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News » The sheep does not tend itself, Wake up Pastors-Bishop Ikeakor

Fri Apr 10 2020 - VEN. CHUKWUEBUKA CHUKWUEMEKA

The Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Amichi, His Lordship, The Rt. Rev'd. Ephraim Okechukwu Ikeakor has lashed out on clerics who shut the doors of the church in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

According to Bishop Ikeakor, it is unbecoming of shepherds to abandon their sheep in preference to their personal safety and wellbeing in the face of danger.

“The sheep does not tend itself. How many pastors have visited their members in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak to see those who are sick to minister to them? We talk about family altars. In the face of the prevailing lockdown, couples who are not in talking terms how, do they pray and who ministers to them. He reckons that the church is doing incalculable damage to herself and members that will only be manifest when the Covid-19 pandemic dies down.

Bishop Ikeakor insists that pastors and clergymen are on essential duty and should be acknowledged as such in the face of the global crisis in the health sector now.

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It will be recalled that in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, various state governments closed churches and worship centers while some church leaders directed their pastors to shut the doors of their churches and pray in private.

Bishop Ikeakor reckons that if health workers are out there saving people and some dying in the process, pastors and ministers of the gospel have no reason to lock themselves away from the people.