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A Baptist minister in Calgary has become the third Canadian pastor to be arrested for defying China Virus orders regarding church services.
Tim Stephens, the pastor of Fairview Baptist Church, was taken into custody after Sunday service. He had been warned numerous times about preaching in defiance of the law.
“Our actions are borne out of theological commitments to the Lordship of Christ and his instruction to the church as revealed in Scripture,” Pastor Stephens wrote on the church’s website. “This, above all, is the reason why we have been gathering and will continue to gather. The consequences may be severe. But we stand before Christ rather than bend before consequences.”
Today, in conjunction with AHS, CPS arrested Pastor Tim Stephens of Fairview Baptist Church for violating a Court of QB Order. #yyc https://t.co/lvsmzyEMna— Calgary Police (@CalgaryPolice) May 16, 2021
Calgary police told the Western Standard that Pastor Stephens was “arrested this afternoon for organizing a church service that was held today at Fairview Baptist Church, located at 230 78 Ave. S.E., that did not comply with public health orders, including masking, physical distancing and attendance limits.
Police did not enter the church during today’s service, the newspaper reported.
The Baptist church has been slapped with massive fines for continuing to hold worship services.
“CPS has received repeated calls from concerned citizens regarding church services held at Fairview Baptist Church over the past several weeks,” a law enforcement press release said.
“We continue to ask those who may be considering organizing or participating in any outdoor events to ensure they are familiar with public health order requirements and to do their part to prevent further spread of the virus.”
Watch video of Pastor Stephens being arrested by the jackbooted state police:
WATCH: Calgary police arrest Fairview Baptist Church pastor Tim Stephenshttps://t.co/u15bhMOLNG— Rebel News (@RebelNewsOnline) May 17, 2021