A senior preacher of the Church of God Mission International, Pastor Laurie Idahosa has warned parents to desist from naming a baby after their late child or loved ones.
Idahosa gave the advice on Wednesday via Instagram.
The clergywoman described the act as unscriptural, saying that the dead do not come back in human form.
“Today, I spoke with a wonderful lady in my DM about the loss of her first child and the subsequent pregnancy that she is carrying now. She mentioned something that I have heard over and over again, most especially when I experienced the loss of my first son.
“People kept telling me that 'Ben, my son who lived for just 12 hours, was coming back again in my next pregnancy. I even had people encouraging me to name my 2nd son Ben since he had come back again. While it may seem to bring comfort….
“This is NOT SCRIPTURAL. Unless someone is raised from the dead, as in Lazarus or Jairus Daughter they do not come back in the human form as someone else.
“Job 14:10-12 ESV. But a man dies and is laid low; man breathes his last, and where is he? As waters fail from a lake and a river wastes away and dries up, so a man lies down and rises not again; till the heavens are no more he will not awake or be roused out of his sleep.
“Each of us has our own unique callings and appointments here on earth. Be comforted that God will turn your story around by bringing fresh life and fresh healing. He will not turn it around by bringing back what He has already received to Himself.
“Hebrews 9:27 ESV: And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, Your best days are ahead of you, not behind you,” she wrote.