Australian police were on Sunday called by fed-up neighbours of Chris Oyakhilome’s Christ Embassy in Sydney as members gathered for another service despite COVID-19 lockdown.
When police arrived, there were 60 devotees in attendance, half of them children, when police arrived.
Footage of a sermon delivered by Christ Embassy Sydney pastor Marvin Osaghae and posted online shows him asking followers to pray for the New South Wales(NSW) government.
“We pray for NSW government, we declare that the wisdom of God is granted,” he said.
“We declare that lockdowns are over in the cities of NSW, in the name of Jesus.”
Police briskly shut the church.
Thirty adults arrested were fined $1000 each.
The church was also fined $5000 for a gathering held in defiance of a lockdown aimed at preventing more deaths and reining in the more than 800 new cases NSW is recording each day.
The incident has left New South Wales Police Minister David Elliott stunned, reports the Associated Press Australia.
“Churches are there to profess the message of hope and love and to have those people endanger communities … is extraordinary,” he told Sydney radio 2GB on Monday.