John MacArthur Says His Church is ‘Protesting Lies and Deception for the Sake of the Truth’ by Holding In-Person Services

Pastor John MacArthur announced during the Shepherd’s Conference held earlier this month that next year’s conference will include a summit on biblical inerrancy. Photo taken March 7, 2014. | Grace Community Church

Pastor John MacArthur of California’s Grace Community Church defended his decision to hold in-person services despite the state-mandated closure of churches, saying his congregation is “protesting lies and deception for the sake of the truth.”

On Tuesday, MacArthur appeared on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to explain why his Sun Valley, California-based church decided to reopen just two weeks after Gov. Gavin Newsom indefinitely closed churches and other businesses in more than 30 of the state’s 58 counties as part of its response to the coronavirus.