After spending over a month imprisoned for holding “illegal” church services, James Coates, pastor of GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, has more hurdles to jump—this time in the form of literal fences built around the perimeter of his church.
As of 8:30 a.m., police vehicles and unmarked SUVs were blocking entrances to the church parking lot.
“Alberta Health Services physically closed GraceLife Church and has prevented access to the building until GLC can demonstrate the ability to comply with Alberta’s chief medical officer of health’s (CMOH) restrictions,” AHS said in a statement obtained by Global News Wednesday morning.
BREAKING: Alberta govt agents are raiding Grace Life Church in Edmonton, erecting fences on the property to lock down the church.
(Their pastor was the one jailed for 35 days.)
Our reporter @SheilaGunnReid is on her way to the scene now and will give updates.#PoliceState
— Ezra Levant 🍁 (@ezralevant) April 7, 2021
The Post Millennial initially reported on the building raid, which comes on the heels of Coates pleading guilty, being charged with a fine of $1,500, facing an upcoming trial and then reopening GraceLife for Easter after his release on March 22.
Coates’ wife, Erin, shared a thought-provoking Instagram post in which she encouraged the faith community to continue to pray for not only their church, but those who believe in these actions.
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SOURCE: Charisma News, Nadia Joy Schult