrence.
“Beginning from the wickedness of armed robbers to religious terrorists, such as Al Qaida, Al Shabab, Boko Haram, ISIS, etc; we equally have the violence of banditry and Fulani herdsmen attacks everywhere in the nation,” he said.