Pastor John MacArthur says he’ll "obey God fairly than human" in coronavirus closures
John MacArthur(Photo: YouTube / Grace Community Church)
Pastor John MacArthur said he was ready to be faithful to God instead of the authorities in California, which have been banned for the second time last month.
MacArthur, pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, was fined and even arrested for fending off orders to continue by continuing to provide personal services.
In a video message to his community, MacArthur suggested he was ready to face the consequences.
"We will obey God and not people," said MacArthur.
"We will remain faithful to the Lord and leave the results to Him.
"Whatever happens will be what He allows. But He will be on our side because we will be obedient and faithful to His Word.
"We will not bow to Caesar. The Lord Jesus Christ is our king."
The Religion News Service reports that local health officials "are investigating and contacting Church leaders to inform them that they must follow the health care orders."
MacArthur said that although he doesn't know "what the Lord has for us," the Church will continue to meet on Sundays.
"We will meet as the church of Jesus Christ because we are offered that," he said.
"We will sing, we will pray, we will have fellowship, we will spread the word of God far and wide and even around the world through this livestream opportunity that we have."
MacArthur considered some churches that have decided to close for the rest of the year, saying that pastors who have taken such drastic measures "do not know what a church is and they do not care for its people."
He continued: "And you have many people in Christianity who seem to be significant leaders who do not give the Church strength or courage, do not stand up and rise and call Christians to the Church of the world like I do said on Sunday. "