Despite the Order of the Government of Ondo prohibiting the annual “cross over vigil,” Senior Pastor of Anticipating The Second Coming of Christ Ministry, Adewale Giwa continued to carry out the initiative.
At the crossover service in his church auditorium in Akure, Giwa said that only a false Christian is afraid of death.
The state government, through the Ondo State Inter-Ministerial Committee on COVID-19, threatened to jail any church leader who refused to prohibit crossover services across the state as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Giwa, when addressing his church members, said that it would be impossible for someone who did not die for Christ to join the kingdom of Heaven.
He cited Matthew 10:39 in favour of his statement and encouraged Christians to expect great tribulation at any time.
“You can only arrest me in the house of God, but you cannot arrest me in a beer parlor. What is the essence of following Jesus Christ if you cannot die for Him?
“We did our cross over service today successfully and closed at 12:35 am. I made a vow to God to gather His children to worship him.
“I fear no man, but God. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it, says Jesus’s Christ in Matthew 10:39.
“The apostles in the bible died for Christ, but most apostles of our time are afraid. When the Scripture tells you to obey a leader, it does not tell you to obey leaders who don’t have fear God,” Giwa stated.