Pastor John MacArthur: Church Gets $800,000 from Government for Tyrannical and Unconstitutional Assault in Unsuccessfully Shutting Down His Church – 4 Things You Should Know

Craig HueyChurch, Faith, Religious Liberties & The Persecuted Church14 Comments

The health and medical establishment bureaucrats and socialist politicians heads are spinning as they must give pastor John MacArthur and his church, Grace Community Church $800,000.

Here are 4 things you should know:

1. The state of California and Los Angeles County are rewarding MacArthur with $800,000 for their assault on John MacArthur, his church attendees and Christian rights.

The state of California is giving $400,000.

Los Angeles County is giving an extra $400,000.

It should have been more for the abuse of power and coercion.

2. A useless and senseless waste of taxpayer money.

Los Angeles County taxpayers are paying $950,000 in attorney fees and other costs related to the legal battle with the church.

How much California spent is not being released.

This does not count the costs of police, judges, and county and state attorneys.

A terrible waste of taxpayers’ money.

3. Pastor MacArthur is a courageous hero.

Pastor MacArthur’s decision to do what is right in God’s eye, not government mandates and fight for religious constitutional rights was powerful.

He kept his church open for indoor service (illegal), no masks (illegal), worship (illegal) and prayer (illegal).

His decision not only impacted the thousands attending his own fellowship, but inspired pastors nationwide to make the same decision.

4. The court cases.

Lower court cases were impacted by judicial activists (see “Judicial Tyranny! Biased Judicial Activist Orders John MacArthur to Close Church Services: 8 Shocking Things Everyone Should Know”.

But MacArthur would not give up.

Also see Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff (see”Pastor John MacArthur Defies Government Orders; Judge Denies Government Request to Close Inside Church Services. McArthur Please Pastor to Help [2 Things You Should Know]” issuing a preliminary injunction against MacArthur and his church ignoring it.

Ultimately the Supreme Court struck down indoor bans, bans on worship and allowing churches nationwide to open legally.

Let me know what you think. Email me at craig@electionforum.org.

14 Comments on “Pastor John MacArthur: Church Gets $800,000 from Government for Tyrannical and Unconstitutional Assault in Unsuccessfully Shutting Down His Church – 4 Things You Should Know”

  1. Actually, all the mandates were illegal. Governors, mayors, and health officials, cannot make law. What Pastor MacArthur and other pastors did in keeping their doors open for services, was not illegal. It was a great disappointment to me when pastors acquiesced to the government and closed their churches. Apparently very few have read the Constitution and Bill of Rights, which is very sad.

    As a taxpayer in CA, I am happy that the state was required to pay the churches. I’m sure that stuck in the craw of the governor!

  2. Just as a reminder, once protesters and rioters congregating were “approved” to gather and destroy, but the church was not allowed to gather told thinking people all we needed to know about the evil agenda.

  3. I applaud Pastor John McArthur’s courage to fight the county of Los Angeles/State of California over their attempt to shut down Grace Community Church. Unfortunately, as so often is the case, that is only one side of the story. Many months ago, after hearing from my Christian friends that Grace Community Church was not encouraging congregants to wear masks, I personally emailed Pastor McArthur/Grace Community Church and pleaded with him to encourage church staff and attendees to wear mask, and do our part to help slow down the spread of the Covid-19. My pleas apparently fell on deaf ears, as the idea of encouraging people to wear masks was (and still is) very unpopular among Christians/Republican Party, etc. Now, I am distressed to find out that Grace Community Church appeared to have suppressed the truth about John McArthur’s own bout with the Covid-19 illness in December, 2020, and his continued assertion that “there is no evidence that (sickness/deaths from COVID-19) can be traced back to Grace Church”, when evidence is mounting on the contrary. (Feel free to go to julieroys.com to get the other side of the story) As a Christian, I err on the side of life and on the side of protecting the weak. My right of personal liberty (choice to not wear a mask) is trumped by my care and concern for the needs of those around me who are weak (children for whom vaccines are not yet available, immune-deficient individuals who are much more prone to getting sick from the virus, etc.) Not many fight the seat-belt mandate these days, but so many fight the “mask” mandate. Study after study have shown (beyond a reasonable doubt) that wearing a seat belt saves lives. Study after study have shown (beyond a reasonable doubt) that wearing a mask (any mask) reduces the transmission of COVID-19. Most are willing to give up their personal liberties when it comes to wearing seat-belts, but many are NOT willing to give up their personal liberties when it comes to wearing a face mask. People who believe face masks do not provide a meaningful benefit to slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus are fighting against the mounting and overwhelming scientific evidence (beyond a reasonable doubt) that points to the contrary. I wish and pray that wearing a mask becomes less of a political and religious issue and more of a public health issue. It is awesome that we live in a free country in which we are free to believe whatever we wish. However, with that freedom comes a responsibility to make sure (beyond a reasonable doubt) that the choices we make (based on our personal beliefs) do not detrimentally affect the rights (to stay healthy) and liberties (more freedom from the fear of getting the virus) of those around us.

    1. Well, Joshua, All I can say as I read your comments is #1 I AM A Christian #2 I have Done Much Research on this Vaccine. I really have no problem with mask/ no mask , But the vaccine doesn’t stop one from getting or transmitting. Proven ! Furthermore, if you do your research the vaccine ALTERS your DNA with RNA. Research RNA since you are so mindful. I call this a SOFT KILL. Sure no one will maybe die today, but over the long term, our GOD GIVEN immune systems are not going to preform the way our creator intended. Warp Speed Does Not equal Safety. In a Normal world it takes 7-10 years of study to approve Any med and even at that time frame many times the med after being unleashed on the public over time proves UNSAFE . Masks are fine , but not wearing one isn’t for others if you consider you can still contract after vax. BTW This isn’t even a vaccine. Vaccines are given one time for life. This now is heading to #3 and our GOD in Heaven only knows how much more of this will be pumped into innocent people who willingly take. Any One who has Trust in the So Called Trusted Officials is sadly Not Informed.

      1. “The vaccine doesn’t stop one from getting or transmitting. Proven.” Partially true, but oversimplified, statement. It is true that Covid vaccines does not stop the virus 100%; no vaccine is 100% effective against its intended target. However, as of 9/10/21, a CDC study documented that “People who were not fully vaccinated this spring and summer were more than 10 times more likely to be hospitalized, and 11 times more likely to die of covid-19, than those who were fully vaccinated.”

        “Vaccines Alters your DNA with RNA.” This statement is misinformation and pseudoscientific content flooding social networks such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. The good news is that vaccines simply can’t do this. Websites for CDC, Forbes, WebMD, Reuters, MIT all has information on this if anyone cares to do further research.

        “Warp Speed Does Not equal Safety. In a Normal world it takes 7-10 years of study to approve Any med” Misleading statement. A fairer statement would be: “The mRNA Covid vaccines took around 30 years to study and approve.” Research in mRNA vaccine technology started in the early 1990’s. Operation Warp Speed unleashed massive funding to enable the “remaining puzzle pieces” to fall in place quickly. For the Pfizer vaccine, data from 44,000 study participants (literally truckloads of documentation) were analyzed and scrutinized by CDC staff members (who were from the Right, the Left, and everything in between, statistically speaking). AFTER the completion of the data analyses and encouraging results were obtained, CDC issued the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).

        Hope this information helps!

      2. Dear Anonymous: Please allow me to note the following: “The vaccine doesn’t stop one from getting or transmitting. Proven.” Partially true, but oversimplified, statement. It is true that Covid vaccines does not stop the virus 100%; no vaccine is 100% effective against its intended target. However, as of 9/10/21, a CDC study documented that “People who were not fully vaccinated this spring and summer were more than 10 times more likely to be hospitalized, and 11 times more likely to die of covid-19, than those who were fully vaccinated.”

        “Vaccines Alters your DNA with RNA.” This statement is misinformation and pseudoscientific content flooding social networks such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. The good news is that vaccines simply can’t do this. Websites for CDC, Forbes, WebMD, Reuters, MIT all has information on this if anyone cares to do further research.

        “Warp Speed Does Not equal Safety. In a Normal world it takes 7-10 years of study to approve Any med” Misleading statement. A fairer statement would be: “The mRNA Covid vaccines took around 30 years to study and approve.” Research in mRNA vaccine technology started in the early 1990’s. Operation Warp Speed unleashed massive funding to enable the “remaining puzzle pieces” to fall in place quickly. For the Pfizer vaccine, data from 44,000 study participants (literally truckloads of documentation) were analyzed and scrutinized by CDC staff members (who were from the Right, the Left, and everything in between, statistically speaking). AFTER the completion of the data analyses and encouraging results were obtained, CDC issued the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).

        Hope this information helps!

  4. I applaud Pastor John MacArthur’s analysis and courage.

    Joshua, zero cases is a silly goal. Covid was destructive for elderly and comorbid people. Still, the survival rate is extremely high and did not warrant the shutdown. Early treatment is proving to be effective. One questions why these treatments were opposed by the government leaders.

    Casinos were open, Costco was open. Grocery stores were open. Shutting down Churches is obviously discriminatory, an attack on our First Amendment.

  5. Joe, while I am in general agreement with most of your statements, I do wish to point out a few things as follows:

    Zero Covid-19 case scenario would be a silly goal, but that was never the goal, as far as I know. The goal was to MINIMIZE the transmission of Covid-19. Study after study have proven (beyond a reasonable doubt) that wearing a mask and social distancing help with this goal.

    Survival rate is extremely high, ie death rate is extremely low. We just need to define what an extremely low death rate is. Let’s ask the following questions from a public health perspective: (a) What death rate is high enough to justify a shutdown? (b) What death rate is high enough to justify a mask mandate? (c) What death rate is high enough to justify a seatbelt mandate? These questions are difficult to answer. In the USA, the population exceeds 300 million. A death rate of 0.1% is “extremely low”, but that is still over 300,000 people’s lives. How would you like it if your loved one was one of the 300,000 who died? I know I wouldn’t like it one bit. If, by wearing a mask, I can be part of helping save some of the 300,000 lives, I would be more than happy to “give up a little bit of my personal liberty” to do it. Having said that, I do agree with you that a shutdown like the one we’ve experienced is not warranted, given the available Covid-19 data, but that’s only my personal opinion.

    “Early treatment is proving to be effective.” This statement is debatable. As much as I want to believe that early treatments (ie using hydroxychloroquine, ivermectin, monoclonal antibodies, etc.) are safe and effective (beyond a reasonable doubt), the available/reliable data from any of the above “treatment” protocols is still FAR INFERIOR to the 44,000 study participants in the Pfizer vaccine, from which literally truckloads of study results were analyzed and scrutinized before the EUA (Emergency Use Authorization) was granted. Even with all this data, nearly 30% of the US population still don’t want to get the vaccine, for one reason or another. What can I say? People will believe what they want to believe.

    The main reason why these Covid-19 treatments were opposed by the government leaders is as explained above. Government officials listen to medical experts (not one or two, but many, many experts). While the medical experts don’t unanimously agree, the general consensus in the medical community is that, unless we have double-blinded, placebo-controlled studies with sufficient number of participants (ie 40,000 or more), we cannot conclude with “enough” certainty that something is safe enough and effective enough to be released for public consumption. This kind of scientific rigor requires a lot of time, and that’s where the frustration comes in. If I’m sick with Covid-19, and I think I only have a few days to live, and my only choices are to do nothing, or try and to secure and take Ivermectin, I would probably choose the later option since I’m desperate, and I can probably find a doctor to get it for me on an “off-label” use. But for the general public, that’s a “NO-NO”, because most doctors don’t want to risk losing their medical license (or get sued by a dead patient’s heir) for prescribing something that is not FDA approved. The standards for FDA approval is extremely high. AstraZeneca’s vaccine is not yet approved by FDA for public use in the US, even with a 76% effectiveness rate from about 32,000 trial participants. Even though AstraZeneca’s vaccine is approved for public use in the UK and several European Union countries, FDA says basically: “Nope, not good enough.”

    There is so much more credible science on Covid-19 that I can share, but my goal here is simply to provide a different perspective on Grace Community Church’s response to our Covid-19 crisis.

    I highly respect Pastor John McArthur for his biblical teachings. However, I side with the medical experts, more so than I trust Pastor John McArthur’s understanding, on how to best respond to the Covid-19 crisis.

  6. How many times in the Bible did God say Fear Not? Not because things will always go the way we want them to, but IF we are a Christian we trust that God knows what is best for the outcome. If death is the outcome it’s a win-win for me to be with Him in heaven. We’re not promised a certain length of life when we’re born, and if we die sooner God cheated us. We get what HE has predetermined, to give Him honor and walk with Him as Adam & Eve did in the Garden of Eden.

  7. HI, Carolyn! It is true that “Fear Not” is often stated in the Bible, and I consider the Bible as the inspired word of God. However, I don’t think the general principle Behind the “Fear Not” verses in the Bible is at issue here. Matthew 22:36-40 talks about the two greatest commandments on which all the (biblical) laws and prophets hang. (1) Love the Lord your God (which is also not at issue here), and (2) Love your neighbor as yourself. Who is my neighbor? I would say everyone around me. Some around me are weak and/or immune compromised and/or can’t (or not willing to) wear a mask. I wear a mask, not because I fear for myself, but because I love my neighbors and want the best for them. Yes, wearing a mask is not very comfortable, and restricts my breathing. However, it is a small price for me to pay to do my part to help decrease the likelihood of hurting or killing my neighbors.

    Another Biblical passage to consider here is Matthew 4:7. You may recall that the devil took Jesus to the pinnacle of the temple, and asked Jesus to “cast thyself down”. Jesus did not fall for the devil’s temptation, but instead said: “Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God”. Are we tempting God by not wearing a seatbelt when we drive because we claim the promises of “Fear Not” verses? To say that “God knows what is best.” and “If death is the outcome, it’s a win-win for me to be with Him in heaven.” are not convincing arguments for me to decide not to wear a seatbelt when I drive, nor are they convincing arguments for me to decide not to wear a mask. I do wholeheartedly agree that (1) God knows what is best, and (2) if death is the outcome, it’s a win-win for me to be with him in Heaven. However, we need to be careful not to misapply these biblical statements of truth. Cults misapply biblical truths, and the results can be tragic.

  8. Joshua: Infinitesimal: 3 security team members late last year. and Pastor John. Where’s the outbreak any ‘experts’ were warning about??? FYI: mask Filtration Capacity: Surgical mask filters down to 3.0 Microns. N95 and KN-95 down to 0.3 Microns. Corona virus diameter 0.06 – 0.1 Micron. These are averages from charts that can be found on-line with this information. Hard data, this is science. Follow the science! FYI: “The ‘Science’ Behind Social Distancing” at the Ron Paul Institute May 25, 2020, well-documented on the origins of social distancing…… PS: This does not make Covid any less deadly, nor does it lessen the devastation of loss of life, but it helps to expose the Left’s politicization of this virus, and IMO gives strong support for natural immunity for individuals, and herd immunity within this congregation.

  9. Hi, Joshua.

    My following comments are done in love so please read this in that light.

    I have no problem with you or anyone else wearing a mask. Yet, I take issue with you IMPOSING that on anyone else. I am glad that you are not afraid of the virus or of death; I am also glad that you are lovingly thinking of others when you don a mask. The moment you force your views on all the rest of us, however, you actually undermine the very principles you confidently assert for yourself.

    He who observes the day, do so for the Lord; he who doesn't, doesn't for the Lord (I Corinthians). The principle in view here is the motivation for donning a mask (or, for that matter, getting vaccinated or anything else we may do). Why do we do it? Even an unbeliever can don a mask or get vaccinated for a family member, a loved one, etc. What makes a believer's action any different? We do it to glorify our Lord and Savior. If someone chooses to wear a mask, let him do it to honor God, trusting that He will protect him and be honored in his choosing to do it. If someone chooses to not wear a mask, let him do it to honor the Lord and trust that He will protect him. I don't call that tempting the Lord; it's called following one's own convictions. Obviously, in both instances, let both people in both instances take care to follow government guidelines to the best of their abilities, i.e. not put themselves in dangerous circumstances. Our guide should be Scripture; the Holy Spirit should be guiding our convictions. And prayer should be the way in which we seek guidance (as well as following accurate information).

    Ultimately, I'm not writing this in order to convince you to change your mind, Joshua. I leave that to the Holy Spirit of God. My brethren at Grace Community Church have followed their convictions and I praise the Lord for their actions and the actions of the elders there who have been bold enough to make the decisions they made in order for the church to stay open. The important principle that Pastor John made back in July 2020 is Hebrews 10:24 -25: "And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching."

    My hope is that you are gathering with your own local body of believers and encouraging them as well as being encouraged by them. Let's not quibble over such minute matters such as masks and vaccines; let's work together to give the Gospel to a dying world who, whether through COVID or other means, are entering a hopeless eternity without Christ each day. Let our unity point them to Him who overcame death for us; let our love for one another be our testimony.

    1. Dear Joy: Thank you for your post, and Yes, I have read and received your comments in the spirit in which it was given. Please allow me to address some of your comments.

      I am a fellow Christian. The Bible teaches us to protect the weak. Pro-lifers, including me, use this same line of thinking to argue against abortion. The Bible teaches us to protect the weak to the best of our ability. Jesus said in Matthew 12:30-31, “Love the Lord your God… and … Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these”. My neighbors include the weak. The weak include children, elderly, immune-suppressed people, disabled people, etc. By wearing a mask and taking the vaccine, I increase the chances to life for the weak. As an individual, I won’t have a measurable effect on public health. However, collectively, the 100 million currently unvaccinated people in the US will have a tremendous positive impact on the plight of the weak if most choose to get vaccinated. As a father with a developmental disabled son, I am fairly well connected with the disabled community. Around 15% of the population experience some form of disability. Another 10% are under 12 years of age. Around 2.7% are immune compromised. Around 16.5% are over 65 years of age. Eliminating duplications, the weak group makes up nearly 40% of the population. I know many, many members in the weak group. Of the weak members that I know, NOT ONE understands why not everyone would choose to wear a mask or get vaccinated. Most don’t think society cares much for them.

      Many members of the weak do not yet know our Lord Jesus Christ as his/her own personal Savior. I agree with you that (a) “we need to work together to give the Gospel to a dying world”, and (b) “let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works”. Now, let’s pretend that I am an immune-compromised heathen who doesn’t think anybody loves me, and we know each other well enough to know that I am vaccinated and you are not vaccinated. How receptive do you think I would be to your well-intentioned gospel message to me? To this “weak” group, the matter of mask-wearing and vaccines is not “minute”. Helping to quash this pandemic is not a minute matter.

      I would not want to impose my views (re mask wearing and vaccines) on others. It is NOT my place. All I can do is provide information that I believe is balanced and accurate. Hopefully, this information can gently persuade some that mask wearing and vaccines are a good idea.

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