And Free replied this .......Canadian Pastor Artur Pawlowski's court hearing is coming up 10/13 and he needs our prayers .
Going to jail for keeping his church doors open ? Is this the world we now live in ?
Canadian pastor arrested at airport warns Americans: 'You're next'
I decided to start a new thread for discussion , Prayer Requests , Praise & Testimonies was not the proper place .Just some clarity. He was not arrested for keeping his church open. He repeatedly refused to follow the health regulations in holding his services. He was then found in contempt of court and that is why he was arrested. The vast majority of churches that decided to keep their doors open had no issue because they followed the health measures.
This is absolutely not a case of persecution, as Artur and the media like to make it seem. It’s Romans 13:1-7 in action.
Romans 13 has always struck me as odd , but now thanks to this article I understand .
|1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.|
|2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.|
|3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:|
|4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.|
|5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.|
|6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.|
|7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.|
"No doubt many will not be convinced that the original context is a Judean one. They have been too mesmerized by only one perspective.
They will continue to drink deeply from this passage to support giving allegiance to this program or that agenda of a secular government – but it is a dry hole.
To see government authority as the focal point in this passage is an interpretative mirage.
Context, context, context causes the mirage to fade into the clear vision of Paul’s very real concern about Judean nonbelievers’ and Gentile believers’ relationship."
Link to what I quoted .
Context Is Key to Interpreting Romans 13:1-7