Normally, when I feature a full length video in a post, it’s for leisure time entertainment, or maybe it even focuses on something important that you need to educate yourself about.
This time, it’s urgent.
Let me get this part out of the way first because I know some of you, like me, looked at that 3 hour time stamp on the video and your visceral reaction was, “There’s no way I have the time or the attention span to watch all of that.” I get it. But here’s how the video breaks down:
- Justin Peters’ interview with Erin: About 45 minutes long
- James Coates’ February 14 sermon: About an hour
- GraceLife Associate Pastor Jacob Spenst’s February 21 sermon: A little over an hour.
If you read my article from last Friday, 4 Things You Need to Understand About Christian Persecution, or if you’ve been paying attention to Christian news and social media, you’re familiar with the story of Pastor James Coates of GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (And if not, it’s explained in the video.)
I want to urge you to at least listen to the interview with Erin and pray for her, James, their family, and GraceLife, especially today and tomorrow. Thursday is the hearing to determine whether James can bail out of jail without agreeing to the shamefully discriminatory bail conditions that have been put in place. Erin explains more in this Instagram post:
At the end of the interview, Justin asks Erin if there’s anything we outsiders can do to help. Here’s what you can do:
- Contact Jason Kenney, Premier of Alberta, Canada via phone, mail, email, or via Facebook and Twitter, and request that all charges against James be dropped. Do so kindly and politely. Remember, you are representing Christ. Mention where you’re from. Even if you don’t live in Alberta or anywhere in Canada, the Premier needs to know this is a bad look for Canada in the eyes of a watching world – and so do other world leaders who are undoubtedly watching to see what Canada will do in this case. Never underestimate the power of negative publicity in the hands of an Almighty God.
- Help get the word out. Share this post with your pastor. Post it on social media and ask all your friends to share. If you have any contacts in the media or anyone with a large platform who could aid in spreading the word, ask that they help shine some light on this situation. The more publicity, the better.
- Pastors, open your churches. Especially if you’re Alberta. Not only is it obedient to Scripture, can you imagine how encouraging it would be to Pastor James and GraceLife to see other churches and pastors standing in solidarity with them?
- Keep your mouth shut. I can’t tell you how many horrifying comments I’ve read from professing Christians about this situation. If you can’t be an encouragement to your brother in Christ, just be quiet, and maybe examine yourself against Scripture. I definitely won’t be publishing any comments or reading any emails that are discouraging or critical.
Watch. And pray.
Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you…in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’Matthew 25: 37a, 39-40
7 thoughts on “Erin Coates Interview”
Thank you for info on James Coates. I had lisened/watched interview and messages but really appreciate details on how to help. Immediately sent to women at church. God Bless.
As a Bible believing Christian, it breaks my heart to see how pastor James Coates has been treated. I live in Alberta but too far away to attend GraceLife church.
The restrictions our government have placed on us about only 15% congregation, physically distancing, wearing a mask, no singing, no fellowship..and on and on it goes have been awful.
My own church has been promoting all these measures. Which is why my husband and I have not physically attended church for over a year.
I wanted to ask you, what do we do in times like these? We can’t gather in peoples homes. Families are suffering from lack of contact. Seniors are declining because people can’t visit. Those in hospitals can’t have anyone visit.
We want to be doing fellowship with others. So for now, we watch a ton of sermons on youtube and pray together as well as on our own plus our Bible reading.
What else can we do?
I’m so sorry for the way your government is oppressing Christians and the church up there. I can’t imagine how difficult that would be. I would encourage you and your husband to read my article 4 Things You Need to Understand about Christian Persecution and spend some time studying the Scriptures linked in that article as well as other passages that deal with obeying God over an evil government. Pray about it together and ask God to give you wisdom about possibly meeting together with other Christians anyway or finding a church to visit that is meeting in person.
Continuing to pray for this situation. Is there any need or way to help Erin financially?
I think their church is taking pretty good care of them. You might want to contact the church (gracelife.ca) to find out how they’re directing people who would like to donate.
Thank you, Michelle