A Liberian clergyman and Principal of the Haywood Mission Institute located on the Old Road in district ten Montserrado County Bishop Dr. Leo M. Simpson has called on national Government to reopen the churches across the Country in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.
According to him the current crisis is just a dress rehearsal as the worse is yet to come as such the reopening of Churches is crucial and pivotal at this time.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with our reporter on Thursday April 30, 2020, Dr. Simpson said the ongoing global crisis is a testimony of what is written in the Holy Bible about the end time where there will be wars, drought, pestilences and among others something he said is currently taking place across the globe adding by making reference to St. Matthew 24.
He said it is prudent to reopen the Churches in Liberia because the Church is the refuge gate for all especially in times of crisis.
“There is power in corporate worship “and this is the time to implement it”, Bishop Simpson pointed out.
The man of God stressed that it is unacceptable to open the doors of market places, supermarkets, drug stores, gas stations and many others but shut down the doors of God.
“Liberia is playing with God and it is not a good sign for a Nation that was built on Christian principle”, he noted.
According to him observing of social distancing, washing of hands and observing of other protocols in this crisis period are very important and the Church as a responsible institution can instruct its members to abide by all health measures and even reduce the number of members during services but, it needs to be reopen, he maintained.
He indicted further that you can follow all of the health measures but once God does not agree, things will not work.
Dr. Simpson justifies further that now that the Churches are closed in Liberia and the world over yet, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases are increasing including deaths, so what is the need to closed down God’s house, he wondered.
Though there is a state of emergency which limits the rights of people to setting level, however, he argued that the right to freedom to worship in Liberia has been trample upon by the same government who should be protecting it.
The Haywood Mission Institute Principle at the same time observed the slow pace in which national government is battling against the COVID-19 crisis in Liberia.
“No difference so far, market Places are open and other public places when everyone should be observing the social distancing protocol but Churches are closed yet the case load is increasing, he added.
He said there is a plan attempt in the making to have a one global Government, one Church as well as the direct remote control of the entire world by a set group of people.