With over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic first began, Canada’s lockdown restrictions remain particularly stringent.
So much so that a pastor was arrested on Tuesday for failing to restrict his church’s attendance to 15 percent capacity.
James Coates, a pastor at GraceLife Church in Edmonton, turned himself in to police upon learning of their intention to arrest him, as reported by CBC.
Although the Royal Canadian Mounted Police was to release Coates soon thereafter, the Alberta pastor refused to the conditions attached to his release.
In a Feb. 14 sermon, Coates explained his decision to disobey government orders.
“I’m doing what I’m doing in obedience to Christ,” Coates said according to Christianity Today. “I am quite content to let the Lord Jesus Christ himself decide whether or not this is persecution.”