The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, has identified the causes of the Coronavirus pandemic as the sins of man against God; man’s disobedience to God and constituted authorities and the wickedness of men against their fellow beings.
Rev. Ayokunle made this assertion on Sunday, during a Special sermon on cable television, New Frontier TV, titled “Looking unto Jesus: I Shall Fear no Evil” during which he read from the book of the Numbers 21: 4-9.
While calling for a change of heart with a view to seeing the solution to the pandemic, the man of God identified other factors such as Ungratefulness or ingratitude, and the imminent Second Coming of Jesus Christ, which according to him are also responsible for the outbreak of the virus.
“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 judgement 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 today 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 right.
“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 reference God the more because he is the revealer of knowledge,” he said.
On the Sin Factor, the President of the Christian body explained thus: “Sinfulness is an extension of my first point of arrogance against God. In Nigeria, violence has become 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.
“People are slaughtered or kidnapped to be slaughtered or for ransom. Time will not permit me to talk about the wickedness of ritual killing for money-making and fraudulent practices all over our world especially our nation Nigeria. People including believers walkabout half-naked like insane people and even dress like that to houses of worship to pollute many. Promiscuity is everywhere. We have sinned against God and he has sent to our midst a fiery serpent!” he stated.