Kings Glory Fellowship received a letter from Canada Revenue Agency informing them that they are no longer eligible, after over thirty years of having charity status, to keep their status. The agency cited that “members of the Board of Directors espouse strong negative views about sensitive and controversial issues, which may also be viewed as political, such as abortion, homosexuality, divorce, etc” as the reason for denial.
The head pastor, Artur Pawlowski, from Kings Glory Fellowship, is also involved in running Street Church Ministries in Calgary. CRA made a connection between the two separate organizations and their directors and made a ruling against Kings Glory on that basis. The thrust of their decision penalizes Pawlowski, and Kings Glory, for speech and activities outside of the organization. Government is once again, through yet another branch, interfering with freedom of speech, expression and religion.
“This is simply a way of punishing me for defending our rights, and for standing up to bureaucracy, and speaking out against corruption and abuse of power. Speaking about different sins is not a political behaviour but is rather a God and state given right. We are a church, and I am a pastor, what is the government expecting me to talk about if not moral issues and God’s laws?”, stated Pawlowski…
Note: Part of the Canadian Revenue Agency letter has been reproduced here.