A Canadian church was fined $83,000 this week for continuing to hold gatherings in violation of the strict lockdown mandates imposed by the government.
Trinity Bible Chapel in Waterloo, Ontario, was previously targeted this year with charges against all six of its elders for violating such orders. The church in turn responded with a letter explaining why it believes it is essential for the congregation to meet.
"Our church community has become a vital refuge for hundreds of people during these times of despair," the church said in January. "Our government is destroying our society to prevent the spread of a virus with a fraction of a fractional death rate. This is evil."
The fine was split between the pastors, elders, and the church itself.
"On January 24, we worshipped Christ extravagantly at the price of $83,000. He is worth that and so much more," said church pastor Jacob Reaume. "Our fine is nothing near what Mary spent on Jesus for her one quick extravagant act of worship. And we cannot compare it to the price of blood He paid so that we would worship Him."
The church has set up a GoFundMe page to offset the fines and has raised more than $45,000 as of Thursday. The church is one of several filing litigation against the government for its ban on corporate in-person worship.