CA pastor: Lockdown fight involves more than Sunday mornings

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
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Pastor Rob McCoyA California pastor who defied lockdown orders and  opened the church doors for Sunday services says the Church needs to wake up and fight back, and he says that battle is evident in his own state.

Pastor Rob McCoy (pictured at right), who leads Godspeak Calvary Chapel, is currently in a legal fight with Ventura County government after he ignored lockdown orders and has been holding Sunday services.  

Godspeak’s open defiance angered the Ventura County Board of Supervisors which voted 3-2 to take action against him, and a county judge issued a restraining order that threatened McCoy --- and the first 1,000 church attendees – if they walked into the church again.

Faced with the threat, Godspeak turned the lights on anyway and reported an overflow crowd that included a second church congregation that volunteered to get in line first and get ticketed.

No tickets were handed out and no arrests were made.

“We are standing strong,” the pastor told the “Today’s Issues” program Wednesday morning.

Pastor: This is political, too

In a phone call to the American Family Radio program, Pastor McCoy said he views the legal fight as a spiritual and political battle, too. He warned the Church has been asleep too long and has let politicians make decisions that harm churches and Christians, especially in California’s far-left legislature.

CA Gov NewsomCalifornia has been known for its liberal governence for decades but the far-left drift of the Democratic Party in recent years has alarmed the state’s churches and conservative holdouts.

McCoy himself is no stranger to politics. He served as mayor and city councilmember in Thousand Oaks, a city of 128,000, and told “Today’s Issues” he is concerned that closed-down schools and churches will affect voting on Election Day, citing his contacts in the state legislature who are concerned about Gov. Gavin Newsom.

“If [Newsom] can keep the schools closed and the churches closed, those are the number one places where you do voting for polling,” Pastor McCoy warned. “So keep those closed and you can do vote-by-mail.”

voting in AmericaThe pastor pointed out that so-called “ballot harvesting” decimated Republican candidates in 2018, which only delivered more power for the already-dominate Democratic Party.

Fox News and other media outlets reported in 2018 how Democrats were able to “steamroll” Republicans and claim all but seven of 53 seats in the California House, for example. Those races seemed to favor Republicans on Election Day, the story pointed out, but days and weeks later the Democrats matched, then passed, the GOP votes thanks to approximately 250,000 ballots in Orange County alone. 

Hearing set for August 21

A contempt hearing is scheduled for Friday, August 21 in which the court could find Pastor McCoy in contempt, which could lead to a fine or possibly jail. That hearing will follow a hearing this week in which attorneys representing Godspeak and Ventura County argued over the contempt case. An attorney for the county asked the judge to use the county sheriff to close the church property but that was request was denied.

Pastor McCoy told the radio program that Gov. Newsom didn’t care about masks and social distancing when thousands of protesters hit the streets.

“And neither did we,” the pastor added, “because we looked at the data."

Judge banging gavel 2That statement appeared to be a reference to COVID-19 cases in Ventura County, where the fatality rate is under one percent.

Pastor McCoy is setting a “tremendous example” of what it means to be brave, and stand up for the Bible and the U.S. Constitution, says radio talk show host Janet Mefferd.

"I fully support what he's been doing,” she tells OneNewsNow, “and I think the actions of the state of California have been horrendous."

Janet MefferdMefferd calls it “insane” that Ventura County government would suggest shutting down Godspeak church at the same time abortion clinics and liquor stores are legally operating.

“You didn't see any removal of protestors from the streets of California when they were in line with leftist ideology,” she pointed out, mirroring the pastor’s words on the “Today’s Issues” program.


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