Pastor Artur Pawlowski has been defying Canada's COVID restrictions almost from the beginning – and he has paid a very public price for it. His latest encounter was with Canadian Judge A.W. Germain, who has ruled Pawlowski cannot speak in public about the pandemic unless he states that vaccines save lives, and also says: "The majority of medical experts favor social distancing, mask wearing, and avoiding large crowds to reduce the spread of COVID-19."
The pastor, a native of Poland, recently spoke with American Family News in an exclusive interview. "Well, as you know, I grew up behind the Iron Curtain under the boots of the Soviets," he began. "I've seen this movie before – and unless we change the script, we know that this movie doesn't end well for freedom, for the people, for the future of our countries."
He compares Germain's order to one he might expect in China or North Korea. "In the history of Canada, this is the worst case against freedom of speech, freedom of expression ever, in the history of our country," he exclaimed.
Pawlowski is vowing to never comply with the court order. "I will not – because I cannot say something that I believe to be a lie," he emphasized.
The pastor says he draws inspiration from the Book of Daniel and the story of friends Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego's trip to the fiery furnace.
"Right now, God has given me the biggest pulpit that I could ever imagine as a pastor, and I'm very grateful for that," he shared. "Of course, I don't want to go to prison and I don't want to face persecution – but if that's my destiny, I want to use it to the best of my ability. I want to tell people that there is hope; that there is truth that wants to set the captives free."
Pawlowski was arrested September 27 at a Calgary airport (pictured above) upon his return from a trip to the United States during which he proclaimed a simple warning to American churches: If there's no push back against the tyranny, "you're next."