Is our beloved Pastor really a threat to society? Or is his courage of conviction a threat to the establishment…

Pastor Paul Furlong was arrested Saturday 29th May and has been in jail until today, 15th June. He is being accused of incitement because he attempted to hold a church service which allegedly breached CHO directions at the time.

I can confirm that he was granted bail today.

I attended the hearing and was shocked to hear the criminal terms being used on such a pious and honourable man. Pastor Paul is a charity worker and man of God. He’s been married for over 30 years, has 3 children, a business and has saved hundreds of children from sex-trafficking and poverty. If he is a criminal for exercising his freedom of speech, religion, and assembly…Australia is going down a dangerous path.

The prosecutor was Senior Sergeant Luke Holmes who appeared via webcam wearing a mask alone in a closed room. The most surprising thing he did was attempting to add a bail condition that Pastor Paul be restricted from communicating with myself (Monica Smit) and Nick Patterson, leader of PeaceMakers. The judge declined that condition promptly.

The Pastor is not allowed to communicate via social media whatsoever. His wife, Julie, had to give what’s called ‘an assurity’ of $15,000, which she says is coming out of their personal savings. This means she must help to ensure that Paul doesn’t break his bail conditions. She is obliged to report him to the police or risk losing their savings.

Luke Holmes said more than 5 times that the Pastor is very dogmatic in his views, He explained,” Mr furlong holds his beliefs very strongly, which is a concern for us”. It seems that Paul’s courage of conviction is threatening to the Sergeant.

Are citizens with strong views a danger to society? Or are they a danger to the establishment? I’ll let you decide.

Luke Holmes seemed very unnerved with this particular statement the Pastor said online a few times…“I will obey God over man”. Luke continued to say, “holding mass gatherings puts the entire country at risk” and he justifies the police response by saying their actions were to protect the public.

Luke Holmes also attempted to discredit Paul by mocking his use of common law, his tone was mocking and belittling.

The judge called on Paul’s wife, Julie who is a primary school teacher. You could see the struggle on her face. Being away from her loving husbands for well over 2 weeks has clearly taken a toll on the family. She was asked by the judge “Do you share the same beliefs as your husband when it comes to COVID restrictions?”. Julie took many moments to answer, she said “I am a law-abiding citizen…I believe in the same bible my husband does”.

Paul’s lawyer, Rahmin De Kretser, was very assertive and asked the Sergeant,” Did you take statements from all the attendees as to why they were there?”. Luke admitted that statements were not conducted. Rahmin also made it clear to the court that the offenses committed by the offender are punishable by fine only.
In conclusion, I’m still in shock that all these proceedings are taking place because a Pastor wanted to run his church on a Sunday. Pandemic or not, since when was it ok to restrict our right to faith and freedom of assembly? Should it be our choice what risks we put ourselves in? Or should the government decide which risks we’re allowed to take?

This case is significant for Australia and we will follow it very closely.

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  1. Thanks for the update, we been praying for your Pastor, I am in full admiration of his stand, I believe this is the first of its kind on this country, while becoming more frequent in Alberta and Ontario.
    Many blessings to you, on the day you stand before the Lord I believe you will hear the words “well done, thou good and faithful servant”.

    1. Yes brilliant response, I am SO in agreement with you (see commentary) – Keep Speaking the Truth and Praying mightily – We Serve AN AWESOME God….Love & Blessings in Jesus Mighty Name, Melinda

  2. The Angels in Heaven are Praising God & Giving Him ALL the Glory, Honour & Thanks for this AMAZING man.
    Pastor Paul KNOWS and demonstrates along with any other born-again, spirit-filled Christians that this is NOT war of flesh and blood but a Spiritual Battle where ONLY the strongest in Jesus Christ will Stand.

    As Christians, we will NOT bow down to these ridiculous mandates/requirements – We Serve GOD ALONE first & foremost and we take The Courage, The Wisdom, The Knowledge, The Perseverance, Discernment, Reverence & Awe of God & use it with LOVE, Peace, Compassion, Gentleness, Kindness, Generosity, JOY, (so much joy necessary in these sad, last days) Goodness, Faithfulness & Self-Control WHICH Pastor Paul has demonstrated so beautifully.

    I would NOT want to be ANY Leader of a Church who has NOT DONE what Pastor Paul has been imprisoned for – HE IS NOT ASHAMED of The Gospel & follows the NO 1. Commandment given to us by Jesus.
    “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.
    And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
    On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

    Praise God for Pastor Paul’s beautiful wife and congregation who have stood in Spiritual Warfare for him…

  3. As a Bible believing and born again Christian of more than 40 years but not a Bible basher or Bible thumper I am full of admiration for Pastor Paul however I do think he has sold himself short and lost an opportunity to expose and hold to account the Andrews/Merlino Labour Socialist government to the untold suffering they placed on millions of people of Victoria. To say that I will obey God rather than man is I think a bit too dogmatic, God says “Come let us reason together”. For example he could use the argument that the lockdowns have caused so much unjust and disproportionate suffering through the isolation of people from one another and the stress that is being causing by jobs being lost and businesses on the verge of closing, his church leadership made the decision to call the church together to petition God against the brutal and cruel treatment brought about through the decisions of the State government. The government then has to answer. God has a way of exposing and taking away the authority of those who lie and perpetrate wickedness