The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, has advised members of the church and Ghanaians in general, who reside within areas affected by the partial lockdown to comply with the directive of the President and stay at home.
According to the Chairman, plagues are not foreign to the planet earth, because the Bible has records of plagues. “In those days even in Scripture, when it became very tough what the people did was to lockdown,” he said.
“It looks like the prescription now to COVID-19 is to stay at home. But with nations like ours with a weak economy and with the kind of social structure that we have, a lockdown seems a bit difficult, but it is the inevitable road to travel for now.
“In Noah’s time, God Himself locked the people in the Ark just to prevent them from being drowned. He never gave the keys to Noah; He locked it and kept the key to Himself. He opened them when He found necessary. During Samaria’s time, the king locked the city. Again, a day before the angel of destruction came to kill the firstborns in Egypt, he told the Israelites that every one of them should lock-up himself in a room. So far as the angel was concerned, it was a strategy to prevent the Israelites from dying.
“Isaiah 26:20-21 says, ‘Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by. See, the LORD is coming out of his dwelling to punish the people of the earth for their sins. The earth will disclose the bloodshed on it; the earth will conceal its slain no longer.”
“If God decides to answer our prayer through lockdown, then so be it. But it is still true that horses are made ready for battle but victory comes from the Lord. What it means is that we can even go lockdown but this virus would still chase us. So in times like this, we have to plead with God to descend and rend the heavens and set us free. That is why we must continue to pray,” he pointed out.
President Nana Akufo-Addo during a national address on Friday, March 27, 2020, declared a partial lockdown of Accra, Tema, and Kumasi effective 1:00 am on Monday, March 30, 2020. The lockdown will last for two weeks. The decision, according to the President, is to help curb the spread of COVID-19 which has led to four deaths and infected some 137 people as of Friday.