John MacArthur on Fox News with Tucker Carlson Explaining Church Position Defying California Order to Close Churches

John MacArthur on Fox News with Tucker Carlson Explaining Church Position Defying California Order to Close Churches

Pastor John MacArthur of California’s Grace Community Church defended his decision to hold live services despite the state-mandated closure of churches, saying his congregation is “protesting lies and deception for the sake of the truth.”

On Tuesday, MacArthur appeared on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to explain why his church decided to reopen just weeks after Gov. Gavin Newsom indefinitely closed churches and other businesses in more than 30 of the state’s 58 counties as part of its response to the coronavirus.

California Vs. Church

Reasons To Open Church

What a great testimony!

Churches need to pledge to stand up against government interference and tyranny and stay open!

According to Pastor John MacArthur, in choosing to reopen, Grace Community Church operated under the Constitution’s protection of religious freedom.

“First of all and foremost, it is a First Amendment right,” MacArthur said. “This is the United States of America and the government cannot intrude into worship. We stand on that amendment.”

The pastor also cited the low risk of death from COVID in California as a key reason his church opened its doors.

“The second thing that makes this so sensible is that in the state of California there are 40 million people, 8,500 of them have died with COVID. That is .002 (percent),” MacArthur said. “So in California, you have a 99.99 percent chance to survive COVID.”

“So why would you shut down the entire state?” he asked. “Particularly when people are frightened and sometimes terrified that they are going to die. It’s foolish to shut down the church where most of the intense relationships in our society exist in the life of the church.

It’s multi-generational. We have had 21 weeks with no ministry to a thousand little children, to a thousand university students, to junior high students, to high school students to senior adults.”

MacArthur pointed to the difficulties of pastoring in the midst of a lockdown, explaining, “We’ve had no funerals. No weddings. I can’t go to the hospital. I’ve had to go on the phone to talk to dying people at the hospital.”

The pastor said that he “finally” started preaching to an empty auditorium, and after three weeks, congregants slowly began returning to church.

“People, without us saying anything, started coming back. They didn’t buy the narrative,” MacArthur said. “They kept coming back, and last Sunday, 3,000 of them came back and they rejoiced. They hugged each other and they didn’t wear masks and they sang songs. They understand the reality of it. I haven’t had to say anything.”

MacArthur then directed Carlson to a statement he wrote to the congregation on Friday, which he said “affirms why this is right and critical for our society.”

“Government officials have no right to interfere in ecclesiastical matters in a way that undermines or disregards the God-given authority of pastors and elders,” MacArthur wrote, in part.

The pastor said the government is “specifically tasked with the oversight and protection of civic peace and well-being within the boundaries of a nation or community.”

“God has not granted civic rulers authority over the doctrine, practice, or polity of the church,” he continued. “The biblical framework limits the authority of each institution to its specific jurisdiction. The church does not have the right to meddle in the affairs of individual families and ignore parental authority. Parents do not have authority to manage civil matters while circumventing government officials.”

On July 13, Newsom announced that churches, fitness centers and businesses in several industries in 30 California counties would be ordered to shut down again unless they can operate outside or through pick-up services.

California’s restrictions for indoor religious gatherings include a ban on singing, as chanting and singing “negate the risk-reduction achieved through six feet of physical distancing,” according to health officials.

“Places of worship must therefore discontinue indoor singing and chanting activities and limit indoor attendance to 25% of building capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower,” the state guideline says.

At least three churches in California have already sued the state for banning singing and chanting in places of worship, calling it an “unconstitutional abuse of power.”

We need more churches like this. Please pray for Pastor John MacArthur and the brave members of Grace Community Church.

NFL Declares War on Christianity and the Church in America. ATTENTION: Watch the Doctor’s Video Before It’s Removed!

NFL Declares War on Christianity and the Church in America. ATTENTION: Watch the Doctor’s Video Before It’s Removed!

NFL DECLARES WAR ON CHRISTIANITY WITH NEW COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT FORBIDDING PLAYERS TO ATTEND CHURCH SERVICES ABOVE 25% CAPACITY

NFL vs. the Church

Last year, bragging in an interview on the popularity of football in America, NFL head Roger Goodell smugly stated that the Super Bowl had become a national holiday, implying it was ‘bigger than Christmas’.

Now in 2020, Goodell is overseeing a COVID ban on NFL players attending church in groups larger than 25% of the seating capacity. Players who violate this ban and attend church risk huge fines and suspension.

Roger Goodell is totally fine, however, with football players attending Black Lives Matter riots in as large a number as they please. Ten thousand protesters jammed in a space with the majority unmasked? No problem!

A June 5 tweet from the NFL affirmed that “We, the NFL…encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest.”
WE, THE NFL, CONDEMN RACISM AND THE SYSTEMATIC OPPRESSION OF BLACK PEOPLE. WE, THE NFL, ADMIT WE WERE WRONG FOR NOT LISTENING TO NFL PLAYERS EARLIER AND ENCOURAGE ALL TO SPEAK OUT AND PEACEFULLY PROTEST. WE, THE NFL, BELIEVE BLACK LIVES MATTER.

Here’s some New Testament verses pointing out the importance of church on the first day of the week:

“And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.” Acts 20:7

“Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.”
1 Corinthians 16:1,2

The early church met on the first day of the week for worship services, for fellowship, and collecting the gifts necessary for its operation. What the bible calls the ‘first day of the week’ is Sunday.

Sunday is also the day that the NFL has claimed for its own, the congregation are football fans, and their church buildings are sports stadiums. Football is the largest religion in America, and it has just declared war on Christians and the church.

Satan vs. Church

As Satan continues to roar against the church in America, his latest anti-Christ recruit team seems to be the NFL who he’s enlisted to do his bidding.

Here’s their latest anti-church scheme. NFL teams may “rely on contacts within the community to contact the team if/when violations are witnessed,” or even use a tip line. In other words, the NFL wants members of the community to report any players they see trying to attend church. You’re kidding right? Nope… dead serious!

It’s quite despicable to watch the NFL align itself with the schemes of the Devil (2 Cor. 2:11) and readily turn against the God-fearing players who have stand-out testimonies and want to attend church.

Roger Goodell knows full well there is a strong contingent of born-again players with powerful testimonies in the NFL. But apparently, he doesn’t care about their civil rights, their Christian commitment or what the Bible has to say. It’s another sad day for America.

Satan knows the important role the church plays in God’s plan and he’s putting a full-court press to shut down the church in America.

The church is God’s primary program for believers in the church age. The Apostle Paul even goes so far as to describe the local church as the ‘pillar and ground of the truth,’

If I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. (1 Timothy 3:15)

God gives us a specific command to attend church in the end times when it becomes obvious the Lord is coming soon,

Don’t forsake assembling yourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:25)

It’s not God’s design for those living in the last days to shrink back from attending church and pretend you’re worshiping the Lord at home.

God uses the church to encourage the saints with fellowship, to align hearts through the preaching of the Word, to raise a hallelujah by singing praises and to observe the Lord’s Supper and baptize new believers every week!

I would like to encourage all believers to find a place where you can gather every week. Don’t forsake the believers responsibility to ‘gather together’ in the last days!

The collective gathering of the body supports the whole church and lifts everyone up!

A Saturday Morning Read – What to Believe About The COVID-19 Statistics?

A Saturday Morning Read – What to Believe About The COVID-19 Statistics?

Joel 2:1 says, “Blow the trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; For the day of the LORD is coming, For it is at hand.”

America needs to sound the alarm for there is a day of reckoning fast approaching. Americans are truly in a valley of decision and the future of this country hangs in the balance.

Saturday Morning Read

Tim Buck

What to Believe

About These COVID Stats

What to believe?

The US is reporting over 1,000 COVID 19 deaths per day now, but there are reports that even accidental auto deaths are being reported as COVID 19-related to boost numbers.

A few Democratic governors are sounding alarms about reopening their states to business, but many believe they want to continue shuttering businesses to keep the economy flat-lined to sway the election against President Trump.

Scientists have been all over the map regarding how the virus spreads; some saying masks prevent it, others saying masks have no effect.

The moving target on identifying exactly how this virus is spread and how deadly it is continues to gin up conspiracy theories. But there is one thing that is common to all of it. This is a virus of fear and confusion. And Satan is the author of both!

Look at the statistics. The numbers are impossible to trust with many suggesting they could be as much as 50% too high. But for now, let’s take them as reported.

There are 3.9 million reported cases, 142,000 deaths. Reuters, who has been keeping a running tally of statistics, reports that there are 43 deaths per 100,000 people. In real terms, that’s a 0.043% chance of dying if you contract COVID 19.

While any death from it is a personal tragedy, and if you know of anyone who has died from this virus, you have my heartfelt sympathy. Notwithstanding, there needs to be some perspective as to justifying shutting down an entire nation because of this virus.

The National Safety Council puts your odds of dying in a car crash at 0.877-far greater than dying from COVID 19. There is a 14% chance of dying from heart disease, which claim 375,000 American lives per year. There is an 18.6% chance of dying before you are born due to abortion, which claims nearly 750,000 Americans a year, almost half (about 260,000) are black.

Does it seem hypocritical for Planned Parenthood, the worlds largest abortion provider, to post ads saying “Black Lives Matter” when it is systematically killing black babies by the tens of thousands? Yet, with all these statistics there is no lockdown on Planned Parenthood, and the industries associated with them are all thriving.

So in America, at this moment, you have a 99.957% chance of surviving COVID-19!

Yet, in most places throughout the country you are not allowed to go to work, have your business open, attend church or a sporting event. And they’re saying it’s so bad now that the country is going to have to really start clamping down!

Something is wrong with this picture, terribly wrong. As believers, I want to encourage you to stop operating in fear and start believing 2 Timothy 1:7,

“For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

Pray for courage and a strong dose of spiritual strength as the ‘overcomer’ that God’s Word says you really are! And ask the Lord to anoint you with His power, love and with a sound mind to do His work in these last days.

We also need to be praying for an end to this craziness because the political games that Satan’s followers are playing are harming our country, the church and us more than the virus.

A Cry For More Watchman on the Wall In These Last Days?

A Cry For More Watchman on the Wall In These Last Days?

The Sons of Issachar were watchmen who understood the times.

(I Chronicles 12:32)

This is a call to men and women to be watchmen. People who study the Word, observe the spiritual atmosphere of our times, pray for wisdom and discernment and explain to others what they see God doing.

Today, we need more people to hear God’s voice and develop an interest in what these days mean and to share what they learn with others.

Watchful and Vigilant

The following e-mail represents the need for watchmen in these last days:

“I am viewed as crazy just by mentioning how excited I am for the Lord to return and about the times we are in. It makes me nervous to even mention world news and events, or end-time prophecies, with anyone who claims to be a Christian. The reactions I get are so very negative. I haven’t found even one person at my church, work, or extended family who would be willing to discuss any of these issues.”

We are in the most biblically relevant times in history with the least amount of interest in them.

We are in a season of exploding “signs of the times” yet we see the most amount of people scoffing at the thought (all predicted).

Everything is now accelerated and on overdrive—except the interest in all of these things.

And as a result, the watchmen are growing weary!

Some Reasons For This

  • Way too many people are in love with this world. They cling to it and derive tremendous pleasure from it. And b-u-s-y has become the new four letter word.

  • Reality has become terrifying. Some are saying life won’t return to normal, whatever that was as recently as six months ago. And those voices just might be right. Life may have turned a dark corner in 2020.
  • Satan is the distractor! He is in a hyper-active mode keeping people from paying attention to how late the hour is. If they aren’t watching the times, he can cripple them with fear and keep people from even sharing the gospel.
  • Detaching from reality is a coping mechanism. Some can’t keep hearing, listening, and watching natural disasters, pandemics, riots and looting, persecution, and suffering. These things crush their spirit.
  • Many churches and Christians today represent Laodicea. This church represents the last-day church and it was lukewarm and indifferent. It was focused on self and self-gratification. If you are consumed with looking within, your watchman focus will be out of focus.
  • Many church pulpits remain silent. If the pastor is not talking about the times, the sheep feel they don’t need to pay attention to the times! Too many pastors want to avoid anything controversial or cutting-edge. They will not address some of the stunning events taking place daily, even if the events have biblical significance and effect the city where they minister.
  • The obsession with social justice has replaced the good news that the King is coming. It has also replaced the Great Commission and the gospel of salvation. Many would rather save the planet from racism than save souls or talk about the Lord’s return.
  • Many Christians know they are not right with God and they avoid reality. If the signs of the times remind them their time is running out, they choose to tune out. Sad.

This recent email says a lot: “I am looked at like I am an alien just because I track with what is happening and relate it to the Bible. A few of you online teachers help me celebrate my alien status. I feel like a lonely gold fish in a bowl. So much of what the Bible predicted is coming true every day! Keep sounding the alarm.”

So what must Noah have felt like? He preached for 120 years and was totally ignored! And he didn’t have Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. He didn’t have a microphone or a pulpit. Finally the Ark door closed on a scoffing society.

It’s going to close again, but this time it will come by way of the Rapture of the Church. And millions will miss it because they didn’t listen to the watchmen. But some will, so don’t be silent.

Let’s seize this moment in history. Even the secular world is noticing that we are in unprecedented times.

And time is running out.

Kentucky Couple Who Tested Positive For COVID-19 Placed Under House Arrest In Chilling Sign Of What’s Coming

Kentucky Couple Who Tested Positive For COVID-19 Placed Under House Arrest In Chilling Sign Of What’s Coming

In Kentucky, a couple who tested positive for COVID-19 was placed under house arrest for not following orders.

The authorities showed up unnanounced at their front door!

COVID-19 is fast becoming the all-purpose hammer that the unhinged left is using to beat the American people into submission.

Who’s behind the Takedown of America and where’s all this headed is the theme of our upcoming class.

July 28

We’ll be discussing COVID news, Black Lives Matter anarchy, current events, the coming election and the prophetic significance of every major event that has swept over our country in 2020.

Arrested For COVID?

Yes, it happened!

“I open up the door, and there’s like eight different people, five different cars, and I’m like ‘what the heck’s going on?’ This guy’s in a suit with a mask. It’s the Health Department guy, and they have three papers for us. For me, her and my daughter,” he said.

As we get closer and closer to the November election, those who are paying attention know exactly where all this is headed.

Unhinged hysteria and shutting down America over a virus with a 0.6% mortality rate is absurd by any metric except one, the metric scale of an end-time, demonic assault on America to weaken our great country before the coming Tribulation.

You are watching it come to pass in glorious end times technicolor.

“Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.”

John 15:20,21

As more and more testing is being done, the number of COVID cases is rising, as you would expect with expanded testing.

But the number of people dying from COVID-19 is falling so dramatically that the CDC recently announced it’s in danger of dropping below the threshold of even being an epidemic. That is being kept from you by the main stream media.

In New Jersey, where COVID deaths are dropping, the governor has issued increased mandatory mask wearing, not less.

A Kentucky couple is under house arrest after one of them tested positive for coronavirus and refused to sign self-quarantine papers.

Elizabeth Linscott was tested for COVID-19 because she was planning to go visit her parents.

“My grandparents wanted to see me, too, so, just to make sure that, you know, if I tested negative, that they would be okay, everything would be fine,” Linscott said. After testing positive but without showing any symptoms, Linscott said the health department contacted her, requesting she sign documents.

I agreed to comply and to call the Health Department if I was to go. I was to call the Health Department if I was to leave my house for any reason,” she said. But, she chose not to sign.

“I had gotten a message from them, a text message that stated, because of your refusal to sign, this is going to be escalated, and law enforcement will be involved,” she said.

Later that week, the county sheriff greeted Linscott’s husband, Isaiah, at their front door.

Then the couple was ordered to wear ankle monitors and if they travel more than 200 feet, law enforcement will be notified.

Ankle Monitors

for COVID patients!!!

“We didn’t rob a store. We didn’t steal something. We didn’t hit and run. We didn’t do anything wrong,” Linscott said.

The couple said they never denied self-quarantining but that they just didn’t agree with the wording of the documents.

And, that’s exactly what the Director of the Public Health Department told the judge, that I was refusing to self-quarantine because of this, and I’m like, ‘that’s not the case at all. I never said that,'” she said.

Linscott said even without the ankle monitor, she had planned to be cautious, and if she had needed medical care, she would have let healthcare workers know she was infected with the virus. READ MORE

Arrested For COVID?

Yes, it happened in 2020!