MacArthur sees threats as chance for jail ministry

Thursday, September 17, 2020
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Grace Community Church 2 (California)"Bring it on!" That's what Pastor John MacArthur is saying about threats of fines and jail time for holding indoor worship services at his California church.

"We received a letter with the threat that we could be fined or I could go to jail for a maximum of six months," MacArthur of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley told "The Ingraham Angle" television program (see interview below). "My biblical hero apart from the Lord Jesus Christ is the Apostle Paul … and when he went to a town, he didn't ask what the hotel was like – he asked what the jail was like, because he knew that's where he was going to spend his time."

MacArthur went on to say that he doesn't "mind being a little apostolic."

"If they want to tuck me in a jail, I'm open for a jail ministry. I've done a lot of other ministries, but I haven't had that opportunity to do that one,' he continued. "So, bring it on."

Last Friday
, the Los Angeles Superior Court issued a preliminary injunction against Grace Community Church and Pastor MacArthur. The pastor's attorneys at Thomas More Society say the court refused to follow the U.S. and California state constitutional protections for churches.

"Although this is a temporary setback, we will continue to fight for Pastor MacArthur and Grace Community Church's constitutionally protected right to hold church," attorney Jenna Ellis told OneNewsNow in a statement. "While the judge did go out of his way to repeatedly state that he is not ruling on the merits, only a ruling at this very preliminary stage, Pastor MacArthur is still harmed because he has every right to hold church."

Ellis added that church is essential, and no government agent has the runaway, unlimited power to force churches to close indefinitely.

"[Los Angeles] County's argument was basically 'because we can,' which is the very definition of tyranny," said Ellis. "Without limiting government's power in favor of freedom and protected rights, we have no liberty. We will fight for religious freedom, as our founders did when they wrote the First Amendment."

During the interview, MacArthur shared that he had heard personally from President Donald Trump that he supports as "essential" and that churches "need to stay open."


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