I have been charged twice and face a maximum 200,000 in fines and 2 years in prison. I am well behind my friend Jacob Reaume who faces 900,00 in fines and 9 years in prison.
So far our church has been able to continue to gather as we did in 2019 and our doors have yet to be locked.
But I find it rather bizarre when ministers try to tell us that we aren't being persecuted. But that is what men at TGC Canada have been loudly saying for months now. And some of my own colleagues in NAPARC churches have said the same.
But that is - of course - because they haven't been charged and they aren't facing prison. And why aren't they?
Because they have settled for 'state sanctioned churches'.
It is fascinating to me that we can pray for the persecuted believers in China when we know full well they don't have to be persecuted if they don't want to be. All they have to do is join the state church. Problem solved. So why do we call that persecution? Because it is easier to admire faithfulness from a distance than it is to imitate it. It is easier to build monuments to men who lived hundreds of years ago than it is to live like them. There is is one simple reason so many ministers in Canada are not being persecuted. They are not obeying.
I have been so encouraged by the support we have received over the last several weeks. The notes, the financial donations, the prayers have all been precious to us! Thank you. Though we are still in lockdown, we have been able to continue to...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
We don't know what we will face in the days ahead. We don't know what authorities will do. Though we know He is on the throne, we don't know God's plans. But as we face an uncertain future we do know what we must do. It isn't our business to guess...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
As many of you know the lockdown here in Ontario has intensified. We have been issued stay at home orders and strongly warned against non-compliance. But today is God's day. So what are we to do? Actually, there isn't much to deliberate. No need...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
It should go without saying, but I would like to assure you that during the upcoming provincial lockdown we will continue to gather as before. We will not allow the worship of our King to be altered by the regulations or traditions of men. We will...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Court went well today. The matter has been adjourned. The lawyer will appear again in court on Thursday, May 20, at 10am, to confirm that the Charter challenge has been filed. This means that the Justice of the Peace is willing to delay given the...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
I would like to invite you to join my kids and I in memorizing the entire New Testament. Back in 2010 I set out to memorize the NT in 5 years. I made some progress but then gave up. At the end of October 2020 I renewed my commitment to Bible...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
In the last weeks I have observed something strange and troubling. Christians across the continent have been weighing in on two figures: Ravi Zacharias and James Coates. I have been amazed at the number of Christians coming to Ravi's defence. Many...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
I received news from the OPP that I will be charged again for gathering the congregation for worship on February 14. This came as a surprise since there was nothing on that day or the week following. I am told that they have been preparing what's...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
James Coates is a pastor in Edmonton Alberta arrested and currently in prison for gathering his congregation for worship. James' wife shared the following: "James has been in isolation in a cell block since yesterday morning. His hearing...[ abbreviated | read entire ]