Pastor John MacArthur stood firm.
He ignored the judges.
He ignored the California Governor.
He ignored the Los Angeles County’s war on the church.
The government unconstitutionally threatened Pastor John and the church attendees with jail and fines and more.
Pastor MacArthur told the applauding fellowship, “we are having church. We are not meeting to be rebellious. We are meeting because our Lord has commanded, we come together and worship Him.”
MacArthur said, “they don’t want us to meet. That is obvious. They just want to shut us down.”
MacArthur went on to say, “The good news is you are here. You are not distancing, and you are not wearing masks. It is also good news you are not outside because it is very hot outside. So, the Lord knew you needed to be inside unmasked. So, the Lord did us that gracious favor.”
They came to church “illegally.” Here are 6 things you should know:
1. About 7,000 came, in the 90+ degree temperatures to meet inside.
The government ordered no more than 100 attend or 25% of the building capacity…and masks, social distancing, no worship, and more. You can see the church service [click HERE].
Those who wanted masks wore them – which was less than 5% of the attendance.
There was a tent outside for masks and social distancing. Few people were there.
2. The church sues the government, the government sues the church.
Los Angles filed a suit against John MacArthur and Grace Church filed a dueling lawsuit.
On Friday, a moderate Republican Superior court judge appointed by Governor Wilson gave a partial victory and partial defeat. It was in fact a major blow to the government. He ruled the church could open for indoor services but must wear masks and practice social distancing.
But on Saturday, the county of LA appealed to the California Second District Court of Appeals: Two judicial activists appointed by Democratic Governor Brown and one by Arnold Schwarzenegger – overturned the lower court decision and said Grace Community Church could not meet indoors.
The church ignored the court order, and they held services inside. The church did not require masks. The church did not enforce social distancing. The church even allowed worship and singing.
3. What is next?
The court cases will continue.
MacArthur and the packed-out church will continue to be obedient to scripture not to forsake the fellowshipping together.
This Sunday could see the police arresting or fining churchgoers and Pastor John. Pray it does not.
Pray for court success.
Pray for John MacArthur and the church.
4. The media, the church, and coronavirus hysteria.
The media fueled the flames of hate and disinformation in the last months by demonizing hundreds of doctors, scientists, researchers…and pastors… who disagree with the medical establishment, bureaucrats, and democratic socialist politicians.
· People should make their own decisions…that is America’s freedom of choice
· The government’s figures of cases with coronavirus are inflated and inaccurate
· The hospitals are not overloaded with coronavirus
· The at-risk group was and remains with those overweight, with a major physical problem, the elderly and in a nursing home.
· Masks do not provide much protection if any against coronavirus
· The amount of deaths and hospitalizations are ridiculously low, and no church should be shut down.
CNN and the biased media attacked the church, slandered the Pastor, and marginalized the Christians.
CNN said, “Most of the pastors who have bucked the rules are fringe figures in America Christianity.” But added MacArthur was not.
Not all religious leaders are standing with Pastor MacArthur. For example, Andy Stanley, in Atlanta Georgia has said his Northpoint Community church will not reopen until 2021.
To the pastors who are not standing firm and opening the church, Pastor MacArthur’s response is, “They don’t know what a church is, and they don’t shepherd their people.”
Let me know what you think. Email me at Craig@ElectionForum.org.