Covid NSW: Christ Embassy Church in west Sydney has to close as parishioners are again fined
A Protestant church in Covid-ridden west of Sydney was closed and a pastor was banned from preaching for at least a week after he “declared bans in the name of Jesus” during an illegal sermon.
NSW police shut down a Christian embassy service in Blacktown Sunday evening after neighbors reported 60 parishioners for illegal gatherings.
Initially, 30 people were fined a total of $ 35,000, but on Wednesday the detectives imposed an additional $ 14,000 in fines.
Twenty-seven guests were fined a second $ 500 each for not wearing or wearing a face mask.
Thirty adult attendees at the Blacktown Church Sermon were exposed to $ 1,000 criminal offenses on Sunday evening
In total, the guests were fined $ 1,500 each, while Christ Embassy was fined $ 5,000 for hosting the event.
A ban was sent to the pastor who hosted the event at around 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday banning him from preaching in front of his congregation members for the next seven days.
He was also fined another $ 500 for not wearing a face mask in a public place.
The Christ Embassy Blacktown will not be able to make at least two scheduled connections for the next seven days.
Blacktown is one of 12 local counties that are particularly tightly closed to control the spread of Covid.
Hours before the illegal gathering, Pastor Marvin Osaghae gave parishioners a spirited sermon in which he vowed to “reject any lockdown in our cities.”
“In the name of Jesus we reject any lockdown in our cities,” he said in a widely distributed recording of a sermon he delivered on Sunday.
The Nigerian branch of the global church in Sydney is run by local couple Marvin (pictured) and Isioma Osaghae. directed
Police were called to a church in Blacktown on Sunday evening where 60 adults, children, were attending a sermon
“We declare in the name of Jesus that the barriers are over. In the cities of New South Wales, the lockdowns are over.
Police footage at the crime scene shows many of the parishioners without face masks, which are mandatory across NSW unless a person is exercising or at home.
Police also claim that there were no mandatory QR codes at the church entrance.
Additional officers were called to church to break up the meeting and obtain details from the participants. Many had come from other sealed-off suburbs, including the Canterbury-Bankstown and Fairfield LGAs.
Marvin Osaghae delivered a spirited sermon to parishioners at Christ Embassy Sydney on Sunday in which he vowed to “reject any lockdown in our cities.”
Pastor Osaghae denied hosting the event in question, but admitted that he was there for “the party”.
Daily Mail Australia approached Christ Embassy Sydney for a comment.
Since it was founded in Nigeria in 1987, Christ Embassy, under the direction of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, has gathered more than 13 million followers on five continents.
The mega-church, its global television affiliates and oyakhilome have been repeatedly criticized for spreading dangerous and unfounded myths about the pandemic in the UK and Nigeria.
Recently, a Facebook page for the Oyakhilome Church falsely claimed that “Vaccine is a gene therapy capable of opening DNA so that it can be manipulated”.
They were fined A $ 240,000 by the UK Communications Bureau in March after Christ Embassy’s Loveworld Television Network found it violated the broadcaster’s guidelines.
A 29-hour show called “The Global Day of Prayer” contained sermons with “potentially harmful” Covid claims when it aired in January, Ofcom found.
The sermons contained claims that the virus was “planned” and that vaccines were a “dark” way to “nanochips” and control people, “the regulator noted.
In the case of an earlier violation on the same channel, a moderator mistakenly linked the Covid pandemic to the expansion of the 5G telecommunications network.
“It’s not a coronavirus, it’s cell poisoning. Remember, 5G started in China. Wuhan is one of the provinces where 5G has been introduced, ”she said. The program was later instructed to explain how it violated regulations.
The Christ Embassy Church announced their afternoon sermon on Instagram on Sunday and encouraged people to participate “online or in person”.
Oyakhilome’s sermons and unsubstantiated allegations about Covid have been repeatedly “fact-checked” and in some cases removed from social media in order not to give false information to its 2.1 million followers.
Recently, a Facebook page for the Oyakhilome Church falsely claimed that “vaccine is a gene therapy capable of opening DNA so that it can be manipulated”.
Hundreds of followers shared the debunked claim, which he allegedly repeated in a sermon that was posted on YouTube and later deleted.
Oyakhilome claims to be a spiritual healer who is a “unique servant sent by God who radiates an insatiable passion to reach the peoples of the world with God’s presence manifested”.
Police claim there were no mandatory QR codes when they were called to Christ Embassy Sydney (pictured) in Blacktown’s Covid-19 hotspot on Sunday evening
What are the new corona restrictions?
– Wearing masks outdoors is mandatory for everyone in NSW unless they are exercising.
– Those who play sports must continue to wear a mask at all times.
– People need to put on a mask during training if they are in a busy area or are unable to distance themselves socially.
IN SYDNEY’S 12 LGA AREAS:
– From 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., curfews will be put in place, with the exception of authorized workers, emergencies, or medical care to reduce the movement of young people
– Sydneysiders entering or leaving the 12 LGAs that are professionally questionable must also carry a permit
– Exercise outdoors is limited to one hour per day
– Click and collect in garden centers and nurseries only, office supplies, hardware and building materials, landscaping materials, rural supplies, and pet supplies. Traders may be allowed to shop in the store if necessary
– All exams and other education or professional development-related activities will be relocated online, except for the HSC.
– These LGAs are Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield and some suburbs of Penrith.
POLICE WITH SPECIAL POWERS:
– Authority for Police Commissioner to lock down apartment blocks while NSW Health assesses COVID risk
– Authority of the police commissioner to declare a residential building as a COVID risk and to instruct all persons to present themselves to the police during compliance checks
– Powers to allow the police to send home anyone who has received a violation report
– If a person from outside a Concerning LGA is found in a Concerning LGA without adequate apology, they will be fined $ 1000 and will be required to be home isolated for 14 days.
ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS FOR AFFECTED AREAS
– Child carers and disabled workers who live or work in the LGAs concerned must receive their first vaccination dose by August 30th.
– Authorized workers working outside their respective LGA are only allowed to work if a rapid antigen test is carried out at their workplace or if they have received their first vaccination dose by August 30th.
– As of August 28, authorized workers from LGAs of concern must have a permit from Service NSW stating that they are authorized workers and cannot work from home.