First Grace Life Church of Edmonton was shut down along with their Pastor James Coates being arrested, then Pastor Artur Pawloski’s was arrested, and now Aylmer’s Church of God was shut down right in the middle of a service.
All three incidents have occurred in Canada and clearly show that our Northern neighbors are using COVID-19 guidelines to persecute Christians.
The latest church shutdown as mentioned occurred at Alymer’s Church of God in Ontario, Canada and the way the police shut down the church was absolutely sickening.
Pastor Henry Hildebrandt was giving a message to his congregation when all of the sudden police barged into his church and ordered for everyone to vacate the building.
After everyone left the Church locks were put on the doors and then the Church was given a fine of 35,000 dollars.
It looks like II Timothy 3:12 is coming to pass “Yea, and all who will live a godly life in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution”.
Another sad day in Canadian history. This afternoon we (the congregation of the Church of God at Aylmer) were ordered to vacate the building where we have met for decades to worship our Lord.
To God be the glory, He is worthy of all our praise.#StandWithGod pic.twitter.com/ExlqfNiX35
— Pastor Henry Hildebrandt (@aylmerpastor) May 14, 2021
A judge has ordered locks be put on the exterior doors of the Church of God in Aylmer, Ont., for repeatedly ignored public gathering rules, saying the decision has to be made to set an example. The church and 2 pastors were also fined. https://t.co/5qYTDaeehW
— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) May 14, 2021
Police have come to the Church of God in Aylmer, forced the congregants to leave, and seized the church. We are all less free because of this despicable abuse of power. As @aylmerpastor says, this is a very sad day for Canada.#cdnpoli #EndTheLockdownshttps://t.co/uci0OIZlyo
— MP Derek Sloan (@DerekSloanCPC) May 14, 2021
CBC News had more on the story:
Ontario Superior Court Justice Bruce Thomas has ordered that locks be put on the exterior doors of Aylmer’s Church of God, which has repeatedly ignored COVID-19 public gathering rules and encouraged others to do the same.
Thomas said his decision will serve to set an example to the church and other people in the province who are contemplating breaking rules under Ontario law.
Thomas also fined the church $35,000, Pastor Henry Hildebrandt $10,000 and Assistant Pastor Peter Wall $3,000.
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The church, Hildebrandt and Wall were found in contempt of court in April for defying a court order to stop in-person services to meet COVID-19 restrictions. The last few Sundays, the congregation inside the church numbered up to 200, with no one wearing a mask or following physical distancing rules.
Hildebrandt has broadcast his sermons on YouTube and Facebook in a public display of defiance, the judge said.
This location has been the crucible of the contemptuous activity. This place is part of the fabric of their lives, but these regulations were put in place to protect the community and to save lives.
“This location has been the crucible of the contemptuous activity,” Thomas said Friday morning. “This place is part of the fabric of their lives, but these regulations were put in place to protect the community and to save lives.”
Church of God is one of several churches in Canada that are challenging the constitutionality of public health orders that prohibit gatherings, including religious services. Those will be heard in October.
Judge has orders Church of God in Aylmer, Ont. locked up, after repeated violations of the province's Reopening Ontario Act. https://t.co/uvlmASAyoN
— CTV London (@CTVLondon) May 14, 2021
Global News chipped in too:
A church in Aylmer, Ont., known for defying COVID-19 restrictions will be forced to temporarily lock its doors while the church itself, as well as its pastor and assistant pastor, face $48,000 in fines and $69,000 in legal costs.
On Friday, Justice Bruce Thomas read his decision on a contempt ruling against the Church of God from April 30.
The contempt ruling was found after Thomas had reviewed evidence that included a livestream of a service held on April 25 that featured nearly 100 participants without masks or social distancing.
Since the contempt ruling, two more services were livestreamed by the church, on May 2 and on Sunday.
Thomas ruled on Friday that the Church of God will be locked until gathering orders change to permit a capacity of 30 per cent or more, at which time the respondents can bring the matter back to court to “define what, if any, restrictions to access continue to apply.”
Interim access will be granted for necessary inspections, maintenance and repairs with assistance from Aylmer police.
In a statement released Friday evening, the police service said congregants inside the church on Friday left after the court order was read out. The locks were changed by a locksmith Friday evening.
Here’s the moment the police raided the Church.
Skip to around the 3 minute mark to see when the police entered the church.
How much longer do you think it will be until police in America start barging into churches and shutting them down every other week?