John MacArthur Says Grace Community Church Will Continue to Hold In-Person Services Because ‘Government Has No Right to Interfere’ in Church Matters

Pastor John MacArthur speaks at Shepherd’s Conference at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, on March 7, 2014. | Grace Community Church

Pastor John MacArthur of California’s Grace Community Church has announced that his church would continue to hold in-person services despite state-mandated restrictions banning in-person worship services.

About two weeks after California indefinitely closed churches and other businesses in more than 30 of the state’s 58 counties as part of its response to the coronavirus, author and theologian MacArthur has given a biblical basis for his decision. “Compliance would be disobedience to our Lord’s clear commands,” he wrote in a statement to the congregation on Friday.