David Lynn, a pastor in Toronto, was arrested earlier this month while preaching the Gospel on a street in an LGBTQ district. Pastor David Lynn of Christ Forgiveness Ministries was arrested on June 4, 2019 for preaching the Gospel publicly in Toronto, Canada.  The neighborhood he was preaching in was Church-Wellesley Village, which is an LGBTQ-oriented enclave.

David Lynn’s message was live streamed and portions of it can be viewed here”

Pastor Lynn was very respectful, loving, and calm when he preached the Gospel. “Jesus died for the sinner,” he said, adding, “Every heterosexual has sin. Every homosexual has sin. Sin is when we violate the laws of God.”

But the homosexual crowd refused to listen. They surrounded him in a mob like fashion. As he tried to walk away from the most vicious protesters, they pressed in on him and blocked him.

When the police arrived, rather than dealing with the troublemakers, the police blamed Lynn for creating a “disturbance of peace.” Even upon his request to deal with those who had assaulted him, the police would not listen to him.

Later that evening, in a statement to the media, Lynn said, “Every community in Toronto should have the same laws, and everyone should be welcome.” He continued, “Everyone should have rights, dignity, and respect, just like Christians should as well”

He clarified that all throughout his preaching, he was telling those listening “God loves you. There is hope for you.” “Whatever community you are, God loves you. Jesus died for you.”

This incident is a gross violation against free speech. There are well funded groups, organizations, and individuals that want to make sure that Christian speech made illegal. Pastor Lynn’s arrest is a violation of his free-speech. He was not committing violence, nor was he being rude or defamatory. He was preaching love, healing, and hope to the perishing world. He was preaching the love of Christ.

It is sad when you encounter some Christians have this to say:

If people would simply worship as they like and leave other people alone, we could all live in peace. But NOOOO, this guy had to go into a neighborhood with a prominent LGBT demographic, and for WHAT? To provoke, apparently. Did he really think he was going to change any hearts and minds?

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Mark 16:15. Christianity was never designed to be a private entity. How will they hear if no one is willing to go?

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