Some Christians in Cameroun state that they have seen some members of churches following their churches instructions to ignore protective measures against the virus, even if they are in contact with individuals infected by the virus or are dying of the virus.
A 37-year-old named Annabella Tabot has left the Tabernacles of Freedoms Ministries because her pastor deceived her.
Annabella Tabot stated that the pastor asked her 60-year-old Covid-19 positive husband to not go to the hospital, the pastor stated that he would be healed of the “evil spirit” that was making him sick through prayer.
She stated that his health kept deteriorating and he eventually died but luckily the government isolated him and therefore the other family members were not affected.
The Tabernacles of Freedoms Ministries was closed down by the government after it claimed that the virus did not exist last month.
Members of the church in Yaounde, Cameroon, went house to house calling themselves end-time evangelists.
The group leader, a 32-year-old named Prudence Mayah, stated that God had revealed, through Pastor Ngoa Atangana, that nations were wasting their time and resources fighting Covid-19.
She asked that everybody should kneel and pray and accept that there is no such thing as Covid-19.
Many of the church’s 300 members ignored the government’s orders and decided to worship in front of the closed church.
Annabella Tabot stated that more than 100 members left the church when her husband died, who had been suspected of having Covid-19 and was forced into hospital by the state.
In May, one of Cameroon’s popular pastors, Frankline Ndifor died days after being diagnosed with the virus, leaving hundreds of his supporters in awe and panic because he had laid hands on some of the members stating that he was curing them of the virus.
The Association of Pentecostal Churches in Yaoundé, Cameroon, stated that at least 270 members left six churches that preached against the existence of Covid-19.
Protus Ngala, the pastor of Redemption Ministries, stated that 11 of his followers left.
He stated that he compiled questions that he asked the remaining members to ask the ones who had left in order for him to find out the reason for them leaving so that there can be adjustments made.
He went on to state that he believed that Covid-19 existed but thought it could be treated through prayer and fasting.
Governor Naserie Paul Bea of Cameroon’s centre region stated that Christians were changing churches after a campaign he led to educate the public on the dangers of Covid-19.
He stated that churches that did not respect the protective measures against the virus would be punished.