• Hostility Toward Christians in Canada — Is It Headed America’s Way?

    Surge Summary: The arrest of a Toronto preacher for speaking against homosexuality confirms persecution against Christians who want to publicly live out and express their faith is expanding in Canada. Are those patterns moving south into the USA?

    Mere miles from the U.S. Northern border, an alarming development is occurring. Could it be headed south, America’s way?

    David Hoffman reports:

    Right now there is a major court case dealing with religious liberty and freedom of speech in Toronto, Canada. On June 4, 2019, David Lynn of Christ’s Forgiveness Ministries was arrested for preaching the gospel publicly in Toronto, Canada.

    In a previous article, I broke the news. He and his team were doing a multi-day evangelism tour throughout locations in Toronto. After evangelizing in other locations throughout the day, they went in the afternoon to an area where many of the LGBT community reside. Not long after, a crowd began to form, and they tried to silence Lynn and force him to leave the area. When the police came, they charged Lynn with disturbing the peace even though the entire incident was video-recorded livestream and there was evidence of people in the crowd becoming angry and violent without any provocation from Lynn or his team.

    In both Canada and the United States the same trend is unfolding: the silencing of Christians’ rights to free speech. These are the actions of a post-Christian, Western culture.

    Many secularists and, more shockingly, Christians in Western countries scoff at the prospect of there ever being a time when religious freedoms will be taken away from these parts of the world. Of course, those paying attention will recognize it’s already been happening:

    [G]overnment coming against bakers, photographers and others who were unwilling to participate in gay weddings with extremely high fines and even greater threats of further punishments if there was no compliance. Likewise, we have seen the media demonize Christians for holding to fundamental biblical views.

    David Lynn brought the details of his side of the chilling episode:

    All day, we had been going to different locations to share the gospel. The themes of the message I preached throughout the time were “God loves you,” “There is hope for you,” John 3:16 and “I tolerate you. Would you tolerate me?” At this particular stop, I was arrested and charged with disturbing the peace.

    Many of those listening, who claimed to also be members of the LGBT community, felt preaching the gospel to them was offensive. However, nothing hateful or offensive was ever said. Anyone can go and watch the entire incident online because it was livestreamed and we still have the unedited livestream posted on our Christ Forgiveness YouTube channel.

    People are demanding “transparency” these days? Boom! You’ve got it from David Lynn. He has nothing to hide because he was doing nothing wrong or, he points out, unlawful. Canadian legally allow individuals to preach on the streets. The real problem, he stresses, is, “Many Christians are being discriminated against for simply being Christian and exercising their Christian faith.”

    In other words, Canada is prosecuting those who not only privately embrace their faith in Jesus or speak of it within their homes or church buildings, but who actually attempt to live it out in society.

    And restraints on these are increasing in our neighbor to the North in particularly devious ways. For example:

    Justin Trudeau, our prime minister,” says Lynn

    limited youth summer program funds to charities that affirm abortion rights. Because of this, it excluded Bible-believing Christians who run summer programs from receiving funding. There is not a change of “legal rights” or rights according to the law. But there is a widespread crackdown on Christians, using a bogus application of the law to try to silence us. There are hate speech laws and laws that pertain to disturbing the peace. Even if we are not being hateful or doing something to disturb the peace, these laws get applied to us, wrongfully. What happens is that authorities use questionable grey area laws like, “Disturbing the peace” or “Mischief” in an attempt to silence us as Christians.

    The true Church, plainly, is ready made to be prosecuted under both categories: followers of biblical values oppose a lot of what is most popular in the current zeitgeist, they sometimes annoy people who don’t want to hear any suggestion their lifestyle or choices might not be pleasing to God. Remember the accusation against first-century believers in the book of Acts: They were those who had “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6). Troublemakers, because they promoted a message discomfitingly unpopular with many.

    Lynn continues:

    So “by the books” we have a right to free speech, but in practicality, we are being silenced. When other groups do the same things we do, or things of a much more radical nature, they are praised by government officials and the media and no one gets arrested. When they actually have hate-speech in their messages or disturb the peace, everyone turns a blind eye.

    He’s talking about selective enforcement against disciples of Christ; a kind of low-temperature, low-profile – but still rather formidable – persecution against those who take seriously the call to follow Him.

    Moreover, Lynn relays the Canadian media is “very biased … against Christianity.” Hmm, does that sound familiar?

    Christian media outlets are heavily censured and often not granted the licensing to broadcast their beliefs on public media forums.

    … We are not allowed to have prayer groups in schools like the Muslims. We don’t have a Christian month and are not allowed to place a flag, or cross, on our desks or beside the national flag like the LGBT community is permitted to. Our values are infringed upon in schools, often for the sake of others’ “uncomfortableness” with them.

    A current update on Lynn’s court case is: the charges are not being dropped; and authorities just added another one to the case — the vaguely termed “mischief.” Lynn believes it is because “I have been vocal and will not back down so they want to make an example of me.”

    They added this charge against me because someone heard me preaching while eating their dinner and said I was disturbing their meal. You can support by going to christianpositivespace.com.

    David Hoffman asks the street preacher:

    Though you are in Canada, do you think that American Christians could begin to experience the same kind of persecution here in the United States?

    “100%, yes!” he answers,

    The same thing is happening in the U.S. today, but on a lower scale. If allowed to continue, it will be in full swing in the U.S. soon.

    Thankfully, in the face of all this glaringly anti-Christ perniciousness, David Lynn has a word of encouragement – and urgent exhortation — for believers in Canada and the U.S.:

    [S]ouls are being saved despite the persecution, and many are seeing the hypocrisy in the media and the misapplication of the law against Christians. Despite the persecution, many are rising up and becoming more vocal about Christ. However, I do advise that we as the Christian community should exercise our freedoms and evangelize now while we still have these rights. There is still hope for change, considering that these rights still exist in public records, constitutions and charters. My word of caution, however, is that tough times are ahead, and we must be willing to count the cost. We can no longer fully rely on the visible church to stand up, considering that many churches have become heavily compromised and infiltrated by the enemy to the point that most denominational leaders will not stand up against the present cultural and political current. We have to stand, even if at times we have to stand alone.

    H/T: David Hoffman/charismanews.com

    Image: Screen Shot; https://www.youtube.com/user/christsforgiveness

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