Judgment pages with John MacArthur about church companies

Judgment pages with John MacArthur about church companies

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John MacArthur has defied California's lockdown orders against churches(Photo: Grace Community Church

John MacArthur's Church has been advised that it can hold chanting indoor services with no limit on the number of visitors.

MacArthur's Grace Community Church continued to hold face-to-face services despite California lockdown orders. MacArthur, whose church is in Sun Valley, has claimed the lockdown restrictions are going too far.

The battle escalated when MacArthur filed a lawsuit against the state of California. Last week, Los Angeles County issued an injunction to stop services from being held.

The lawsuit filed against California questioned why protesters were allowed to gather in their thousands while communities were restricted.

"When many took to the streets to take part in 'political' or 'peaceful' protests allegedly directed against racism and police brutality, these protesters refused to adhere to the pandemic restrictions" the Church argued.

"Rather than enforcing public health orders, officials went all out to give these preferred protesters a de facto exemption.

"California was targeting the wrong groups. California first lifted restrictions on outdoor gatherings – a boon to the illegal behavior of the" George Floyd "demonstrators. California then banned and then closed down chanting in church services all – unless they could change their services to be identical to the now legal protests. "

On Friday, Justice James Chalfant of the Los Angeles Supreme Court took the pastor's side, saying it was up to the state to demonstrate why it should be allowed to violate the churches' constitutional right to exercise their religious freedom .

A full hearing is scheduled for September 4, but the judge has allowed the church to continue to meet indoors, on condition that worshipers wear masks and observe social distance between households.

MacArthur said of the judge's temporary order, "This confirms our desire to remain open and serve our people.

"This also gives us an opportunity to show that we are not trying to be rebellious or unreasonable, but that we will stand firm to protect our church from unreasonable, unconstitutional restrictions."

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