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Pastor Arrested for Holding Worship Service against COVID-19 Restrictions Shares Gospel with Police

Christian Headlines - Another Canadian pastor was arrested Sunday for holding a church service in violation of COVID-19 health restrictions, making him the second minister this month and the third this year to be taken into custody by police for organizing a worship service.

Pastor Tim Stephens of Fairview Baptist Church in Calgary, Alberta, hugged his wife and children before being placed in a police vehicle and arrested for violating local restrictions, which limit church services to a maximum of 15 individuals.

In a blog this month, Stephens acknowledged COVID-19 is "serious" but argued the "cure should not be worse than the disease," pointing to problems of mental health and suicide. His church, he said, had not had a "single transmission" of COVID-19.

"Restricting the church to 15 people – which essentially restricts the church from gathering – is against the will of Christ and against the conscience of many who desire to worship the Lord of glory according to his word," Stephens wrote.

Adam Soos of Rebel News said in a Sunday video that Stephens is "nothing like pastor Artur Pawlowski," who was arrested last week. Stephens is a "quiet, reserved man who is simply leading his congregation in worship," Soos said.

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