Pastor James Coates remains in maximum security prison, and Praise God GraceLife Church remains open

Sheila Gunn Reid provides an update from outside of GraceLife Church, just west of Edmonton, Alberta where the church's pastor, James Coates, remains behind bars.

GraceLife Church pastor James Coates to remain in jail, trial to run May 3-5

Jonny Wakefield Publishing date:Mar 06, 2021  •  3 days ago  •  4 minute read  •  408 Comments

Supporters of jailed pastor James Coates march outside the Edmonton courthouse where he was scheduled for a hearing regarding his bail release conditions on Thursday, March 4, 2021. Coates is in remand after failing to comply with COVID-19 public health regulations at his GraceLife Church in Parkland County.
Supporters of jailed pastor James Coates march outside the Edmonton courthouse where he was scheduled for a hearing regarding his bail release conditions on Thursday, March 4, 2021. Coates is in remand after failing to comply with COVID-19 public health regulations at his GraceLife Church in Parkland County. PHOTO BY DAVID BLOOM /Postmedia

GraceLife church pastor James Coates will remain in a maximum security prison ahead of his trial this spring for allegedly breaching COVID-19 restrictions.

Coates, pastor at the Parkland County church, has been jailed in the Edmonton Remand Centre for the past two weeks after continuing to hold worship services without face masks, capacity limits or physical distancing. Regardless that their services have been in person for entire year, without any covid outbreaks inside the church.

As a condition of the release, Coates was ordered to adhere to a legal undertaking — which he did not sign — requiring him to abide by the Public Health Act. By signing any such of document would violate Coates faith.

Coates was arrested after GraceLife continued to hold in-person worship services. His trial is scheduled for May in Stony Plain.

Irreducible Elements of the Gospel

The gospel is the great nonnegotiable of Christian truth. We aren’t allowed to add to, subtract from, embellish, or rejigger the sacred message of how sinful men can be reconciled to a holy God.

That’s why the apostle Paul reserved his sternest warning for anyone who would dare to mess with the message: “If any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed” (Galatians 1:9).

The preacher is left with one option when it comes to faithful gospel proclamation—and it’s not an elusive option reserved for scholars. Paul expected his audience to be able to clearly differentiate between the one true gospel and all the other pretenders. It is an expectation implicitly placed upon all believers. With that in mind, we recently asked John MacArthur to identify and explain the essential truths of saving faith—the irreducible elements of the gospel.

Our destinies hinge on the unshakable nature of those truths. Any variation in just one of them and the hope of eternal life completely collapses.  

If you present a different god than the God of Scripture, you are effectively calling people to idolatry. If you preach another Christ you do not have the Lord; you have a liar or a lunatic. If salvation by grace through faith alone is corrupted with even the smallest amount of works-righteousness, “Christ will be of no benefit to you” (Galatians 5:2). If we don’t repent from our former sinful ways, we will perish (Luke 13:3,5).

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