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Canadian Religious Broadcasters Association Birthed

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The last prayer Jesus Christ uttered before He was arrested and sent to the cross was that we would be united for the cause of sharing the good news that He is the Son of God.  Jesus prayed in John 17:20-21 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.”  When believers focus on preaching the Gospel, great things happen.  When we recognize that we are all made wonderfully different but with one cause, to lead people to an eternity with God, petty differences become less important as we fix our eyes on “the mark, the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus”.

 

In 1929 the Canadian government began restricting Christian broadcasters from preaching the Gospel.  The government rejected all applications for Christian radio or television stations.  Leaders from across the country banded together and finally in 1993 the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission relented, allowing for a few stations, but under heavy restrictions.

After 82 years of government interference in the delivery of the Gospel over the air, Christian leaders have now come together to work to preserve Christian Broadcasting on television, radio, and various multi-media platforms.  On Thursday October 27th over 90 leaders assembled in Toronto at Canada Christian College for the founding of the Canadian Religious Broadcasting Association.

It is exciting to know that this generation sees the necessity of ministries coming together with unity in Jesus Christ to establish the CRBA.  Dr. Grant Jeffrey, Canada’s most prolific author with over 7 million books in circulation, spoke of the urgency to preach the gospel in these, the last days.

It was wonderful to see Dr. Frank Wright, NRB President, take time out of his busy schedule and fly to Canada to welcome the CRBA as a full affiliate.  American preachers came together in 1944 and formed the National Association of Broadcasters for the same expressed purpose.  The result is that the gospel is preached in every corner of the United States on over 6,000 radio and television stations.

It is the hope and prayer of the CRBA founders that a similar wave of freedom and opportunity will come over Canada for the sake that Christ’s words will be true in Canada that “the world may believe that You sent Me”.

The Executive Board of Directors was formed with the National Council to follow.  The new website www.religousbroadcasters.ca is currently being developed.