Thursday, January 21, 2010

What's the Betting?

King's Glory Church in Calgary, Alberta lost their charitable tax status just before Christmas 2009. Canada Revenue Agency cited “members of the Board of Directors espouse strong negative views about sensitive and controversial issues, which may also be viewed as political, such as abortion, homosexuality, divorce, etc” as the reason for denial.

The pastor of King's Glory, Arthur Pawlowski, also runs Street Church Ministries in Calgary, an evangelistic ministry that gets right out into the streets of the city.

From their website:

Street Church Ministries is a multi-denominational, multi-ethnical ministry of believers, who have been reborn in the spirit of the Lord, coming together to take part in the call of Acts 1:8. Our vision is to give everyone an opportunity to respond to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ through the proclamation of the full Gospel. We envision a Street Church in every city and town in Canada, and around the world.

Street Church Ministries is involved in evangelism every week in the city of Calgary where we go out by the power of the Holy Spirit to proclaim the full gospel, giving everyone the opportunity to respond to Jesus. We know that there is power in the simple message of the gospel.

Apparently, Pastor Pawlowski is simply too outspoken for the politically-correct atmosphere that the Canadian government requires of churches and charitable organizations.

This is simply a way of punishing me for defending our rights, and for standing up to bureaucracy, and speaking outagainst corruption and abuse of power. Speaking about different sins is not a political behaviour but is rather a God and state given right. We are a church, and I am a pastor, what is the government expecting me to talk about if not moral issues and God’s laws? stated Pawlowski

Christians have been worrying about this for a while. I know that, in our church here in Halifax, the subject has been raised about whether priests are afraid to speak up about certain issues for fear of losing charitable tax status. I guess they had reason to be afraid.

My concern is that this is going to make preachers of the Word even more timid about stating the Gospel truths on the issues of abortion, homosexuality, and divorce. Just when I was going to propose to our pastor that our pro-life group put together a bulletin insert with some facts about abortion for the week prior to the March for Life here in Canada (mid-May). I will still propose that we do this, but I already know the answer. Perhaps I will be pleasantly surprised, but I won't hold my breath.

I guess we know what would happen to Charles Wesley or William Wilberforce if they showed up here today. Would this censure also include Martin Luther King? The Christian truths upon which we built the free western world are being muzzled by the state, no doubt about it.

h/t LifeSiteNews article by Patrick Craine

h/t No Apologies


BabyBoy1203 said...


Georges and I recently agreed to be the pro-life couple for our parish's K of C council. However, we haven't yet done a blessed thing because we are concerned about the very issues you're writing about. Our priest is very much pro-life and used to be outspoken about it, but for a long time has said nothing. I can only guess that an angry parishioner said something to him. We truly don't know what to do with this new responsibility, and praying seems to bring no light.

Mind keeping us in your prayers? We're at a loss.

News like this isn't encouraging because it seems even less likely now that our priest would want anything inserted in the bulletins like Georges and I were going to suggest... What is a pro-life couple to do? (Oh, by saying this news isn't encouraging I definitely don't mean to say, "Don't post this stuff anymore"!! Please do continue! I love the things you find and share.)

Julie C said...

No, you are right, this is certainly not encouraging. But on the other hand, we cannot remain silent on the issue. For we answer to God, not man.
A young couple here is all ready to give a pro-life presentation at the Catholic high school, and the principal will not return our phone calls, after she originally agreed to this. She has had second thoughts, perhaps got advice from someone else on staff that it would not be wise.
This is completely frustrating that the truth is hidden from women, from young girls who could be persuaded to avoid this pitfall before they are faced with an abortion choice.
If our priests won't help in this, perhaps at some point, we have to become rebellious. Perhaps flyers on car windows parked at church, I keep thinking of Sophie Scholl and her brother in the White Rose campaign in Germany who mailed and delivered brochures to alert people to what was happening in the camps. They paid with thsir lives.
I doubt that we will pay with our lives, but we will be persecuted in some way. The Human Rights Commissions seem the way that we will be silenced, by loading us with financial debt that is crippling.
Not much encouragement, I am afraid. Julie