Pastor John MacArthur is going to court today to argue for his church's right to continue having church services.
Pastor John MacArthur was holding online-only services for Los Angeles County-based Grace Community Church until July, when people began showing up on campus unannounced and voluntarily. During appearances on various television and radio programs, Pastor MacArthur has stated that congregants "didn't buy the narrative" about COVID-19.
Local and state officials do not want churches having indoor services, citing concerns about the spread of the virus.
"Our members know the statistical reality that you have a 99.99 percent chance of not being affected by this, and certainly not in a deadly way," Pastor MacArthur told Todd Starnes in August.
Meanwhile, Pastor MacArthur has consistently pointed out that Jesus, not Governor Gavin Newsom (D) or any other elected official, is the head of the Church.
"The county did not try to enforce the very same measures against entities and gatherings that do not even have the heightened protections that churches do -- for example, the George Floyd protests, all of the riots, and Planned Parenthood clinics," said attorney Jenna Ellis of Thomas More Society, the law firm representing Pastor MacArthur, in an interview with OneNewsNow. "Yet they're coming after and targeting churches that, under the U.S. Constitution and California Constitution, have heightened protections."
The Superior Court of the State of California County of Los Angeles is scheduled to hear this morning's arguments.