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Canadian pastor Artur Pawlowski was released from prison last week after 51 days behind bars in Alberta.
Church Militant's Martina Moyski tells us about the pastor's recent reflections on his ordeal and how it's making waves south of the Canadian border.
Artur Pawlowski: "The worst thing pastors can do is sit and pretend 'I see nothing,' 'I hear nothing'; therefore 'I won't say anything.'"
Now under house arrest, Canadian pastor Artur Pawlowski is speaking out about his time in prison, testifying it has strengthened his faith and mission.
Pawlowski said the prison system tried to break him and confessed the brutal conditions tempted him to throw in the towel, but he resisted.
Artur Pawlowski: "I'm not going to say to you it's easy. ... I just relied completely on God. It's better to be in prison for doing what's right."
Born under the Soviet regime in Poland, the pastor is keenly aware of the way tyrants operate but is not despairing.
Artur Pawlowski: "The one thing I learned through all those years growing up behind the Iron Curtain is that those types of people — those villains — will not stop. ... We can turn this around."
He says this is a time not only for prayer but action.
Artur Pawlowski: "You can grab a phone, you can put pressure on your politicians. ... I'm refusing to bow before the golden image."
Canada's violations against religious liberty are attracting the attention of state legislators in the U.S. urging Canada be placed on a watch list along with North Korea and China.
Rep. Reggie Stoltzfus, R-Ohio: "I'm going to sound the alarm that religious persecution is happening 100 miles from my doorstep."
Many around the world are praying for Pastor Art's freedom — even as they see the clear and present threat to their own.
Pastor Pawlowski has been called the "most persecuted man in Canada." He is one of several Protestant ministers taking a stand for religious liberty, including pastors James Coates of Edmonton, Alberta and Tobias Tissen of Steinbach, Manitoba.