A Christian Science minister is condemning the state’s medical cannabis policy as a “travesty of the word” and a “complete betrayal” of the teachings of Jesus Christ.
“It’s absolutely a traverty of the meaning of the Word,” Dr. Paul Goudreau said.
Goudreau is a pastor at the Oakland-based First Baptist Church in Oak Bay, which is known for its compassionate approach to the Christian faith.
He also has a special interest in medical marijuana, and his patients include patients suffering from various forms of cancer.
“I’m a Christian Science pastor and we believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer,” he said.
“He died for our sins, and I believe that He will come back and take care of us.”
So it’s an obligation of all Christians to love the sick and those in pain and to take care that they’re not going to die.
That’s what we’re supposed to do.
“Goudrieres church also hosts a fellowship for cancer patients that provides an alternative to chemotherapy.
He says he is concerned that the policy will force Oakland to close its doors.”
The state has tried to say that Oak Bay is closed and that’s a lie,” Goudres said.”
What the governor and the Legislature are trying to do is to destroy a church.
“Gouging patients with cash and cars Goudries church has become a major point of contention between the governor’s office and the state legislature, who are trying in vain to pass a medical marijuana law.
In response, the state recently released a report detailing how it is currently prosecuting more than 30 people for medical marijuana violations, including people whose patients are using it to treat their own cancers.
Goutreau says he has witnessed patients suffering for more than a year.”
Goutrieres claims the state has been targeting his church and other faith-based institutions that are in the business of providing medical marijuana for their patients.””
They’re literally giving their life away for a medical condition that’s very common.”
Goutrieres claims the state has been targeting his church and other faith-based institutions that are in the business of providing medical marijuana for their patients.
“You’ve got a very small percentage of the population who are going to get what they need and they’re going to pay for it,” he added.
“These people are paying for a service that they are doing that God would never do.”
Baptists in Ontario have had a history of refusing to participate in the medical cannabis industry, even though they are legally allowed to do so.
In the 1970s, they even sued the province over its prohibition of medical marijuana.
“In the 1980s, when the province decided to legalize medical marijuana it was against the law,” said Goudrey.
“In Ontario, we would have had to take legal action.
It would have been very costly to do this.”
Gaudreau says his church has been able to survive by charging a small fee to provide medical marijuana to patients who have a terminal illness, and has been forced to close in order to maintain its financial footing.
“If they have to close their doors, then the church has to go, and that is just a traveilous and terrible thing to do,” he explained.
“This is a ministry that’s got hundreds of thousands of people.
We have no choice.
We are going bankrupt.”
The Oak Bay-based church, which has more than 2,000 members, is now seeking a court injunction to prevent the state from closing its doors and is currently working with the Canadian Association of Reformed Churches (CARCS) to file a complaint.GOUGING CAMPAIGNERS TO SUPPORT CAMPAIGNS’ FUTURE’Goudries stance is a significant victory for the Oak Bay branch of the CARCS, which recently received funding from the federal government to help expand its network of churches in Canada.
“We’ve got to be honest with ourselves and acknowledge that this is not the way we’ve been going about our business for the last 50 years,” said CARCS spokesperson John Bezanson.
“As we look forward, it is very important to have a dialogue with those that are interested in this.
We need to have an open dialogue with the minister and the community, but at the same time we want to ensure that we’re not compromising on the ministry’s work.”
Goads spokesperson says it’s not just the minister’s actions that have created the current conflict, but the ministry itself.
“There’s a very, very big difference between being a minister of the gospel and being a pastor of the church,” he remarked.
“One of the biggest things is we have a responsibility to our community.
We’re very committed to our ministry.
It’s just the ministry has been taking advantage of this situation to make a lot of money.”