UPDATE: Moving appeal from wife of jailed pastor James Coates8
Here is a follow up to this earlier post about my former classmate at Masters Seminary now in jail for leading and meeting with his church according to his conscience and convictions from God's Word. Be sure to scroll down to read the appeal of Erin Coates for her husband where she explains his convictions and the impact on her and their family.
PRAYER UPDATE: On Friday 3/5 the Judge denied the appeal to allow James Coates bail to be released till his trial (which is not even for an imprisonable "crime" per below, but he must stay behind bars). This was the same week that a repeat sex offender from the same jail was released (Clye Larsen on 3/1) with warnings from police to the community that Clyde will likely commit crimes with minors (as he did when they released him in 2015 and 2018). Where is justice when a pastor is denied release as a threat to public safety, for lovingly ministering to more than a 15% fraction of his congregation? This is a sad day, let's not case to pray! Unless a higher court accepts the appeal later this month, here is where apparently James will be at least 2 more months awaiting a trial:
The appeal for release until trial included the following statements from Erin Coates about her husband James Coates:
HER CONCLUDING APPEAL TO THE QUEEN'S BENCH OF ALBERTA, UNDER HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN: "James I and I believe that the condition of release violates his Charter-protected right to freedom of conscience and religion, is unjustified, and overly onerous, and that he should be released with only a promise to appear for his trial and no conditions that restrict his ability to adhere to his religious beliefs."
For the full appeal, click here
Tom Ascol is on the left of the above video and I appreciate Founders Ministries very much and had the blessing of meeting Tom years ago.
Below is another great interview that Erin Coates recorded Saturday February 21 where she shares her heart as well as the hope of the gospel of Christ very powerfully: