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Grace Community Church Pastor John MacArthur says 'bring it on' after LA threatens jail time
Christian Post ^ | 09/21/2020 | By Leah MarieAnn Klett

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 church’s decision to hold indoor services amid ongoing COVID-19 lockdowns, saying he’ll 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 county’s 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.

“We’re 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 county’s approach “harassment” and argued that government officials are attempting to impede on his and his congregation’s “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.


TOPICS: Evangelical Christian; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: coronavirus; gty; jailtime; johnmacarthur; rico
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REV. JOHN MaCARTHUR


1 posted on 09/21/2020 6:53:37 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I love this man, he fights.


2 posted on 09/21/2020 6:54:29 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: usconservative

Yes, I wish more of them would. Brave man of faith.


3 posted on 09/21/2020 6:55:55 AM PDT by livius
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To: SeekAndFind

Just call it a mostly peaceful gathering


4 posted on 09/21/2020 6:56:33 AM PDT by 2banana (Common ground with islamic terrorists-they want to die for allah and we want to arrange the meeting)
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To: livius
Here in Hellinois, we have to make a "reservation" to attend Church in person due to the b.s. state mandate that requires 25% capacity only.

And yet, the rioting and shooting in Chicago continues unabated.

5 posted on 09/21/2020 6:58:45 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: usconservative

And yet Walmart is open for your shopping pleasure; and please wear a mask. Democrats war on religion.


6 posted on 09/21/2020 7:01:38 AM PDT by SkyDancer (~ Pilots: Looking Down On People Since 1903 ~)
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To: usconservative

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.


7 posted on 09/21/2020 7:06:02 AM PDT by caprock (from the flats of SE New Mexico)
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To: SeekAndFind

They count on fear based compliance. They are terrified of the optics of locking up a minister for preaching and he knows it.


8 posted on 09/21/2020 7:07:18 AM PDT by DesertRhino (Dog is man's best friend, and moslems hate dogs. Add that up. ....)
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To: SeekAndFind

Is this called civil disobedience????


9 posted on 09/21/2020 7:14:13 AM PDT by Karoo
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To: DesertRhino

God Bless this man.


10 posted on 09/21/2020 7:14:29 AM PDT by ohioman
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To: DesertRhino
They count on fear based compliance. They are terrified of the optics of locking up a minister for preaching and he knows it.

Not to mention the optics if a septuagenarian pastor would happen to get injured or worse while being locked up.

11 posted on 09/21/2020 7:16:25 AM PDT by kosciusko51
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To: SeekAndFind

“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.


12 posted on 09/21/2020 7:18:01 AM PDT by lodi90
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To: SeekAndFind

Pastor John has always been a great warrior for Christ.


13 posted on 09/21/2020 7:26:13 AM PDT by Luke21
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May YHVH (God) bless him. Protect him and his flock. Great courage.


14 posted on 09/21/2020 7:35:35 AM PDT by veracious (UN=OIC=Islam; USgov may be radically changed, just amend USConstitution)
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To: SeekAndFind

Brave man.


15 posted on 09/21/2020 7:44:39 AM PDT by JusPasenThru (Just rub some dirt on it...all bleeding stops sooner or later.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I have thought the same thing if God forbid I ever get imprisoned.

I’d probably just panic and freak out and fall apart but I have thought the same thing.


16 posted on 09/21/2020 8:21:30 AM PDT by Persevero (I am afraid propriety has been set at naught. - Jane Austen)
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To: metmom

Ping


17 posted on 09/21/2020 8:28:50 AM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege
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To: SeekAndFind
Grace Community Church Pastor John MacArthur took an insouciant attitude toward threats of jail time over his church’s decision to hold indoor services amid ongoing COVID-19 lockdowns, saying he’ll simply open a “jail ministry” should he find himself behind bars.

And Lord knows the jails need some good ministry.

18 posted on 09/21/2020 8:29:36 AM PDT by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith...)
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To: metmom

RE: And Lord knows the jails need some good ministry.

He’s going to see some competition from the prison Imams.


19 posted on 09/21/2020 8:31:18 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind; Alex Murphy; boatbums; CynicalBear; daniel1212; ealgeone; Elsie; Gamecock; HossB86; ...

Ping


20 posted on 09/21/2020 8:31:24 AM PDT by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith...)
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