The founder and head pastor of the Perez Chapel International, Bishop Charles Agyinasare, has expressed shock over the seeming double standards and selectivity of political leaders with regard to the enforcement of the COVID-19 safety protocols. He is especially surprised that political parties are allowed to hold primaries in this COVID era and the National Identification Authority (NIA) is undertaking mass distribution of Ghana Cards but churches have been rigidly restrained to limit services to 100 people for an hour under strict restrictions and guidelines.
In a virtual sermon, Bishop Agyinasare hinted the general disapproval of his fellow clergy to this development.
“This morning, I was chatting with Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams. He said: ‘You see; this coronavirus, it’s not just normal. It is a satanic agenda to make sure that people will not go to church again,’” he said.
“Is it not amazing to you that they are OK to go and vote in primaries, they are not afraid they will get coronavirus; they are OK to got to the market, they are not afraid they’ll get coronavirus; they are OK to go to the supermarket, they are OK to sit in ‘trotro’, they OK to sit in a taxi, they are OK to go everywhere, but when it comes to church, it is like at the gates of the church, we are distributing coronavirus. That is what the devil has made people to think” he bemoaned.
“How can you go to the market, where there are so many people, thousands of people; and as for that place, you won’t get coronavirus, and when you come to church, where we are determined to have social distance, as for that place: ‘I’m scared, if I go into the church, [I’ll get the disease]’; the devil is a liar”, he stressed.
A frustrated Bishop Agyinasare further lamented the apparent indifference of political leadership to the church, though they, as Christians, should be seen to be doing a lot more to sustain the house and work of God.
“Is it not amazing to you that our President, our Minister of Health and all of them, they are Christians, because [in Ghana] we are 71 per cent Christian, but when it comes to taking a decision on the church during this coronavirus [era], everybody is afraid that when we go to church, coronavirus will get us but when people go to market, the coronavirus will not get them? He quizzed.
“Everybody believes that people can go and vote, the coronavirus will not get them; we can go and register, the coronavirus will not get us; they can go and distribute NIA cards, the coronavirus will not get them; even if multitudes gather on one park and they are distributing them, coronavirus will not get them, but if they come to church, the coronavirus will get them”, he reiterated.
Total national counts currently stands at 14,568 with 414 new recorded cases. This was disclosed by the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Patrick Kuma-Abaogye, Tuesday, 23 June 2020 at a press briefing by the Minister of Information.
“We have so far, following the review, recorded 95 deaths. Currently, we have 24 severe cases across the country and 6 cases are critical and 5 persons are currently on ventilators,” Dr. Kuma-Abaogye added.
So far, the number of recoveries stand at 10,907 while the death toll has increased from 85 to 95. This then brings Ghana’s total active cases to 3,566.