Skip to comments.Grace Community Church Pastor John MacArthur says 'bring it on' after LA threatens jail time
Posted on 09/21/2020 6:53:37 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Grace Community Church Pastor John MacArthur took an insouciant attitude toward threats of jail time over his churchs decision to hold indoor services amid ongoing COVID-19 lockdowns, saying hell simply open a jail ministry should he find himself behind bars.
In an interview with Fox News' Laura Ingraham on Tuesday, MacArthur revealed that he recently received a letter threatening up to six months in jail if he continues holding indoor worship services at his church in Sun Valley, California.
Of course, my biblical hero apart from the Lord Jesus Christ is the Apostle Paul, MacArthur said. And when he went into a town he didn't ask what the hotel was like. He asked what the jail was like because he knew that's where he was going to spend his time.
So I don't mind being a little apostolic if they want to tuck me into jail, I'm open for a jail ministry, he continued. I've done a lot of other ministries and haven't had the opportunity to do that one. So bring it on.
On Sunday, Grace Community held an indoor service just days after Las Angeles Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff temporarily barred the church from holding indoor worship.
Speaking from the pulpit, MacArthur explained why Grace Church does not just comply with the orders that have been laid down for churches. He condemned the countys ongoing restrictions six months after the first lockdown as utterly impossible to follow, adding that doing so would completely shut the church down.
"Obviously, this is not constitutional, but more importantly, it goes against the will of the Lord of the church, who calls us together," the pastor said. So look at the person next to you and say, I don't know who you are but I'm so glad I'm sitting next to you.
MacArthur has led in-person services since late July in violation of Gov. Gavin Newsom's second round of lockdowns and repeatedly criticized California for restricting worship.
Were under the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ, and He says to have church, and we will, he told CNN on Thursday.
Over the last few weeks, the county has repeatedly attempted to get a court order to close the church and used various methods to prevent the congregation from gathering.
Last month, the county told the church it would terminate a lease for a parking lot the congregation had used for 45 years. Earlier this week, the county fined Grace Community $1,000 for allegedly violating a COVID-19 sign ordinance due to the placement of the sign.
MacArthur called the countys approach harassment and argued that government officials are attempting to impede on his and his congregations free exercise of religion by criminalizing activity directly required by our faith.
As a church, we have a moral and religious obligation to continue allowing our congregants to gather in our sanctuary to worship the Lord, the pastor said, adding that the church is the core of life for thousands from nursery to seniors.
Other churches across California have faced opposition for holding services in defiance of state health mandates constraining worship services.
North Valley Baptist Church in Santa Clara was forced to stop hosting indoor services after accruing over $112,000 in county fines.
Last month, Ventura County, a suburb of Los Angeles, fined Rob McCoy, pastor of Godspeak Calvary Chapel, $3,000 for holding six services against local orders.
I love this man, he fights.
Yes, I wish more of them would. Brave man of faith.
Just call it a mostly peaceful gathering
And yet, the rioting and shooting in Chicago continues unabated.
And yet Walmart is open for your shopping pleasure; and please wear a mask. Democrats war on religion.
Listened to him since my college days in 1980. He’s still on MESSAGE which is why LA-LA is targeting him.
Would it be too much for the overlords to provide evidence/data supporting their “rules.” I doubt they have Constitutional authority which overrules any of the “laws” they’ve concocted justifying the gulag state.
They count on fear based compliance. They are terrified of the optics of locking up a minister for preaching and he knows it.
Is this called civil disobedience????
God Bless this man.
Not to mention the optics if a septuagenarian pastor would happen to get injured or worse while being locked up.
So I don’t mind being a little apostolic if they want to tuck me into jail, I’m open for a jail ministry, he continued. I’ve done a lot of other ministries and haven’t had the opportunity to do that one. So bring it on.
Awesome. The Marxists running California will hit the roof when they read that one.
Pastor John has always been a great warrior for Christ.
May YHVH (God) bless him. Protect him and his flock. Great courage.
I have thought the same thing if God forbid I ever get imprisoned.
Id probably just panic and freak out and fall apart but I have thought the same thing.
And Lord knows the jails need some good ministry.
RE: And Lord knows the jails need some good ministry.
He’s going to see some competition from the prison Imams.
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