But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:33-34
No, I’m not talking about underground as in actually being under the soil. This is a church that has been shut down by the Canadian government over the COVID crisis.
GraceLife Church in Alberta was shut down for failing to follow public gathering rules by the government. The pastor, James Coates, was jailed for over a month in a maximum-security prison. He was led away in chains, apparently without a trial.
Um… Maximum security? For a pastor who was just leading worship services?
After his release, police erected a fence around the church to prevent people from using the building. Over two hundred police – including riot police – were guarding the fence line on a Sunday to make sure no one got in.
Gosh! I hope they were all socially distanced!
Pastor and author John MacArthur confirmed that they will continue to exercise religious liberty and stand against abuses of power in Canada by worshipping together in an undisclosed location. GraceLife is the first church in North America to be shut down and go underground. With this precedent, it may well not be the last.
Canada used the pandemic to target a Christian organization as it continues its secular agenda. Although there were large protests at the church by outraged citizens, the government really isn’t backing down. Otherwise, why would GraceLife start having secret meetings?
Now is the time for all of us on this side of the Atlantic to start taking the threat against the faithful seriously. We haven’t had religious persecution here and can’t imagine it could happen, but it has! We need to let this shake us out of our complacency to pray for God’s providence as secular authorities continue to put pressure on Christianity.
Prayer; it should be our means of first resort! Studying our Bibles should be a virtual tie with it in importance. Talk to God in prayer and hear His answers in His written, inspired Word.