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Hundreds of Christians gathered outside a Canadian church that has been locked down by the government and whose pastor was arrested for defying government leaders.
Alberta Health Services said it “physically closed” GraceLife Church and will be preventing access to the building until “GraceLife can demonstrate the ability to comply with Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health’s restrictions.”
Police erected surrounded the church property with chain-link fencing and stationed officers around the area to stop parishoners from gathering.
But the Body of Christ would not be deterred by the China Virus or the Canadian government.
Video shows protesters gathering outside the building to sing hymns and spiritual songs. Others physically removed the fencing that had been erected to keep out the Christians.
The church denied that the people who tore down the fences were members of the congregation.
Nationally-syndicated radio host Todd Starnes had called on Christians across Canada to tear down the fences last week.
“Christians must respond forcefully when the government shuts down our church houses,” Starnes said. “We must be happy warriors and peaceful. But we cannot remain silent while our fellow believers face persecution.”
James Coates, the pastor of GraceLife Church, had been arrested and held for 35 days because he refused to comply with the government. He was charged with violating the Public Health Act.
Coates is a graduate of The Master’s Seminary – a ministry of Grace Community Church in Southern California.
Pastor John MacArthur said there has been a massive outcry against the Canadian government for their attack on the church.
“This is a first for the western world to have a government lock out believers from a church,” MacArthur told his California congregation on Sunday.
The fence is coming down pic.twitter.com/gFCroOuhin— Laura Krause (@LauraKrauseNews) April 11, 2021