Pastor Ituah Ighodalo of the Trinity House Church has revealed that he got a directive from God to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
This comes after conspiracy theories about the vaccine developed for the treatment of COVID-19 had caused a division among clergymen in Nigeria.
Speaking in a recent interview on ARISE TV, Ighodalo said it’s foolish to rely on faith to protect them from an infection when God has already provided a vaccine.
WuzupNigeria had reported that Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of the Christ Embassy Church had caused a stir recently when he questioned the faith of pastors advising their members to get vaccinated.
“I can’t understand how a minister of the gospel would be waiting for some vaccine to be the solution for the world. Where is your faith? What happened to you?
“How can you become of minister of vaccines? What happened to you? Where is the word of God in your mouth,” Oyakhilome said in a sermon.
The statement however landed Oyakhilome in hot water with the Office of Communications in the United Kingdom, better known as Ofcom, slamming a £125,000 (N65.6m) fine on the religious channel, Loveworld, owned by him.
Ofcom said in a statement that the station was fined for breaching the country’s broadcasting code by disseminating misinformation on COVID-19.
However, Ighodalo 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.
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