LA Court Holds John MacArthur’s Church in Contempt for Hugging, Singing and Laughing

LA Court Holds John MacArthur’s Church in Contempt for Hugging, Singing and Laughing

Los Angeles County is asking a state court to hold Grace Community Church in contempt of court for hugging, singing and laughing at health department regulations during a Sunday church service!

No I’m not making this up!

Sounds like a great church to me!

Continue to pray for Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church as they spearhead the fight for the First Amendment for all churches in America.

If America doesn’t wake up the devil will shut down every church in America!

Held in Contempt for

Hugging, Singing and Laughing

At the beginning, Pastor John MacArthur listed out requirements from the (health department) protocol,” county health official Benjamin Mock wrote. “Attendees responded to some of the restrictions Pastor MacArthur identified by laughing.

Oh, the horror.

“During the service, attendees sang two hymns,” Mock wrote in the court document. “I also observed attendees hugging and shaking hands.”

Well, sweet mercy — Christians hugging one another?

Better call in the National Guard.

Instead, the county sent environmental health specialists to the Sunday service. At least one security guard refused to let the government agents into the building.

The court document revealed that at least one security guard was issued an “administrative citation” for interfering with a public health officer.

Fewer than five percent of the people we observed were wearing face coverings,” the government agent reported.

Social distancing was not being observed.”

And perhaps the most egregious activity came at the end of the sermon when the Christians (brace yourself) walked out the doors.

No instructions or guidance was given regarding maintaining social distance while exiting the worship center,” the court document states. “There were no directional markings on the floor. Individuals streamed out of the doors without practicing social distancing.”

Church leaders have been told to show up in court on Friday.

LA Health officials are literally trying to hold the church in contempt not just for being open, but for people hugging each other and shaking hands. And laughing.

Thou shalt not chuckle at the ignorance of the California health department overlords.

John MacArthur’s Church Defies Judges Order and Remains Open

John MacArthur’s Church Defies Judges Order and Remains Open

John MacArthur’s Church Defies Judge, Says Outdoor Restrictions Would ‘Shut the Church Down.’

This is shaping up to be quite a battle and every believer in America needs to pray for Pastor John MacArthur and the wonderful people of Grace Community Church as they spearhead the fight for the First Amendment for all churches in America.

The devil would love to shut down every church in America and as this church goes, so will your church.

Satan Using COVID

To Close The Church in America

Satan continues to prompt the state to weaponize COVID to harass believers and to shut down the church.

Grace Community Church of Sun Valley, California on Sunday defied a judge’s order not to meet indoors during the pandemic, with pastor John MacArthur telling attendees that the state’s restrictions for legal outdoor services would make it “impossible” to follow and result in the congregation shutting down.

The church met indoors multiple times Sunday, three days after California state Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff issued an injunction against such services and upheld Los Angeles County’s health restrictions on large gatherings.

Beckloff said the county’s order allows worship to occur outdoors, although MacArthur – during Sunday’s 10:30 a.m. service – said the various restrictions on outdoor worship are impractical.

The California Department of Public Health released a 14-page document July 29 outlining requirements and recommendations for churches to legally meet. Los Angeles County issued its own requirements and recommendations in July that churches in the county must follow.

Please pray for Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church as they spearhead this battle for all churches in America.

Will Life Ever Return To Normal Again? Is a Do-Over Even Possible?

Will Life Ever Return To Normal Again? Is a Do-Over Even Possible?

Will life ever return to the way things were before COVID-19 disrupted our lives?

That’s a good question!

And the Bible provides insight to help us find a reasonable answer!

Return To Normal?

A question I hear being asked a lot is: “Do you think we will ever return to normal life?”

It’s an interesting question, and I must admit that, for a while, it was one I, myself, thought about as I looked across the prophetic horizon.

Around the country we’re seeing a sense of foreboding that nags at many, even among devoted believers.

Will we ever see a time like we enjoyed before Coronavirus like maybe around Thanksgiving 2019? —Before quarantining and social distancing? Before churches were told not to meet at full capacity? Before wearing masks that in a sinister way obscure smiles and expressions of hope we previously were allowed to see on the countenances of our friends and fellow human beings? Will we ever again return to a time like before, when we received no glares of fear and even anger from eyes peering at us from behind the masks if we choose not to wear them?

The question is legitimate. Fear of this microscopic entity has many Americans concerned even though recent statistics from the CDC show the harmful effects of the disease have been grossly overblown. Of the 180,000 people reported to have died of COVID-19, only some nine thousand-plus have actually died of COVID itself. The majority died from age-related and or other health complications.

Why is this so under-reported by the mainstream media? I’ve written many times about the reasons for such muddling of truth. The deception involved in COVID-19, the sequestering of individual Americans one from another (the masking of America—and the world, for that matter) is all part of the answer to the question: “Will we ever return to normal life?”

While the coronavirus is real, it hasn’t proven to be world-endangering like Fauci and Birx originally claimed. In fact, the regular flu in its various strains has been much more deadly than this Wuhan virus. COVID-19 has been contrived for specific purposes in what I believe the Pre-Tribulation Rapture view presents.

However, while COVID-19 hasn’t been nearly as world-endangering as propagandized, it certainly has been the most world-changing pandemic in history.

That’s saying a mouthful. The Spanish Flu of 1917 killed millions. Many plagues of the past have devastated entire continents. But COVID-19, as a minor virus, has been the catalyst for bringing all the elements together needed to wind-up of the church age.

I and others who hold a Pre-Tribulation Rapture view believe this ‘pandemic’ is setting the stage for the post-Rapture events of the Tribulation. In this, the COVID-19 ruse has been immensely successful.

Will we ever return to normal life?

Converging developments answer with a resounding “no.”

The stage is setting for the release of the demonic powers and principalities of Ephesians 6:12 to bring their satanic empire and Antichrist to disrupt the world of God-rejecting sinners.

People worldwide have fallen for the fear-engendering pandemic of pandemics. No matter the political outcomes in November or any other election at any other time, we can’t expect a “do-over.” The nation and the world will not be made better through the human political process. No human government will make things as they have been, in the sense the founding fathers of America intended.

We are too deep into the end of this decaying, darkening age.

This being the case—that things will not get back to “normal”—how should we deal with everything evil permeating today’s society and culture?

What is to be our part, since we’ve been providentially placed here at this late moment in the Age of Grace?

We are to fight to delay the encroaching darkness! We’re here to be salt and light in this corruptive, decaying time in human history. The Restrainer—the Holy Spirit—indwells each believer. Each of us is supernaturally equipped to restrain evil and fight as described in Ephesians 6. And as long as we are still here, we should be standing up and speaking out.

The purpose of the church in these last days is to restrain evil and resist the devil (2 Thess. 2:6-7). That’s a tall order because wickedness in high places will only increase, the nearer to the Tribulation the world gets.

Nevertheless, the purpose for restraining the evil is so that the gospel can be offered to as many as possible. Pray for the lost, witness to them while there’s still time and pray for America as prescribed in 2 Chronicles 7:14. Stand up for righteousness at all cost. Make God’s Word, the Bible, your sword that He’s given you to battle evil.

We can’t expect a “do-over” of the way things were before this battle ramped up. But we must be at the heart of the delaying action God has planned for this time when His Son is at the very brink of stepping out on the clouds of glory and shouting: “Come up here!” (Revelation 4:1).

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 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.