At its Wednesday indaba, the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) General Assembly resolved to continue with the not more than one hundred people in its services.
A letter signed by the Moderators and General Secretaries from the Synods of Livingstonia, Nkhoma and Blantyre held in Lilongwe, described the new Coronavirus public health prevention management and containment rules as an ambush to the church and viewed it as a way of closing down faith based institutions.
The Assembly noted that the decision which was done without consulting them is a violation of the Tonse Government philosophy.
“The CCAP GeneraI Assembly strongly feels that the way the Government has come up with the new restrictions in combating COVID-19 is an ambush to the church and totally against the well advocated “Tonse Government philosophy” that this new government is for all of us.
“The CCAP GeneraI Assembly will continue engaging the government while maintaining the church services of not more than one hundred people per gathering and continue to strictly observe the precautionary measure,” read the statement
The nine Reverends faulted the arrangement arguing that a representative of the faith community in the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 was not consulted and that government did not do a thorough assignment in assessing the pandemic’s hotspots.
They noted that unlike the church which has been faithful in observing precautionary measures, such has not been the case with markets and bars.
The measures came into force on 8th August, 2020 and CCAP is of the view that closing the church is creating a spiritual vacuum in the country which will be detrimental to the spiritual, moral and social-economic fabric of the nation.
In a related development, Prophetic Ministries Association of Malawi (PROMAM) Chairman Prophet David Mbewe, has challenged government to make its position known on church gatherings.
In a solidarity call against government’s position, he urged Christians to wear white on Friday 14th August.
“Failing to communicate the stand on church gatherings will instigate the body of Christ to consider calling for a national mass protest of the Battalion of Believers
“As believers, we will continue to mask-up, wash our hands and for sure we will continue to up social distancing… but being taken for granted because we are a church is a serious miscalculation of facts and completely mis-timed,” warned the statement.