(ETH) – A nondenominational church in Canada has reportedly been fined again after violating a public health order prohibiting large gatherings in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
According to the Christian Post, Riverside Calvary Church of Langley, British Columbia, was just cited on Sunday after holding a large worship service with attendants not wearing face masks. According to the report Dena Fyfe, who is the owner of the Buhf Beauty Boutique, which is based in the same strip mall as Riverside Church, told the Langley Advance Times that she was the one who reported the worship service to authorities.
“My parking lot was overflowing,” said Fyfe regarding the impact of the gathering, adding that it was “just blatantly obvious” that the church was disregarding multiple public health guidelines. Riverside Church isn’t the only Church under fire from local authorities as nearly 20 churches near Langley are also believed to be openly violating the public health orders limiting worship gatherings, according to Coast Mountain News.
The service was said to have been streamed live with Riverside Assistant Pastor Randy Dyck preaching on biblical prophecy in his sermon. “I never imagined that we would see the likes of something like this that we’ve experienced in 2020. I never imagined our world would look like this before the Rapture,” he stated.
“But here we are.” Dyck said “the virus is real” and also “can be very dangerous and potentially deadly for a small percentage of the population,” especially the elderly and those with preconditions. “Please apply critical thinking to what is actually going on and seek news and information sources that haven’t been corrupted by a scripted government narrative of fear,” continued Dyck. The first citation that was given to the Church for refusing to adhere to a public health restriction on in-person worship was last November, with members arguing that such limitations violated their rights.