Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church defied a court order that directed them to refrain from holding indoor services amid COVID-19. The pastor argued that following the county’s stringent guidelines would ”completely shut the church down.”
On Sunday, Grace Community held a packed morning service, just days after a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge granted the county’s request for an injunction prohibiting the Sun Valley-based church from holding indoor services in violation of county health orders.
MacArthur began the service by outlining why “Grace Church does not just comply with the orders that have been laid down for churches.”
“I thought it might be helpful to give you the list of things that are required of us as a church so that you understand how utterly impossible that would be,” MacArthur said.
He then read a long list of the county’s requirements, including no singing, no hugging, temperature checks, no communion, using the bathroom exclusively during the service, shortening sermons, and maintaining six feet of social distance at all times everywhere, among others.
MacArthur said following all the rules 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.’”
The pastor went on to question whether or not the United States is truly a “nation under God.”
“Nations are obligated to worship the true God,” he stressed. “Did you hear what I just said? They’re obligated to worship the true God and there are dire circumstances that will come upon them if they fail to do that … That is not an option; that is a divine command.”
MacArthur argued that “when any government separates from God and His law in Scripture and from His people and His church, it invites judgment on a personal scale and a national scale.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett