It appears as if a court will determine if a Canadian church is staffed with criminals.
The church is Trinity Bible Chapel, located in Waterloo, Ontario, where authorities are charging church elders with violating a 10-person limit imposed because of COVID-19.
Church leaders are vowing to fight the charge and to continue holding in-person worship services.
Police officers with the Waterloo Region Police Service served six elders at their homes with a court summons that alleges they are violating the Reopening Ontario Act.
Attorneys from the Canadian-based Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms will represent the church elders in their first court appearance, which is set for later this month.
The church pastor, Jacob Reaume, addressed the legal, moral, and religious issue in front of the congregation.
“Look, we can't close the church doors in a time of despair,” he said. “And if there's a price to be paid, there's a price to be paid. I plan on keeping the doors open as long as they don't bar us by force.”
The church is vowing to hold Sunday services, both morning and evening, at 30-percent capacity, and the pastor says there have been no COVID-19 cases traced back to the church congregation.
The province of Ontario, with a population of 14.7 million, has reached 200,000 coronavirus cases. It has recorded approximately 4,700 deaths related to the virus.