(ETH) – A new report is revealing that a third pastor has now been arrested in Canada for defying coronavirus orders. According to details of the report, the latest was a Baptist minister in Calgary.
Tim Stephens, who is the presiding pastor of Fairview Baptist Church, was reportedly taken into custody after Sunday service. Stephens 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.
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“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.” Calgary police reported to 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.
The Baptist church has also been hit 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.”