Pastor who resisted church lockdowns gets home broken into, hit with 1,500 death threats

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pastor Brian Gibson, who owns multiple churches in Texas and Kentucky, came under fire during the pandemic for violating the governors lockdown orders.

Although his message was peaceful, Gibson assisted many other pastors in defying the lockdown restrictions and helped them open their doors to parishioners again.

This made Gibson a large target for those who bought into the government’s claims that the lockdowns were for the “safety” of Americans. 

Gibson and his family have allegedly experienced various forms of harassment, including hundreds of death threats, according to an article by Ella Kietlinska and Joshua Philipp, writing for The Epoch Times.

Gibson said on EpochTV’s “Crossroads” program:

“Just for being a vocal proponent of the First Amendment, just for being someone that supported President Trump, and someone that spoke out actively, I received close to 1,500 death threats. People broke into my house, kicked my gate down, hacked all of our accounts,” 

He went on to say:

“It’s amazing what they can do and how coordinated some of these intimidation rings can really be. I think I underestimated what that would really be until it happened to me.”

Assist News Service reported Gibson and his family were threatened on social media and received intimidating phone calls or mail. It affected his three kids, aged 9 to 15, the pastor said.

Gibson said:

“My kids … weren’t able to go home for over a month. And then … we had to sell that home and relocate.”

In an attempt to escape all of the madness, Gibson said he took his family away to an isolated location in the Rocky Mountains, however people reportedly discovered where they were located, and the harassment allegedly continued while spending time in a park with his family. 

Gibson said:

“I didn’t know if they were going to try to kill me,”

He continued:

“So I went into a convenience store, sent my kids out the back through woods to where we were staying, and I went around the other side of a building—flanked this guy and found out what he was doing there [and] confronted the man.”

When speaking about the double standard that was being imposed when it came to religious gatherings, Gibson said his church in Kentucky ran a drive-thru Easter egg giveaway for kids. The Health Department told the pastor that his church would be shut down if he continued to pass out eggs, Assist News Service reported.

Gibson said the health department took issue with this, despite the fact that there were:

“less than 10 people working, gloved and masked, giving an egg to a kid in the name of Jesus,” 

He continued:

“They’re letting the liquor stores do drive-thru sales. They’re letting the fast food places do that. The Lowe’s is full of people, Home Depot’s full of people, all the big box stores right?” 

He added:

“It blew a fuse in me. I called all the local media [and] told them: ‘I’m going to defy the governor’s orders. Here’s when I want to do it, here’s how I’m going to do it. Have them come arrest me.’ And I was looking to get arrested for Jesus.”

He then started Peaceably Gather and rallied pastors, saying:

“I think the hand of God was guiding me. God called me for that time. And over the course of the next three weeks, 5,000 churches opened up with us.”

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Pastor Tim Stephens arrested on new charges of running ‘underground’ church services

June 15, 2021

CALGARY, AB– On Monday, June 14th, Pastor Tim Stephens was once again arrested after members of the Fairview Baptist Church gathered for a secret worship, despite the current COVID19 mandates that are currently in place. 

This gathering took place approximately one week after their church was effectively seized by Alberta Health Services last Saturday, according to reports

In May Pastor Tim Stephens was arrested for breaching public health regulations after holding another church service without required mask usage, capacity limitations, or physical distancing.

According to, the Calgary Herald, the pastor was arrested during a service at the church, located at 230 78th Avenue S.E., that allegedly breached “public health measures and a pre-emptive injunction.” Stephens received a copy of the Court of Queen’s Bench order.

However, Alberta authorities were forced to drop other charges against Pastor Tim last month, after discovering that Alberta Health Services never served Pastor Stephens with the court order he was accused of having violated, a requirement under the order, Rebel News reported.

The old charges were dropped against the pastor, however he is now facing new charges for the same violations.

According to reports, over this past weekend, a very large crowd gathered at the undisclosed location and shared in mass services lead by Pastor Tim. While the worshiping was taking place, a police helicopter reportedly circled over head and discovered the congregation. 

Rebel News reported that it is unclear if police were actually searching for the group or simply happened upon it, as the helicopter was significantly north of the location of worship and continued towards the city.

It wasn’t until several minutes later that the helicopter returned and completed repeated passes overhead.

Shortly after the helicopter circled back, police officers were seen circling the location, however they did not attempt to interrupt the service taking place. 

While officers did allow the service to continue, Pastor Tim was arrested as his home on Monday, in front of his wife and crying children.

Video shows the pastor’s children crying and clinging to him, while officers respectfully allowed them to say goodbye, before escorting the pastor to a police car.  

Adam Soos from Rebel News posted on Twitter that Pastor Tim will remain in jail until his court appearance on June 28th.  

Pastor Tim is not the only Pastor to be arrested recently for violating COVID restrictions. Law Enforcement Today recently reported that Calgary’s Street Church’s Pastor Artur Pawlowski and his brother Dawid Pawlowski were arrested and charged with “organizing an illegal in-person gathering,” according to the Calgary Police Service.

Video that captured the arrest of the two individuals showcased numerous police vehicles lined up on the side of the road as officers were handcuffing the two brothers.

The arrest of these two brothers came after a May 6th court order obtained by Alberta Health Services that imposed new restrictions pertaining to the likes of general gatherings, which includes even protests and rallies, requiring the of using face coverings, employing physical distancing and attendance limits.

Here is that complete story. 

CALGARY, AB – A Canadian pastor who gained a degree of notoriety after being arrested during Easter weekend in April for allegedly violating COVID-19 limitations on gatherings was arrested once again under similar charges, along with his brother, on May 8th by Calgary Police.

 

Calgary’s Street Church’s Pastor Artur Pawlowski and his brother Dawid Pawlowski were arrested and charged with “organizing an illegal in-person gathering,” according to the Calgary Police Service.

Video that captured the arrest of the two individuals showcased numerous police vehicles lined up on the side of the road as officers were handcuffing the two brothers.

During the video, one onlooker can be heard telling officers enacting the arrests:

“Shame on you guys, this is not Communist China. Don’t you have family and kids? Whatever happened to ‘Canada, God keep our land glorious and free?’”

The arrest of these two brothers came after a May 6th court order obtained by Alberta Health Services that imposed new restrictions pertaining to the likes of general gatherings, which includes even protests and rallies, requiring the of using face coverings, employing physical distancing and attendance limits.

In a statement provided by the Calgary Police in relation to these arrests, it was noted that Pastor Artur Pawlowski was informed of the injunction prior to holding church services, which authorities allege that the arrestees flouted said guidelines:

“The service organizer acknowledged the injunction, but chose to ignore requirements for social distancing, mask wearing and reduced capacity limits for attendees, and continued with the event.

“As a result, Artur Pawlowski and Dawid Pawlowski have both been arrested and charged with organizing an illegal in-person gathering, including requesting, inciting or inviting others to attend an illegal public gathering, promoting and attending an illegal public gathering.”

Further along in the statement from Calgary Police, it was acknowledged that locals undoubtedly want to participate in the likes of religious gatherings, but failure to abide by the pre-emptive injunction against illegal public gatherings can result in arrest:

“It is important to understand that law enforcement recognizes people’s desire to participate in faith-based gatherings as well as the right to protest. However, as we find ourselves in the midst of a global pandemic, we all must comply with public health orders in order to ensure everyone’s safety and wellbeing.”

 

Breitbart News contributor John Nolte referred to the Calgary Police officers who arrested the Pawlowski brothers as being the modern-day “Gestapo”:

“The Canadian Gestapo were smart this time. Instead of breaking into and swarming Canadian Pastor Artur Pawlowski’s church — as they previously did during an Easter weekend service, only to be appropriately shamed and heckled out of the place — this time the Canadian Gestapo waited until after Saturday services to arrest Pawlowski, and did so on a public highway.

“Naturally, the Gestapo treated him like he was Scarface. Multiple officers and at least four police cruisers were involved.”

Nolte went on to further allege that Canada has become an “openly fascist” country, citing a February arrest of another pastor for holding religious services:

“Canada has become so openly fascist, Pawlowski is the second pastor arrested by the Canadian Gestapo. Back in February, the Canadian Gestapo arrested Rev. James Coates of GraceLife Church of Edmonton after he turned himself in. His crime was the same — holding church services in a fascist country.”

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