Canadian pastor who defied COVID ban by holding companies sings ‘Superb Grace’ at US border

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A Canadian pastor who was imprisoned for holding church companies in defiance of the federal government final 12 months traveled with a few of his buddies to sing “Amazing Grace” on the Canadian-U.S. border as tens of 1000’s of Canadian truckers gathered in Ottawa to protest vaccine mandates.

Pastor Tobias Tissen of Steinbach, Manitoba, went to the U.S. border in Emerson, Manitoba, on Sunday to sing the basic Christian hymn, in response to footage posted on his Instagram.

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“Like I said yesterday, all I would need before was just my Canadian passport,” Tissen mentioned relating to what he would want to cross the border in Emerson, which straddles Minnesota and North Dakota. “Now that’s not good enough.”

As of Jan. 22, the U.S. Division of Homeland Safety required that each one overseas vacationers, together with Canadians, have to be absolutely vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 to enter the nation by way of land and ferry ports of entry.

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“Anyway, while we’re here, we want to do something interesting. Want to try to do something that I don’t know was ever done over here, right in front of the border. And that is, we want to sing ‘Amazing Grace.’ I’m here with some friends,” Tissen continued.

Tissen additionally identified an indication that mentioned, “Church is essential,” and one other that mentioned, “God’s justice is coming.”

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The agricultural Canadian pastor made headlines in October when he was arrested and jailed for almost two days for a warrant issued in opposition to him final Could associated to a provincial public health order that banned outside gatherings of greater than 5 folks.

Pastor Tobias Tissen is arrested in Steinbach, Manitoba, on Oct. 18, 2021. (Photo courtesy Pastor Henry Hildebrandt)

Pastor Tobias Tissen is arrested in Steinbach, Manitoba, on Oct. 18, 2021. (Picture courtesy Pastor Henry Hildebrandt)

Tissen had been in hiding for months earlier than his arrest, for a while solely making public appearances at his Church of God Restoration in Steinbach, which is about an hour’s drive north of the Minnesota border.

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Church of God Restoration and its congregation of lower than 200 folks had repeatedly clashed with authorities over church gatherings, racking up tens of 1000’s of {dollars} in fines. In November 2020, federal regulation enforcement blocked the church’s parking zone to forestall parishioners from attending a drive-in service.

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“In Ephesians, it says that we’re fighting against spiritual wickedness in high places and principalities and powers,” Tissen instructed Each day Submit Digital on the time of his arrest. “That’s it, right now, what we see. And they’re after all of us who are giving to God what belongs to God and to Caesar what belongs to Caesar. But now, Caesar wants that which belongs to God.”

“And as Christians, we just cannot. We cannot comply with that,” he added.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to question during a news conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Oct. 6, 2021. (REUTERS/Patrick Doyle)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to query throughout a information convention in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Oct. 6, 2021. (REUTERS/Patrick Doyle)

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For the reason that pandemic, church buildings all through Canada have confronted imprisoned pastors, locked services, steep fines and continued interference from authorities officers. After Pastor Tim Stephens was arrested in Calgary when a police helicopter discovered his church gathering outdoors final summer season, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., urged the U.S. Fee on Worldwide Freedom (USCIRF) to think about including Canada to its watch listing.

Tissen’s demonstration got here because the “Freedom Convoy” of truckers in Ottawa attracts worldwide consideration. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was moved to a secret location because the protesters descended on the capital over the weekend, condemned the protesters on Monday and accused them of “hateful rhetoric.”

Each day Submit’ Emma Colton contributed to this report.

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