Though many of us young men are so quick to publicly criticize pastors who are unwilling to defy the government, how many of us are unwilling to privately defy Satan? For instance, how many of us are unwilling to fight against porn?
Earlier this week, the Justice Centre for Constitutional Reforms announced James Coates was set to be released in a few days after crown prosecutors withdrew all but one charges against James Coates.
Many of us believed the set day for his possible release was yesterday. However as his wife, Erin, confirmed yesterday, James Coates hasn’t been released yet. He will stand before a judge on Monday morning for his hearing, so let’s all kneel before the judge of the universe—the only judge sure to judge justly—to compel the judge to set James Coates free before his trial in May.
As you all know, I’ve been thinking about James Coates a lot—even before his arrest. I really admire him and his wife. And I really admire his church, especially since some of the church members are my dear friends.
But I especially admire James Coates’ courage. I do not want James Coates to suffer anymore than he already has. But I know his suffering has blessed him and many others, including me. I’ve been praying for and reflecting on the government persecuting James Coates for a long time, and I’ve been wondering: “am I preparing for persecution? Am I preparing for perseverance?”
It’s easy to retweet James Coates’ courageous act, it’s more difficult to repeat it.